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EXCITED to introduce NEW Dances 2018 choreographer, Shannon Alvis! See below to learn more about Shannon and stay tuned for mini-features on each of the six NEW Dances dancemakers in the coming weeks!Meet NEW Dances 2018 Choreographer Shannon Alvis!

Originally from Greenwood, Indiana, Shannon received her training at Butler University and the University of Utah. She began her career with the second company of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, then going on to dance and perform professionally with HSDC for nine years. In 2009, Shannon went on to further her growth as a dancer at Nederlands Dans Theater under the direction of Jim Vincent and Paul Lightfoot. During her time in Chicago and Europe, Shannon toured internationally dancing works by many world renowned choreographers such as: Jiri Kylian, Nacho Duato, William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Jorma Elo, and Crystal Pite. Having since returned back to Chicago, and after having given birth to a little baby girl, Shannon is once again sharing her artistry with the community. She has appeared in six productions at the Lyric Opera including Rob Ashford's Carousel, Susan Stroman's The Merry Widow, and Les Troyens with Helen Pickett. She has been on faculty at the Joffrey Academy, Interlochen School for the Arts summer faculty, and is currently with Visceral Dance Center. Shannon is also very happy to be exploring her creativity through works of her own. She has choreographed for Visceral Dance Chicago, Thodos Dance Chicago, and DanceWorks Chicago and was a recipient of the Joffrey Ballet’s Winning Work’s Choreographic Competition. She feels very fortunate for every one of these opportunities. Being able to find inspiration for her work in all of the things that she loves is a true gift. Shannon is excited to be a part of New Dances 2018, a wonderful opportunity for the Chicago dance community! For more information about Shannon, check out her website www.shannonalvis.com/.

For more information, visit thodosdancechicago.org/ or www.danceworkschicago.org/.
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What an honor to be part of a Facebook Live event hosted by the MacArthur Foundation! Grateful for Cate Fox's gently-moderated conversation with Carlos Tortolero of National Museum of Mexican Art along with encouragement from Kalle Eko and connectivity from Kristen Mack. #ChicagoCommitment

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Right now, Carlos Tortolero of National Museum of Mexican Art and Julie Nakagawa of DanceWorks Chicago are at MacArthur Headquarters to talk about working to create a more equitable creative sector, amplifying the communities through the arts, and nurturing the next generation of artists and creative thinkers in Chicago and beyond.

What questions do you have for them? #ChicagoCommitment
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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.
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.