FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (ROSEMONT, ILLINOIS) – The Cavaliers are pleased to team with Visceral Dance Chicago to offer the Corps' color guard cast an exclusive, week-long dance intensive leading into the 2018 summer tour.

Nick Pupillo, the founder and artistic director of Visceral Dance Chicago, is no stranger to the drum corps activity, having performed with Star of Indiana and Brass Theater before joining The Cavaliers’ color guard staff in the early 2000s. 

“We are incredibly fortunate to team with Nick and Visceral Dance Chicago to provide this unique, world-class training experience for our students,” said Joe Roach, The Cavaliers' Director of Programs and Corps Director.

The Cavaliers' color guard returns for the second year of training at Visceral Dance Chicago after kicking off the partnership in May 2017.

"Last year's Visceral experience was enormously beneficial experience for the color guard," said Dr. Travis Speice, Color Guard Caption Manager. "Our cast was able to meet one another, bond, and focus exclusively on movement training at one of Chicago's premiere dance institutions."

"That week-long intensive paid off in a big way for our students, and I’m grateful to be teaming with Nick and Visceral Dance Chicago for this challenging and eye-opening training opportunity for a second year!" 

This intensive will be held at Visceral Dance Chicago's Logan Square location the week leading into the corps’ official summer move-in, with a focus on ballet and contemporary technique training. Members of The Cavaliers’ color guard will also dive into repertory and choreography sessions with Pupillo and his team of Chicago dance teachers.

“I'm proud of the work we're doing to further develop the educational and performance experiences we provide for our membership,” said Tommy Allen, Color Guard Caption Supervisor. "An experience like this one with Visceral will help better prepare our performers with a rigorous exposure to training, technique, and choreography from some of Chicago’s best talents."

"Our charge is not only to develop incredible performers, but to also build the next wave of talented and dedicated educators in the color guard activity. This experience with Nick and Visceral Dance Chicago is helping The Cavaliers accomplish both.”


The Drum Corps activity can be an expensive proposition for our students. That’s why we’ve launched the Boost Program to build our Brass, Color Guard, and Percussion Scholarship Funds for 2018, The Cavaliers’ 70th Anniversary Year!

BOOST is simple.  24 individual tax-deductible options in small amounts ranging from $2 up to $48. You pick the total amount that’s right for your budget, and we’ll apply that contribution to our Brass, Color Guard, or Percussion Scholarship Fund. 

It’s that easy, and every single dollar raised goes directly toward helping our students.

The Cavaliers are amping up our commitment to you with INSIDE ACCESS, with exclusive FB Live sessions all season long showcasing the 2018 Cavaliers...You won’t want to miss it!

If you would like to donate an amount above what's on the board (THANK YOU!), please head to to make your tax-deductible scholarship gift.

About Nick Pupillo

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 prestigious 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. In less than three years, Pupillo has led the company in a forthright direction, establishing a repertoire described as "expertly devised and stylish as they come." (Laura Molzahn, Chicago Tribune) He created six signature works for the company, Impetere, Senza di te, My Realm, Sum Noir, She Three and Vital. He has also commissioned world premieres by Sidra Bell, Banning Bouldin, Monica Cervantes, Marguerite Donlon, Brian Enos, and Robyn Mineko Williams as well as company premieres by Ohad Naharin and Fernando Melo. Pupillo continues the company's bold vision this season, commissioning works by Marguerite Donlon, heightening the"distinct flavor to this fledgling company that differentiates it from the other high kick, high flair, contemporary dance companies." (Lauren Warnecke, Art Intercepts)

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 this portrait of perpetual motion." (Laura Molzahn, 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." (Rebecca Curl, 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 NaUonal AssociaUon of Dance Masters. Pupillo is currently an artist in residence at Culver Academies.

About Visceral Dance Chicago

Founded in 2013 by Artistic Director Nick Pupillo, Visceral Dance Chicago is a contemporary dance company dedicated to a bold and progressive world of movement. In less than three years, the company has developed a diverse and respected repertoire. With works by distinguished choreographers Sidra Bell, Mónica Cervantes, Marguerite Donlon, Brian Enos, Robyn Mineko Williams, Banning Bouldin, Harrison McEldowney, Fernando Melo, Ohad Naharin, Mark Godden and Pupillo, Visceral Dance Chicago continues to challenge audiences' expectations. In January of 2015, Visceral Dance Chicago was named one of Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch, recognizing the company’s accomplishments and potential in the national community. "Visceral Dance Chicago breathes life into the Chicago arts community with their ability to intertwine complex human emotions with the raw beauty of dance and physical movement." (Chicago Stage Standard)

Visceral Dance Chicago will begin their fifth season performing at Dance For Life, followed closely by a fall engagement at the Harris Theater presenting a new work by Danielle Agami. In the spring of their 2017-18 season, the company will re-stage their full-length collaboration with the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra, entitled The Dream, at The North Shore Center for the Performing Arts. Their SPRINGFIVE engagement at the Harris will include two new world premieres by Kevin O’Day and Pupillo. Completing the season, Visceral Dance Chicago will return with the fifth edition of "SOLUS," a signature evening of solos. In an "expertly devised and stylish" (Chicago Tribune) repertoire, Visceral Dance Chicago distinguishes its unique position in the Chicago, national, and international dance communities; "...the buzz about this troupe is more than justified" (Chicago Sun-Times).

About The Cavaliers

Founded in 1948 from Boy Scout Troop 111, The Cavaliers are one of the most successful drum and bugle corps in history, winning 20 national championships, including seven Drum Corps International World Championships since 1992.

The Cavaliers provide a variety of educational and performance programs for young people, including GearWORKS, Cavaliers Indoor Percussion, and Chromium Winds. The organization delivers life-changing experiences that go beyond music and performing arts to build personal accountability, excellence, teamwork, and camaraderie.

The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization sponsored by The Village of Rosemont, Illinois.