New Dances 2020 Open Company Class

Join the New Dances commUNITY and take class with us!

Led by New Dances 2020 choreographers with Thodos Dance Chicago Artistic Director Melissa Thodos and DanceWorks Chicago Artistic Director Julie Nakagawa, each class is unique – check out the schedule below for details!


Chez Vous via Zoom:




Thanks to the generosity of New Dances donors Mary Rose Alexander and Tim Gilfoyle, Paula and Gregory Bork, Rick and Sherry Lea Holson, Wende Fox Lawson and Jim Lawson, Gail and Robert Loveman, and Shannon Raglin, these classes are FREE!

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.


Monday, June 1: Peyton Winker_ a release-based modern class with some groovy improvisation, working in and out of the floor, and building up a sweat

Tuesday, June 2: #BlackoutTuesday_no class. Please feel free to join in a communal space for reflection.

Wednesday, June 3: Melissa Thodos_modern/contemporary technique with a focus on weight, breath, and dynamic fluidity, with whispers of notable modern facets throughout to get your day grounded and going!

Thursday, June 4: Joanna Meccia_class will start soft with floor work and guided improv, graduate to core work and conditioning, and culminate in contemporary phrase work designed to fit your space.

Friday, June 5: Joe Musiel_Have fun, challenge your jazz technique, and release your inner diva in this fun, sassy class with a high energy warmup, center work, and a good ole combo at the end. Bring some attitude; you’re gonna need it!