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DanceHub   (August 19-20)

A convening of local/regional/national decision-makers (artistic directors, heads of college/university dance departments) around classes, networking, professional development, advocacy, and performance: open to all dancers, parents, and teachers.

SATURDAY! DanceWorks Chicago is excited to dedicate a day to young dancers and their support teams. Join us for information sessions, networking, dancing, and back-to-school shopping!


9am-10:30am, PODIATRY CONSULTATIONS with Dr. Lisa Schoene, walk-in appointments

10:30am-noon, MASTER CLASS with Guest Artist Tommie-Waheed Evans. Tommie-Waheed Evans began his formal training with Michelle Blossom at the Dance Connection in Los Angeles, continuing his studies under the mentorship of Andrea Calomee and Karen McDonald at Hamilton High School before receiving a fellowship at the Ailey School. As a student, Evans performed the work of Matthew Rushing, Benoit-Swan Pouffer, Karol Armitage, and Debbie Allen. He was an assistant to the current artistic director of Ailey II, Troy Powell and his professional appearances include the popular sitcom “The Parkers”, the Emmy Awards, HopeBoykinDance, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Lula Washington Dance Theater, The Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco) and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. In 2006 he founded his company, Waheed-Works. Evans has set choreography on The Garden State Dance Festival,  Philadelphia Dance Boom Festival, Grace Dance Theater, Verb Ballet, Eleone Dance Theatre, Boston Conservatory, and The University of the Arts. Evans is currently the Artist-in-Residence at Philadanco and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of the Arts. Awards include a Dance/USA Philadelphia Rocky Award, Billy Penn: Who Next Arts, Howard Gilman Foundation Fellowship Winner, and a BalletX 2017 Ballet Choreographic Fellowship. Evans recently received his Master of Fine Arts in Choreography from Jacksonville University.

11am-5pm, Individual PHOTOGRAPHY SESSIONS  with Morna Freitas Photography, by appointment

11:30am-1pm and 2pm-3:30pm, Back-to-school SHOPPING!  Zilliewear’s POP-UP DANCE STORE   Zilliewear, dancewear for all ages….designed and produced in the heart of Chicago.

1pm-2pm, ChoreoLab SHOWCASE featuring works-in-progress by Christian Denice, Joshua Manculich, Oscar Ramos

2pm-3pm, ADVOCACY 101 led by Zachary Whittenburg and Kellee Edusei: This introduction to arts advocacy offered by Arts Alliance Illinois provides participants with actionable advice and information on channeling their passion for the arts into positive change. Advocacy 101 summarizes the process of civic engagement around arts and culture issues at all levels, ranging from “hyperlocal” (neighborhoods and wards) to statewide to national campaigns. Attendees will be given tips on how to make the most of their time during in-person meetings with representatives and elected officials; guidance on language and voice in their messages sent to policy makers and staff members; and an overview of current and potential movements supporting and threatening the vitality and vibrancy of the arts sector. With Zachary Whittenburg, Communications and Engagement Director at Arts Alliance Illinois, and Kellee Edusei, Director of Member Services and Board Liaison at Dance/USA.

All-inclusive, DayPass, and à la carte registration available.