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DanceWorks Chicago
TODAY at 4:30pm! In celebration of Chicago's birthday, come dance (or watch) and check out Chicago's footworking scene in an event curated by Queen of Footwork, MurdaMommy! FREE, FUN, FAB! Mini-lessons by Special Guests including Devoureaux King Detro Wolf, a dance party, a Meet the Artists Q & A! See the line up and get the Zoom link here: Chicago Dance Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events #SupportLocal #ChicagoFootworking #ChicagoDance ... See MoreSee Less
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DanceWorks Chicago
Join us THURSDAY at 4:30pm to celebrate CHICAGO with MurdaMommy ( get to know Jalen Tog Barnes, professional name DJ Jalen, multi-genre producer and DJ, actively pushing footwork, hip-hop and bass music internationally with his undefeated footwork crew, TOG - Takeova Global. He represents the embodiment of footwork by bringing a high energy performance that moves any crowd to dance.Prior to COVID-19, Jalen had been traveling to various cities performing and teaching interactive footwork workshops. In each city, he builds direct connections with the dance community in an effort to cultivate a new generation of footworkers. Luckily,that hasn’t changed. He’s since pivoted to hosting online dancetournaments for cash prizes called Footwork Friday and teaching hybrid dance classes at The Firehouse Community Arts Center. Jalen actively juggles hosting socially distanced events while producing new music and building his digital imprint, Takeova Entertainment.Today, DJ Jalen is focused on innovating the original footwork sound and pushing it to new listeners. He is currently preparing visuals for his recent EP entitled Here’s Ya Answer. This project is led by an official recap for Firehouse Footwork Classes, featuring various students learning the basics to dancing for live performance and in battles. This visual accompanies the crowd favorite single “Uh Oh” and sets the tone for TOG content in 2021.For more information on music, upcoming events and more, See Chicago Dance Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events #ChicagoFootwork #SupportLocal #StillMoving ... See MoreSee Less
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Our commitment is to “Community” not “Company,” the Participatory, rather than the Proprietary. And having chosen this route, we are building a more robust dance community.

DanceWorks Chicago is committed to build a foundation for the individual artistic growth of dancers and choreographers, providing a laboratory from which early career artists propel themselves and the art form to a new level through training, collaboration, mentorship, and performance. Led with integrity by Co-founder and Artistic Director Julie Nakagawa, DanceWorks Chicago fills a niche in the dance ecosystem investing in and shining a spotlight on the individual artists. Dancers are encouraged to explore their technical capability as well as their artistic curiosity in an individualized and deeply personal approach with the goal of nurturing passionate, articulate artists able to make meaningful contributions to the art form. Choreographically, we look to uncover new voices while also embracing opportunities to connect with more established choreographers providing mentorship and perspective for all involved. Welcoming the public to engage with the DanceWorks family to build context around the work of art is both our pleasure and our duty as a good dance citizen.