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--Seattle WeeklyFounded in 1990, the Chamber Dance Company is the first professional dance company in residence at the UW. Its mission is to bring dance works of historical and artistic significance to the Seattle area--works that might not otherwise be produced in the region. Moreover, its performances of professional quality and polish serve as an educational model for undergraduate dance students at the University. The artistic director of the Company is its founder, Hannah C. Wiley, UW dance professor and current director of the UW dance program.
The Company's annual concert was praised in an article in the Seattle Times Arts Alive section by dance critic Jean Lenihan as one of the best dance events in Seattle in 1995. Furthermore, the article rated the Company's production of works by Isadora Duncan and Daniel Nagrin as the Best Historical Reconstruction for 1995.
The Chamber Dance Company comprises candidates for the Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance at the University. If an expanded cast is required for a work, local professionals complement the Company. The Company's production staff includes technical director and lighting designer Michael Wellborn, and costume designer Christine Smith.
Wiley notes the Chamber Dance Company is funded primarily by the UW Dance Program operating budget; however, grants from The Seattle Foundation and SAFECO have supported their activities over the past several years.