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The mission of the Chicago City Theatre Company -- dba Joel Hall Dancers & Center (JHDC) -- is to use the arts to enrich the lives of its community through dance performance & education. JHDC is passionate about making dance accessible and affordable to all people... regardless of age, economic circumstance or experience level. For over 40 years, we’ve proudly remained a welcoming community-based organization steadfastly committed to diversity & inclusion, in order to "awaken the dancer in everyone's soul."
Joel Hall Dancers & Center seeks to serve those who may not otherwise be exposed to the arts - by providing ongoing dance classes, along with showcase performances that seek to enhance the lives of all participants.
Open 7 days a week, JHDC offers among the most extensive dance & movement curricula in the Midwerst. Classes are taught at JHDC’s anchor Studio facility in Edgewater - as well as multiple satellite locations at community service centers & schools throughout the City of Chicago.
JHDC also maintains 3 celebrated performance companies:
- JHDYC (Youth Company) - ages 12 to 17, JHDYC’s mission is to provide technical training & performance opportunities for teens at a professional level.
- JHD-II (Trainee Company) - ages 18 and up, covering a diverse spectrum of backgrounds. JHD-II participates in community activities throughout the Chicago area.
- Joel Hall Dancers - JHDC’s primary performance troupe expresses contemporary urban life through dance, while educating, entertaining and inspiring audiences. Joel Hall’s unique approach incorporates ballet, jazz, modern, funk and "street dance" to create an innovative and dynamic style that is appealing, relevant and approachable.
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