When I founded Design Dance in 2008, the mission was simple: to bring accessible dance education to children throughout Chicago. Today the company serves over 1500 students annually and employs 40+ dancers each season. We proudly work in over 25 neighborhoods in Chicago using dance to teach literacy, cultural studies and science.
Over the years, my attachment to the work has grown as I’ve seen the benefits of dance education extend beyond my original mission. Kids who learn to create something from their own imagination are courageous, focused and adaptable - qualities that play a huge role in their ability to make decisions that impact their future success.