Since its creation in 1999, Clinard Dance Theatre has offered original contemporary dance theatre works rooted in flamenco, outreach activities and year-round flamenco classes. The Company strives to create works which integrates the disciplines of flamenco and modern dance, painting, sculpture and video art. Since its inception, Clinard Dance Theatre has created five original works in additional to several smaller choreographic pieces. These larger works are the result of years of research, work and collaboration. Several of these works have toured the Midwest and internationally in India and Syria.
The Company has performed outreach work in Pilsen since December 2005, building and maintaining substantial inroads with the neighborhood's youth and nurturing the community's art scene. Clinard Dance has taken part in residencies with local schools, teaching at-risk youth the fundamental techniques of flamenco dance and its rhythm structure. Students of our outreach programs are encouraged to augment their studies at the Clinard Dance Studio for free. Starting fall, 2013 the Company mounted an outreach education program through Afterschool Matters at Pilsen's Jane Addams High School based on the methods used to create our latest work, From the Arctic to the Middle East. The Company regularly performs master classes at high schools and universities throughout the US.
A significant portion of the Company's programming goes toward serving the local Pilsen community. These classes and events attract students and spectators of all ages and backgrounds from all across the Chicagoland area, which also serves as a base audience for the Company's professional performances. The Company offers year-round classes from its Pilsen-based studio to students of all ages and levels as well as free monthly studio performances. Since January, 2013 the Company has offered additional beginner flamenco classes at the American Rhythm Center. These classes are augmented by special extended workshops.