It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.
- Leonardo Da Vinci
LIV SCHAFFER, from Algonquin, IL, received her early dance training throughout the Chicagoland area under the direction of Judith Svalander and Greg Begley. She spent her summers attending programs hosted by Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Luna Negra Dance Theater, and Thodos Dance Chicago. Liv enrolled in Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet B.F.A. Program at Dominican University, where she had the honorable opportunity to perform works by Sidra Bell, Kara Davis, Gregory Dawson, Carmen Rozestraten, and Amy Seiwert. During Liv’s journey with LINES, she joined the internationally collaborative JUNTOS Collective as a dancer and choreographer, touring Central American countries such as Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, and Nicaragua. In spring 2012, Liv’s choreography was presented at the American College Dance Festival Association’s Baja Conference. This was followed by an enriching fall season apprentice opportunity with ODC/Dance San Francisco, just prior to graduating summa cum laude from Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet B.F.A. Program in May 2013. Liv joined DanceWorks Chicago in August 2013.