Sunday, December 7, 2014

Get behind-the-scenes at DanceWorks Chicago's Open Company Audition!

Audience is welcome to check out DanceWorks Chicago's upcoming Open Company Audition on stage of the Dance Center of Columbia College from 10am - 2pm this Saturday, December 13! 

Join us for a unique experience to see what a dance audition is all about. 
Get UP CLOSE to see current and future DWC dancers in action!


Saturday, November 29, 2014

There's no business like Small Business!

Sending good energy to our fellow organizations on Small Business Saturday!
Merde for #ILGiveBig on Tuesday  :-)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

DanceMoves Showcase: Sunday, November 16

DanceWorks Chicago is excited to continue our commitment to local artists through the DanceMoves Choreography Competition. Four Chicago-based choreographers have been selected, each given a one-week residency, to create new work with DanceWorks Chicago this autumn. The "assignment" given to DanceMoves choreographers was simply to take inspiration from the city of Chicago. These new creations will be unveiled in a one-night-only DanceMoves Showcase from 6:30pm-7:30pm on Sunday, November 16 in the Gerald Arpino Black Box Theatre of The Joffrey Ballet.

Excited to celebrate the next generation of movers and makers.  
Think global! Dance local!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Training: Funding, Fundraising, & Development

Saturday, November 15, 9am-2pm
Location TBD

Join A&BC for our upcoming On BOARD training session on funding, fundraising, and development.

We'll discuss:
  • Complex landscape of funding for nonprofit arts organizations and sector-wide trends
  • Defining the sources of philanthropic support
  • Role board members must play in securing funds
  • Identifying prospects and creating an “ask”

Breakfast and lunch are provided. RSVP to by Nov 13.

Workshop: Online Fundraising: Crafting the Donor Experience

Tuesday, October 21, 9:00am-11:30am
Lyric Opera Building
20 North Wacker Drive, 12th Floor

Tim Frick, PrincipalMightybytes
Case Studies Featuring:
Amanda DelheimerExecutive Artistic Director2nd Story
You want to raise money online but don’t want to blow your budget doing it. This seems a fair assumption, right? This workshop will cover how to apply basic user experience (UX) design principles and lean/agile practices to online fundraising campaigns with measurable success. This may sound like something reserved for the realm of web designers and developers, but it’s not.
By executing some basic tactics and measuring performance you can create fundraising campaigns that perform well and engage donors, but don’t break the bank in the process. We’ll discuss what it takes to create successful user-driven campaigns, then hone in on how to do so quickly and efficiently by creating and validating hypotheses and learning when to pivot away from campaigns that aren’t working while iterating on those that are.
Learning Objectives:
  • Online Fundraising User Experience Basics: Website & Social Media
  • What you need to understand about your community of donors before deciding on a fundraising approach
  • How to effectively use fundraising tools such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and others
Who Should Attend:
  • Development, Marketing, and IT staff who are tasked with fundraising
  • Board Members who participate on Marketing Committees or Fundraising Committees
  • Fundraising consultants who want to integrate online best-practices into their client engagements

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Saturday, September 27, 2014

DanceWorks Chicago's DanceMoves!

DanceWorks Chicago piloted the DanceMoves Choreography Competition in our 2012-2013 season to great enthusiasm. DWC is perfectly positioned to build on this successful debut and provide a layer of opportunity for Chicago-based choreographers as we continue our on-going commitment to encourage new work via Dance Chance, our monthly version of open mic night. We are excited to develop ways for local choreographers to shine and are proud to contribute to the city's cultural landscape by encouraging creativity and promoting excellence.

We are grateful to all of the dancemakers who shared work with us through the application process. It is with excitement that we announce the DanceMoves 2014 choreographers:

Connor Cornelius, from Oak Park, IL, graduated cum laude from Western Michigan University with a BFA in Dance. Connor is currently a performance apprentice with Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre.

Ayako Kato
is a Chicago-based dancer/choreographer who hails from Yokohama, Japan. Since 1998, she has been the Artistic Director of Ayako Kato/Art Union Humanscape and presented and performed her works extensively in the United States, Japan, and Europe.

Taylor Mitchell graduated with his BFA in Dance from the University of Arizona, where he received the "Creative Achievement Award" for various works of choreography set on the U of A ensemble and musical theater department. Taylor is a company member with Thodos Dance Chicago.

Liv Schaffer, from Algonquin, IL, graduated summa cum laude from Alonzo King's LINES BFA Program at Dominican University. Liv has danced and choreographed with the JUNTOS Collective, and her work has been presented at American College Dance Festival Association's Baja Conference. Liv is a member of DanceWorks Chicago.

Each of these choreographers will create a new work inspired by the city of Chicago to be unveiled in studio showings this autumn. First up: Connor Cornelius! Please join us for Dance Bytes in our home at the Ruth Page Center on Friday, October 3 to see Connor unveil her new creation!

Stay tuned for more DanceMoves news and join us to support fresh voices and next steps in the Chicago dance community.


Monday, September 22, 2014

Webinar: How to Use Google Analytics For Your Nonprofit - A Step by Step Guide

Course Level - Beginner 
Knowing about your audience, their behavior, and how they interact with your nonprofit's website is crucial to increasing results like donations, email acquisition, awareness, traffic, and engagement. Having that information can answer questions like:
  • Who are your donors and supporters? Use their demographics info like age, gender, and location to develop specific messaging and outreach
  • Are your supporters finding out about you from social media, specific websites, email campaigns, search traffic, or other sources? Use this to determine what kind of outreach initiatives you should run and where to run them
  • What parts of your website and content engages your supporters? Use this to improve upon content that isn't working and create or promote content that is working
  • Do your supporters complete actions like donate, sign up for a newsletter, or register for an event? Use this to determine what messaging causes them to donate, sign up, or register so that you can maximize your results
Google Analytics is a free and powerful tool that can help you answer all these questions and much more.

This live premium nonprofit webinar will show you step-by step how to install and use Google Analytics and why it's the cornerstone behind building your nonprofit's online presence. You will learn how to discover more about who your visitors are, what they visit, and how they got there. Finally, it will leave you with an understanding of how you can use this information to grow your nonprofit.
With more than 3 billion searches happening every day, it's more important now than ever for your nonprofit to connect with its supporters online; Google Analytics is essential to achieving this.
In this nonprofit webinar, you will learn:
  • What Google Analytics is
  • How Google Analytics can help you increase donations, email acquisition, and improve user engagement
  • How to setup Google Analytics
  • How to use Google Analytics
  • How to understand more about your audience characteristics
  • How to find out where your visitors are coming from
  • How to find out your audience behavior
  • How to create & use conversion goals to track results like donations
Bonus! Also included in this webinar:
  1. Google Analytics Installation Guide
  2. Google Analytics Account Infographic
  3. Google Analytics Key Reports
  4. Google Analytics Do's and Don'ts
Price: $79

Dates: Wed, Sept 24 or Tues, Oct 7 from 3:00-4:30pm EDT

Simon Choy: Simon Choy, founder of ConnectAd, helps charities obtain and manage free advertising through Google Grants. Through his work, he has personally helped over a hundred develop their online presence, including getting the most out of their Google Analytics.  Simon is certified by Google as an online advertising expert with a specialization in Google Analytics. He has worked with over a hundred nonprofits to maximize their online presence using Google Analytics and Google Ad Grants