2018 Artistic Achievement Award

CNADM’s Artistic Achievement Award goes to Nick Pupillo —
a dancer and creator in one – inspiring people of all ages with his vision and craft.

Founder and Artistic Director of Visceral Dance Chicago… and renowned choreographer for many works… Nick is now the guest of honor at CNADM’s 106th Annual Awards Banquet!

Nick graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Ballet, and in 2001, he joined the acclaimed Giordano Dance Chicago where he toured nationally and internationally for three years. In the years following, Nick worked with other groups performing and choreographing, including Dance Chicago, Schaumburg Dance Ensemble, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and more.

It wasn’t until after Nick received “The Dance Chicago Outstanding Choreography Award” (for the first time) in 2005, that he began to work towards his biggest creative venture yet. It was then, in 2007, when Nick founded Visceral Dance Center.

Visceral Dance Center provided the Chicago community with a new venue for artistic and technical growth. This facility continues to be a Chicago dance landmark. TimeOut Chicago lists Visceral Dance Center as “A bustling, well-appointed facility...with instructors from top companies and in-demand guest teachers.” Utilized by a number of Chicago-based companies, Visceral Dance Center is home to its resident company, Visceral Dance Chicago.

Nick founded Visceral Dance Chicago in the fall of 2013, of which he is currently the Artistic Director. Through the dance company, Nick presents his vision of choreography, exploring new ways of dance in contemporary movement.

For Visceral Dance Chicago, Nick created five signature works, including Impetere, Senza di te, My Realm, Sum Noir and She Three, and continues to commission choreography world premieres around the globe. Nick has helped create such premieres by Sidra Bell, Banning Bouldin, Monica Cervantes, Brian Enos, and Robyn Mineko Williams.

Nick is frequently invited to conduct master classes in the U.S. and around the world. He has taught for organizations such as the Jazz Dance World Congress, Chicago Dance Connection, and CNADM.

Many may recognize Nick as an instructor favorite at CNADM, teaching classes on ballet, lyrical and contemporary dance.

We are excited to have Nick Pupillo back for CNADM’s Summer Workshops, and proud to be presenting Nick with CNADM’s Artistic Achievement Award. Congratulations!

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