Ingrid Ferdinand, a Chicago native, began dancing at the age of three at the Academy of Movement and Music under the direction of Stephanie Clemens. There, she grew up dancing historical works by Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Loie Fuller, and Isadora Duncan, as well as ballets by August Bournonville and Marius Petipa. She later spent some time at The Chicago Academy for the Arts and Marymount Manhattan College, before joining Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s “HSPro” in 2018. During her two years at HSPro, Ingrid performed works by Rena Butler, Florian Lochner, Peter Chu, Robyn Mineko Williams, Adam Barruch, Jenna Pollock, David Norsworthy, Ryan Mason, and Kristina Isabelle. Repertoire performed includes excerpts from Quintett by William Forsythe, A Picture of You Falling by Crystal Pite, Bardo by Toru Shimazaki, and Happy Little Things by Aszure Barton. After training, Ingrid spent a year freelancing in Chicago and getting Pilates certified. During this time, she performed and participated in the creation of delirium (honesty) by House of DOV, which premiered at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago in July of 2021. She also worked with Thodos Dance Chicago/Danceworks Chicago for their 2020 season of New Dances and was a member of Little Fire Artist Collective where she premiered some of her own choreography. Later, in an effort to bring dance to more public spaces, Ingrid helped produce and perform in a show in a jazz club that highlighted the relationship between musicians and dancers in improvisation. Now, Ingrid is incredibly enthralled to be joining NW Dance Project as a company member and can’t wait to see where her first season takes her.