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Counting down to DanceChance this Friday at 7pm at Lou Conte Dance Studio. Entrance $3. Experience: priceless!
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DanceChance in partnership with DanceWorks Chicago is this Friday from 7–8 pm. Let's meet the first of this month's DanceChance choreographers, Shannon Grayson! Shannon is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She began her professional dance training at Howard University, where she received a BFA in Dance. Through Howard University’s Dance Major Program she received summer scholarships to Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, and Dallas Black Dance Theatre. She continued her training with scholarships to Jacob’s Pillow Jazz/Musical Theatre Program, Jacob's Pillow Choreographers Lab, and Nathan Trice Summer Dance Intensive. She relocated to Chicago as a Lou Conte Dance Studio (LCDS) scholarship student, under the direction of Claire Bataille, and performed with Muntu Dance Theatre and Winifred Haun & Dancers. Her Chicago training experience furthered her development artistically as a dancer, dance educator, teacher, and choreographer and eventually led to a full time teaching position for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (HSDC) with the LCDS, HSDC Youth Dance Program, and HSDC Education & Community Programs. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Columbia College Chicago and Dominican University, River Forest, IL. Shannon was recently selected to create a work for the Columbia College Dance Faculty Showcase. I used ten dance majors from the Columbia College Chicago Dance Department for this piece combining the styles/techniques of Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, and Hip Hop. Photo by Todd Rosenberg.

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Feeling nostalgic...check out DanceWorks Chicago's first-ever audition ON STAGE of the beautifully-historic Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University! Thanks to everyone on stage, behind-the-scenes, and in the audience who brought their energy to our very first activity. Special shout out to Cheryl Mann for putting together these images! #alwaysmoving ... 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 the recognized team of Andreas Böttcher and 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.
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