Laura Chiaramonte


Lecturer

Laura ChiaramonteLaura Chiaramonte (choreographer, dancer, teacher, and videographer) has been performing and producing work professionally in dance throughout the United States and abroad for the past 20 years and has worked with celebrated companies and artists such as Jennifer Allen, Lynn Dally, DanszLoop Chicago, Jyl Fehrenkamp, Pat Graney, Julie Gunn, Nathan Gunn, Andrew Harwood, Carleen Healy, I Ketut Gede Asnawa, Gina Jacobs, Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak, Kate Monson, Rebecca Nettl-Fiol, Casey Pennel, Cynthia Pratt, Kirstie Simson, Thread Meddle Outfit, Total Theater, Warner Brothers, Deke Weaver, and Zephyr Dance.

Laura co-founded and directed the nonprofit performing arts company Creative Arts Melting Pot. The company was featured in the PBS Special The Chicago Dance Project and performed for Hans Breder, Collaboraction, Cirque du Soleil, Dance Chicago, and the Full Circle Festival. Laura has also shown her work at the Open Space Project, the Harvest Contemporary Dance Festival, and the Going Dutch Festival. She developed a movement studies class, emphasizing movement improvisation and composition through the inspiration of inter-media at the Chicago Art Department and taught workshops in dance and somatics at the Illinois Institute of Technology, the Dance Center at Columbia College, and the Department of Dance at the University of Wisconsin–Madison; she was an artist-in-residence at Illinois Wesleyan and Frente de Danza Independiente at Sala de Artes Escénicas Marina de Jesus Quito in Ecuador. She has also conducted creative movement workshops with the Project Danztheatre Company Kids Program at St. Peter's School, Urban Gateways, and the LEAP Program.

Laura is currently teaching dance technique, yoga, and the Alexander Technique for the Theater and Dance Department at Millikin University and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also is teaching arts and integration for the public schools in the Department of Education and is the media coordinator and a lecturer for Dance at Illinois.