Member Directory

Jordan Kunkel is a Chicago-based dance artist, journalist and choreographer who investigates issues of social justice through her work. She received her B.A. in Dance and Journalism from Loyola University Chicago in 2018. As a working professional, she combines her passions for dance, writing and multimedia to advocate for and promote the arts.

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.

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.

Kait Dessoffy is a freelance dancer, dance writer, and choreographer. After earning their BA in Theater from Loyola University Chicago, they have performed works by Nick Cave, Joel Hall, Paula Ward, J. Lindsay Brown, Helen Zoerhof, Beth Berta, and Ally Subak. They are a current company member of VADCO under the direction of Valerie Alpert. You can follow Kait on Instagram at gramlesskait.

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.

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.

Lauren Warnecke is a freelance dance critic, contributing to the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Magazine. She is senior editor of See Chicago Dance. Lauren covers dance across the Midwest and writes regularly for Dance Magazine and Pointe with additional bylines in Milwaukee Magazine, St. Louis Magazine and Dance Teacher. Forthcoming publications include essays on ballet training in Chicago (University of Illinois Press) and Shirley Mordine (University of Akron Press). In 2020, Lauren published an opinion piece on the impact of COVID-19 on the arts in the South African journal Agenda. Lauren holds degrees in dance and kinesiology and has presented research on dance training practices at the National Dance Education Organization and the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science. She has co-facilitated critical dance writing intensives in Chicago and Durban, South Africa, and participated in writing residencies at the National Center for Choreography, Bates Dance Festival and JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience. Lauren teaches dance history and kinesiology for dancers, with part-time appointments at Loyola University Chicago and Illinois Wesleyan University.