Atalee Judy founded Breakbone DanceCo. in 1997 as a creative outlet to house her athletic nature as well as her cathartic creative process after earning a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance & Choreography, with Honors in Outstanding Achievement, at Columbia College Chicago. Atalee is a dancemaker who emerged from the 80's punk rock scene of New York City and made her way to Chicago. Since 1994 her work has been presented throughout Chicago, Los Angeles, Toronto, Amsterdam, and Russia. Most recently, she traveled to the University of Texas at Austin, for Gender Studies in Dance Professor, Dr. Rebecca Rossen-Pavkovic's event called "Warriors & Queens" to perform, teach & discuss her work as radical staging in dance and identity. She has created over 30 dance works, and has produced 13 full evening length concerts. Atalee has served as an advisor for other independent choreographers and has been commissioned to choreograph, teach & perform for established performance companies in Chicago and elsewhere.

For six consecutive years, Atalee has been an Artist-In-Residence with Arts Partner The Chicago Moving Company & Nana Shineflug with Hamlin Park of The Chicago Park District.


Atalee Judy's proposed CDF Project explored the creation of  a multimedia integrated dance work in an intimate setting with a small group of dancers. Inspired by the power of architecture, Judy planned to build the content for the work in response to a variety of buildings and settings, including a turn of the century train station and other architecturally significant buildings in Buffalo and Rochester, New York.


Her achievements have been recognized by her supporters earning numerous consecutive grants from foundations and an Artistic Fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council in 2006. In 2005 Breakbone was the recipient of the Chicago Dance and Music Alliance's Elizabeth F. Cheney Dance Achievement Award, citing Atalee's evening-length project, ONE as an example of excellence in the field of dance. In 2009, after a rigorous selection process, Atalee was selected to be one of four choreographers to be a Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist. She was also named by The Chicago Reader as among one of the "Best Choreographers in Chicago" and most recently her production DE-evolution of Mudwoman received New City's "Top 5 Best Dance Shows by Chicago Dance Companies" listing. With over 18 years in the Chicago dance scene, Atalee is still committed to creating dance works of uncompromising intensity and visceral engagement while discovering the potential opportunity for growth in an environment that enables the artist to delve, to really dig, to share with others, and to become transparent in their process.

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