Feb 11th 2017

Enjoy a night of visual and performing arts at The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts in Hyde Park! Hosted by Simantikos Dance Chicago, this event will feature talented visual artists as well as informational booths on participating organizations and refreshments from 5 to 7. Guests can mingle, browse, and even purchase their favorite artwork and refreshments while kids enjoy the crafts and activities booths.

Get your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sdcs-celebration-of-chicago-art-tickets-29518905842

Performances start at 7!


Marcelo is a painter living and working in Chicago’s Bridgeport Neighborhood. The body of work in steady development currently manifest a symbolic language, prioritizing exploration of material, relationship and contemporary culture. In 2016 Marcelo participated in HPAC’s Center Program and has recently been enrolled in the University of Chicago’s Visual Art Certification program.

Simantikos Dance Chicago is a contemporary modern dance company based in Chicago that was founded in 2015 by Haley McElwee. Simantikos exists to address social injustices and societal concerns through movement to a broad audience in the local and global community alike.

NDE is a Chicago-based not-for-profit repertoire dance company. NDE strives to embody dance as an athletic expression with uncompromising technique and as an exclusively female company, NDE challenges common place dance aesthetics, specifically gender-based normalcies. Through its unrelenting passion for dance, NDE fosters choreographic expression and development through the female perspective to bring life and relevance to social and historical phenomena.

Elise is a graduate assistant at Columbia College where she is working towards her Masters in Dance/Movement Therapy. She has a passion for working with others on a physical, cognitive, and emotional level. Discovering that choreographing is another modality in which this may be achieved, she has channeled her creativity towards making work that is mentally stimulating, emotionally charging, and physically challenging. She has presented her work at multiple venues including concerts by MOVED, Karlovsky & Company Dance, Midwest Ballet Theatre, and DanceTCU. Currently, Elise is a Pilates instructor at Roots of Integrity in the South Loop. She has a comprehensive Pilates certification through Balanced Body University and is in the process of working towards a GYROKINESIS certification. In addition, Elise runs a small business MotionExpress where she privately works with children with developmental differences to help enhance emotional, cognitive, psychological, and social integration of the individual. To learn more about Elise and to contact her, visit elisemarieringenberg.weebly.com.

A dance collective that celebrates diversity in age, race, size, music and styles of dance. They embrace our quirks and envision our art with moxie as our backbone.

To Ascend means to “Rise up” to “Conquer”. The inspiration for Ascendence Dance Chicago came after founder and artistic director, Heather Carpenter, was sexually assaulted. Shortly after this, a dear friend of hers lost everything she owned to a building fire the day of her wedding. Both dancers found that one of the strongest therapeutic tools at their disposal was artistic expression through movement. From this realization, many cathartic and healing hours were spent in the dance studio, which led to the creation of beautiful, touching, and liberating choreography that became the cornerstone for our artistic vision. Ascendence Dance Chicago is a contemporary based dance company,dedicated to the design, creation and passion for performance pieces that resonate with anyone in need of healing or inspiration. Ascendence Dance Chicago distinguishes itself by its unique concepts and ability to give back to the Chicago community, and rally them to “Ascend.”

Kenwood School of Ballet is proud to present it’s Youth Company in Simantikos Chicago’s Celebration of Chicago Art. Our Youth Company members range in age from 8-13 years old. Dancer training is primarily focused in Ballet and other classical styles of dance, in addition to Acrobatic Arts. We are thrilled to showcase our talented dancers this evening! For more information on our Youth Company and our school, please visit: www.itwirldance.com.

RIZE Pro-Elite is Praize Productions’ award-winning, professional performing arts company. PPI is an arts-based, 501(c)3, organization on Chicago’s southside community. PPI will be hosting a theatrical production, “The Issues of Women” on Saturday, March 25th at 7pm at The Dance Center of Columbia College in Chicago, IL. This powerful production invokes both the spirit and heart of today’s woman, while telling powerful stories through dance, live music, and spoken word.

Abby is the artistic director and choreographer of Abby Williams Dance, a Fractured Atlas sponsored modern contemporary company. Williams received her B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreographer, a B.A. in Arts Administration and a minor in Communications from Elon University in 2014. Her choreographic repertoire includes over 15 works. She has also performed professionally with The Coincidentals, Jamm ‘N Honey, Heather Carpenter, Sara Tourek, and Jason Aryeh. Williams is currently living in Chicago where, in addition to creating and performing her own work, she teaches various styles of dance in the Chicago Park Districts, Chicago Public Schools, Glencoe Park District and Steps Performing Arts Center.

Abigai was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She began her dance training at the Young Dance Academy under the direction of Sandra Young, and she participated in the Technique Intensive and Competitive Dance programs until her graduation in 2012. Abigail became a faculty member at the Young Dance Academy in 2010 and has continued to teach and choreograph since then. After high school, Abigail attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where she earned a BFA in Dance with Honors. While attending the university, she performed in works choreographed by Douglas Becker, Mark Caserta, Meredith Rainey, Roni Koresh, Robert Battle, Sidra Bell, Katie Swords, and many of her peers. Also, she has attended summer intensives with the Milwaukee Ballet, Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary, Pennsylvania Ballet, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Abigail traveled to Lille, France and Brussels, Belgium with the university’s “European Touring Ensemble.” Most recently, Abigail moved to Chicago to attend the Scholarship Program at Lou Conte Dance Studio and to perform as a Mezzo Company member with Cocodaco Dance Project.

Kiefer Otto has been dancing since he was 4 years old in several genres of dance. As he graduated high school he decided to pursue dance as a career at Columbia College Chicago. He has been living in Chicago for the past three years. His most recent choreography was showcased at the Athenaeum Theater for the show Resilience. Taylor Craver started dancing when she was 4 years old in Cleveland, Ohio. She studied dance at The Ohio State University and graduated with a BFA in performance and pedagogy. She recently moved to Chicago and has been performing at festivals throughout the city. Taylor and Kiefer met within a dance company they were performing with and decided to start working together on this project. They could not be more proud of their dancers compassion and excitement for this piece. They are looking forward to making their debut performance with Simantikos.

DLD was founded in 2004 by Arthur J. Daniels and Dyanna Daniels. Since its founding, Artistic Director, Dyanna Daniels has cultivated the company to be rooted in the foundations of Hip Hop dance while often interfusing Hip Hop with other dance genres into DLD’s work to bridge the gap sometimes seen between dance genres. Our company strives to create an eclectic performance experience that leaves any audience wanting more. DLD Dance Company also holds several events in which a portion of the profits are used for DLD Dance Center’s Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship Fund was started in 2011. Scholarships are awarded to children in the community who otherwise would not have the opportunity to dance. We currently have 9 children enrolled in this program.

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