"You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive."

- Merce Cunningham

ADELINE K. ELSE, from Des Moines, IA, began pursuing the art of dance at the age of 3. They have trained with an abundance of renowned choreographers and mentors such as Terence Marling, Joseph A. Hernandez, Alysia S. Johnson, Braeden Barnes, Meredith Dincolo, Nancy Overturff, Liz Imperio, Nan Giordano, and Paige Cunningham. She has professionally worked with ESPN, Haven Entertainment, “Then A Cunning Voice” by Emily Johnson and COMMON Canvas. Throughout his career, they have performed with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, COMMON’s “Chronicle”, Arizona Jazz Showcase, Movement Revolution Dance Crew, The Dance Center Columbia College Chicago, and Ballet Des Moines Contemporary Works. They strive to create community environments of artistry, authenticity, empathy, and benevolence. Adeline joined Danceworks Chicago in November 2021.

“No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a strange, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than others.”

- Martha Graham
KARA HUNSINGER, from Modesto, CA, started her dance training at Steps Dance Arts Center and continued with professional level training at Juline’s School of Dance. Kara graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance from the University of Arizona. At U of A, she had the honor of performing works by George Balanchine, Nacho Duato, Tamara Dyke-Compton, Autumn Eckman, Alexei Ratmansky, Sam Watson, and Christopher Wheeldon. Kara danced with Hawkinsdance under the direction of Shelly Hawkins during her senior year. Kara’s additional training includes Alonzo King LINES Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Ballet West, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. Kara joined DanceWorks Chicago in August 2019.

“Our arms start from the back because they were once wings.”

- Martha Graham
TREY JOHNSON, from St. Louis, MO, began their dance training at the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) under the direction of Kirven and Antonio Douthit-Boyd. Trey received a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the UMKC Conservatory of Dance in 2019. While studying at the conservatory, they were mentored by Deeanna Hiett, Gary Abbott, and Paula Weber.  They have performed works by choreographers George Balanchine, Frank Chavez, Gregory Dawson, Kevin Iega Jeff, Christopher Wheeldon and more. Trey has danced professionally with Wylliams-Henry Contemporary Dance Company, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, and  Deeply Rooted Dance Theater. Trey has performed works by Chicago-based choreographers Katlin Bourgeois, Shannon Alvis, and Stephanie Martinez.  Trey joined DanceWorks Chicago in November 2021.

“Art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”

- Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park
KALLI LOUDAN, from Houston, TX, began her dance training at a young age and started her development of love for all styles of dance. She began her collegiate career at Boston Conservatory at Berklee where she worked with choreographers Junichi Fukuda and Darrell Grand Moultrie. Finishing her B.F.A in dance at Sam Houston State University in 2021, she performed work of choreographers Andy and Dionne Noble, Donald Shorter, Gabrielle Lamb, and Joshua Manculich. Kalli is grateful to have apprenticed with NobleMotion Dance starting in 2019 and later becoming a full company member, developing her artistry and love for the choreographic process. Kalli joined DanceWorks Chicago in November 2021. 

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

- Maya Angelou
ASHLEY RIVETTE, from Upper Marlboro, MD, began her ballet training in Stuttgart, Germany, where her family was stationed for eight years. Ashley graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance from Shenandoah University. While at SU she worked with choreographers Sidra Bell, Yoshito Sakuraba, Christian Von Howard, Ilana Goldman, and Tiffanie Carson to name a few. During their 2019 and 2020 seasons, she was an apprentice with Christopher K. Morgan & Artists. She has completed intensives and workshops by Perry Mansfield (Yin Yue Dance Company), BARE Dance Company, New York Dance Project, American Dance Festival, and CKM&A. Ashley is excited to deepen, explore, and share her love of dance in DWC's SEASON 15. Ashley joined DanceWorks Chicago in November 2021.

“And David danced before the LORD with all his might.”

- 2 Samuel‬ ‭6:14‬ ‭KJV‬‬
DAVID ANTHONY SCHEUERMAN, from Joplin, MO, began his training under the direction of Kaye Lewis at Midwest Regional Ballet in 2010. He has spent summers dancing with Tulsa Ballet and Texas Ballet, and in 2019, he participated in Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's Professional Program (HSPro). At HSPro, David worked with established artists Rena Butler, Robin Mineko Williams, Adam Barruch, Jonathan Alsberry, David Norworthy, and Ryan Mason. He danced for a season with Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre directed by Wilfredo Rivera, where he worked with Monique Haley, Shannon Alvis, Katlin Bourgeois and Stephanie Martinez. David Anthony joined DanceWorks Chicago in January 2022.