Since publicly launching in June of 2018, OTC has:
Launched a Footwork Summer Camp, offering instruction to 100 young people on the south side of Chicago, keeping them safe in a fun, educational environment, providing jobs for a dozen local dancers to teach the youth and develop curriculum around footwork.
Established partnerships with leading civic institutions including the Department of Cultural Affairs, Chicago Summerdance, Chicago Votes, and Social Works / Chance the Rapper.
Produced a series of “dance down” performances in three Chicago parks on the south side, west side and downtown, bringing resources and good will to eight different black youth dance troupes, emphasizing collaboration over competition.
Created the opportunity for black youth to be on television as dancers and footwork artists, including TV spots on ABC, FOX and in an online documentary on Mic.com.
Provided multiple platforms for footwork dancers to perform in the city’s most prestigious venues including the Museum of Contemporary Art and in front of “the bean” downtown