J Lindsay Brown Dance


J. Lindsay Brown Dance, founded in 2013, is a Chicago-based, modern dance-theater company that uses collaboration, text, improvisation, humor, and movement to create audience friendly works. We perform in formal settings and at community events, engaging both new and veteran dance viewers. Drawing from a myriad of sources and artistic disciplines, J. Lindsay Brown Dance seizes every opportunity to connect, question and expand the Chicago dance community.

J. Lindsay Brown Dance is fiscally sponsored by Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble, a 501(c)3 not for profit. To make a tax-deductible donation, go here.

Photo by Russel Katz

About J. Lindsay Brown

J. Lindsay Brown completed her MFA at the University of Michigan in 2013, where she focused on choreography and dance education. While in Michigan, Lindsay taught composition and improvisation workshops at the University of Michigan, ACDF, and at various other dance festivals. 

In 2012, she received funding from the University of Michigan to research fairytales for her graduate thesis work. This research and subsequent year of rehearsal culminated in a work titled Many Upon a Time, which was performed in the round at Betty Pease Studio Theater in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This work was later restaged in August 2013 at the Fasseas Whitebox as part of J. Lindsay Brown & Friends Chicago Debut Twice Told: to the Moon and Back and at the DANK Haus as part of the company’s evening-length concert: WUNDERKAMMER: the Cabinet of Curiosities in March 2015.

Lindsay also produced In the Moment: an evening of improvised works and Alive & Well: dances of resilience at the Drucker Center. Her choreography ranges from screen dances to formal evening-length works in the round, covering topics such as Guantanamo, classic literature, and space travel, and her works have been performed indoors and outdoors, in arcades and onstage. 


J. Lindsay Brown Dance has performed in the Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, Trifecta Dance Showcase, Elgin Ties Dance Festival, Going Dutch, Delve, Chicago Dance Month (at the Chicago Cultural Center), and other dance festivals. Lindsay has performed works at Dance Chance, New Room, Beethoven Bash, Shakespeare events, and many more. Her company presented Doors Opening: a collection of danceworks for the community as part of Loyola University Community Relation’s Summer on the Plaza festival, has participated in various Arts Walks showcases, and produced Movement Zoo, an interactive site-specific dance installation at Indian Boundary Park in 2015 and 2016. 

In 2015, she collaborated with The Glitter Island Gang to produce Spectacle Spectacular! A Fully Improvised Song and Dance Musical, which sold out and was brought back to Chicago by popular demand for three more runs. Lindsay has taught at the Illinois High School Dance Festival, and for Hubbard Street Dance, River North Dance Education, and Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble. She also teaches modern, tap, jazz, ballroom, and composition/improvisation workshops throughout the Chicagoland area. Lindsay’s interests include Laban Analysis, somatics, site-specific dance, cross-disciplinary collaboration, student-centered learning, divergent thinking, social development, and dance history.

She also used to play the cowbell for an African class at Lou Conte, which might actually be the coolest thing about her.