We’re so thrilled to have Darling Shear in the mix as our choreographer this time around! Here’s a bit more about them:
Darling is a Chicago native but has roots in Atlanta where Darling started dance training. Darling attended North Springs Charter School of the performing arts where Darling was trained in ballet, modern, jazz, and African. Darling began dancing professionally right out of high school and in that time worked with many great choreographers. The highlights were working with Bubba Carr, choreography/artistic director to Cher for 12 year and counting; Rhonda Henriksen, soloist with Hubbard Street and Twyla Tharp; Tracy Vogt, former Philadanco dancer and soloist; Hinton Battle, the Original Scarecrow from the Broadway production of The Wiz; and Lauri Stallings, former Hubbard Street and River North soloist and founder/artistic director of gloATL. Darling moved back to Chicago in 2011 to start Suna Dance, a collaborative artist group, and had the first performance in November of 2011. As a freelance dancer/choreographer in the city Darling has worked with Erin Kilmurray's The Fly Honeys of The Inconvenience, Body Cartography of Minneapolis, Links Hall, Victoria Bradford, Chicago AIDS Foundation, Chances Dances, no small plan productions, Slo’Mo, the Public Hotel, Soho House Chicago, The Arts Club, Steppenwolf Theatre, Growing Power Inc., EXPO Chicago, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, DePaul Museum, Diana Quinones Rivera, University of Chicago, Jamila Woods, Alexa Græ, University of Illinois at Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Black Sex Matters, Chicago Film Archive, Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, Salonathon, and OTV | Open Television.