Raphaelle Ziemba – Managing Director

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Raphaelle grew up in Oak Park, Illinois and started dancing at the Academy of Movement and Music at age four. She attended Interlochen Arts Academy and after graduating, continued her dance training at the State University of New York at Purchase where she earned a BFA in Dance Performance. After graduation she worked with Instruments of Movement, starting as performer and choreographer before a promotion to Assistant Artistic Director and, later, Co-Artistic Director. Raphaelle co-produced five shows with IOM while also dancing with with Concert Dance, Inc., The Civic Ballet, Hedwig Dances, Chicago Opera Theater, Sarasota Opera Theater, The Lira Ensemble and as an apprentice with River North Dance Chicago. In 2013, Raphaelle completed her Masters of Arts in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She also performed and choreographed for MOMENTA, was a soloist, resident choreographer, and Associate Artistic Director of Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, and then took on the role of Community Engagement Manager for Audience Architects, a dance service organization in Chicago. Raphaelle is excited to begin her third year with HDD and has recently been selected for the Annenberg Foundation’s third cohort of Annenberg Alchemy Tech 2019.