My name is Carrie Patterson and I am the Co-Founder/Artistic Director of Trifecta Dance Collective, a professional contemporary dance company that has just begun its second season in the Chicagoland area.
I have the pleasure of teaching alongside many artists that I have also performed/collaborated with in my professional dance career. I also serve as the Executive Director of Programming and Community Outreach as well as an instructor at the Dance and Music Academy (DMA), which serves students in two locations in Chicago and Glenview. Together with the DMA Owner Krissie Odegard Geye, we began to expand the programming at the studio and wanted to broaden the demographic reach and span of our mission to create social change through dance. The idea of a technically and artistically proficient adult company was fostered, and a group of DMA’s dance instructors came together to manifest the vision. One year later, the Trifecta Dance Collective has expanded into a group of eight professional dancers to spread our mission on both the local and national level.
Trifecta Dance Collective has stood as a place for us to explore choreography, grow artistic ideas, and share our art with our communities since its inception. The goal of the company is to enrich our community by using the “trifecta”: Engage, Empower, Expand. We hope to engage with others, integrating the arts with our society to create conversation between the two. We empower, striving to be role models for young dancers and inspiration for community members to positively impact their own surroundings. With fulfilling those aspirations, we can expand the number of people influenced by the arts and simultaneously stimulate positive growth in the mindsets of our audiences. These three intentions come together to create the “trifecta”, the common goal Krissie and I decided on that would ultimately propel our idea for a professional company into reality.
We’ve brought together a diverse group of dancers to create pieces that instigate conversation in our equally diverse audiences. The difference in our dancers’ backgrounds and movement style strengthens our group dynamic and performance. We truly unite through our shared values and goal of enhancing the community through our craft.
As a professional company in association with the Dance and Music Academy, we serve as a platform for young dancers to gain a more authentic understanding of the dance world and the potential they hold for the future. The presence of the Trifecta Dance Collective in the studio has already given the young dancers opportunities to grow and learn amongst professionals, including inviting them to perform in our first self-produced show this past season. This experience has mutually benefited both demographics of our dancers, linking the two together under the unified purpose of creating social change through dance.
Our first season has been filled with performances at festivals across the Midwest into Minnesota, West Virginia, and the Chicagoland area. We will be performing at Anita’s Way in Times Square this August and are thrilled to share our work with new audiences. We also look to constantly bring together different art forms into collaborative projects. Last year, local watercolor artist Tiffany Wong and videographer Tyler Core created a unique video that we projected behind our work “From the Ground Up.” We are thrilled to continue this idea of shared collaborative art and will be performing this fall at the Evanston Art Center.
Tuesday mornings take a unique form and the Dance and Music Academy. Instead of the usual crowd of young students taking classes, the professionals of the Trifecta Dance Collective work in the studio to make our vision a reality. We continue to engage, empower, and expand in our community of young dancers and audiences. We have made great strides in our first year and are excited and ready to see what our second year will bring!