Incorporated in December 1983, Perceptual Motion has consistently produced excellent programs that have touched and empowered people of all ages and backgrounds. Perceptual Motion celebrates the powerful impact of dance in daily life. The choreography is exciting and accessible to the new dance audience as well as the seasoned viewer.
Whether it is through arts in education programs for children, movement classes for older adults or concert performances for the general public, Perceptual Motion Inc. makes meaningful and inspiring connections to bring the joy and power of dance to people of all ages and backgrounds.
Our mission is to create inspiring and meaningful experiences that open awareness, challenge perceptions and create community. Perceptual Motion, Inc. dancers of mixed generations bring a wealth of expressive wisdom from their diverse ages and life experiences.
Perceptual Motion, Inc. has worked extensively with older adults. It currently has movement programs for older adults at Weiss hospital, the Breakers Senior Living and Mather. The company taught dance classes for older adults throughout Chicago in the 1990’s through the Chicago Department on Aging. Funded by the Rothschild Foundation for 13 years, the company gave 40-45 dance concerts per year in nursing homes and senior living facilities. In 2006 the National Center for Creative Aging honored Perceptual Motion, Inc. as one of 6 organizations nationwide to be named Selected Best Practices in Dance for Older People. PMI has performed for the National Center for Creative Aging, the National Center for Gerontological Social Work Education, the Grant-Makers in Aging Conference and the John A. Hartford Foundation.
Since 1985, Perceptual Motion, Inc. has been on the forefront of arts in education. It has offered touring performances, residencies and teacher workshops through Urban Gateways, the Center for Arts in Education, C.A.P.E.(Chicago Arts Partners in Education), the Illinois Arts Council, Vittum Theatre and the Illinois Migrant Education Program.
Concert dance performances have been at Harold Washington Library Auditorium, Ruth Page Theater, Vittum Theatre, Hamlin Park Theatre, Stage 773, Athenaeum Theatre, Chernin Center for the Arts, Link’s Hall. Other Performances have been on the rooftop of Lill Street Art Center, the Wicker Park fountain, Bockman Grainery, the Lakefront, Weiss Hospital and O’Hare airport. PMI has participated in Dance Chicago, Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, Around the Coyote, Rebound Dance Festival, Full Circle Dance Festival, in Millennium Park’s Great Performers of Illinois Festival and the University of Chicago’s Spring and Summer Arts festivals.
In 2013 Perceptual Motion, Inc. founded Dancing in the Square (DITS), a mini dance festival in Chicago’s NorthCenter neighborhood.