“impressive polish, complexity, and emotional sophistication.”

-Chicago Sun Times

"Delved into rich psychological territory with an unseen force"

-Chicago Tribune

 

"Acrobatic and Daring"

-Chicago Sun Times

 

"beautiful and expressive"

-Third Coast Digest

 

Brock Clawson is an award winning Chicago-based choreographer. He has worked with such prestigious companies as the Joffrey Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, and Giordano Dance Chicago. He is known for his athletic movement and emotionally sophisticated choreography. After a successful career as a dancer for various Chicago companies, Clawson’s choreographic career developed during his time as a dancer and as the Artistic Associate for Thodos Dance Chicago. Brock’s first work for Thodos Dance Chicago in 2005 marked the beginning of a series of four works over the next five years with this company and the establishment of Clawson as a distinguished choreographer.

In recognition of these works, Clawson received the Dance Chicago 2005 Outstanding Choreography Award and the Cliff Dwellers Arts Organization’s 2006 Choreographer of the Year Award. Clawson’s work for this company was called “daring and athletic” and “a real stunner” by the Chicago Sun Times. His works “Along the Way” and “Nine” were selected to be performed by Thodos Dance Chicago as a part of Dance for Life, Chicago in 2006 and 2008. Clawson continued to create works for various other companies, including Dance Kaleidoscope, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, The Houston Metropolitan Dance Company and The Dance Center of Columbia College.

Clawson’s diverse choreographic style further developed with his creation of the world premiere “Give and Take” for Giordano Dance Chicago in 2009. Hedy Weiss of the Chicago Sun Times called this piece “a work of impressive polish, complexity and emotional sophistication.” Giordano Dance Chicago selected “Give and Take” to represent their company at The Jazz Dance World Congress in 2009 and as a part of Dance for Life Chicago, 2010.

Clawson’s choreography was featured in the Emmy Award winning PBS documentary “Dance for Life, Chicago.”  In 2012, Clawson made his choreographic debut with the Milwaukee Ballet who commissioned him to create “Crossing Ashland”, a one-act contemporary ballet. The Joffrey Ballet then performed “Crossing Ashland” in its 2013-2014 seasons to outstanding reviews from both the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun Times. In the winter of 2015, Brock choreographed The Who’s TOMMY at the Paramount Theater, for which he received a Jeff Nomination. His most recent commission on Dance Kaleidoscope was written up as one of the “Best of the Arts” premieres in Indianapolis in 2015. Brock is premiering a new work on Giordano Dance Chicago in the spring of 2016.

Brock Clawson is an award winning Chicago-based choreographer. He has worked with such prestigious companies as the Joffrey Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, and Giordano Dance Chicago. He is known for his athletic movement and emotionally sophisticated choreography. After a successful career as a dancer for various Chicago companies, Clawson’s choreographic career developed during his time as a dancer and as the Artistic Associate for Thodos Dance Chicago. Brock’s first work for Thodos Dance Chicago in 2005 marked the beginning of a series of four works over the next five years with this company and the establishment of Clawson as a distinguished choreographer.

In recognition of these works, Clawson received the Dance Chicago 2005 Outstanding Choreography Award and the Cliff Dwellers Arts Organization’s 2006 Choreographer of the Year Award. Clawson’s work for this company was called “daring and athletic” and “a real stunner” by the Chicago Sun Times. His works “Along the Way” and “Nine” were selected to be performed by Thodos Dance Chicago as a part of Dance for Life, Chicago in 2006 and 2008. Clawson continued to create works for various other companies, including Dance Kaleidoscope, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, The Houston Metropolitan Dance Company and The Dance Center of Columbia College.

Clawson’s diverse choreographic style further developed with his creation of the world premiere “Give and Take” for Giordano Dance Chicago in 2009. Hedy Weiss of the Chicago Sun Times called this piece “a work of impressive polish, complexity and emotional sophistication.” Giordano Dance Chicago selected “Give and Take” to represent their company at The Jazz Dance World Congress in 2009 and as a part of Dance for Life Chicago, 2010.

Clawson’s choreography was featured in the Emmy Award winning PBS documentary “Dance for Life, Chicago.”  In 2012, Clawson made his choreographic debut with the Milwaukee Ballet who commissioned him to create “Crossing Ashland”, a one-act contemporary ballet. The Joffrey Ballet then performed “Crossing Ashland” in its 2013-2014 seasons to outstanding reviews from both the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun Times. In the winter of 2015, Brock choreographed The Who’s TOMMY at the Paramount Theater, for which he received a Jeff Nomination. His most recent commission on Dance Kaleidoscope was written up as one of the “Best of the Arts” premieres in Indianapolis in 2015. Brock is premiering a new work on Giordano Dance Chicago in the spring of 2016.

Concert Dance Choreography

Sneaky Pete   Giordano Dance Chicago   Spring 2016

Lake Effect Snow   Dance Kaleidoscope   Spring 2015

Crossing Ashland   Joffrey Ballet   Winter 2014

Milwaukee Ballet   Winter 2012

Her Uprooted Garden   Dance Center of Columbia College   Winter 2010

Give and Take   Giordano Dance Chicago Spring 2009

The Yawning   Houston Metropolitan Dance Company   Fall 2008

Nine   Thodos Dance Chicago   Spring 2008

If I Could…   Stars of Dance Chicago   Fall 2007

Along the Way  Thodos Dance Chicago  Spring 2006

Falling Out  Eisenhower Dance Ensemble  Spring 2010

Thodos Dance Chicago  Spring 2005

Glitch  Thodos Dance Chicago  Spring 2004

Musical Theater Choreography

The Who’s Tommy   Paramount Theater, Aurora, IL   Winter 2015

Company   Writers Theater, Glencoe, IL   Summer 2016

Awards

Jeff Award Nomination – Choreography   2015   The Who’s Tommy

Best of the Arts in Indianapolis   2015   Indiana Business Journal

Chicago Choreographer of the Year   2006   Cliff Dwellers Arts Foundation

Outstanding Choreographer Award   2005   Dance Chicago Festival

Directing

Artistic Associate Director   Thodos Dance Chicago   2006-2008

Youth Company Director   Greenhills School of Dance   2001-2003

Dance Performance

Thodos Dance Chicago   Dancer   2002-2006

River North Chicago Dance Company   Dancer   2001-2002

The 58 Group   Dancer   1999-2001

Education

Columbia College, Chicago   Performance/Choreography   1995-1997

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