Aerial Dance Chicago

Aerial Dance ChicagoAerial Dance Chicago (ADC) was founded in 1999 with a vision of taking dancers into flight. Incorporating a variety of apparatus such as suspended fabrics, bungee cords, hoops, swings and ropes, dancers were no longer bound to the traditional dance floor, and the company set out to explore the potential for compelling and powerful expression within multi-dimensional space. One of the world’s first professional concert dance companies in flight, Aerial Dance Chicago is a pioneer and an international leader in the field of dance. Using human power and strength, ADC launches itself into the creative and physical possibilities of the vertical realm and transcends assumed limits of dance.
Characterized by extraordinary physicality and originality, the company’s work has been presented across the United States at theaters, museums, schools, universities and festivals, including popular hometown venues such as The Athenaeum Theatre, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Navy Pier, Museum of Science & Industry, Millennium Park and the historic Grand Ballroom of the Drake Hotel. In January 2014, ADC opened Chicago’s first dance center dedicated toAerial Dance Chicago work in the field of aerial dance. Located at 4028 W. Irving Park Rd, with immediate access to 90/94 and the Irving Park Blue line and Metra stop, this new center is situated at a cultural and transit hub in Chicago, and is an asset to the professional performing arts community in Chicago.
Today, Aerial Dance Chicago continues to deliver an underrepresented art form to the diverse cultural spectrum in Chicago, reaching over 10,000 people annually. As the company moves forward, creating, performing, teaching and stretching the boundaries of dance, it continues to build a dedicated following. The mission of Aerial Dance Chicago is to enrich our community with the fine art of dance. Through innovative choreography, engaging performances and energizing hands-on experiences, our programs educate, strengthen and connect people of all walks of life.Highly inventive, intensely physical, and naturally having a universal appeal, the work of the company reawakens humanity’s craving for live, kinetic and creative experiences and contributes to the vibrancy and empowerment of our community.
Chloe Jensen
(Founder & Artistic Director)
Chloe Jensen founded Aerial Dance Chicago in 1999 to explore a vision of taking dance into flight. As a dancer, teacher, choreographer and director, Chloe’s artistry is focused Aerial Dance Chicagoon harnessing the full potential of dance expression along the air-ground continuum. Presented locally and nationally, her choreography has been described as “exquisite”, “poetic” and has been critically acclaimed for its inventive movement and strong sense of visual drama. In 2004, she received the prestigious Glenn P. Davis scholarship from the International Aerial Dance Festival in Boulder, Colorado and in 2017 Chloe was presented with a Meier Achievement Award for her unique contributions to the field of dance.
Chloe’s explorations of aerial dance began in the College of Performing Arts at Northern Illinois University from 1994-1999, where she earned a specialized bachelors degree combining dance, education and physical education and pursued independent research examining the ways in which movement and physical fitness are critical for learning capacity and mental acuity. While a dancer at NIU, Chloe received a Certificate of Performance Excellence from the American College Dance Festival Association for her performance of Version Two, a duet choreographed by Andy Kepka atop a nine foot vertical wall. Chloe continued her study of dance, kinesiology and choreography in graduate school at Arizona State University, where she taught Ballet, Acrobatic DanceAerial Dance Chicago and Aerial Dance to dance majors, dance minors and recreational students in the College of Fine Arts.
On stage, Chicago Tribune and Chicago Reader critics have described her as a “seamlessly elastic” mover with “a quiet intensity and sensitivity not unlike that of the Balanchine dancer Tanaquil Le Clercq.” A highlight of her performing career was dancing the lead role in AYA, an original aerial-ballet that was co-created with Elements Contemporary Ballet. In addition to her work for ADC, Chloe has danced for The Lyric Opera of Chicago and for a unique trampoline-ballet by Cirque du Soleil choreographer Debra Brown.

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