Dow Dance Presents: Endowed Movement

Dow Dance Presents: Endowed Movement

Tiffany Dow, Joel Hall, Krissie Odegard Geye, Melissa Lobes, Meredith Kirkman, Kate O'Hanlon

Mon, October 16, 2017

7:30 pm

Links Hall

Chicago, IL


Tickets at the Door

Dow Dance presents its inaugural choreography showcase, Endowed Movement-- an evening of original dance work by local Chicago artists. This one night of artistry and athleticism will leave you inspired.

Dow Dance
Dow Dance promotes emerging choreographers and dancers through the Endowed Movement showcases.
Tiffany Dow
Dow Dance Founder, Artistic Director

Tiffany grew up dancing in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago and earned her first professional credit as a kid dancing on WGN’s The Bozo Show. She graduated from Kutztown University where she was a principle dancer in the university’s resident dance company; Performing Dance Portmanteau (PDP) and earned her BA in Theatre & Dance. She continued to study dance in NY, LA and Philadelphia. While in Philly, Tiffany was featured in Charles Tyson’s company; Underground DanceWorks while also studying under Roni Koresh, Melissa Rector, Eric Bean and Samuel Reyes. It was in Philadelphia where Tiffany produced and choreographed her first show Bang! Zoom! Pow! A Story of Broken Borders in the Philly Fringe Festival. Upon returning to Chicago, Tiffany has been active in the dance community by chairing the Associate Board of Giordano Dance Chicago for two years and volunteering as a dance teacher at the Boys & Girls Clubs. Tiffany has showcased her choreography in DanceWorks Chicago’s Dance Chance at Hubbard Street Dance Center. Inspired by vulnerability and risk, Tiffany is committed to providing a platform for emerging artists to showcase their work and thrilled to have launched her company Dow Dance and the Endowed Movement choreography series.
Joel Hall
Executive /Artistic Director, Co-Founder

Joel Hall, a native of Chicago’s Cabrini Green neighborhood, established and co-founded the Chicago City Theatre Company in 1974. This unique performing arts organization includes the Chicago City Theatre Company, the Joel Hall Dancers, and a training facility, the Joel Hall Dancers & Center. Hall is the Artistic Director and choreographer for his dance company and the Chief Dance Instructor for the training studio. He has now mentored dancers who direct Joel Hall Dancers II and Joel Hall Dancers Youth Company. During the past 40 years, Hall has achieved an international reputation for his Dance Company and acclaims as a choreographer whose work; in his own unique dance style based in jazz, expresses a rich vocabulary embracing both the classical and modern dance idioms. Mr. Hall also served as one of Mayor Harold Washington’s international ambassadors for the arts. “Jazz dance at it’s best” says Dance Magazine.

Mr. Hall has studied both in Chicago at the Chicago Dance Center with Nana Shineflug , Kieth Allison, Warren Rude, Al Gossan, Harry Laird, Ed Parish, Denise Jefferson, Sarah Singleton, Tom Baker. In New York with Thelma Hill, Pepsi Bethel, Lynn Simonson, Nat Horn, Robert Christopher, Michelle Murray, June Lewis and Finis Jung. Since the 70’s has created more than seventy ballets for his own company and is noted in two major books on the contemporary dance arts; Black Dance by Edward Thorpe, dance critic for The London Standard and The Black Tradition in American Dance by Richard Long. Susan and Thomas D. Kuczmarski note him in the book Apples are Square: Thinking Differently About Leadership. Recently published history in Black Theater Is Black Life by Harvey Young and Queen Meccasia Zabriskie. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Northeastern Illinois University Alumnus of the Year, the King/Chavez/Parks Visiting Scholar Award from Western Michigan University, guest professor at Northwestern University Theater / Dance Department, the Katherine Dunham Award / several Choreographic and two Awards of Merit from the Black Theater Alliance.

From 2001 to present, Mr. Hall has been honored by the Metropolitan YMCA of Chicago and received their Black and Hispanic Achiever of the Year Award for his contributions to the community. The Chicago Dance and Music Alliance awarded him their prestigious Lifetime Achievement for Service to the Field award. Mr. Hall received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jazz Dance World Congress. His choreography for In the Shadow of Nina Simone was honored with the African American Arts Alliance Black Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance and he was the recipient of the New Business of the Year Award, from the Edgewater Chamber of Congress. His recent work, Civil Rights Movements, was collaborated with Civil Rights Opera. He is profiled in The History Makers and has now been commissioned to create a new work along with composer percussionist Charles Heath, to showcase at the Auditorium Theater last spring.
Krissie Odegard Geye
Krissie Odegard Geye has been on staff for Goliard Concerts in New York City, The Ethnic Dance Theatre in St. Paul, MN, as well as clinician at the ATDI “Spirit of Tap” Conference and a faculty member for the New York City Public School system. In July, 2017, she will be a conference presenter at the International Conference and Performance Festival at New Mexico State University. She has also served master class clinician at the Big River Dance Festival in West Virginia. Her choreography has been selected for the Exchange Choreography Festival, Jennifer Mueller's "Hatch" series in NYC, the Detroit Dance Festival, the Minnesota Fringe Festival, the Big River Dance Festival, and Dance Chicago. She was the runner up for National "Best Choreography" at Cathy Roe's Ultimate Dance National Finals in 2015 and 2016, and was selected as one of 3 National Choreography Competition winners sponsored by Ovation TV. She is the four time recipient of a space in the Dance Chicago's "Choreographer's Showcase" performance, featuring the top choreographers from the Chicagoland area. This will also be her fourth year as the Director of the National "Heart and Soul" Dance Company. She is currently the proud Owner and Artistic Director of the Dance and Music Academy in Chicago and the Co-Founder/Artistic Director of the Trifecta Dance Collective.
Melissa Lobes
Melissa Lobes received her BFA in choreography from Columbia College Chicago. She has performed pieces by Margi Cole, Pam McNeil, Peter Carpenter & Lisa Gonzales. Melissa performed in Onye Ozuzu's "Black Saint and the Sinner Lady" project at the Pritzker Pavilion. She also teaches and choreographs at Deforest Dance Academy, Pro Dance Elite, Turning Pointe Dance Academy, Centerstage Dance Company, Haja Dance Academy and Xtreme Dance Center. She is also currently a Co-Director at Dance Xplosion for their award winning competitive dance team.
Meredith Kirkman
Meredith studies at Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA) receiving a BFA in Musical Theatre with a Dance Emphasis. Her favorite roles include Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, Ariel Moore in Footloose, ensemble dancer in Promises, Promises, and featured dancer in Camelot. She recently performed in Porchlight Theatre's production of "Little Me" as a Rich Kid Rag Dancer. She has served as a choreographer for CCPA productions, Encore Musical Theatre Company, Stagedoor Manor, the Vail International Dance Festival, and Three Crows Theatre. Meredith also worked as the Festival Coordinator for the Vail International Dance Festival working with director Damian Woetzel. She would like to thank Tiffany Dow for this opportunity to debut a piece of choreography and dance as one of her original members of Dow Dance!
Kate O'Hanlon
Kate O'Hanlon is the Artistic Director of The Modern Marvels Dance Company, the newly-formed modern dance ensemble of Tapman Productions. Her work has been presented in Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C. Kate holds a B.S. in Psychology and Minor in Dance from Baldwin-Wallace College.
Venue Information:
Links Hall
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618