Thodos Dance Chicago has an extensive history of touring throughout the United States and abroad. The company has performed in over 60 venues in 17 states across the country and has performed tours internationally over four continents. The company has performed in massive concert venues with 4,000 seats and in intimate black box theaters with as little as 200 seats.
The company's repertory features the American voice, from iconic choreographers like Bob Fosse to exciting emerging artists. In recent years, the company has achieved significant notoriety for two story ballets choreographed by Melissa Thodos and Tony Award winner Ann Reinking. Our company is unique in performing these pieces which tell such captivating American stories:
"The White City," based on the extraordinary events of the Columbian Exposition of 1893 (as told in the best-selling book "Devil in the White City")
"A Light in the Dark," based on the life of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan (as told in the renowned book and play "The Miracle Worker")
We take pride in that our work is enjoyed by those new to dance performance as well as seasoned audience members, by old and young alike, and by a range of people with divergent backgrounds. The typical Thodos Dance Chicago performance is under two hours with intermission, and provides a wide variety of works that intrigue and stimulate audiences wherever we go.
We also offer educational shows, including our popular 45-minute “ImagineDance” assembly program which features audience participation. It is aimed at elementary and middle schools, as well as a general family audience, and is often performed as a matinee as part of a booking that includes a full-length performance.
Company members are selected not only for their ability to create and perform, but also on their credentials as teachers. We pride ourselves on our ability to conduct interesting, challenging classes for dance students. Composition and work with props are company specialties. Company members can set a work on students or provide an optimal environment to enable students to create their own work. We have also brought creative program ideas to theater departments and have built master classes around curricular goals.