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.


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