Echo Modern Dance Collective

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Shared movement that echoes

Echo Modern Dance Collective is a non-profit dance community dedicated to collaborative expression. We offer opportunities to choreograph and perform, where every member of the community is invited to contribute and co-create.


A collaborative space

The collective offers a community for dancers pursuing careers other than professional dance to train, choreograph, and perform. We are audition based and meet weekly in anticipation of annual showcases and guest performances.

Because the group functions as a nonprofit, funds come from affordable membership fees, fundraising, and showcase ticket revenue. This covers rehearsal space, theatre booking, and photography/videography.

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Zoë Goldstein - Founder

Zoë Goldstein - Founder

Zoë Goldstein is a dancer, choreographer, and psychologist in training from Toronto. She first began training as a rhythmic and aesthetic group gymnast at the age of 7. She represented Canada along with her team in the AGG 2011 World Championships in Tartu, Estonia, and in the World Cup in Vigo, Spain. She transitioned to dance in high school and trained in ballet, modern, and jazz. While working on her B.A. in psychology at McGill University in Montreal, she co-founded Alegria Contemporary Ballet Company for university students. She directed and danced in the company for 4 years before moving to Chicago to pursue her doctorate in clinical psychology. Zoë believes in creating space for a variety of dancers to create, connect, and perform.

Maia Welbel - Director of Community Engagement

Maia Welbel - Director of Community Engagement


Maia Welbel is a writer, dancer, yoga teacher, and sustainability activist. She is passionate about cultivating holistic wellness through movement, and using storytelling to help people treat our planet with more compassion. Maia received her B.A. from Pomona College with a major in environmental analysis and a minor in dance. She went on to receive her master’s in journalism from Northwestern University. Maia previously performed with Cocodaco Dance Project, and continues to choreograph and perform on a freelance basis throughout Chicago. As Director of Community Engagement, she organizes Echo’s weekly open classes and other projects connecting the collective to the broader Chicago dance community.