Nick Pupillo


Founder/Artistic Director


NICK PUPILLO, Founder and Artistic Director of Visceral Dance Chicago, graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Ballet. In 2001, Pupillo joined the acclaimed Giordano Dance Chicago where he toured nationally and internationally for three years. Pupillo decided in 2006 to train and mentor young talent by developing the reputable, Visceral Studio Company.


In 2007, he founded Visceral Dance Center to provide the Chicago community with a new venue for artistic and technical growth. This facility continues to be a Chicago dance landmark. TimeOut Chicago lists Visceral Dance Center as "A bustling, well-appointed facility...with instructors from top companies and in-demand guest teachers." Utilized by a number of Chicago-based companies, Visceral Dance Center is home to its resident company, Visceral Dance Chicago. 

Pupillo founded Visceral Dance Chicago in the fall of 2013. This repertory company presents his daring vision to explore the infinite possibilities of contemporary movement. The dancers of Visceral demonstrate this choreographic invention and are recognized for their technique, passion, and athleticism. Pupillo has led the company in a forthright direction, establishing a repertoire described as "expertly devised and stylish as they come." (Chicago Tribune) He created eleven signature works for the company, Impetere, Senza di te, Sum Noir, My Realm, She Three, Vital, Atlas, Synapse, Soft Spoken, Take and Keep, as well as three collaborations with The Chicago Philharmonic: La Revue De Cuisine, The Last Round and The Dream. 

Nick Pupillo in rehearsal

Pupillo has received various awards for his choreography, including "The Dance Chicago Outstanding Choreography Award" in 2005 and 2012 and "The Cliff Dwellers 2013 Choreographer of the Year". His work has been described as "a stroke of choreographic genius...complex, tumbling changes...in this portrait of perpetual motion." (Chicago Tribune) “Nick Pupillo's world premiere piece, She Three, was by far one of the most visually stunning performances I have encountered thus far." (Chicago Stage Standard) Pupillo is frequently invited to conduct master classes in the U.S. and around the world and has taught for the Jazz Dance World Congress, Chicago Dance Connection and Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, where he received the 2018 Artistic Achievement Award. Pupillo is currently an artist in residence at Culver Academies.




Until October 2015, Dawn M. Stanislaw served as Chief Financial Officer and on the Board of Directors of Tampico Beverages, Inc., a global brand sold in more than 50 countries around the world.  Tampico Beverages supplies concentrates for one of the leading drink punches in retail stores across America and it is one of the principal suppliers of value added drink concentrates in the world.  Ms. Stanislaw had been with Tampico Beverages since its founding in 1990.  She was a major force in transitioning the Company through two changes in ownership, from a family run business, to an Private Equity owned company, to the current ESOP ownership.

Prior to joining Tampico Beverages, Ms. Stanislaw was employed as a Certified Public Accountant at Vitale, Caturano & Co., a regionally based accounting firm in Boston, MA.  During her employment Ms. Stanislaw was exposed to all aspects of client relationships including compilations, reviews, audits and tax preparation.  Ms. Stanislaw attended Simmons College in Boston, MA where she achieved a degree majoring in Mathematics and Accounting.  She then went on to earn her Masters in Taxation at DePaul University.

Ms. Stanislaw is currently on the Board of Directors for the Joffrey Ballet and is a member of the Finance Committee and the Dance Academy Committee.  She is also a member of the Joffrey Women’s Board and sits on the Women’s Executive Committee.  In addition, she is involved as co-chair for the Joffrey Ambassador Committee.   The Joffrey is a world-class, Chicago based ballet company and dance education organization committed to artistic excellence and innovation, presenting a unique repertoire encompassing masterpieces and cutting-edge works.

Ms. Stanislaw also serves as a board member of Reading In Motion and is the vice-chair of the Finance Committee and a member of the Board Engagement Committee.  Reading In Motion is a non-profit organization whose goal is to get every student reading at grade level or above during their early years, especially students whose environment or other circumstances put them in greater need of support.  To accomplish this, the organization partners with schools and teachers to deliver an engaging and innovative reading curriculum, in both English and Spanish, together with on-site specialized coaches to inspire students to learn and teachers to grow. 

Ms. Stanislaw currently volunteers at Heartland Alliance/Vital Bridges Center on Chronic Care.  This organization helps people living with HIV/AIDS throughout metropolitan Chicago improve their health and build self-sufficiency by providing food, nutrition counseling and education, housing, case management and counseling services.

She has also volunteered with the Chicago Food Depository, Chicago Cares, Fourth Presbyterian Church/Chicago Lights Tutoring and the Chicago Marathon.  





Caitlin, born and raised in Rochester, New York, first began her dance training at the age of two. She is a 2011 graduate from Point Park University where she earned a degree in Bachelor of Fine Arts, magna cum laude, with a Jazz concentration. Upon graduation, Caitlin began dancing with Thodos Dance Chicago. In 2013, Caitlin joined Visceral Dance Chicago as a founding member of the company.


Caitlin has appeared in Dance Chance, Dance Chance Redux, and Pursuit Productions' performance of “Them”, as well as performed works by A.W.A.R.D. show winner Jessica Miller Tomlinson. She has also performed in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Most recently,


Caitlin has been named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2016. Caitlin has had the honor of performing works by Ohad Naharin, Mónica Cervantes, Bob Fosse, Brian Enos, Doug Varone, Banning Bouldin, Robyn Mineko Williams and Sidra Bell, among others. Caitlin dance with Visceral Dance Chicago for six season and is excited for new role with the company.


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Lisa Faremouth Weber

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Victoria Summers


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