Dani Bitout was born and raised in Arlington Heights, Illinois, though lived in DeKalb for four and a half years during her time at Northern Illinois University, where she gained a BFA in Theatre Studies with an Emphasis in Dance Performance, and was honored the Dance Service Award among her graduating class. During her time at NIU, Dani produced ten original pieces, along with choreographing for the play Eurydice and choreographing for and performing in the play Marat/Sade, which was remounted and featured at the Sabanci International Theater Festival in Adana, Turkey. She also performed in nine main stage productions at NIU, one of which she danced the lead role of Emily Dickinson in Judith Chitwood's How Slow the Wind. One of Dani’s most memorable and life-changing opportunities was studying abroad in Spain, where she first crossed paths with aerial silks, and immediately fell in love. Upon returning to the states and stumbling across Aerial Dance Chicago, Dani emerged herself in silks, where she grew strength and artistry in classes and student showcases. After being part of the crew for ADC's Fall Series, she immediately knew where her heart was. Dani became immensely inspired by the dancers' abilities and bravery to fuse contemporary and aerial dance. She now hopes to be on the other end of the spectrum and inspire audiences of all sorts. Thus far, ADC has pushed her physically and mentally, but being able to learn and accomplish new skills and try various apparatuses is very rewarding to her at the end of the day. Dani is beyond grateful to be dancing with such beautiful artists and proud to be representing ADC as a company dancer.
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