Sildance/AcroDanza Team of Present and Past Artist Collaborators

Present Artist Collaborators

Artistas colaboradores 

Dancer: Ileana Nadine Mauricio

Ileana Nadine is a first generation Mexican-American originally from Aurora, Illinois. Growing up in a culturally rich family, she developed a strong connection to dance at two years old. Today she continues her training with many companies and projects such as Glenwood Dance Studio, Matter Dance Company 2018-present, Silvita Diaz Brown’s Sildance/AcroDanza 2019-present, Echo Modern Dance Collective 2020-present & Lucid Banter Project 2022-Present.

Dancer: Juan Enrique Irizarry

Juan Enrique R Irizarry Jr. was born and raised in Chicago, IL. He began formal dance training at the age of 17 through Joffrey Ballet and Culture Shock Chicago. In 2015, he obtained a BA in Anthropology/Sociology with a Dance Studies minor from Knox College. Juan Enrique is currently in his fifth season with Identity Performing Arts, his third project as a dancer and collaborator with Sildance/Acrodanza, He was just awarded a fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to obtain his MFA in dance. He has also been a part of multiple projects and companies. he has trained in various dance techniques and styles,  Juan Enrique maintains dynamic energy and passion for exploring dance and provides an anthropological and sociological influence through his teachings and career.

Dancer: Derek Quesada

Derek Quesada (he/his) is a Dancer/Singer/Actor originally from Miami, Florida now living and working in Chicago. Derek has roots in Latin heritage with the most of his family coming from Puerto-Rico. He has been dancing for over ten years with experience in Jazz, contemporary, and tap. When he isn't performing, he can be usually found studying as he has recently decided to start nursing school

Dancer: Daniel Oblitas

Dani Oblitas (she/they) is a dance artist and educator currently based in Chicago, IL. Dani graduated from St. Olaf College with a BA in Dance and Environmental Studies. She is passionate about making movement accessible to all, and views dance as a life affirming act of both community cultivation and individual embodiment. . They have additionally danced with Liz Sexe Dance, KLJ Movement, We Are Collective, 773 Dance Project, and Albany Park Theater Project’s Port of Entry.  Currently, she is a Teaching Artist for NorthShore Elite Talent, IdeaBox Integrated Arts and a Teaching Artist Mentor with ArtsXChange. Dani is additionally a Links Hall Co-Mission Resident for 2024.

Musician: Wiebe Ophorst


Musician: Marshall Greenhouse