Dorian Rhea: Choreographer/Dancer
What Moves You?
“Movement is very philosophical to me. The wonder of having agency over your body. The gift of being able to feel and create forces in the universe is powerful. I move to honor that gift and inspire others to find that undeniable power within themselves. What moves me? Breath. ”
My name is Dorian Rhea. At age 22, I have been an active artist in the Chicago community for the past seven years. I’ve performed and choreographed pieces for musical festivals like Lollapalooza, television shows like Windy City Live, Broadway’s West Side Story, Disney’s Mag Mile Lights Festival, Common’s AHH! Fest, Chance The Rapper’s TipFest & even for President Obama himself. My works have been featured at venues such as The White House, The Chicago Theater, The Harris Theater, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Previously an instructor for Gallery 37’s After School Matters hip-hop program (Chicago’s leading organization in providing job training for the arts to teens), The Joffrey Ballet, & The American Rhythm Center, I have taught workshops at Roosevelt University, Chicago State University, & Wilbur Wright College, to name a few. From working with charitable arts programs in high schools across the city, to facilitating performance training with the non-profit organization ‘The Happiness Club’, I continue to push for universal art education in as many ways as I can. I am currently teaching Hip-Hop Culture and Creative Movement classes at the Brooklyn Music School. I have studied ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, & aerobic dance fitness, with tap being my longest trained principle, and I continue to train as a developing teaching artist whenever possible. My goal is to make the transition from homebound artist to borderless philanthropist during my time in New York. The arts and social activism are very important to me and I feel that my extensive training and research in these fields have best prepared me to continue down the path of educating and enlightening, while simultaneously being educated and enlightened.