Inspiración Dance Chicago is a nonprofit 501(c)3 dance group that offers free or subsidized learning, training and performance opportunities to high school, college and adult members.
Drawing from multiple dance forms, while retaining the cultural authenticity of Latin dance, IDC presents groundbreaking instruction and choreography that utilizes Latin dance to educate and enrich the lives of young people and the community.
Inspiración offers a variety of services that include our public group salsa classes. Please contact us about bookings for private lessons, performances and/or dance workshops.
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It’s been a good year for Inspiración. This spring we created a ballet-bachata piece with Dereque Whiturs of Happy Nia Dance Theater & this fall we commissioned William Gill of the Joel Hall Dancers to create a jazz piece for the Nicholas Senn High School Dance Program.
Principle dancers Olena Javorska, Kevin Little, and Luis Santillian worked with our college affiliate at Loyola University providing free training & choreography.
Our performance team performed everywhere including in the Ray of Stars fundraising gala, the Orlando Salsa Congress and made their theater debut in the prevue of Los Secretos De Santa Monica. Finally performance team members Chris Manning and Maria Ninos won the Milwaukee Salsa Championship.
Finally, our work in the community was recognized when we won the Fashion and Arts Humanity Fete Humanitarian Award.
Every year we try to bring some of Chicago's best dancers to work with students in our partner school, Nicholas Senn HIgh School. This year we've comissioned William Gill of the Joel Hall Dancers and Center to choreograph a jazz piece for the students of the Senn Arts Dance Program. Gill was a principle dancer with the Bryant Ballet, has toured with the Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and performed in "Show Boat" with the Washington National Opera. Gill began working with students at Senn last week and his great familiarity with the world of professional dance will surely help them reach their goals as young artists.
Also this week Principle Dancers Chris Manning & Cate Wood provided a complimentary lesson to an excited first grade class at Chicago's Socorro Sandoval Elementary School where the students not only learned about merengue, bachata, and cumbia, but they also played Freeze Dance and Merengue Hot Potato. It was a fun time for all!