Kendra Cornett Chicago native. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance performance and Masters of Social work from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Trained in classical ballet, modern and jazz Kendra’s tenure in dance includes working with choreographers from Alvin Ailey, Dayton Contemporary Dance Theatre and Dallas Black, she has also performed throughout the Midwest and East coast with Baltimore Chicago Contemporary Dance Theatre. Kendra beliefs that the arts heal and save lives and has committed herself to embracing communities with the power of dance as an agent for healing.
Lynna Hollis an attorney with her own private practice in Chicago. She has been blessed with two passions, law and dance. Dance has instilled the discipline to further other ventures. She began her training at Joseph Holmes. Thereafter she began her dance career under direction of Dr, Charles L. Carter as an original, principal dancer with the Baltimore Chicago Contemporary Dance Theater. She has performed with Joe Hall, The Rodriguez Dance Company and the Willingham Project. Lynna has also choreographed pieces for The Rodriguez Dance Company, various studios and Dance Chicago. In 2008, the Black Theater Alliance Award (BTAA) nominated her for best choreographer for “My Love Cannot Be Moved”. She intends to infect the community with the love and discipline of dance. There is a need to unravel the threads of the fabric in our community with the options that provide life long lessons and Chi-CDT is the tool to which she intends to set forth this great venture.
Janel Motley started her love for dance at a young age in Chicago, Illinois at The Southwest Fine Arts Academy, under the direction of Adrianne Brazile. She danced throughout high school and proceeded to continue her dance endeavors at Columbia College Chicago (CCC). While attending CCC Janel was introduce to the world of “Modern Dance”. This dance style was something new to endure, coming from a dance studio background. Once Janel embraced this style she found a different way to express her love for dance. Her eyes were opened to a whole new world of dance that led her to receive a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Dance from Northern Illinois University (NIU). Attending NIU, Janel started teaching at dance studios and she continued to dance with The Southwest Fine Arts Academy where she competed in numerous dance competitions. During her time competing Janel has won many high ranking placements as well as receiving special recognition such as “Most Promising Performer”, “Best Choreography” done by a competitor and two time running Semi-Finalist for “Dancer of The Year”. During this time Janel joined The Baltimore-Chicago Contemporary Dance Theater (Bal-Chi), under the direction of Dr. Charles L. Carter. Throughout her time with Bal-Chi Janel has performed throughout the Chicagoland Areas as well as the East Coast. After performing nearly a decade with Bal-Chi Janel has now teamed up with Chicago Contemporary Dance Theater. As Janel continues to work on her Master in Business and help raise her family with the support of her husband, she hopes to continue to inspire people to love the art of dance as she has.
LaShawn Walker is a most versatile and experienced technician in today’s world of stage entertainment. “Shawny” as she is affectionately called, received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Western Illinois University with a concentration in Design & Technology. She went on to earn her Master’s of Fine Arts Degree from Northern Illinois University. A Jack of all trades, Shawny, serves as Production Stage Manager/Studio Manager of Chi-CDT, as well; she supervises all technical elements of the dance showcase season including stage management, design, and construction. In addition, she has stage managed various dance shows and plays through-out the Chicagoland area; managing shows that toured the US playing in venues both large and small. Shawny has staged managed at least a dozen local productions including Chicago Blues Tour, Northern Dance, and The Ugly Man. Her professional experiences include: Production Stage Manager for Black Ensemble Theatre (The Jackie Wilson Story, Muddie Waters, Ethel Waters, and Great Women In Gospel), as well as Stage Manager for GMT Productions; a national touring children’s theatre production company. She was Technical Director for various shows at the Live Bait Theatre including (David Kadowski’s, A Beautiful Story), Technician for The Goodman Theatre’s (Blue Surge, and Among the Thugs), and Scenic Artist and Electrician for Harpo Studio’s (The Oprah’s Show).