Winifred Haun & Dancers was founded in Chicago in 1991 by award winning choreographer and dancer, Winifred Haun. In the 20+ years since its founding, the Company has garnered numerous awards and accolades, including Critic's Choice from the Chicago Reader, and features and reviews in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, TimeOut Chicago, Oak Leaves (Pioneer Press), WTTW-TV, WBEZ Radio and several on-line publications such as 4dancers.org, Flavorwire and Examiner. In 2000, the Company received the Ruth Page Award for "Outstanding Contribution to Dance in Chicago" for initiating and producing Chicago's NEXT Dance Festival, which grew to be the midwest's largest dance festival for the new work of Chicago area artists. In 2009, the Company was selected to receive the Oak Park Area Arts Council's prestigious "Best in Class" Award.
The mission of Winifred Haun & Dancers is to create and produce the dance works of Ms. Haun and other midwest, national and international artists and to make those works available to the widest possible audience. The Company presents dances with a strong technical base that reflect the complexity of the human condition, with the intent of informing the viewers perception of him/herself and the world. It is our fervent belief that with greater self knowledge, all humans can participate in changing the world for the better. Part of the Company's artistic vision is to have dance viewed not only in the context of professional presentation, but also at the community level and in non-traditional performance venues.