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Come out to Lou Conte Dance Studio tomorrow at 7pm to support Traver and be part of Episode #100 of DanceChance!
Entrance: $3
Experience: Priceless!
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Meet one of our choreographers for tomorrow's DanceChance: Traver Woodard! Traver Woodard is a Chicago based movement artist. He began his dance training in Eugene, OR where he attended Lane Community College and the University of Oregon. Synthesizing his interests in classical dance and somatic research, his freelance career led him to Chicago in 2016 where he continues to dance, choreograph, and teach professionally. An award-winning performer and creator, he considers himself a global citizen and an artivist. Traver's mission serves to expand the dialogue surrounding the body, race, class, culture and power, and to navigate the intersections of art, movement and social change, starting with where it all begins—the body and the self. Remember DanceChance is tomorrow at LCDS from 7-8pm!

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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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