As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. And as we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
- Marianne Williamson
IMANI ENGLISH, from Madison, WI, began her dance training under the direction of Jean Adams at the Monona Academy of Dance and moved on to the Madison Professional Dance Center’s pre-professional company for four years. Imani was mentioned in the reviews of the Jazzworks Dance Company’s production of A World Without Walls and has been awarded scholarships from The Anthony Quinn Foundation, Dance Chicago, and a Producer’s Society Scholarship as well as the Rahm Emanuel Scholarship to River North Dance Chicago workshops, among others. In 2012, Imani was selected for the Chicago-area cast of Memoria by Alvin Ailey, performing with the Ailey company at the Auditorium Theatre. Imani is a 2014 graduate of Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts), where she was Valedictorian and had the privilege to perform works from leading Chicago dance companies such as DanceWorks Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Muntu Dance Theater, and Joffrey Ballet. Imani thanks her parents Karen Smith-English and Jami English for always supporting her and being her biggest inspirations in dance and life. She is forever grateful for all they have done to help her reach her goal of having a career as a professional dancer. Imani joined DanceWorks Chicago in August 2014.