In 1995, John Schmitz and Fred Solari decided to create a new idea for dance in Chicago. DANCE CHICAGO began that season as an audience development project for Chicago dance and drew wide attention from audiences and critics alike. After 23 years of successful operations, Dance Chicago is now considered to be a Chicago dance institution.

Dance Chicago has become the most diverse and comprehensive exposition of dance in the history of Chicago and remains the only festival using dynamic showcasing in the Nation. From large and mid-sized companies to the new small dance troupe and the young independent artist, Dance Chicago is the most important celebration for Chicago's large and diverse dance community in the performing arts year. Dance Chicago provides the entire Chicago metropolitan area dance organizations a chance to exhibit their best work on a major Chicago stage to large audiences with significant marketing and press support.

Each season Dance Chicago supports the work of over 300 companies and independent choreographers and over 3,000 individual artists. Each program is carefully curated for audience enjoyment.  Dance Chicago occupies a major share of the market in the fall season.


The Dance Chicago Choreography Project

The Dance Chicago Choreography Project is a project designed as an infrastructure development project for the Chicago Dance Community. Originally sponsored by the Chicago Community Trust and Sara Lee Foundation in 2002, the project aids young choreographers by providing resources in order to create new work, which then premieres in Dance Chicago. These choreographers, nurtured through Dance Chicago, would probably not have the opportunity to work with the high level of talent provided by this project. Past examples include River North Chicago Dance Company, Thodos Dance Chicago, Luna Negra Dance Theatre, Hubbard Street 2, and dancers of the Joffrey Ballet.

Choreographers have included: Jon Lehrer, Paul Christiano, Lauri Stallings, Altin Naska, Julia Rhoads, Lisa Willingham, Tommye Giacchino and Gregory Day, Eddy Ocampo, Dane Campbell, Lizzie MacKenzie, Brock Clawson and many others.

Artists interested in this project should contact:
John Schmitz directly at Choreography Project

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