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
Written by Laura Gates, Artistic Associate at Thodos Dance Chicago
Melissa Thodos and Dancers originated in 1992. I joined the company as a guest artist in 1999, and, well…I just sort of stayed. We had ten dancers the year I joined the company, six women and four men. At that time, almost all of our repertory was choreographed by Melissa. The artistic staff was Melissa. The administrative staff was her husband, Rick. We toured to local and Midwestern venues. We drove to all of them.