Open The Circle teaches footwork because footwork saves lives
“This Chicago nonprofit, linked to the Era dance crew, works to spread a local Black subculture that can knit together youth communities.” - Jacob Arnold
The Era x RapCaviar via Spotify - Scences: Chicago
The Era Footwork Crew of Chicago break it down to native Chance The Rapper’s hit “GRoCERIES”
The Era Footwork Crew recieves NEFA award for "In The Wurkz"
Read the full announcement and find out the details on the other grantees and what NEFA intels.
“Now in its third decade, National Dance Project is widely recognized as one of the country’s major sources of funding and field building for dance, supporting both the creation and touring of new works. A panel of national dance artists, presenters, and arts administrators selected these projects out of 170 competitive applications.” - Ann Wick (NEFA)
The Long, Complicated History of Black Cinema in Chicago
Read an in depth article on black cinema in Chicago via Complex
“Footworking was big back then. Save the Last Dance let me know you can be masculine and dance,” Calhoun says. “It also lets you know that you can be from the hood and still be a smart dude. You may have friends that are in the streets, but you could be an educated man in the hood and dance. It’s, like, one of those roles that you don’t see Black men being highlighted in that light.” - Chief Manny
The Era @Schonberg Fellows Energize Yard Opener
“ What makes the Era different is that it’s a foursome of footworkers creating movement art together. The troupe also collaborates with musicians and poets to craft soundtracks for their dances.
The artistry of this group is very high,” Mr. White said.
Resident Advisor review of The Era's So·lo (z) EP
There's real pleasure in hearing verses, not just looped hooks or catchphrases, on top of killer footwork beats.
The Era of a Chicago Culture
Read an exlcusive interview on one of our core members of the crew, Steelo.
“Sterling `Steelo’ Lofton of The Era Footwork Crew has used the culture of footwork to help change lives. Steelo started dancing in 2006. In 2009, while attending Bowen High School, Steelo decided to focus strictly on the footwork culture. In 2014 Steelo co-founded The Era Footwork Crew has made appearances across the world and impacted the city locally.” - Cle Moore
PURPLE PRESENTS: COLLAPSING SCENERY’S “BUSH MAMA BLUES” FT. THE ERA
“We often think about phenomena like the cycle of white flight, urban decay, and gentrification as a kind of force of nature, when in fact these patterns are largely socially engineered. This song is about the rapacious greed and racism of landlords, developers, and city planners. The video, directed by JON MORRIS and BRANAN EDGENS, features the legendary Era Footwork Crew from Chicago, kings of finding and making beauty and urgency in urban spaces.” — REGGIE DEBRIS
The Era is using dance to save Chicago's black youth from violence
“The Era Footwork Crew is one of the city’s most well-known dance crews. The group has toured the world, collaborated with Chance the Rapper and are using their unique art form to help youth in Chicago find a creative outlet. They recently became involved with a new nonprofit called Open the Circle that will provide resources for creative projects within Chicago’s underserved communities, like footwork workshops.” - Chantel.S (Mic.com)
The Era via @Invisible Podcast Radio
“Episode 4 w/ The Era on Invisible Podcast Radio is finally here! Listen as Timirio & Nino Blanco talk to them about what’s next and how does practice, patience and persistance apply into your craft.”
Chicago’s footwork community takes center stage at the MCA
“ The Era footwork crew are no stranger to art galleries: they've worked with High Concept Labs in Pilsen as part of a 2014 residency and in 2016 curated a photography show at Columbia College's Hokin Gallery. But last Saturday's "Prime Time: F00TW3RK" event at the Museum of Contemporary Art was different. It was their first full-scale museum takeover.” - Anna White (Chicago Tribune)
The Era brings footwork to the Museum of Contemporary Art
The MCA collaborated with the Era to host a set featuring influential members of the Footwork scene such as RP Boo, Suzi Analogue, DJ Spinn and I Am the Queen. The event highlights a Chicago culture while also recognizing its digital evolution.
Meet The Era: A Documentary on Chicago Footwork Collective The Era
In Meet The Era, a documentary by Wills Glasspiegel, we meet a group of talented young people determined to preserve and push footwork culture forward in Chicago and beyond.
The Queens of Chicago's Footwork Scene Dance Into the Limelight in a Rare New Short Film
I am the queen video produced by The Era Footwork crew and Directed by Wills
Practice Your Footwork with Towkio, Chance the Rapper and The Era in the Video for "Clean Up"
Watch Towkio and his pals, including Chance the Rapper and members of The Era, bust a few moves in the video for "Clean Up," which also features Chance and is off of Towkio's fantastic mixtape .Wav Theory
Footwork on solid ground with The Era - Chicago Tribune
One dance crew is pushing to preserve the history of Chicago footwork culture while reimagining it for a new generation. That’s where The Era comes in.