The future of nurture
Julie Nakagawa and Andreas Böttcher are known and respected for their special abilities: They identify and foster exceptional young dancers, from helping them figure out how to keep a budget (dancers in their teens often live away from home to get high-level training) to improving their tendus, the couple does it all. Many of their protégés have gone on to dance with major companies around the world. "They still call us," says Böttcher, "To thank us for helping them. They realize they don't get the same kind of attention in a professional company."
Along with Pam Crutchfield and Debbie Kristofek, Böttcher and Nakagawa broke off from HSDC and started DanceWorks a year ago, with the mission to "Build a foundation for the individual artistic growth of dancers and choreographers, provide a laboratory from which early career artists propel themselves and the art form to a new level."
The event begins at 6:30pm with a reception, and continues in the the theater with performances of works by Brian Enos, Frankie Avina and Robert Battle. Tickets are $75. Learn more at danceworkschicago.org.