Hello, I’m Vernard Gilmore and I’ve been a member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater since 1997, so this is my 20th year!.
I was born and raised in Chicago, on the South Side. I left Chicago at 19 to pursue my dream to be an Ailey dancer. I had great teachers, who exposed me as a student to the arts and theater in Chicago.
My first time inside the Auditorium Theatre, I was 16. My dance teacher Ms. Holda brought us to see Dance Africa. We sat in the nosebleed section, way up.
This summer began my 6th season as a member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. It still sounds surreal when I say it aloud, especially when contemplating my relationship with the Auditorium Theatre, the first and only place I saw the company perform. I grew up in a few different suburbs of Chicago and the city was always a treat to go to, a hub of culture and diversity. Every building seemed huge and every person was interesting to me. When my path to a career in dance began to take shap
Written by Jessica Miller Tomlinson, Dancer at Thodos Dance Chicago
My name is Jessica Miller Tomlinson and I am the senior ensemble member of Thodos Dance Chicago. Thodos Dance Chicago’s upcoming Full Circle 25th Anniversary Performance on March 11th at the beautiful Auditorium Theatre is an occasion which marks several milestones. Firstly, this performance is my final time dancing with Thodos after 12 incredible years with the company. Secondly, this is the third year in a row that our compa