Dance Theater New Trier collaborates with guest artist Aaron-Raheim White for May 3, 4 concert


The Performing Arts Division at New Trier High School is proud to present Dance Theater New Trier , its student dance company, in concert on May 3 and May 4 in the Northfield Campus Cornog Auditorium. Tickets are $7 and available at the door and online at .

Dance Theater New Trier, or DTNT, provides an opportunity for sophomore through senior dancers (as well as select freshmen) to choreograph their own dances and collaborate with their peers. The performance will include eight original student works by Mulan Blum, Anna Caffarelli, Tori Edington, Elizabeth Johnson, Jenna Katlin, Katie Kelly, Ari Maalul, Ella Preston, and Alli Sharifi.

DTNT is also thrilled to present a one-of-a-kind, original work by professional guest artist Aaron-Raheim White, created especially for 10 DTNT dancers. A Chicago native, White began his dance training in high school at age 14 with Deidre M. Dawson, a former member of Joseph Holmes Dance Theater, and soon intertwined with Pierre Locket of Forward Momentum Chicago.

White earned his Masters of Fine Arts from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, both in Dance Performance and Choreography. He has presented workshops and classes to a plethora of national and international universities, and has also performed in Cuba, Taiwan, Hawaii, Washington D.C., New York, and a host of other states.

During his graduate study, White discovered the healing power of Reiki via professor Renee Redding-Jones. His path linked with Marilyn Vega, Reiki Master-Instructor and R.N., to further deepen his energetic studies and to become a Reiki Master-Instructor himself.

Aaron-Raheim White is currently an ensemble member of Lucky Plush Productions, while maintaining his healing practice as the Creative Director of holistic health center Lax Energy Worx in Chicago's South Loop. White desires to be a beacon of light to support others, illuminate fears, and facilitate healing through Reiki, dance, meditation, and education, he says.

This year, New Trier Dance Teachers Laura Deutsch and Johannah Wininsky (SHAPE America National Dance Teacher of the Year Award Recipient) share the artistic direction of the company and are extremely proud of the talent and artistry of this year's company of over 70 students.

The 2018 Dance Theater New Trier Company is: Jessi Alt, Mira Becker, Emily Beckmann, Hannah Bender, Nicole Blesi, Mulan Blum, Amy Boyle, Madeline Brown, Anna Caffarelli, José Chavez, Caroline Cody, Cat Cohen, Ellie Datome, Julia Damen, Caroline Davis, Lindsey Economies, Tori Edington, Ashley Erickson, Tatum Ewing, Sophia Feuerman, Lila Formica, Jacquelyn Garabedian, Allison Guenther, Ayanna Guillen, Evie Halston, Isabelle Hauser, Olivia Ho, Bridget Hogan, Dani Holstein, Isabella James, Millie James, Elizabeth Johnson, Yasmina Kacila, Carli Kanter, Brianna Karras, Stephanie Kascius, Jenna Katlin, Katie Kelly, Will Kerpan, Jenna Khalifeh, Jamie Kohr, Stella Kustra, Caroline Lockwood, Bella Leon, Alex Levin, Ari Maalul, Merryn McKeough, Amanda Neslund, Allison O'Bara, Tara O'Connor, Hitomi Ono, Emmie Osuna, Caroline Palasz, Robin Park, Sarosh Patel, Loiusa Perrin, Kara Philoon, Ella Preston, Natalie Ringel, Grace Robinson, Alli Sharifi, Meghan Smith, Eden Snower, Hannah Spinner, Hannah Stein, Joelle Stressler, Kara Struckman, Kayla Tinsley, Michelle Verlinsky, Dylan Walker, Emily Wang, Victoria Werth, Esther Xu, Sophia Zavattero, and Erin Zielke.