lawson dance theatre

Lawson Dance Theatre creates unity through the connection of performing arts, bringing live music and dance to our community. LDT emphasizes sharing our philosophy with the next generation, upholding a strong belief in giving back to our future artists through student programming and outreach.


a brief history of LDT

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Founded in 2013 by its Artistic Director, Tiffany Lawson, LDT has produced concerts, festivals, and full-length ballets that feature original compositions and live music. Tiffany Lawson Dance has participated in Dance Chicago, Chicago Fringe, Elgin Fringe, and is currently a member of the League of Chicago Theatre Festivals.

Lawson Dance Theatre has been an artist in residence with the Chicago Public Libraries, touring all 3 districts, including 80 branches, since 2013. LDT has been a guest artist with CPL for events with the mayor at the Museum of Science and Industry and the new Thomas Hughes Children's Library. Our work through the libraries allows us to bring contemporary dance and live music to thousands of children and families who would not otherwise have the experience.

Lawson Dance Theatre participates in summer performances in the parks. LDT has toured dozens of Chicago Parks, including Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, the new 606, and Millennium Park. These performances allow us to bring joy and awe to our communities. We love inspiring future performers.

In addition to our professional company and youth and community outreach, Lawson Dance Theatre enthusiastically introduced a youth company in 2019. The youth company allows students who are interested in an arts career the opportunity to train with the best teachers across the country.

Lawson Dance Theatre just wrapped its 6th season, which consisted of an annual fundraiser in December 2018, a benefit in January 2019, and HARMONY: a live music and dance festival in March 2019.


Now offering classes


Come take class with us at our new home, located at 3317 W. Irving Park Rd. Classes begin Monday, October 7. Online registration will be available starting September 7. 6 week sessions are only $90 and drop-ins are $17/class. Click here for more info.


HARMONY: a live music and dance festival draws choreographers, dancers, and musicians from across the country for a weekend of performances in Chicago. Inspired by its definition: an agreement or concord, and its synonyms: peace, friendship, fellowship, cooperation, and understanding, HARMONY truly is a coming together of artists in a cooperative environment. The next festival will take place in 2021.




Lawson Dance Theatre provides interactive music and movement programs for young children. We are available to perform in libraries, schools, and parks and can also provide entertainment at birthday parties. You can select your program from a handful of both our adapted and original stories. We also offer two bi-lingual (Spanish/English) programs. Our programs run about 45 minutes. Please email us to discuss pricing and to book us for your next event!!!


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We are a proud member and friend of See Chicago Dance