Reaching young minds through dance education is vital to the mission of Thodos Dance Chicago. As a teaching company, members of our ensemble hold B.A. and M.F.A. degrees in dance, and teach at the elementary, high school and university levels. TDC is well suited for residency programs where performances, lecture demonstrations, workshops and master classes go hand in hand. TDC is in residence at The Menomonee Club for Boys and Girls where it teaches daily classes, operates a Youth Ensemble, and hosts weeklong intensive programs geared to pre-professional and professional dancers.
About the Thodos Dance Chicago Youth Ensemble:
The Thodos Dance Chicago Youth Ensemble was created for students who want to take their dance training to the next level. This pre-professional company offers a well-rounded dance experience and embodies all three prongs of the TDC mission of inspiring expression through dance education, creation, and performance.
Under the direction of Co-Artistic Directors and TDC Company Members, Jessica Miller Tomlinson and John Cartwright, the TDC Youth Ensemble provides young dancers with a positive and encouraging environment in which they can train and become the best they can be. Through numerous performance and choreography opportunities, the TDC Youth Ensemble offers the tools and support for students to grow not only as dancers, but as individual artists.
Alongside their dance training, the Youth Ensemble provides choreography opportunities for our young dance artists. Each Youth Ensemble member is given the opportunity to propose choreography, develop it, and set it on the ensemble. One student choreographer is then selected each year to have their piece produced and performed together with Ensemble repertoire created by the Co-Artistic Directors and guest choreographers.
The Youth Ensemble provides a multitude of performance opportunities throughout the year including a self-produced Winter Concert, appearances with the professional dancers of Thodos Dance Chicago, and other various events throughout the Chicago area. The Youth Ensemble also performs in the TDC Youth Program recital each May.