About the contributors

By on March 15, 2018

Kaitlyn Dessoffy is a dancer, writer, sometimes choreographer, and occasional teacher who pays the bills by caffeinating the masses. After graduating with a theatre degree from Loyola University Chicago, they have performed in works by Nick Cave, Joel Hall, Paula Ward, J. Lindsay Brown, Stephanie Rankin and Mary Willmeng. Read Kaitlyn’s posts.



Joanna Furnans is a Chicago-based dance artist. She is a freelance dance writer for the Windy City Times and is co-founder of the Performance Response Journal. Read Joanna’s posts.




Rachel Hellwig is a dance writer, editor, and blogger based in Birmingham, AL. She is an assistant editor at 4dancers.org, a freelancer for various publications, and created the ballet blog Clara’s Coffee Break. Read Rachel’s posts.




Alyssa E. Motter is a dance artist, educator, and writer based in Chicago. She is an adjunct faculty member in dance at the City Colleges of Chicago and is pursuing her MFA in dance at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She dances with the South Chicago Dance Theater, and has performed in New York, Chicago, and Pittsburgh with choreographers such as Kyle Abraham and Renee Wadleigh. Additionally, she has worked as an arts administrator with Jacob’s Pillow Dance and Carnegie Mellon University; and holds a BFA in dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Read Alyssa’s posts.

Michael Workman is an artist, writer, dance, performance art and sociocultural critic, choreographer, and curator of numerous art, literary and theatrical productions. In addition to his work at The Chicago Tribune, Guardian US, Newcity, Sixty and elsewhere, Workman has also served as a reporter for WBEZ Chicago Public Radio, and as Chicago correspondent for Italian art magazine Flash Art. He is also Director of Bridge, a Chicago-based 501 (c) (3) publishing and programming organization. Read Michael’s posts.


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