Jennifer Kanwischer
Tel: (708) 434-3024


Betina Dunson-Johnson
Tel: (708) 434-3042



Oak Park and River Forest High School's Orchesis Dance Company consists of passionate, committed, and talented young women and men. It represents a diverse group of prestigious dancers with multi-cultural backgrounds who obtain a common goal to grow and prosper by taking an enthusiastic approach to learning, bonding, and gathering memorable experiences. The company's mission is to provide dancers with comprehensive artistic education that fosters excellence in all forms of dance in a manner that embraces a passion for the art form. We want to enrich the lives of young dancers through training, community outreach, and by introducing colleges and professions available after high school. We believe in connecting the students to the professional world of dance by providing opportunities to train with guest artists. We want to instill in its dancers an enthusiasm for dance and a desire to have a positive influence within their community.

Apprentice Program

We want to support students who audition and show potential to grow technically. These dancers will train in the Apprentice Program and will be eligible to attend workshops and choreography sessions with the company members. They will be asked to understudy the company's pieces in the fall showcase. Those who demonstrate a strong work ethic and who show improvement, will be selected to perform in the spring concert!

Important Dates

Company Member and Apprentice Auditions for the 2013-2014 school year

  • September 4th and 5th from 3:15pm-5:30pm in the 3rd floor dance studio

Concert Dates for the 2013-2014 school year

  • Winter Showcase
    • November 1st and 2nd: 7:30pm, November 3rd: 3:00pm in the auditorium
  • Spring Concert
    • May 2nd and 3rd: 7:30pm, May 4th 3:00pm in the auditorium