Monique Haley presents "Encounter: Nurturing Embodiment Through Ritual and Community", Monique Haley, Lizzie MacKenzie, Maura Naughton, Sarah Mills, Sinclair Davis, the Students of the Western Michigan University Department of Dance

Monique Haley presents "Encounter: Nurturing Embodiment Through Ritual and Community"

Monique Haley

Lizzie MacKenzie

Maura Naughton

Sarah Mills

Sinclair Davis

the Students of the Western Michigan University Department of Dance

Mon, March 5, 2018

7:30 pm

Links Hall

Chicago, IL

$10.00 - $25.00

Encounter: Nurturing Embodiment Through Ritual and Community/ An Interpretation of African Diasporic Ethos and Cultural Values in Contemporary Jazz Dance -- A performance experience by former Chicago dancer/current teaching artist and choreographer Monique Haley, investigating the relationship of how dance supports the ritual and spirit of community in the African culture. Based on Haley’s graduate research surrounding a studio jazz practice that utilizes a framework of African Diasporic Ethos and cultural values. Encounter aims to build an internal connectivity and a strong self-identity in the physical body. Featuring professional Chicago-based dance artists and Western Michigan University dance students. Audiences can expect an interactive environment and a short post-show Q & A. 

Monique Haley presents "Encounter: Nurturing Embodiment Through Ritual and Community"
Monique Haley presents "Encounter: Nurturing Embodiment Through Ritual and Community"
Guest Artists: Lizzie MacKenzie, Maura Naughton, Sinclair Davis (WMU Alumna) and Sarah Mills (WMU Alumna).

Western Michigan University Students: Kelly Anderson, Marisa Bianan, Alyssa Boone, Kiera Brown, Tara Charvat, Maura Grace, Grace Hilarides, Janet Luijte, Hayley Midea, Kennedy Phelps, Marissa Quivey, Kirsten Smits, Anna Volkman.

Tech/Design Credits: Maddie Kunert (Stage Manager), Laura Cornish (Production Manager and Lighting Designer).
Monique Haley
Monique Haley
Monique Haley (Springfield, VA) is a graduate of The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in performing arts, specializing in jazz dance. Monique completed nine memorable years with the prestigious River North Chicago Dance Company in 2010. Her final season with the company also marked the opportunity to debut her first professional choreographic work Uhuru. She has also been a member of the Bermuda Dance Company and the Eleone Dance Theater of Philadelphia. During her time in Chicago, Monique was a frequent teacher for the Lou Conte Dance Studio, the Visceral Dance Center, the Joffrey Academy of Dance Trainee Program; and the North Shore School of Dance. She has frequently taught her contemporary jazz classes at the River North Chicago and Inaside Dance Company Summer Intensives and choreographed for high school groups, college dancers, and professional companies. She participates yearly as part of the Chicago Dance Connection Jazz Camp Faculty during the summer. Monique was the former dance captain/ensemble member, as well as the associate choreographer, alongside the established musical theater director, Jim Corti, for the Drury Lane Oakbrook Theater’s production of Aida. She was also the Associate Choreographer of the Paramount Theater Aurora’s inaugural production of My Fair Lady where she also played “Mrs.Potiphar,” in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat under the direction of Stacey Flaster and performed in HAIR, under the leadership of musical director/choreographer, Rachel Rockwell. Monique was also featured as “June” in the vaudeville musical Chicago, in Door County’s Peninsula Players Theater in Wisconsin. She was a featured dancer in the newly- created Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical Revue Now and Forever at the Marriott Theatre Lincolnshire, in Illinois. She continued to perform at this venue in such productions as On the Town, The King and I, and La Cage aux Folles. Monique completed a six-month contract as a featured dancer and ensemble member in the newly-developed Disney musical The Jungle Book, directed by Mary Zimmerman and the Tony Award Winning choreographer, Christopher Gattelli. Monique has choreographed for Ballet Nebraska, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, Nomi Dance Company, Visceral Dance Company, The Chicago Repertory Ballet Company, as well as a collaborative work with the Chicago - based companies Muntu African Dance Company, and DanceWorks Chicago. She has also created work for Marygrove College, Western Michigan University, and The University of the Arts. In 2015, she premiered a collaborative theatre/dance piece Still Life with Drumming at the Myron S. Szold Music and Dance Hall at The Old Town School of Folk Music. Monique’s choreography has been featured in Dance for Life Chicago; the annual aids benefit concert. Monique was a 3Arts Award winner in 2012 for her contributions in dance and choreography to the arts community of the city of Chicago. Her work has also been recognized in articles and reviews in Dance Magazine. Monique was a guest teacher at the 2016 and 2017 ACDA East Central Conferences, as well as, the annual Michigan Youth Arts Festival. She was also a teacher at the Michigan Dance Festival, where she was an invited adjudicator to award The Maggie Allesee Choreography Award, an honor that supports and cultivates innovation and excellence in choreography in the state of Michigan. Approaching the final year of obtaining a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Ms. Haley continues to inspire and passionately educate her students as the newest dance faculty member of the Western Michigan University Department of Dance; teaching jazz dance curriculum and working with the musical theater performance students.
Lizzie MacKenzie
Lizzie MacKenzie
Lizzie MacKenzie (Artistic Director of Extensions Dance Co./Choreographer/Freelance Artist): Originally from Ontario, Canada, Lizzie MacKenzie is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and is the founder and director of Extensions Dance Company and Extensions Dance Center in Chicago, Illinois. In addition to teaching at Extensions, she is on the faculty at the Hubbard Street Dance Center and the Chicago Public School for the Arts. Her professional career included six years with the River North Dance Company, where she enjoyed touring and sharing the works of many great choreographers with audiences around the world. Prior to River North, Lizzie performed with Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago for five years. Lizzie has worked with some of the biggest names in contemporary dance including Mia Michaels, Liz Imperio, Randy Duncan, Ron De Jesus, Davis Robertson, Tony Powell, Frank Chaves, Lauri Stallings, Kevin Iega Jeff, Harrison Mceldowny, Sidra Bell and Robert Battle. In addition to her time touring with concert dance companies, Lizzie is a member of AGMA and has enjoyed dancing in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s annual “Welcome Yule!” holiday show for 15 years. Lizzie also has appeared with Lehrer Dance, LEVELdance, Chicago Repertory Ballet and Ron De Jesus Dance. Lizzie attended Springboard Danse Montreal, where she studied under Alexandra Wells, Amy Shullman, Andrea Miller, Margi Gillis and Laurence Lemieux. Most recently, Lizzie appeared as “Victoria” (The White Cat) in the Paramount Theater’s production of CATS under the direction of Shawn Stengel and the choreography of Harrison Mceldowney. She has also worked in the world of musical theater as an assistant to the choreographer for Drury Lane Oakbrook’s production of West Side Story. Lizzie has taught all over the world with numerous organizations, including the Jazz Dance World Congress, Dance Masters of America (DMA) and Chicago Dance Connection. Lizzie recently joined the faculty of Regional Dance America (RDA), and she has enjoyed teaching at Northwestern University, East Carolina University, Western Michigan University and Grand Valley State University. Her jazz class was listed in Dance Spirit Magazine as one of the top 3 dance classes in Chicago. In August of 2002, Lizzie was featured on the cover of DANCE magazine. Her choreography can be seen on various professional companies, collegiate dance programs, and youth dance companies. She has received countless awards for her choreography including the “New Voice” honor from Dance Chicago in 2006, the “Choreographer Of The Year” from Dance Chicago and the Cliff Dwellers Foundation in 2007 and she was a finalist in the “AWARD Show” for the Chicago region. Her choreography has been recognized and awarded by various competitive organizations including Youth America Grand Prix, New York City Dance Alliance, American Dance Awards, International Dance Challenge, Headliners, Hall of Fame Dance Challenge, Showbiz Dance Competition and Co Dance, among others. Lizzie’s students have gone on to various professional careers in dance including collegiate dance programs such as The Juilliard School, Ailey Fordham BFA, New York University, Boston Conservatory, University of Arizona and Point Park University.
Maura Naughton
Maura Naughton
Maura Naughton studied dance at The American Dance Festival as a scholarship student, Illinois State University, The Cambrians Summer Intensive and Foster Dance Studios. She is inspired and reinvented by Ronn Stewart's imagery based improvisational technique; MoPeD, tap dance, pirouettes, off centered-ness, honesty and sarcasm.
Sarah Mills
Sarah Mills
Western Michigan University Alumna: Sarah Mills (C5 create with no limits. /Apprentice) graduated with honors from Western Michigan University in April 2016 with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and Nonprofit Leadership minor. While at WMU, Sarah was honored to perform works by Ohad Naharin, Eddy Ocampo, Gabrielle Lamb, James Gregg, and faculty, Carolyn Pavlik, Jeremy Blair, and Monique Haley. Combining her passions for dance and service, Sarah founded the WMU chapter of Movement Exchange, an organization working to make dance accessible to all. It is with this organization that she traveled to Panama City, Panama twice, teaching at orphanages and in underserved communities. Sarah was named the Department of Dance 2016 Presidential Scholar, and had the opportunity to perform in June 2016 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in Carolyn Pavlik’s “The illusion has been just a dream." Sarah has since relocated to the city of Chicago to pursue a dance performance career and explore the pairing of dance and service in the nonprofit sector. Postgrad, she has had the honor of studying in Lou Conte Dance Studio scholarship program under the direction of Claire Bataille and begin doing freelance work throughout the city. Sarah continues to teach dance in the suburbs and is currently an intern and performing apprentice with C5 under the direction of Jeremy Plummer.
Sinclair Davis
Sinclair Davis
Sinclair Davis (Eisenhower Dance Detriot/Apprentice) : Sinclair Davis, from Oak Park, Illinois began training at the age of three and studied throughout Chicago. At Western Michigan University, she performed works by Lew Christensen, Antony Tudor, Joshua Manculich, James Gregg, Frank Chaves, Ohad Naharin and Kyle Abraham. Sinclair was a company member of Western Michigan University’s touring ensemble, Western Dance Project. She has furthered her training at the Lou Conte Dance Center’s summer scholarship program, Interlochen Arts Camp and Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion’s summer intensive. In 2016, her choreography was featured in the Winter Gala Dance Concert and selected to represent WMU as the American College Dance Association east central regional conference. Sinclair is currently an apprentice with Eisenhower Dance Detroit. In collaboration with the students of the Western Michigan University Department of Dance.
the Students of the Western Michigan University Department of Dance
Western Michigan University Students featured in "Encounter" include: Kelly Anderson, Marisa Bianan, Alyssa Boone, Kiera Brown, Tara Charvat, Maura Grace, Grace Hilarides, Janet Luijte, Hayley Midea, Kennedy Phelps, Marissa Quivey, Kirsten Smits, Anna Volkman.
Venue Information:
Links Hall
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618
http://www.linkshall.org/