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THE ERA FOOTWORK CREW (JAMAL "LITEBULB" OLIVER AND BRANDON "CHIEF MANNY" CALHOUN)

Chicago, IL

As members of The Era Footwork Crew, Jamal Oliver and Brandon Calhoun work as dancers, educators, filmmakers, and cultural organizers. The Era Footwork Crew are pioneers of the battle dance known as Chicago footwork. Since 2014, they have expanded upon what it means to be a dance crew, addressing inequality and racism through their lyrics and panel discussions and supporting women and girls in the history of footwork through collaboration and documentation. They have performed from Japan to Peru, performing and choreographing alongside leading artists such as Chance the Rapper, DJ Rashad, DJ Spinn, and Theaster Gates. Institutions like the Field Foundation, the University of Chicago, the Joyce Foundation, and NEFA (New England Foundation For The Arts) have recognized The Era with grants in support of the group's boundary-breaking artistic and social leadership. The Era's work has been in short documentaries by VICE, CBC (Canadian Broadcast Company), and the Chicago Tribune.

Creative Administration Research Artist (2022-2023)