Jamal Litebulb Oliver

Jamal "Litebulb" Oliver

Litebulb is a dancer and dance activist at the forefront of footwork culture in Chicago. Known for the intricacy and velocity of his moves, Litebulb has performed with leading artists like Chance the Rapper and DJ Rashad. Since 2009, he has traveled to international stages, from New York PS-1 to the Barbican in London. In 2014, he co-founded The Era Footwork Crew (The Era). Now touring global venues and Chicago schools with The Era, Bulb’s practice is both intensely local and broadly international. He has received awards and grants for his innovative work, including recognition as a dancer of the year in Dance Magazine, a major arts grant from Chicago Dancemakers Forum and University of Chicago/Arts and Public Life, and as a choreographer of the year by New City magazine. He also appeared in a dance cameo with fellow footworker P-Top in the movie, Manglehorn, with Al Pacino. Litebulb was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, where he lives and works today.

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Wills Glasspiegel

Wills Glasspiegel is a documentary filmmaker, artist and scholar writing about the cultural history of Chicago footwork in his PhD dissertation in African American Studies and American Studies at Yale University. Before his involvement with footwork, Wills worked alongside electronic musicians creating bubu music in Sierra Leone, and other musicians creating Shangaan electro music in South Africa. He has produced public radio segments for All Things Considered and Morning Edition, and was recognized as a co-recipient of a Peabody Award in 2014 for his contributions to the public radio program Afropop Worldwide. Wills’ documentaries and collaborations have been featured in a variety of publications including CNN, FADER Magazine, Dazed and Confused Magazine, Pitchfork, Nowness, and DIS Magazine. Wills received his undergraduate degree in English from Yale, and holds a master’s degree in Media, Culture and Communications from New York University. Wills was born in Washington, DC, and moved to Chicago as a teenager. He currently resides in Chicago.

Delorth “Dee-Dee” Stallorth

Delorth “Dee-Dee” Stallworth

An ardent advocate for social justice and equity through the arts, Dee-Dee holds a bachelor's degree in criminology, law and justice, with a minor in sociology, from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). As a housing officer at UIC campus housing, she has received "Changing the World" and "Administration Superstar" awards for her work on behalf of students adjusting to the rigors of university life. She has worked with children and their parents at Chicago social agencies, and is currently pursuing a master's degree in social work at Chicago State University (CSU). Dee-Dee is a lifelong south side Chicago resident. As founding advisor and co-manager for the dance collective, The Era Footwork Crew, she is instrumental in helping to communicate the history and value Chicago footwork to diverse audiences, arranging opportunities for Chicago dancers at prominent venues across the city and the world.

 
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Drew Alt

Drew Alt brings private and public sector management and executive leadership skills to the team, along with a focus on music and culture from the African Diaspora. Most recently, Drew was an Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company, where he assisted the Sierra Leonean government with recovery efforts post-ebola. He is a longtime jazz and salsa pianist, having played and composed music with groups in Chicago, New Haven and Ghana. Drew received his undergraduate degree in economics from Yale University and received a Master's in Business Administration from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago. He was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois, and currently resides in Seattle, WA with his wife Jocelyn and their son Cameron.