Red Clay Dance

Founded in July 2008 and based in Chicago, Illinois, Red Clay Dance is a professional touring company that creates and performs a diverse repertoire of contemporary dance infused with the vibrant dance and culture of the African Diaspora. Having gained a wealth of experience through her dance studies at Columbia College Chicago (BFA, 2002) and New York University (MFA, 2007) along with internationally acclaimed choreographers and teachers Gus Solomons, Ronald K. Brown, Jawole Zollar and Germaine Acogny, founder Vershawn Sanders was encouraged to build and develop projects that support collaborations between African and African American dance makers.

Since its inception, Red Clay Dance has created and produced original works that have appeared in arts festivals around the world such as RAD Fest (2012) Dance Chicago (2011), Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival (2011), Dance Transmissions Festival/Uganda (2010), A.W.A.R.D.S Show/Joyce Soho NYC (2009), The Yard/Martha’s Vineyard (2007), L’Ecole Des Sables/Senegal (2008) and Looptopia Festival Chicago (2008). The company has also self-produced two concerts, “Celebrating Our Legacy” (2012) and “New Beginnings” (2011) both on Chicago’s South Side.

The company has received grant support from the MidAtlantic Arts Foundation-USArtists International, Harlem Stage NYC, Cliff Dwellers Foundation, and the Chicago Community Trust Young Leaders Fund.
Our 2013-2014 5th Anniversary season is supported by grants from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, and the MetLife New Stages for Dance Initiative.

Red Clay Dance Company is in residency at Fuller Park through the Chicago Park District's Arts Partners in Residency Program, which unites artists and communities in Chicago's parks.