"Dance has been important to me all my life. As a child I couldn’t stop moving. I didn’t know I was dancing then. As I got older I connected to dance in ways that were spiritually fulfilling. All my favorite memories are connected to dance. Often times I enjoy dinner with friends and realize that every single person around the table is connected in some way to me through dance…and I just love that."Pam Crutchfield is a passionate and active member of the Chicago dance community. She is co-founder of DanceWorks Chicago, a small company devoted to the professional development of young dancers and choreographers. In 2009, Pam received the prestigious Ruth Page Award. She is also a recipient of the Friend of River North Chicago Dance Company award and has been a volunteer in the Ann Barzel Dance Collection at the Newberry Library. Pam has underwritten the creation of new choreography for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street 2, River North Chicago Dance Company, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago and Luna Negra Dance Theater. Pam is on the advisory board of numerous dance companies and served on the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago board for five years. Additionally, she served as a board member of Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance. Most recently Pam was an honoree of the Arts & Business Council of Chicago’s 25th Anniversary Celebration. She is currently a director at the Old Town School of Folk Music. Pam previously served on the boards of Free Street Theater and The Poetry Center of Chicago. She has a B.A. from DePaul University.
- Pam Crutchfield