Dance Crash is a solidly established ensemble that draws on a slew of styles, from breakdance to ballet, impressively unifying them into a single aesthetic. There is a warrior, action film aspect to their work, but also plenty of emotional

depth underpinned by strong technique.

Chicago Sun-Times


Think Matthew Bourne, but with a more primitive, ritualistic, streetwise attack.

Dance Magazine


The bricklayers work like mad to get the job done, but when they are unceremoniously locked out of the posh celebratory party for the completion of the road project, a powerful sense of rebellion takes hold. Things are going to change in Oz, particularly for the Wicked Witch. And you can see it and feel it in the dancing that is exceptional in its acrobatic fearlessness, freedom and precision. All in all, “The Bricklayers of Oz” lays down 75 minutes of thoroughly engaging storytelling.

Hedy Weiss, The Chicago Sun-Times


...Perhaps most remarkable about Chicago Dance Crash is its ability to manage an image that is consistently cool, yet unabashedly committed to taking risks and reaching outside its comfort zone. It seems that CDC is the little company that could – and with 13 years under its belt, and now an engagement at the Dance Center in the bag, it remains to be seen where Crash can go from here….*actual comment overheard in the bathroom: I’ve never been to a Crash show that didn’t have some sort of light up costume.

Lauren Warnecke, Arts-Intercepts


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Pamela Zager, Red Bull Brand Manager


I never got bored.

Ada Gray, Seven years old

Lead by artistic director Jessica Deahr and founded in 2002, Chicago Dance Crash has emerged as the premier fusion-style contemporary dance company in the Midwest. Emphasizing a unique mission of both athleticism and accessibility, the Crash aesthetic is most notably recognized by its combination of concert and hip hop techniques in works ranging from full length productions to repertory pieces and freestyles.


Chicago Dance Crash is a national touring performance ensemble as well as a Chicago area talent provider. Whether it be theatres, arenas, clubs, churches, runways, or film shoots Crash has an eclectic range of styles and price points to fulfill your vision.


Providing a wide array of works, Crash’s repertory includes choreography by some of the country’s top contemporary, jazz, and hip hop dance makers while being engaged to perform at performing arts centers, colleges and universities, festivals, arenas, museums, rock clubs, film shoots, award shows, branding campaigns for small as well as Fortune 500 companies, fashion shows, conventions, subways, and even floating atop Lake Michigan. Within the last several seasons, Crash has been featured on Italian, French, and American television as well as nationally recognized publications such as Dance Magazine and The Huffington Post. A two-time winner of the Black Theater Alliance Award for Choreography, Crash was selected by critics as “The Best Dance Company in Chicago” by the Chicago Reader, hailed by Newcity Stage as one of the top two dance companies to emerge from Chicago within the past decade, and most recently was acknowledged for creating “The Most Inventive Work of 2017” in the U.S. by Dance Magazine.


The company’s team of charismatic and racially diverse nine-member Performance Ensemble and army of Artistic Associates boast professional training backgrounds from London to Chicago’s Southside, hold degrees in dance, and teach K-12 grade students as well as professional and pre-professional classes throughout the state of Illinois. Crash is a touring artist of Urban Gateways and is in residence at Visceral Dance Center where it holds weekly classes open to the public in contemporary, breakdancing, and acrobatics.


The company’s recent touring engagements include performances and workshops in NYC, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Iowa City, Tulsa, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Boston, Detroit, Buffalo, Indianapolis, and Orlando,  as well as all over the Chicago Land Area.


Crash has a slew of artistic hip hop full length shows for audiences of all ages and offers a diverse collection of outreach and audience building services such as interactive master classes, talkback sessions, panel discussions, and in-show lectures. Crash has a large menu of activities created in accordance with the Illinois Board of Education social and emotional learning standards (SEL), the CPS Arts Education plan, and the Fine Arts Standards of the Illinois State Goals.


Furthermore, our in-house marketing team is more than happy to create original images/video or whatever you need to help promote our appearances at your venue!

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Repaving the Yellow Brick Road in the Chicago Dance Crash production of The Bricklayers of Oz…creates  an ingenious new hip-hop dance-theater piece that is so imaginative, so playfully revisionist, so of the moment in its biting social commentary, and so superbly realized by all the artists involved, that it feels like an instant classic all its own. All connections to the extreme class divide in our real world are instantly understood here, with The Skeezers finally driven to demand an end to being ‘second class citizens of Paradise’…It captivates audiences of all ages...Sophisticated enough to please any adult, and propulsive and glittery enough to captivate young audiences.

Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun Times

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The hip hop origin story of the yellow brick road.

Thanks to the World Wildlife Fund, Curmudgeon Group, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Chicago Park District, Crash got to play in the water and with some adorable creatures!

Chicago Dance Crash’s flagship production of their 20th anniversary season pulls out ALL the bells and whistles to paint a colorful picture of life, strife and relationship goals after the end of the world. Aug 26 - Sept 10, 2022 in Chicago.

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