Magazine article Dance Teacher

Ready for Anything

Magazine article Dance Teacher

Ready for Anything

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Nick Pupillo adds this musical mix to his jazz warm-up.

"I'm kind of doing it all," says Nick Pupillo, and he's not lying. In the last couple of years the performer, teacher and choreographer has added studio owner and company director to his list of roles, and the Visceral name, which he created, is taking Chicago's dance scene by storm.

It started with the Visceral Studio Company, a teen performance and competition group, which is now beginning its fourth season. To house these talented teens, Pupillo founded the Visceral Dance Center in 2007, and, with huge warehouse-like studios and an impressive roster of teachers, it quickly grew to one of the Windy City's most popular destinations for dance. Pupillo isn't slowing down, and a professional company, Visceral Dance Chicago, is set to launch this spring. In addition to the behind-the-scenes work, Pupillo remains the studio's star teacher and brings in throngs of faithful students.

"I like to make sure that when my students come into class, they don't know what to expect," Pupillo says. His intricate choreography varies from hard-hitting jazz to smooth lyrical. But his warm-up stays relatively consistent.

"Having a formula is beneficial to properly warming up, " says Pupillo. "Dynamics are important. A warm-up should have extreme highs and lows to energize the body, but also be calm and stretch the muscles." Pupillo's range of familiar movements are paired with these carefully chosen songs, making his warm-up feel less like a series of exercises and more like a dance.

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