by Jay Schoning Simantikos Dance Chicago is coming to Emmetsburg to perform “Deg Selv.” The contemporary dance will be presented at The Shores at Five Island in Emmetsburg on Saturday, May 6. There will be one performance at 7 p.m. Simantikos Dance Chicago is a contemporary modern dance company based in Chicago that was founded in 2015 by Haley McElwee. Simantikos exists to address social injustices and societal concerns through movement to a broad audience in the local and global community alike. Haley is a Chicago-based dancer/choreographer/instructor and the founder and artistic director of Simantikos Dance Chicago. She graduated from Indiana University in 2015, where she performed and understudied works by Paul Taylor, David Parsons, Dayton Contemporary Dance Ensemble, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, and more. Haley has attended numerous workshops and master classes, including those through CNADM, Interlochen Arts Academy, Thodos, River North, and Dance Italia. Haley is the daughter of Danny and April Striz of Ruthven and the granddaughter of Beverly Norland of Emmetsburg. Danny and April own and operate Lost Lunkers Lodge on Lost Island Lake. Encouraged by her parents from Ruthven, Haley began teaching at her home studio, Debbie Werbrouck's School of Dance, and continued to pursue her interest in dance education throughout college by teaching at Windfall Dance Studio, traveling to teach in Panamanian Orphanages with Movement Exchange, and interning as faculty with Soul Arts Academy in New York City. Haley founded and directed Pre-College Dance Exchange - South Bend in the summer of 2014 and is continuing to build programming for yearly sessions in other cities. Haley currently teaches dance at NKO-University Chicago Charter School, Woodlawn Elementary, Kenwood School of Ballet, Illinois Institute of Technology and Chicago Dance Academy. Haley is excited to bring her dance company to Emmetsburg – and maybe even more excited are her parents and grandmother. This is a unique and special opportunity for the entire family to attend and enjoy. Dance students in the area will be even more excited upon hearing that Haley and Simantikos will also be holding an open (and free) warm-up dance class with the professional company at the venue in Emmetsburg from 5 to 6 p.m. on May 6 before the show. Dance students ages 11 and up are encouraged to participate. About the performance Deg Selv; Deg Selv is the Norwegian translation of “yourself.” This show will examine the difficulty in finding a balance between selflessness and selfishness through humor, emotion, and movement. It is an opportunity of a lifetime and an opportunity that does not come to our area very often! This is a family dance show. Presale tickets are available by contacting April Striz in Ruthven at 574-532-2969 or by going to the Simantikos website at


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