“As the music built and exploded, so did Po’Chop.  In a sometimes convulsive, sometimes frenetic attempt to let the dance inside of her out, Po’Chop navigated amount several influences — including ritual tribal dances, Alvin Ailey style modern dance, capoeira, and even the old bump-and-grind. While her clothes came back off along the way, this was almost incidental. It was as if Po’ Chop had captured lightning in a bottle and the bottle was herself. Subject to no one, nearly naked, Po’ Chop ended this dynamic display seated in that big wicker chair with a spear in one hand and a rifle in the other, yet she herself was the most provocative symbol of might onstage. “

performance | burlesque artist

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performance highlights

February 2018: Thank the Lorde! as apart of Steppenwolf's Lookout Series

October 2017: Elevate Chicago Dance ( a citywide dance festival)

 

November 2017: Earth Pearl Collective's Sovereign Festival (A festival of solo work highlighting black queer women in Seattle, WA)

June 2017: World premiere of Dynamite (solo work). Created as a Co-Mission Resident at Links Hall. 

February 2017: (Steppenwolf’s Lookout Series) Black As Eye Wanna Be, a theatrical, sociopolitical performance art, full length burlesque show. Black as Eye Wanna be is an exploratory performance art piece prompted by the creation of a feminist driven mixtape for Crimson Glow (September 2014 (Mixed by Po’Chop) Aimed towards creating a conversation regarding oppression, blackness and femininity this one hour performance piece requested audience members to bring an object that represented oppression.(See Review, from Chicago Fringe Festival 2014) Chicago Reader Recommended

burlesque highlights

Jeezy’s Juke Joint (Chicago, Nashville, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Des Moines)*

Drag King DSM (Des Moines, IA)*

Show Me Burlesque Festival (St. Louis)* 

The Roux Burlesque Festival (New Orleans)*

Chicago Innovation Award

Windy City Burlesque Festival*

Fierce International Burlesque Festival*

Kansas City Burlesque Festival

Minneapolis Burlesque Festival*

For Women By Women*

*indicates feature performer/headliner. 

video & tv work

  • Jamila Woods | Holy & LSD (music videos): featured dancer 

 

  • Featured on the Netflix Original Show   Easy    (episode 7)

  • Home | Here : Original experimental dance film (directed x Samantha Lee & produced by VAM)

  • Daryn Alexus | I Ain't Got it (music video)

teaching experience

2017: Developed Open Forum. A creative gathered aimed at digging into the work of Audre Lorde.

 

2011-present: Vaudezilla Studios (Assisted with Development of Studio Curriculum. Disciplines Taught: Basic Burlesque, Solo Development, Basic Dance Movement.  See Basic Burlesque Syllabus)

2008-2009: Zero Gravity Dance Studio, Sarasota FL (Modern, Choreography Development, Hip Hop)

 

2008-2009: All American Youth, Sarasota FL (Jazz & Hip Hop)

 

2005-2008: Jones College Prep (Dance Team Coach.  Led team to first IDTA competition and placed 3rd)

grants | awards

2018   Chicago Dancemakers Lab Artist

2017  3ARTS Make A Wave Grant Recipient

2017  Links Hall Co-MISSION Resident Artist

 

2016  Regional Dance Development Intiative (RDDI) Lab Participant

 

2015  Chances Dances : Mark Aguhar Grant

media | publications