PAIGE CUNNINGHAM CALDARELLA
Paige Cunningham Caldarella studied at Cincinnati's School for Creative and Performing Arts. She received her BFA from the Juilliard School and went on to dance for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, touring throughout Europe, Australia and the US. Mrs. Caldarella holds an MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is an Assistant Professor at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago where she was recently awarded the 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award. She has performed with The Seldoms, Colleen Halloran Performance Group, Linda Lehovec, Darrell Jones, and Sara Hook, among others. Her choreography has been seen at Chicago's Cultural Center as a recipient of the DanceBridge program, the Krannert Center, Links Hall, the Aronoff Center, and Summer Stages Dance in Concord, MA. Additionally, Mrs. Caldarella has guest taught at the University of California, Berkeley; University of Florida, Gainesville; University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Beloit College; and Boston Ballet's summer program. She is a 2012 Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist grantee and recently premiered a new work on the Cincinnati Ballet as part of their New Works program.
DURING THE CDF YEAR
In Caldarella's latest work, the dancers transform into powerful, confident and at times, exaggerated versions of themselves while walking a delicate tight rope of complete insecurity. Caldarella utilizes the dancers' own training in Voguing and Contemporary Ballet to unmask/reveal vulnerable depictions of their inner most selves. Voguing, an underground dancesport and Contemporary Ballet
being a "privileged" form of concert dance, both serve as a sort of sub-culture to their mainstream counterparts. Caldarella examines ways in which these forms vacillate between ideas of masculinity and femininity while dealing with struggles of identity and acceptance.
Her choreography has been seen at Chicago's Cultural Center as a recipient of the DanceBridge program, the Krannert Center, Links Hall, the Aronoff Center and Summer Stages Dance in Concord, Massachusetts. Additionally, Mrs. Caldarella has guest taught and choreographed at the University of California, Berkeley, University of Florida, Gainesville, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Beloit College,the Isadora Festival in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia and Boston Ballet's summer program. Check out www.balletlabchicago.com for more info.
Paige recently presented work on students at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago and premiered her new duet "On the Verge" at the 2015 Going Dutch festival this past June. Currently, she is dancing for Onye Ozuzu and will be performing at Millenium Park as part of the Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz series this August.