About Elevate Chicago Dance
Elevate Chicago Dance is a citywide festival with public performances and studio showings at nine creative spaces around the city, featuring close to forty Chicago choreographers and dance companies.
ELEVATE CHICAGO DANCE STAFF
Producer, Elevate Chicago Dance
Executive Director, Chicago Dancemakers Forum
Program Director, Dance, New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA)
Coordinator, Elevate Chicago Dance
Program Director, Chicago Dancemakers Forum
ELEVATE CHICAGO DANCE TASK FORCE
Elevate Chicago Dance is guided by a Task Force of key stakeholders in Chicago’s independent dance community. Its members and their organizations are:
Yolanda Cesta Cursach
Karena Fiorenza Ingersoll
ABOUT CHICAGO DANCEMAKERS FORUM
Chicago Dancemakers Forum elevates the field of dance by being a catalyst for the artistic and professional growth of dancemakers, providing time and resources for in-depth exploration and creation. Through robust interaction among dancemakers and with the public, Chicago Dancemakers Forum builds broad support and appreciation for Chicago’s diverse dance communities. As the signature endeavor in that effort, the Lab Artist Wards program has made $15,000 cash grants to four-to-six dancemakers annually for 14 years. Chicago Dancemakers Forum is the only organization in Chicago dedicated solely to nurturing artistic advancement in dancemaking; it is also the single largest source of support for individual choreographers in the city with an open call process.
ABOUT NEW ENGLAND FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS (NEFA)
The New England Foundation for the Arts invests in the arts to enrich communities in New England and beyond. NEFA accomplishes this by granting funds to artists and cultural organizations; connecting them to each other and their audiences; and analyzing their economic contributions. NEFA serves as a regional partner for the National Endowment for the Arts, New England’s state arts agencies, and private foundations. Learn more at www.nefa.org.
Now in its third decade, NEFA’s National Dance Project (NDP) is widely recognized as one of the country’s major sources of funding for dance. NDP has invested more than $36 million in funding to artists and organizations to strengthen partnerships and bring dance into communities across the U.S. To date, NDP has supported the creation of over 412 new choreographic works that have toured to all 50 states and Washington, DC, reaching over 2.8 million audience members.
NDP launched the Regional Dance Development Initiative (RDDI) in 2004 to catalyze existing regional resources and redefine the relationship between artists and organizational partners. Through RDDI, NEFA engages with local partners, funders, and communities to develop and implement professional development programs for choreographers, primarily through an intensive ten-day dance lab. The first pilot project of the RDDI took place in Seattle in August of 2004. Additional regional projects have taken place in the San Francisco Bay area; Portland, Oregon; New England; and Minnesota. Each RDDI site is developed for the unique needs of the nearby dance community through partnerships with regional dance leaders.
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