Giordano II (Chicago, IL) (GII) is dedicated to the nurturing and elevation of young professional dancers under the artistic leadership of Nan Giordano and directed by Joshua Blake Carter. The dancers of GII are provided the unique opportunity to be mentored by Giordano Dance Chicago dancers with the goal of advancement to the main company. Through the company’s Giordano on Giordano program, GII premieres five new works each season created by GDC’s artistic team and main company dancers. GII performs at venues throughout the Midwest, preparing dancers with on-stage experience necessary for a career in concert dance, and allowing them to broaden their technical and artistic range.
james morrow/the movement (virginia beach, va) A native of Chicago, IL. James Morrow is the founder and artistic director of james morrow/ The Movement. Coming from an urban background, Morrow yearns to see the contemporary composition prevalent in concert dance integrated into the hip-hop culture with which he is submerged. His movement has become a fusion of modern, contemporary, and urban dance styles. His choreography can be seen on companies throughout the U.S. and internationally working in Utrecht, Vienna, Mumbai, Puebla, Toronto, Montreal, Krasnoyarsk, Kerch, Vancouver, London, and New Brighton. more info at www.jamesmorrowthemovement.com
Aerial dance chicago (chicago, il) is a contemporary dance company in flight, founded in 1999 and guided by the original creative vision of founder Chloe Jensen. One of the world’s first concert aerial dance companies, ADC is a pioneer and a leader in the international dance community. The company's work has been presented across the United States at theaters, museums, schools, universities and festivals, including favorite hometown venues such as Millennium Park and the historic Grand Ballroom of the Drake Hotel. In 2014, ADC opened Chicago’s premiere dance center dedicated to the fine art of aerial dance. Learn more at www.aerialdancechicago.org.
The Brande Lee Collaborative (Virginia Beach, VA) Brande Lee has been training and performing circus/aerial arts since 2009. She got her start with Orange County Aerial Arts/Ruby Karen Project (OCAA/RKP) in September 2009 and also trained at the New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA) in their 2013-2014 Intensive training program. She has taught and performed with companies nationally and internationally and was an aerialist in the Cirque de la Mer show at Sea World, San Diego from 2014-2016. In 2018, she produced a show called "Love Will Persist" as a charity event for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center..
Melinda Jean Myers (Iowa City, IA) is a dance artist, choreographer and Visiting Assistant Professor at University of Iowa. She earned her MFA from University of Iowa (2012) where she received a Stanley Graduate Award for International Research and Iowa Arts Fellowship. She earned her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (2005). She was honored to perform internationally with the Trisha Brown Dance Company for four years (2006-2010), and currently re-stages their repertory. She created three new works as a devising ensemble member of Lucky Plush Productions (Chicago,IL) and toured nationally with the company for five years (2012-2017). As a member of The Cambrians, her collaborative work Clover (2015) was named one of Chicago Tribunes Top 10 Dances of 2015. She was chosen to produce her one woman cabaret greatBIGworld through High Concept Laboratories’ Sponsored Artist program at Mana Contemporary in 2014. The Chicago Tribune review mentioned “Myers has proved herself a winning performer, boasting a brilliantly unstudied comic touch.” Her interdisciplinary dance works have been presented South Korea, Germany, NYC and throughout the Midwest.
J'Sun Howard (Chicago, IL) has a BA in Dance from Columbia College Chicago. A Links Hall Co-MISSION Fellow, a Ragdale Foundation Sybil-Shearer Fellow, 2017 3Arts Make A Wave Awardee, and 2014 Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist, J'Sun's choreography has appeared at venues such as Links Hall, DanceBox (Kobe, Japan), Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Lincoln Square Theatre, Insight Arts/Center for New Possibilities, Epiphany Church, Rumble Arts, Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery, Patrick's Cabaret (Minneapolis, MN), and Danspace Project (New York City), The Arts Club of Chicago, and The Art Institute of Chicago.
Nicole Olson/Movement Chaos (Phoenix, Az) has performed in Arizona with the Phoenix Opera, Liliana Gomez, and Dulce Dance. Currently, she is the Assistant Director of Scorpius Dance Theatre and is Guest Artist for Center Dance Ensemble. Recently, she created NicoleOlson|MovementChaos; a concert and alternative space dance company.
Ms. Olson has presented her own work nationally in such venues as the Kennedy Center and TBA Festival in Portland, OR. Her choreography has also been seen in Phoenix Theatre’s “Evita” and “Once”, and Stray Cat Theatre’s “Heathers” and “Silence! The Musical”.
Nicole has also been presenting work in alternative performance spaces; creating for Phoenix Art Museum and galleries throughout Phoenix. This past year, she produced four evening length pieces for the internationally-awarded Canal Convergence Spring and Fall ’18, presented by Scottsdale Public Art.
Ms. Olson was awarded the 2016 Mayor’s Arts Award for Dance, and was selected as Phoenix New Times’ “Best Dancer, 2016” for their annual “Best Of Phoenix” and one of their “100 Creatives” for 2016. Last fall, she was recognized for Phoenix New Times’ “Best Of 2018” for her collaborative work with artist Patricia Sannit (Best Collaboration)
Jordan Reinwald (Chicago, IL) is a performance artist originally from Lincoln, NE. She has performed nationally, and internationally with Winifred Haun and Dancers, Khecari, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theater, The Catskills Ballet Theatre, The Ruth Page Civic Ballet, C5 Create With No Limits, and as a promotional performer for Cirque Du Soleil’s Luzia, with Theatre Mama, among others. In December, Reinwald was a featured Aerialist in Silverhawk Theatre’s Christmas Spectacular, and in October 2017 she was a featured performer in Tito Seghal’s Kiss at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Her collaboration “The Elephant in the Room” with Cuban choreographer Osnel Delgado was featured in the June, 2017 issue of Dance Magazine.
RE|Dance Group (Chicago, IL) Creative partners, Lucy Riner and Michael Estanich, established RE|dance Group in 2009 as a means to explore long distance collaborations and present dance theatre works that examine the many facets of human relationships. Executive Director, Lucy Riner, is a Chicago based dance artist and teacher. Artistic Director, Michael Estanich, lives in Stevens Point at the University of Wisconsin as an associate professor of dance. Their creative process embodies rich emotional content and dramatic imagery through the layering of music, text and sculpture. They seek to establish physical memories that enrich their dancing and the relationships created in their works.
Kybele Dance theater (los angeles, ca) Seda Aybay is the Founder/Artistic Director/Choreographer of KDT. Since emigrating from Istanbul she has won multiple awards for contemporary including 1st Place 2016 Front and Main, 2nd Place 2016 McCallum Choreography Festival. Seda has won numerous Outstanding Choreographer awards from 2015-2018 YAGP. In 2018 she was awarded the Marcus Residency at Washington University in St. Louis and the New Movement Residency at USC as well as presented by The Broad Stage. 2019 includes presented by Highways and NYU Masterclass. Seda infuses the DNA of her culture into contemporary gestural movement along with whispers of Afro-Cuban, pop & lock and Indonesian.
jessica miller tomlinson choreography (Chicago, IL) Jessica Miller Tomlinson graduated from The University of NC School of the Arts with a BFA in Contemporary Dance. She was a Dancer, Choreographer, and Rehearsal Director for Thodos Dance Chicago from 2005-17, during which time she performed and toured both nationally and internationally. She has choreographed for DanceWorks Chicago, Eisenhower Dance Detroit, Idaho Dance Theater, Dance For Life 2017 and Visceral Dance Chicago among others. She was the Grand Prize Winner of The Joyce Theater Foundation’s A.W.A.R.D. Show ! 2009. Her work has been presented at the Auditorium Theatre, the Harris Theater, the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland and The Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival to name a few. She currently serves as a Faculty member for the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Youth Program and The Joffrey Academy of Dance. In addition, she is the Ballet Mistress for Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre and is also Adjunct Faculty at Northern Illinois University.
Dmitri peskov (ephraim, utah) serves as the Chair of the Dance Department at Snow College. Since moving to UT three years ago, he has presented his choreography at three regional and one national American College Dance Conference Galas , performed as a Guest Artist with Gileadi Dance Company in Salt Lake City and St Paul Ballet in St Paul, MN, presented new works at Dance Now Festival in NY and was one of the four nationally selected choreographers to create a new piece for Repertory Dance Theatre's Regalia Competition. Other interests include poetry publication in English and Russian, visual arts, and yoga/pilates/taichi instruction. Before moving to UT, Dmitri Peskov used to live and work in Chicago where he was awarded the 2008 Artist Fellowship in Choreography from the Illinois Arts Council and the 2012 Co-Mission Residency from Links Hall. His duet with Paul Christiano for Bob Eisen and Friends was mentioned in the Best of Dance 2014 by the Chicago Tribune. Dmitri would like to thank director Luda Lopatina Solomon for casting him in Athol Fugard's two character play Hello and Goodbye as part of Bluebird Arts 2015 theatre season and Paul Sanasardo for always encouraging him to work as a solo movement artist.
mitchellmovement collective (chicago, Il) Taylor Mitchell is a Chicago-based dance performance artist, international educator, and recognized for his “comedic” choreography. He earned his BFA from The University of Arizona and has performed with Thodos Dance Chicago, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, Cocodaco Dance Project, C5 Create With No Limits, and other projects. Choreography credits include DanceWorks Chicago, The Big Muddy Dance Company, Thodos Dance Chicago, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, and METDance. Taylor is currently expanding his process of fusing contemporary dance and Clowning techniques as a solo performance artist and choreographer; all to better understand the shared relationship between performer and audience viewer.
sean greene’s the searchers (studio city, ca) At 19, Sean Greene began dancing at Pierce Junior College. Three years later, he joined the Bella Lewitzky Dance Company, where, as Principal Dancer and “Master Teacher” he danced and taught all over the world for 19 years. In 1978, he appeared on the cover of Dance magazine. Beginning in 1988, Sean directed Transitions Dance Company and the Advanced Performance Course at the Laban Centre, London for 5 years. He served as Rehearsal Director for the Phoenix Dance Company in Leeds, before returning to the United States. In 2003, Sean was nominated for a Lester Horton Lifetime Teaching Award. In 2004, his duet from “La Famiglia del Inferno” was reconstructed and nominated for a Lester Horton Award. Sean also directed, choreographed, and danced for Gallimaufry and Greene, which completed 30 performances in 31 days at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland during Summer 2008. In 2014, Sean launched into a new phase of his professional career in creating Sean Greene’s Shield Wall, a small ensemble dance company, which had its premiere concert in March 2016. He has taught at Chapman University since 1995.
Vadco/valerie alpert dance company (chicago, il) Valerie Alpert is a native of Chicago and artistic director of VADCO. Before founding her company in 2000 Alpert toured with professional repertory companies. As a member with Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth and Zenon Dance she worked with internationally known choreographers and performed across the U.S. Alpert’s own choreography has drawn praise at festivals and cities around the globe. Alpert holds a BFA from the University of Illinois, an MFA from The Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. from Texas Woman’s University. She is the chair of the dance department at the College of Lake County. Visit www.vadco.org for more information.
jennifer glaws (minneapolis, mn) is an interdisciplinary artist who is steering interactive, performance experiences that push notions of space, time, and human connection. She is dedicated to creating dance experiences that explore athleticism and conceptual depth that engage, open dialogue, and challenge perspective. She is interested in the social and developmental rewards of the arts evident in her work as a performer, educator, director, and photographer. Jennifer’s work has been presented in Arizona, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Colorado, Michigan, and New York. Jennifer holds a MFA in Dance from the UW-Milwaukee. She served on faculty at Gustavus Adolphus College, and Rochester Community College (MN).
Take root (rochester, mi) is Co-Founded and Co-Directed by Thayer Jonutz and Ali Woerner . The company consists of dancers and musicians, including company composer, Jon Anderson. Take Root is known, not only for their unique blend of live movement and music, but also for their outreach including Arts Education and Dance for Parkinson’s Disease. Their work has gone international most recently, their Berlin tour spring of 2018, including Dance for Parksinson’s Disease and Arts Education master classes to the Tanz Tanzgente and sold out performances.
Margi cole/the dance colective (chicago, IL) Margi Cole, founder and Artistic Director of The Dance COLEctive, received a BA in dance from Columbia College Chicago and an MFA in dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has taught for several educational and professional organizations nationally and internationally and performed with many well-known choreographers and companies. In 2011, Cole participated in the Deborah Hay Solo Commissioning Project. Margi has received two Illinois Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowships, a 2005 Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist Award, three Individual Arts Program Creative Project Grants from Chicago’s DCASE, an American Marshall Memorial Fellowship and, most recently, a 2018 Art Omi Dance Residency. Active in the Chicago dance community, she has served as a Chicago Dancemakers Forum Consortium Member, on grant panels, in public forums and is on the board of See Chicago Dance. Cole is on faculty at Columbia College Chicago, where she has served as a Lecturer and Associate Chair and is currently the Program Manager of the Dance Center Presenting Series.
Directed by Joanna Read, Same Planet Performance Project has been one of Chicago’s most inventive contemporary dance companies since 1997. Known for it’s highly physical, yet emotionally driven work, SPPP presents original work from its artistic director and commissions work from acclaimed national and international artists. The company has been presented at prestigious venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, The Dance Center of Columbia College, The Auditorium Theatre and Joyce Soho. Engaging aspiring artists is foundational to the company’s work, especially at the collegiate level. Past exchanges have been at the University of Minnesota, The University of Iowa, The University of Illinois and Illinois State University. Same Planet is available for touring, college residencies and master classes. SPPP is in residency at Chicago’s Dovetail Studios.