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.
Lindsay completed her MFA in Dance at the University of Michigan. She received her BA in Dance with a minor in Literature from Scripps College in Claremont, California. Her choreography ranges from screen dances to formal evening-length works in the round, covering topics such as politics, classic literature, and space travel. Her works have been performed indoors and outdoors, in arcades, and onstage. She is especially interested in Laban Analysis, somatics, site-specific dance, cross-disciplinary collaboration, student-centered learning, divergent thinking, social development, and dance history.
n 2012, Lindsay received funding from the University of Michigan to research fairytales for her graduate thesis work, Many Upon a Time, which
was performed in the round at Betty Pease Studio Theater in Ann Arbor, Michigan and later restaged at the Fasseas Whitebox and at the DANK Haus. Lindsay has also produced many full length shows at the Drucker Center and at Dovetail Studios.
J . Lindsay Brown Dance has performed at the Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, 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. The company has created and performed works in unusual locations, such as the Loyola Red Line stop, the Dole Mansion, the Piper Mansion, and at Indian Boundary Park. In 2015, J. Lindsay Brown Dance 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.
While in Michigan, Lindsay taught composition and improvisation workshops at the University of Michigan, ACDF, and at various other dance festivals. Since moving to Chicago, Lindsay has taught for Hubbard Street Dance Community Engagement, River North Dance Community Engagement, Design Dance, Dancing with Class, Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble, Side Street Studio Arts, Encore Dance Academy, Performing Arts Limited, Glenwood Dance Studio, Move the Beat, and at various workshops in the Chicagoland area (including the Illinois High School Dance Festival). She currently teaches at the North Suburban School of Dance, teaching modern, tap, jazz, choreography, and improvisation.