Founded in 2007, DanceWorks Chicago (DWC) fills a niche in the dance ecosystem. A creative incubator focusing on the development of young people, DWC fosters a diverse next generation of movers and makers, empowering early career artists to cultivate their unique voices through skill acquisition and development, collaborations and relationship-building with a global perspective, intense and intentional mentorship, and performances shining a light on dancers and dance. A cultural ambassador locally, nationally, and internationally, DWC inspires excellence in the studio, on stage, and behind-the-scenes.

DWC is excited to partner with the University of Iowa Department of Dance on a 2-week residency designed to encourage young dancers to cultivate and take ownership of their individual artistic voices. The opportunity for DanceWorks Chicago dancers to share the Summer of the Arts stage with university dancers is the culminating event of the residency!






Summer of the Arts Festivals: