About Us

Mission: Performance

For 25 years, Thodos Dance Chicago has performed with captivating style described as “breathtakingly athletic” and “powerfully beautiful.” The company’s dedication to the American voice in contemporary dance has established TDC as an innovative presence in the modern dance landscape. The 2016-2017 season is TDC's 25th year of touring throughout the USA and performing in Chicago.

Mission: Education

Mentoring and education developing dance artists is vital to the mission of Thodos Dance Chicago. As an established teaching company, TDC's leading dance educators offer individualized instruction to participating dancers.

Mission: Choreography & New Dances

Thodos Dance Chicago is passionate about offering emerging choreographers a space in which they can develop their own artistic identity. The annual New Dances choreography project gives Chicago's multi-dimensional dancers the complete freedom to create their own work as choreographers and directors.

Thodos History

Thodos Dance Chicago was founded in 1992 by Artistic Director, Melissa Thodos, as a hub for dancers to grow, not only as performers, but as well-rounded dance artists. The company’s unique mission of inspiring expression through dance education, dance creation, and dance performance has established TDC as an original force in modern dance for 25 seasons.


Melissa Thodos, Founder & Artistic Director
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Kate Weatherly, Managing Director
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Laura Gates, Artistic Associate
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Rick Johnston, Bookings Director
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Nathan Tomlinson, Resident Lighting Designer & Production Manager
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Nathan Rohrer, Resident Costume Designer
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Board of Directors

Kim Vatis, President
Shannon Raglin, Vice President
Lesli Babbs, Secretary
Mara Georges
Rick Johnston
Christine Nappo
Diane H. Reilly
Melissa Thodos

Advisory Board

Sonia Cooke
David Hall
Don Hunter
Darlene Johnson
Robert W. Karr Jr.
Robert Loveman
Elaine Margulis
Michael Nugent
Chris Olsen
Ann Reinking
Liz Sharp