Announcing the UChicago Dance Master Class Series

University of Chicago’s Committee on Theater and Performance Studies partners with the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts for a series of four dance master classes during autumn quarter.

The master classes are geared towards students with intermediate-level ability and are free and open to enrolled UChicago students on a first come, first served basis. Advanced reservation is required, as space is limited. A sign-up form is linked within each class listing. Please direct any questions to Julia Rhoads, Director of Dance and Lecturer in Theater and Performance Studies at

Saturday, November 3 @ 10 AM
Contemporary Repertory with Robyn Mineko Williams
Bartlett Rehearsal Room
Capacity: 25 students | sign up here

Robyn Mineko Williams danced for River North Dance Chicago and was a member of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago for twelve seasons. She has been commissioned to create works for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Malpaso Dance Company, Charlotte Ballet and more and has had her work presented at venues such as the Kennedy Center, the Joyce Theatre, Jacob’s Pillow, American Dance Festival and MCA Chicago. She was one of 2014 Dance Magazine's “25 to Watch” and is a four time Princess Grace Foundation–USA grant recipient. Williams was selected as 2016’s Best Choreographer in Chicago Mag and, in 2016 and 2018, one of NewCIty's Players: 50 People Who Really Perform for Chicago. Her immersive, collaborative performance series, Undercover Episodes, is currently touring the US. Visit for more information.

Saturday, November 10 @ 5 PM
Breakdancing with Ryley Mikos
Bartlett Rehearsal Room
Capacity: 25 students | sign up here

Ryley Mikos founded The Breaking Program in order to provide breaking classes and private instruction to students and breakers in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. The Breaking Program was initially designed as an extracurricular activity for grades 1-12 where students learn authentic Hip-Hop/Breakdancing from certified teachers with years of training and experience. Classes focus on strength, balance, and respect, and allow students to dance with a variety of partners. The Breaking Program is also a performing arts company that provides live entertainment and services for corporate events, celebrations, theme parks, sporting events, festivals and more. Ryley customizes performances to fit the needs of the events and communities that they reach.  

Sunday, November 11 @ 10 AM
Ballet Technique with Erica Edwards 
Ida Noyes Dance Room
Capacity: 30 students | sign up here
Erica Edwards trained at the Salt Creek Ballet School, School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Bryant Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Ruth Page Foundation before joining The Joffrey Ballet in 2000. Erica's vast repertoire includes Apollo, Appalachian Spring, Cinderella, Dark Elegies, Deuce Coupe, The Green Table, Light Rain, The Nutcracker, and Les Patineurs, among others. In 2001, the Chicago Sun-Times spotlighted Erica as a "Black History Maker," and in 2002 she was The Joffrey Ballet's nominee for the Princess Grace Foundation Award. Ebony magazine featured Erica as a Young Leader of the Future in the Arts in 2003, and she is featured with The Joffrey Ballet in Robert Altman's movie, The Company.

Sunday, December 2 @ 12 PM
Body Rhythms with Steph Paul
Bartlett Rehearsal Room
Capacity: 25 students | sign up here

Steph Paul is a Chicago based Choreographer / Director / Performer / Educator who creates to affirm the visual, sonic, and storytelling power of all bodies and all people. She is a Resident Director of Albany Park Theater Project and Artistic Associate of Chicago Dance Crash. Dance credits include Chicago Dance Crash, Be the Groove, Dance Center Evanston, Columbia College Chicago, Ohio Northern University, Northwestern University and Chicago National Association of Dance Masters. Theater credits include Short Shakespeare! Romeo + Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Last Stop on Market Street (Chicago Children’s Theatre); Mansfield Park (Northlight Theatre); Ofrenda; Learning Curve; Feast (Albany Park Theater Project). Regional theater credits include The Wolves (Studio Theatre); The Royale (City Theatre, Repertory Theater Of St. Louis). Next up, Steph’s work will be featured in Richard III at Shakespeare Theater Company. Steph is a 2017 3Arts Make a Wave grantee and a proud alum of Northwestern University. More info: