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COMPANY HISTORY

Founded in 2009, BOOM CRACK! Dance Company is a professional hip hop company based in Chicago, IL. Since inception, our purpose is to make music visible. BOOM CRACK! believes in bringing the art of hip hop dance to new audiences and increasing its representation by creating inspirational, concept-based sets that move audiences globally. 

Our distinctive style breaks the boundaries of traditional hip hop dance and experiments with elements of contemporary and urban dance genres. Each time we take the stage, our performances are curated for a specific audience and tailored to that venue. Our entire artistic process including musical score, choreography, costume design, and visual design is curated in-house by our talented team of directors and choreographers.

Through our artistic diversity and creative concept-based performances, we aim to inspire and awaken the passion of dance in dancers and art enthusiasts.

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ARTISTIC DIRECTION

Trae is the founder and Artistic Director of BOOM CRACK! Dance Company. He serves as an adjunct Professor at Columbia College, is on faculty at Visceral Dance Chicago, and was a former faculty member at LCDS. He has completed choreography and artist development for recording artists including Kelis, Phenix Phenom, Andre McCray, Jess Godwin, R&B singer Kam, and teen sensation Yemi Marie. As a performer, he has opened for Ne-Yo, Rod Stuart, Janet Jackson, and many more. Trae continues to change the perception of hip hop dance by pushing its boundaries and showcasing hip hop on professional platforms.

IN-HOUSE PRODUCTIONS

  • DECIBEL at the Ann Barzel Theater, 2023

  • MIND, BODY, SOUL at The Den Theater, 2021

  • BLUE CHICAGO COOL at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 2016

  • FIGVRA at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 2015

  • CARNIES at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 2014

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PERFORMANCE HISTORY

2023

ALCHEMY

The ONE Dance Showcase

Harold Washington Cultural Center

April 2023

ALCHEMY

Urbanite Chicago

Metro Chicago

April 2023

Hewlett Packard

Corporate Convention

McCormick Center

March 2023

 

2022

DECIBEL**

Ann Barzel Theater

November 2022

DECIBEL

Elevate Dance Chicago Festival

Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center

October 2022

REVERENCE

Urbanite 

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Champaign-Urbana

April 2022

2021 

MIND, BODY, SOUL**

The Den Theater

December 2021

DIVINE

Spring to Dance Festival, St. Louis 

Under the Big Top

June 2021 

RED

Urbanite

Memorial Stadium, Champaign-Urbana

May 2021

2020

All scheduled engagements and performances cancelled.

 

2019

THREE

World of Dance Chicago

Copernicus Center

November 2019

VOICES

Dance Chicago 

Athenaeum Center

October 2019

VOICES

WGN News

Athenaeum Center

October 2019

VOICES

Cultural Shock International Showcase

Harris Theater for Music + Dance

September 2019

MASSACRE

Urbanite Mexico

Sala Puebla, Mexico City, Mexico

August 2019

MASSACRE

Spring to Dance Festival, St. Louis

Anheuser-Busch Theater

May 2019

MASSACRE

Prelude Midwest*

2nd Place

May 2019

2018

FALLEN

World of Dance Chicago*

November 2018

KINGDOM

Prelude Midwest*

1st Place

Perfect Score

Crowd Favorite 

Best Costume

April 2018

 

KINGDOM

The ONE Dance Showcase

Harold Washington Cultural Center

April 2018

2017

24 

World of Dance New York*

December 2017

24

World of Dance Chicago*

1st Place
November 2017

GANG

World of Dance Dallas*

2nd Place

May 2017

GANG

Prelude Midwest*

1st Place

April 2017

GANG

Chicago Collaboration*

2nd Place

April 2017

GANG

Urbanite Chicago

Metro Chicago

April 2017

*Competitions 

**In-House Productions 

Archived shows dated between 2016 + 2009 available upon request. 

LOOKBOOK

All costuming, company merch, and speciality attire is designed, sourced, and printed in-house! We pride ourselves on being a full service creative team that is able to elevate our brand through hip hop fashion and culture.

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COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Our Summer Intensives were established to create a platform for the Chicago and Midwest dance community, to train in the style of hip hop, at an industry level. It is the longest running hip hop intensive in Chicago serving over 500+ dancers during the last decade. 

In addition to offering our annual Intensives, BOOM CRACK! has partnered with local nonprofits to provide education programs for Chicago's youth including: After School Matters, and the Chicago Park District.  

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