CHOP SHOP:  Bodies of Work returned to Meydenbauer Center Theatre for a 12th year of outstanding contemporary dance on February 16 & 17, 2019! Thank you to each and every person who attended and participated in CHOP SHOP 2019, we loved seeing you at the festival and are so glad we had the opportunity to share this vital art form with you!

During the festival we had the great fortune of seeing people come together to experience, enjoy, and discuss dance. This forming of connections - person to person, between artists and audiences, and with the art form of dance itself - is what motivates everything we do at CHOP SHOP. Whether you joined the Experience Dance Program, participated in the Master Class Series, or attended the festival performances, we are grateful you shared your time with us. You are the reason this festival exists! 

CHOP SHOP 2019 may be at an end, but we're already dreaming about what next year's festival has in store. Thank you again for joining us to support and experience dance - we can't wait to see you at CHOP SHOP 2020!

In 2019 CHOP SHOP proudly presented the work of:


About the Festival.

CHOP SHOP’s mission is to offer insight on contemporary dance and its creative process, in order to forge deeper connections between artists and audiences through presentation, education, dialogue, and experience. The festival is committed to promoting work that is accessible to a diverse audience, comprising both new and experienced dance viewers, and providing free, fun, and open to all ages and abilities dance classes through our innovative Experience Dance Program.

Since its founding in 2008, CHOP SHOP has shared and championed the work of more than 375 individual artists from 66 dance companies, welcomed over 950 Experience Dance Program participants to free and open to all ages and abilities dance classes, and invited numerous dance students to engage directly with professional artists in more than 60 master classes.

Banner Photo: The Stone Dance Collective performing Eva Stone’s Carbon Black and Fiber at CHOP SHOP 2016, photo by Rex Tranter.