Welcome to DLC!
Founded and directed by Paula Frasz, DanszLoop Chicago is a non-profit dance company dedicated to collaborative choreography, performing arts education, and public exhibitions that incorporate classic and contemporary works of theater and/or the written word to create engrossing dance-based narratives.
In fulfilling its mission, DLC has helped maintain Chicago's high standard of artistic excellence, involving the urban community in its programming and support while serving the needs, talents, and capabilities of Illinois artists.
306 E. Lee St.
Plano, IL 60545
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DanszLoop Chicago, a theatrical modern dance company, was founded in 2001 by Artistic Director Paula Frasz and a nine-member Board of Directors, dedicated to bringing high-quality, audience-friendly contemporary dance to the city of Chicago and abroad. Not-for-Profit status was achieved in 2002.
DLC's debut at William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, IL on February 5, 2002, was completely sold out.
DLC specializes in choreographic interpretations of the written word, specifically plays. 2007 marked a major company milestone when renowned Flamenco artist Luis Montero joined forces with DLC to produce a modern dance adaptation of Federico Garcia-Lorca’s iconic Spanish play, The House of Bernarda Alba. Among those attending the premiere of this “Barefoot Flamenco” cross-cultural collaboration -- David Kaplan, graduate of Yale School of Drama, international director of stage plays, and curator of the Tennessee Williams Festival in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Captivated by DLC’s ability to re-envision dramatic text as movement, Kaplan invited the company to showcase an original work for the 3rd annual Williams Festival. In September 2008, DLC premiered Lorita!, a two-act dance comedy based on Williams’ short story, Happy August the Tenth, at the Crown & Anchor Theater in Provincetown. Overwhelming audience approval warranted DLC a perennial slot on the festival roster, the only dance company in the festival’s history to merit representation.
In November of 2011, DLC brought the Provincetown premiere of The Escapes, a dance collaboration based on three Williams short plays, to American Theater Company in Chicago for a special six-performance, subscriber-only event.
In addition to producing yearly concerts of its own in Chicago, DLC has been a longstanding staple of the annual Dance Chicago festival, has appeared at Chicago's Bucktown Festival, Milwaukee's Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, the Manhattan Movement & Arts Center in New York, and continues to seek out off-the-beaten-path venues to suit its eclectic and unpredictable repertoire.
Growing through its university outreach teaching programs conducted throughout the Midwest, nominated for the Elizabeth Cheney Award via the Chicago Dance and Music Alliance, and recipient of government grants and numerous gifts from individual donors, DanszLoop Chicago takes its place as one of the most unique, engrossing dance companies in the city of Chicago.
June 11-13, 2015
"Modrun Dance: All Comedy All the Time" - Athenaeum Theatre, Chicago, IL
October 17-19, 24-26, 31 and November 1 & 2, 2014
"An Evening of Naughty Thoughts" - Storefront at 2155 West Irving Park Road, IL
April 10-13, 2014
"The Chorus Girl Plays" - Straw Dog Theatre Company | 3829 North Broadway, Chicago, IL
September 26-29, 2013
"The Chorus Girl Plays" - Tennessee Williams Festival, Provincetown, MA
September 9, 12-13-14, 2013
"The Chorus Girl Plays and Dances" - Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL
Best of Dance Chicago - Orland Park, IL
October 6, 2012
Harvest Contemporary Dance Festival, "Eggs" - Athenaeum Theatre, Chicago, IL
September 21-22, 2012
"Strings and Stones", DanszLoop Chicago in Concert, - Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, New York, NY
September 14-15, 2012
"Strings and Stones", DanszLoop Chicago in Concert, - Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Chicago, IL
May 11, May 18, June 2, 2012
"Frida", with Chicago Aerial Dance Co., - Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Chicago, IL
March 30-31, 2012
"Frida", with Chicago Aerial Dance Co., - Belle Plaine Studio, Chicago, IL
February 14, 2012
"Duets for My Valentine", "Eggs" - Athenaeum Theatre, Chicago, IL,
November 1-6, 2011
"The Escape", "Auto da Fe", "Summer at the Lake" - American Theater Company, Chicago, IL
November 17-18-19, 2011
Dance Chicago Festival, "Summer at the Lake" - Stage 773, Chicago, IL
September 20-26, 2010
"The Escape", "Auto da Fe", "Summer at the Lake"- Tennessee Williams Festival, Provincetown MA
“The choreography was rich and well-executed.”
—Lynn Voedisch, Chicago Tribune
"The best effort Friday evening was Frasz’s Eater of Hearts, a chilling and seductive solo…Frasz sculpts her dance along ancient lines…powerfully modern”
—Lynn Voedisch, Chicago Tribune
“Paula Frasz’s solo, Hand Out, was the most intense and probably the most heartfelt…taking great physical risks fearlessly.”
—Effie Mihopoulos, Chicago Reader
“Paula Frasz, a tongue-in-cheek choreographer with a spunky stage presence applies screwball comedy…”
—Lucia Mauro, Chicago Sun Times
“Paula Frasz is a choreographer to watch.”
—Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune
“Bailes Mal Criados …is an undisguised lampoon of romance gone awry.”
—Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune
“Frasz suffered from a profound lisp as a child. The disability fueled her urgent desire to communicate. She spoke through gestures and body movement until speech therapy corrected her problem.”
—Kathaleen Roberts, Courier-News
“The Lottery is both a clever gimmick of musical chairs to allow for seven solos and a haunting white-clad elegy on death as it comes to seven women.”
—Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune
—Sue Langenberg, Rockford Register Star
“Other standouts included Paula Frasz’s foreboding yet winkingly theatrical The Old Woman of Wexford—a folk-inspired trio in which Frasz…danced a precarious love triangle in deconstructed Martha Graham fashion.”
—Lucia Mauro, Chicago Tribune
“Most powerful…the dancers in all sections were excellent…” —Terry Brennan, Chicago Reader
“Frasz’s dances often make wry observations on the battle of the sexes, but beneath their madcap surface lies a bedrock of fatalism, an unflinching recognition of the pain people often endure.” —Terry Brennan, Chicago Reader
“Frasz wins the contest!” —Terry Brennan, Chicago Reader
“To my mind, the character Frasz captures is less a street person than the homeless inside each of us.” —Terry Brennan, Chicago Reader
“…a giddy trip!” —Renee Tomel, Republican Newpapers
“The whole effect of this production is spectacular. In just 75 minutes we see a whole Medieval world. There is just so much to see that I have to return for a second time to try to see what I have missed. I know this review is filled with superlatives, but this production really deserves them. Thank you, Paula Frasz!” —Nelson James, Daily Chronicle
“Mr. White Keys, this comical wink at the creative process has Christiano prat-falling with bravura through this visual portrayal of how a musical score is written.” —Lucia Mauro Chicago Tribune
“And dance can also be humorous—Paula Frasz choregraphed a Chaplinesque piece with the foibles and fool-arounds of a bridal duo.”
—Sue Langenberg, Rockford Register Star
“Paula Frasz has the kind of daring, the raunchy, wild merriment just under the skin, the wicked talent
for observation that I value in my friends” —Laura Molzahn, Chicago Reader
“Its not so much that Frasz tells us anything new as that she finds fresh ways of telling old stories.”—Laura Molzahn, Chicago Reader
“The story is ancient—but Frasz illuminates the humor in it with deft, unexpected physical details.”—Laura Molzahn, Chicago Reader
“Frasz’s sense of humor is not exactly PC. Still, she knows how to undercut the conventional side of her own worldview.”—Laura Molzahn, Chicago Reader
“This choreographer also shows a talent for serious, even tragic tales.”—Laura Molzahn, Chicago Reader
“…paradoxically, she is noble, unforgiving and true.”—Laura Molzahn, Chicago Reader
PAULA FRASZ [Founder/Artistic Director] “is a choreographer to watch,” announced Chicago Tribune Arts critic, Sid Smith. Tribune critic Lucia Mauro calls her, “…a standout.”
Her many achievements include featured roles with Mordine & Company Dance Theatre, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Chicago Repertory Dance Ensemble, featured works in American College Dance Association Gala performances (Rochester, Michigan and Raleigh, North Carolina), and Outstanding Choreographer at the Midwest American College Dance Festival. Her choreography has been commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, and the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra. She was one of the founding choreographers of Chicago's Next Dance Festival, who's work has been hailed "powerfully modern" by Lynn Voedisch of the Chicago Tribune. In 1999, she received the Ruth Page Award for Artistic Achievement in Choreography from the Chicago Dance Coalition, and in 2002, the Artists Fellowship Award in Choreography from the Illinois Arts Council.
Ms. Frasz was a faculty member at the Dance Center of Columbia College for eight years and is currently Professor of Dance at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, where she teaches Advanced Modern Technique, Choreography, Improvisation, Professional Seminar in Dance and Tap, Musical Theater, and choreographs musicals for the NIU School of Theatre and Dance. She has traveled the Midwest guesting as a master instructor at numerous universities, including St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN, University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse, Southern Illinois University, Winona State University and St. Mary’s College in Minnesota, Harper College in Palatine, IL, and College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL. Sponsored by a grant from Northern Illinois University, she performed, choreographed and taught at several locations in Austria and Germany. In 2002, she founded DanszLoop Chicago and facilitated nearly 50 venues in its inaugural year.
A native of Geneva, Illinois, Ms. Frasz began her career at age 12 while participating on the St. Charles Park District diving team, where her diving coach suggested she study ballet to improve her form. After graduating with a B.A. and M.A. from Butler University in Indianapolis, Ms. Frasz headed to the east coast, where she spent six years performing in summer stock and musical theater.
Ms. Frasz then accepted a teaching position at East Carolina University, where she worked directly with renowned choreographer Mavis Ray. Receiving an assistantship from the University of Illinois, Ms. Frasz graduated Magna Cum Laude and obtained her M.F.A. in 1985. After completing the three-year M.F.A. program in two years, Ms. Frasz auditioned for Mordine & Company Dance Theatre and performed nationally and internationally with the company for eight years.
She is an active member of Actor’s Equity, has served several terms on the Illinois Arts Council dance panel, as well as on Chicago Dance Coalition's Ruth Page Award adjudication committee. Her choreography has been presented at the Dance Center of Columbia College, Northwestern University, Krannert Center of the University of Illinois, and is in the repertoire of numerous professional dance companies.
Her production of Carmina Burana prompted critic E. Nelson James to write, “…this review is filled with superlatives, but this production really deserves them. Thank you, Paula Frasz!”
“A tongue-in-cheek choreographer with a spunky stage presence” (Lucia Mauro, Chicago Tribune), Ms. Frasz continues to produce her work throughout the Midwest and beyond.
TARAH BROWN [Executive Director/Senior Ensemble Member] graduated from Northern Illinois University with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and is a founding member of DLC. Tarah has had the opportunity to work with many great artists and choreographers. Company credits include Thodos Dance Chicago, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theater, and Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre. Tarah recently retired after a 15-year stint as director of the Deerfield High School Dance Company.
PAUL CHRISTIANO [Senior Ensemble Member] trained pre-professionally in the Chicago suburbs for eight years before joining Hubbard Street II in 1998, Thodos Dance Chicago in 1999, and The Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2008. Paul’s first choreographic effort, Miracle, Interrupted, formerly in the repertory of The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, merited a 2001 Ruth Page Award and inspired the Chicago Tribune to designate Paul one of sixteen “Chicagoans of the Year.” In 2003, Paul was voted “Best Dancer in Chicago” by Chicago Magazine. Paul also received the 2003 Dance Chicago Choreography Award for Balada para un loco, formerly in the repertory of River North Dance Chicago, and was nominated one of TimeOut Chicago’s “Dancing Men of 2010."
CHRISTINA DIANE [Senior Ensemble Member] trained pre-professionally in classical ballet for many years, yet began her professional career, oddly enough, performing with the urban-jazz-based Joel Hall Dance Company. During her time at Joel Hall Dance Center, she was introduced to celebrated Graham-based choreographer Paul Sanasardo. Under his tutelage, Christina began training seriously in modern dance and was later featured as a soloist in his work. While pursuing a fine arts degree at Northeastern Illinois University, Christina co-founded Fôr Dance Company and currently serves as its resident choreographer. Christina joined DLC in 2006 and values the company's continued impact on her creative endeavors.
HEATHER KROSKI [Senior Ensemble Member] received a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Northern Illinois University in 1998. Since that time, she has worked with Danszloop Chicago, Zephyr Dance Ensemble, Northwest Ballet Ensemble, and has worked extensively with many independent choreographers. Heather also co-founded CAMP, a not-for-profit, Chicago-based multi-media performance group, and recently obtained a Masters in Social Work.
KATIE MATTESON [Senior Ensemble Member] has used her dance performance degree from Northern Illinois University to her professional advantage for the past ten years. Having worked previously with Arts Intercepts/Lauren Warnecke, Mordine & Company Dance Theatre, Hedwig Dances, The Joel Hall Dancers, and after running away with a mysterious circus a few years back, she presently enjoys collaborating with Synapse Arts Collective and Emily Stein.
CHRISTOPHER MAROSI [Guest Artist] began his training at the Academy of Dance Arts in Downers Grove, IL, where he studied Tap, Jazz, and Ballet. While an undergrad at University of Illinois Chicago, he joined BOOM CRACK! Dance Company, performing repertory by Trae Turner, Dee Moore, and Dionna Pridgeon, and participated in commercial dance spots for Sears, Beats by Dre, HP, and recording artist Kid Sister. While pursuing his M.S. in Developmental Psychology at Illinois State University, he joined Illinois State Dance Theater, performing works by Sara Semonis, Greg Merriman, and Melinda Myers. Chris recently completed his second season as a member of Giordano Dance Chicago’s second company, Giordano II.