HISTORY

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.