Winifred Haun is the recipient of a 2015 MacArthur Foundation International Connections award. The award allowed Ms. Haun to travel with the Company to Australia to collaborate on a new work, Trashed, that combines Modern Dance with Contemporary Circus.
Nominated twice for the prestigious Ruth Page Award for Choreography, Ms. Haun’s dances have appeared at many prestigious national venues: Danspace Project in NYC, Overture Center in Madison, WI, Epic Center in Kalamazoo, MI, West Shore Community College in Michigan, Dogtown Dance Center in Richmond, VA, St. Mary’s College in Indiana, and in Chicago at the Athenaeum Theatre, Dance Center of Columbia College, Links Hall, Ruth Page Theatre, Moming Dance & Arts Center, and others. Major grants for choreography have been awarded by the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Oak Park Area Arts Council, the City of Chicago, Illinois Arts Council, and several others.
Ms. Haun’s dancing and choreography have been presented and commissioned by several Chicago and midwest dance companies, including Chicago Ballet, Aerial Dance Chicago , Zephyr Dance, MOMENTA, Irreverence Dance + Theatre, Chicago Repertory Dance Ensemble, and Barrington Youth Dance Ensemble. Other dance organizations that have commissioned her work include: Without Shoes Modern Dance Co. (Rockford, IL), Patchwork Dance Co.(South Bend, Indiana), University of Nevada Dance Co., Illinois Wesleyan University Dancers, and Elgin Dance Theater.
Chicago’s NEXT Dance Festival, which grew to be the top producer of new and emerging Chicago dance artists, was the brain child of Ms. Haun. She spearheaded this annual event from 1994 to 2001. Ms. Haun won a Ruth Page Award in 2000 for Outstanding Contribution to the Dance Community for her work establishing and furthering the NEXT Dance Festival. In 2005, Ms. Haun was featured as part of HMS Media‘s Chicago Dance Project, which aired on Chicago public television. In 2016, she established “First Draft: new work by Chicago area artists,” as a vehicle for the new work of Chicago dancemakers.
Ms. Haun was a member of the Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theatre (JHCDT) from 1985 to 1991. She performed and taught with JHCDT while on tour in the US, Canada, Mexico and the middle east. Along with her dancing and teaching responsibilities, she was appointed Company Scholarship Coordinator in 1988. Ms. Haun eventually formed the scholarship group into a separate company, the Pilsen Dance Ensemble. The Ensemble performed the works of Ms. Haun and other JHCDT company members for four years. During her tenure with JHCDT, Ms. Haun danced several solos and received great critical acclaim for her dancing. In 1991, she won a Ruth Page Award nomination for Dancer of the Year.
Ms. Haun’s formal dance training began at the age of 10 at the Ellis-DuBoulay School of Ballet in Chicago. Ms. Haun attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale from 1981 to 1984, graduating with a B.A. in Theatre/Dance. While obtaining her degree, Ms. Haun choreographed several works for student and faculty dance concerts and musicals. Ms. Haun also served as dance captain and assistant director while performing in summer stock theatre productions in southern Illinois.
Ms. Haun has taught modern dance and dance composition at the Beijing Dance Academy in China, Chicago Academy for the Arts, Dance Center of Columbia College, University of Nevada, Illinois Wesleyan University and at numerous festivals and workshops worldwide. She is currently a modern dance instructor at the Lou Conte Dance Studio, the studio of Hubbard St. Dance Chicago and Legere Dance Center.
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