Laura Chiaramonte & Sonia Warfel

Laura Chiaramonte (Chicago, IL) has been performing and producing work professionally for the past ten years and has had the opportunity towork with celebrated companies and artists such as: Lynn Dally, Estebon Donoso, Pat Graney, Jyl Farenkamp, Andrew Harwood, Carleen Healy, Gina Jacobs, Rebecca Nettl-Fiol, Kate Monson, Jennifer Monson, Casey Pennel, Kirstie Simson, DanceLoop Chicago, Thread Meddle Outfit, Total Theater, Zephyr Dance, and Mad Shak Dance Company. Laura was fortunate to perform, teach workshops in dance, and present work in Bali, Cambodia, Ecuador, Italy, and Taiwan, and collaborated with celebrated baritone Nathan Gunn and his wife, pianist Julie Gunn, on an original music recital at Carnegie Hall. In 2009, Laura had the great opportunity to perform and teach contact improvisation with world-renowned contact teacher and performer Kirstie Simson in Taiwan and Cambodia. Laura was hired by Warner Bros as head choreographer for rock band Foxy Shazam's music video "Unstoppable" in the summer of 2010. Laura is also co-founder and director of Creative Arts Melting Pot, a non-profit performing arts company based in Chicago.

Sonia Warfel received her BFA in dance from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts in 1994 and her MFA in Dance in 2011 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she has been teaching dance as a visiting lecturer for six years. Since her debut alongside venerable crooner Tony Bennett in his comeback MTV music video, “Steppin’ Out”, she has performed her own choreography throughout the US, France, Italy, Poland, and The Czech Republic and produced her own shows in a wide array of venues from traditional theatrical spaces to night-clubs to the streets of Europe. In April of 2008, she collaborated with world renowned baritone Nathan Gunn and his wife, pianist Julie Gunn, and choreographer/video designer Laura Chiaramonte on a sold-out recital at Carnegie Hall which The New York Times hailed as “…involving, courageous, and touching.” Ms. Warfel is currently the Program Coordinator for the After School Arts Profram (ASAP) at the Center for Education in Small Urban Communities, which provides free, high-quality, diverse arts education to public school students in Champaign County while conducting research on the effect of these programs on student engagement and achievement. She is an avid arts advocate and fundraiser, performer, choreographer, teacher, wife, and mother.