In Motion: Praize Productions Inc. fosters sisterhood and community through dance

As a young, rising Chicago dancer, Enneréssa LaNette envisioned herself leading an arts organization of her own. So in 2010, when she was 25 years old, she founded Prazie Productions Inc. (PPI) on the city’s south side. “I always knew that eventually I would be a professional artist and start an organization where we can […]

In Motion: Forward Momentum Chicago teaches Chicago’s youngest generations about dance and life

Since 2013, Forward Momentum Chicago has been engaging local students in the art of dance by meeting them where they are—in their schools.   The South Loop–based organization is led by founder and executive director Pierre Lockett, a professional dancer who performed with the Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Joffrey Ballet, where he also served […]

In Motion: Deeply Rooted Dance Theater reveals itself as Chicago’s “best kept secret” as it looks toward expansion

“I keep saying, in this moment, I think we may be one of the best-kept secrets,” says Nicole Clarke-Springer, the artistic director of Deeply Rooted Dance Theater.  The critically acclaimed Chicago-based dance company is beloved for its spectacular storytelling and world-class performers, but still, it’s often flown under the radar. In 2019, WTTW theater critic […]

In Motion: The Chicago Black Dance Legacy Project centers equity and opportunity while celebrating local artistry

Amid an inequitable arts landscape, an innovative, multi-year initiative called the Chicago Black Dance Legacy Project [CBDLP] has emerged to bolster Chicago’s most beloved Black dance institutions.  For more than a century, Chicago-based Black dance organizations and artists have pioneered numerous styles, including, modern, jazz, hip-hop, tap, and footwork. They’ve also helped introduce African dance […]

In Motion: The Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center and Hiplet Ballerinas empower the next generation of artists

For decades, the Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center (CMDC) has been at the intersection of dance, innovation, and inclusivity. Located in the South Loop, CMDC is a hub for young dancers of all skin tones, ages, and sizes. It’s also the home of the illustrious Hiplet Ballerinas, a company that has taken the dance world by […]