Aerial Dance Chicago

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Aerial Dance Chicago is a nonprofit dance company dedicated to creation, performance, and instruction in the field of aerial dance.


Founded by dancer/choreographer and National Champion Acrobat Chloe Jensen, and under the Artistic Direction of award-winning choreographer Karen Fisher Doyle, Aerial Dance Chicago has a vision of taking dancers into flight. Incorporating a variety of apparatus such as suspended fabrics, bungee cords, hoops, swings and ropes, company artists delve into the expressive potential of a multi-dimensional dance floor and transcend assumed limits of dance.

The company inspires everyday people to challenge their own assumed limits to reveal undiscovered potential. Through highly original and physical programming, the company reawakens humanity's craving for live, kinetic and creative experiences and contributes to the health and empowerment of the community.


Aerial Dance Chicago makes use of human power and strength plus a variety of rigging techniques to access the creative and physical possibilities of vertical dance space. Aerial Dance Chicago is an international leader in the field and an integral part of the movement toward the development of this art form.


The mission of Aerial Dance Chicago is to generate a positive impact on humanity through the art of aerial dance. With innovative choreography, engaging performances and energizing hands-on experiences, our programs enrich, educate, connect and strengthen people of all walks of life.


Aerial Dance Chicago was founded in 1999 with the vision of combining the athleticism and adventure of aerial movement with the creative voice of contemporary dance. In 2003, Aerial Dance Chicago was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Characterized by thrilling physicality and originality, the company's work has been presented across the United States at museums, schools, universities and festivals, including popular hometown venues such as Navy Pier, Museum of Science & Industry, Millennium Park and the historic Grand Ballroom of the Drake Hotel.

Today, Aerial Dance Chicago delivers an underrepresented art form to the diverse cultural spectrum in Chicago. As the company moves forward, creating, performing, teaching and stretching the boundaries of dance, it continues to build a dedicated following of audience members and students.


Aerial Dance Chicago distinguishes itself by blending inventive aerial choreography with an original contemporary style on the traditional dance floor, as well as retaining a strong dance aesthetic in its airborne choreography.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Aerial Dance Chicago has "justified its commitment to broadening the scope of dance and demonstrating that aerial work can achieve the beauty and poetry of genuine art."

Dance Classes

Classes are available six days per week, daytime, weekday evening and weekend, for youth, teens, adults and the professional dance community.

We provide one-of-a-kind aerial dance programming for YOUTH, from toddlers to teens, helping youth develop strength, coordination, physical fitness, self-confidence and creativity, in a supportive, safe environment.

ADC provides instruction for ADULTS of all ages, with a variety of approaches to experience aerial arts. Our studio is a place for everyone in the community to come alive and enjoy the active, artistic experience of aerial dance.

Our space is dedicated to providing DANCERS and CHOREOGRAPHERS in the community with the highest quality aerial dance training. Since our founding, ADC has trained over 50 dancers to the professional level in the field of aerial dance. This space will mean that the entire Chicago dance community has greater access to training in this exciting and ever-growing dance form.

View a detailed schedule on our website at Don't let the chance fly by. Find the class that is right for you.

Dance Styles
Modern / Contemporary
Aerial Dance
Skill Levels
Adult Beginner
Age Levels
Young Adults

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Aerial Dance Chicago

4028 W. Irving Park Road
Chicago, IL 60641
(773) 463-4402

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