Every year we try to bring some of Chicago's best dancers to work with students in our partner school, Nicholas Senn HIgh School. This year we've comissioned William Gill of the Joel Hall Dancers and Center to choreograph a jazz piece for the students of the Senn Arts Dance Program. Gill was a principle dancer with the Bryant Ballet, has toured with the Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and performed in "Show Boat" with the Washington National Opera. Gill began working with students at Senn last week and his great familiarity with the world of professional dance will surely help them reach their goals as young artists.
Also this week Principle Dancers Chris Manning & Cate Wood provided a complimentary lesson to an excited first grade class at Chicago's Socorro Sandoval Elementary School where the students not only learned about merengue, bachata, and cumbia, but they also played Freeze Dance and Merengue Hot Potato. It was a fun time for all!
As part of our community mission, Inspiración always supports the annunal Latin American Student Organization's Latino Ball at Loyola University. The Ball is a great event that brings together students from across the Loyola community to enjoy Latin food, music and dance. This year we had a brand new roster of college performers lead by IDC Performance Team member, Luis Santillian, a debut piece by Performance Team member Chris Manning and Elisa Alyabyeva from Chicago Dance, a lesson by team members Kevin Little and Olena Jay, and an ensemble piece from the Performance Team. At a time when young students are grappling with insitutional racism on campuses across the country, the LASO Latino Ball is a shining example of how to use culture to bring people together. Inspiración Dance Chicago is proud to be a part of it.
Founded in January of 2013, Inspiración Dance Chicago is a nonprofit 501(c)3 dance group located in Chicago, IL that offers free or subsidized learning, training and performance opportunities to high school, college and adult members.
Drawing from multiple dance forms, while retaining the cultural authenticity of Latin dance, Inspiración Dance Chicago presents groundbreaking instruction and choreography that utilizes Latin dance to educate and enrich the lives of young people and the community.
Inspiracion offers a variety of services that include our public group salsa classes. Please contact us about bookings for private lessons, performances and/or dance workshops.
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