Born and raised in Chicago, Luis Vazquez began his dance training at various studios throughout the city before attending the dance program at Interlochen Summer Arts Camp with an emphasis in modern technique. His passion for dance grew as he went on to earn his BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While studying at the University of Illinois, he had the pleasure of performing works by Rebecca Nettl-Fiol, Jennifer Monson, Tere O’Connor, Sahar Azimi, Elijah Gibson, and Jennifer Archibald, among many others. Luis continued his professional training through numerous intensives including Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Alonzo King LINES Ballet, for which he received a scholarship to attend. Upon graduation, Luis submerged himself in the Chicago dance community participating in workshops with Visceral Dance Chicago, DanceWorks Chicago, Elements Contemporary Ballet, and Hubbard Street resident choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo. Since joining Thodos Dance Chicago, Luis has had the honor of performing works by Melissa Thodos, Ann Reinking, Garfield Lemonius, Kevin Iega Jeff, and New Dances 2016’s guest artist Shannon Alvis. Luis is thrilled to be a selected choreographer for TDC’s New Dances 2017.