PARA.MAR Dance Theatre is a new Chicago-based contemporary ballet company founded by Stephanie Martinez.
In the naming of the company, Stephanie blended her last name Martinez and the Spanish prefix para as an ode to her individual identity and broader Mexican heritage. Meaning together, with, and for, PARA represents the why and how of PARA.MAR Dance Theatre.
Together with the goal of continued innovation in dance as an essential mode of human expression, PARA.MAR is centered on the unique identities of its artist and audiences by providing performance grounded in excellence and accessibility. With a focus on equity in the curation of dance-artists, dance-makers, and the administrative team, PARA.MAR strives to be truly representative of the Chicago community it serves.