About My Business:
Executive /Artistic Director, Co-Founder
JOEL HALL DANCERS & CENTER
Joel Hall, a native of Chicago’s Cabrini Green neighborhood, established and co-founded the Chicago City Theatre Company in 1974. This unique performing arts organization includes the Chicago City Theatre Company, the Joel Hall Dancers, and a training facility, the Joel Hall Dancers & Center. Hall is the Artistic Director and choreographer for his dance company and the Chief Dance Instructor for the training studio. He has now mentored dancers who direct Joel Hall Dancers II and Joel Hall Dancers Youth Company. During the past 38 years, Hall has achieved an international reputation for his Dance Company and acclaims as a choreographer whose work; in his own unique dance style based in jazz, expresses a rich vocabulary embracing both the classical and modern dance idioms. Mr. Hall also served as one of Mayor Harold Washington’s international ambassadors for the arts. “Jazz dance at it’s best” says Dance Magazine.
Mr. Hall has created more than seventy ballets for his own company and is noted in two major books on the contemporary dance arts; Black Dance by Edward Thorpe, dance critic for The London Standard and The Black Tradition in American Dance by Richard Long. Susan and Thomas D. Kuczmarski note him in the book Apples are Square: Thinking Differently About Leadership. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Northeastern Illinois University Alumnus of the Year, the King/Chavez/Parks Visiting Scholar Award from Western Michigan University, guest professor at Northwestern University Theater / Dance Department, the Katherine Dunham Award / several Choreographic and two Awards of Merit from the Black Theater Alliance.
From 2001 to present, Mr. Hall has been honored by the Metropolitan YMCA of Chicago and received their Black and Hispanic Achiever of the Year Award for his contributions to the community. The Chicago Dance and Music Alliance awarded him their prestigious Lifetime Achievement for Service to the Field award. Mr. Hall received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jazz Dance World Congress. His choreography for In the Shadow of Nina Simone was honored with the African American Arts Alliance Black Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance and he was the recipient of the New Business of the Year Award, from the Edgewater Chamber of Congress. His recent work, Civil Rights Movements, was collaborated with Civil Rights Opera. He is profiled in The History Makers and has now been commissioned to create a new work along with composer percussionist Charles Heath, to showcase at the Auditorium Theater this spring. Mr. Hall is thrilled to be commissioned by Mu Mu Lambda Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity to choreograph Beuatillion XXXI-2013.