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DanceWorks Chicago Announces SEASON 12: New Dancers, Creations, Touring

September 20, 2018

CHICAGO – DanceWorks Chicago (DWC), the Chicago-based dance laboratory for early career dancers and choreographers, welcomes new dancers and announces new creations for SEASON 12.

Returning dancers Jade Monet Hooper, Cameron Lasater, and Racquel Mar will be joined by new dancers Sierra Herrera, Elijah Richardson, and Imani Williams to start the 2018-2019 season. All incoming dancers were identified in DWC’s Open Company Audition on stage at the Dance Center of Columbia College. Ms. Herrera, from Long Beach, California, is a graduate of Orange County School of Arts and SUNY Purchase, where she was recognized with the Durst Dance Merit Scholarship. Mr. Richardson, from San Jose, California, graduated cum laude from Chapman University, where he earned a BFA in Dance Performance along with a minor in History. From Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Williams trained on full scholarship as part of the Jazz/Contemporary Program at Joffrey Ballet School (NYC) and was a member of Florida Dance Theater and Giordano II.

Co-founder and Artistic Director Julie Nakagawa says, “DanceWorks Chicago is fluid by design, with each season presenting an opportunity to dig deeper with returning dancers and welcome new dancers to Team DWC. I am excited about all of the possibilities ahead in SEASON 12!”

New creations and acquisitions will join DanceWorks Chicago’s repertoire. Chicago-based choreographer Hanna Brictson has been commissioned to make her DWC debut, building out her creation from DanceChance, a monthly offering of DanceWorks Chicago designed to encourage and support new work. Additionally, dancemaker Shannon Alvis has been invited to set Heartsong, a piece created for NEW Dances 2018, a partnership between DWC and Thodos Dance Chicago, on DWC. DanceBytes, in-studio showings of these new works, will be held in DWC’s home at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 North Dearborn (Gold Coast). Ms. Brictson’s DanceBytes will be at 1pm on Friday, September 28. Ms. Alvis’ DanceBytes will be at 2:30pm on Wednesday, October 24. DanceBytes is free and open to the public.

DanceWorks Chicago’s SEASON 12 menu of offerings will include locally-focused activities plus national and international touring, including a return to Germany in Spring 2019.

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