Saturday, June 22, 2019

Deeply Rooted Presents July Summer Dance Intensive Performances


Deeply Rooted Dance Theater (DRDT) contributes to the future of the field of dance with its annual Summer Dance Intensive, for 70+ national and international students from ages 13 to 70, June 24–July 20 at its home studio, 17 N. State Street in downtown Chicago. The Intensive culminates in performances July 19 and 20 at 7 p.m. at the Reva and David Logan Center, 915 E. 60th Street in Hyde Park.

Under the leadership of Dance Education Director Nicole Clarke-Springer, Summer Dance Intensive participants engage in a rigorous curriculum fostering learning and personal growth, along with opportunities to experience the companys repertoire through workshops and performances. The programs Pre-Professional/Professional Division for ages 16 and older and the Youth program (ages 13–15) learn technique and DRDT repertoire. Guest artists include Terence M. Greene, founder, CEO and artistic director of The Greene Works Project and program manager for Tri-C Creative Arts Dance Academy, and Krystal Hall-Glass, past  dance director for Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center and the famed Harlem School of the Arts and currently president and founder of Krystal Glass (e)Motion By Design, a support company that maximizes the performance, professionalism and presentation of dancers and like organizations. 

Led by Company and Artistic Team member Joshua L. Ishmon, the Emerging Choreographers Showcase (ECS), an advanced division of the Intensive that begins June 10, provides an environment for emerging choreographers and dancers to cultivate creativity, deepen technical skill and gain performance experience. Also serving as a platform for established choreographers, ECS provides an opportunity for further exploration of choreographic approach. This summer's guest choreographers include Shaness Kemp, a certified Umfundalai teacher who has taught at various institutions, festivals and intensives, and Jamal White, who has created work for Southern Methodist University, Dean College, London Contemporary Dance School, Kent State University, BODYTRAFFIC, Los Angeles Jewish Symphony and The Ailey School.

Mature H.O.T. (Health-conscious, Optimistic and Triumphant) Women, a year-round program that provides technical training and repertory workshops to strengthen the body, challenge the mind and nourish the spirit of women who are average age 40+, offers a summer session that is part of the Intensive.

DRDTs Summer Dance Intensive program began in 1998 as a two-week intensive under the guidance of Andrea Haynes-Johnson. In 2007, Nicole Clarke-Springer joined the staff as associate dance education director under Haynes-Johnsons tutelage and took the reins as director in 2008. The Summer Dance Intensive program cultivates emerging artists, future DRDT Emerging Artists Ensemble members and Company members. Alumni have joined the ranks of many Broadway, national and international productions including The Lion King, West Side Story and Motown: The Musical, as well as dance companies including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Nederlands Dans Theater and many International Association of Blacks in Dance member companies.

“Our dance education programs are a reflection of our mission to provide professional dance training in various classic and contemporary modern techniques, along with conversations of artistic exploration and choreographic workshops led by Deeply Rooted's Artistic Team, company dancers and guest artists,” said Clarke-Springer.
Deeply Rooted Dance Theater’s Summer Dance Intensive
and Emerging Choreographers Showcase performances
take place
Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20 at 7 p.m. at

the Reva and David Logan Center for the Performing Arts,
915 E. 60th Street, Chicago.

A reception follows the July 20 performance.
Tickets, available at are $25;
a VIP ticket of $150 provides additional support for these programs
For information about the 2019 Summer Dance Intensive programs,

In addition to the Intensive’s July 
19 and 20 final performances 
at the Logan Center, the Deeply 
Rooted Dance Theater 
Youth Ensemble performs as part 
of Night Out in the Parks, a 
program of the Chicago Park 
District, July 13 at Hamilton 
Park, July 23 at Palmer Park 
and this fall on October 17 at 
Pullman Park.

Deeply Rooted Dance Theater
Premiering in 1996, Deeply 
is rooted in traditions 
of modern, contemporary and 
African dance, as well as 
storytelling, in universal themes 
that spark a visceral experience 
and ignite an emotional 
response in diverse 
audiences worldwide. 
Collaborating with 
nationally renowned 
choreographers across the 
spectrum of modern, ballet and 
African dance, DRDT 
presents work that reflects 
eclectic voices in contemporary 
Deeply Rooted’s programs 
are partially supported by 
the Alphawood Foundation 
Chicago, Arts Work Fund and 
Smart Growth program of 
the Chicago Community Trust, 
Chicago Park District’s Night 
Out in the Parks Program, 
Ginger Farley Charitable Fund 
at the Chicago 
Community Foundation, 
Gaylord and Dorothy 
Donnelley Foundation, John 
D. and Catherine T. 
MacArthur Foundation, 
Illinois Arts Council 
Agency, International 
Association of Blacks in 
Dance, Martha Struthers 
Farley and Donald C. 
Farley Jr. Family Foundation, 
Reva and David Logan 
Foundation, the Richard 
H. Driehaus Foundation 
and the Deeply Rooted 
Family of Friends. 
Special thanks to Ballet 
Chicago, Chicago 
Dancemakers Forum, 
Chicago Community 
Trust, Chicago Park 
District, Reva and David 
Logan Center and St. 
Benedict the African 
Church for their partnership 
and support.

Photo of Josh Francique
by Ken Carl.

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