“Make life your masterpiece; imagine no limitations on what you can be, have or do.”
- Brian Tracy
KIMBERLY DAVIS, from Portsmouth, VA, started dancing at the age of 4. She trained at The Governor’s School for the Arts, Academy of Contemporary and Classical Dance, Broadway Dance Center, Peridance Capezio Center, and Gus Giordano Dance School. Kimberly is a 2019 graduate of George Mason University where she worked with Joan Boada, Christopher d’Amboise, Jean Emile, Alexander Hille, Pier Loup, Darrell Moultrie, Soon-ho Park, Susan Shields, Jamal Story, Septime Webre, and others. She has performed Bhangra Fever by Donald Byrd, Kosmos by Andonis Foniadakis, and understudied Na Floresta by Nacho Duato. Kimberly joined DanceWorks Chicago in August 2019.
“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.
“When we share what we were brought here to give, we are in alignment with our highest, most powerful selves."
- Jen Sincero
RACQUEL MAR, from Clarkston, MI, began her training at multiple studios in southeast Michigan including Spotlight Dance Works under the direction of Liz Schmidt. She trained in many dance styles and performed works by choreographers Sonya Tayeh, Travis Wall, and other notable artists. In 2017, Racquel graduated with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance from University of California, Irvine, where she had the privilege to work with distinguished choreographers including Charlotte Griffin, Molly Lynch, and Tong Wang. Racquel had the tremendous honor and opportunity to study with legendary Donald McKayle as a member of the UCI Etude Ensemble. In addition, she was selected by Lar Lubovitch to perform his Legend of Ten during her senior year. Racquel has expanded her artistry and dance training through attendance at summer programs with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. Following graduation, she had the pleasure of training at b12 Berlin Workshop with multiple teachers and choreographers from all over the world. Racquel joined DanceWorks Chicago in October 2017.
“No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.”
- Oscar Wilde
ANDREW McSHEA, from Leesburg, VA, began his training in ballet and jazz at the Loudoun School of Ballet. He earned a BFA in Dance from Point Park University, under the direction and mentorship of Rubén Graciani. Andrew has had the privilege to perform works by Andrea Miller, Micaela Taylor, Zack Winokur and Julia Eichten, and many more. Andrew worked with Patrick O’Brien Dance Project and Peter Stathus Dance (NYC) before moving to Chicago. Andrew joined DanceWorks Chicago in August 2019.
"It doesn’t matter how high you can lift your leg, just sit, and open your eyes and open your heart."
- Mikhail Baryshnikov
ELIJAH RICHARDSON, from San Jose, California, grew up with a versatile training as a figure skater, actor, and singer before immersing himself in dance. In 2018, he graduated cum laude from Chapman University with a BFA in Dance Performance and a minor in History. Elijah was a featured soloist in faculty pieces by Sean Greene, Dale Merrill, Julianne O’Brien, and Ido Tadmor and has worked with Backhausdance, Jess Harper & Dancers, Capitol Dance Company, and Anaheim Ballet. Elijah has trained on scholarship at San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, BodyTraffic, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Interested in the creative process, Elijah choreographed works at Chapman and was selected to show dance films at festivals in New York and Arizona. He is humbled and ecstatic to be a part of this new community. Elijah joined DanceWorks Chicago in September 2018.
"We all know we have a finite period of time. I just feel if I’m going to be alive, I want to be challenged – to be as immortal as possible. The path to that isn’t an easy way, but it’s a rewarding way."
- Frank Ocean
IMANI WILLIAMS, from Atlanta, GA, started dancing as a junior in high school and developed his passion at Sugarloaf Performing Arts. After graduation, Imani accepted a full scholarship at Joffrey Ballet School’s (New York) Jazz and Contemporary Program directed by Michael Blake, where he had the honor of dancing in works by Jennifer Archibald, Bradley Shelver, Matthew Powell, Nathan Trice, and Kevin Wynn. He has worked with former prima ballerina Margo Sappington, Tony Award-winner Chet Walker, and choreographer of Rent, Marlies Yearby, and performed pieces by Emily Bufferd, Lane Gifford, Tyler Gilstrap, and Sekou McMiller. Imani was featured in Joffrey Ballet School photos by Lois Greenfield and was selected to showcase his choreography at The Ailey Citigroup Theater. Imani spent two seasons with Florida Dance Theater and one season with Giordano II. Imani joined DanceWorks Chicago in September 2018.