Den Mothers

Were you ever curious about the ladies behind DDPP Chicago? Well, a while back we asked them to describe themselves and their love of DDPP succinctly and, well, this is what we got. (Figures.)


Catherine Carrigan

Screen shot 2011-04-20 at 7.19.10 PMA shooting star leaping through the skies like a tiger defying the laws of gravity. An American aquarium drinker. Gifted, all natural and burstin’ the seams. Can’t – can’t – can’t – can’t control her feet. Wants to see movies of her dreams. Wants to live with common people like you.




Cherise Annel

Cherise (aka DJ E=QC^2) brings the energy to the dance floor. The only thing she loves more than math is bass bumping booty shaking music.





Courtney Kruzic

IMG_3095I, Courtney Kruzic, aka DJ Devil Bunnie, have been trolling the rust belt far and wide for any one person or group of people, who would give me a dance studio key… and now, nothing will ever be the same. This responsibility will be taken very seriously, for connecting with DDPP is one of the greatest Chicago gifts that keeps on giving for me. I cherish these 2 glorious, energy-infused hours each week, and hope you will, too.




Danielle Hotdish

 DJ Hotdish is gonna get you, tonight.





Jennon Bell Hoffman


DJ Bell Biv deHo knows you can’t trust a big butt and a smile, but can she interest you in Bette Davis eyes? She can’t stop the beat nor the canned heat in her heels tonight, baby, and whatever you do, please don’t stop the music. Anything that thumps, bumps, drops, pops, cranks, spanks, yanks and gets your body on the dance floor is her jam and there’s nothing she loves more than dance jam. So what? So LET’S DANCE!






Liz Mason


Liz Mason DJs under the mixmaster moniker MC Escher. She hangs out on stairs that look like they might be going up and down at the same time. She publishes and sells abberant periodicals, chews mass quantities of gum, and likes mash-uppy soundscapes. She wants to abuse caffeine and play hide’n’seek in a hedge maze with you.




Co-Founder and Den Mother Emeritus: Jenn Martin


Jenn Martin can be found doing just about anything. With a background in psychology, construction, non-profit, arts, urban planning, & real estate, it’s nobody’s guess what she will be doing next year, even next month. Her number one passion: traveling the world. Her favorite day is Halloween and her favorite junk food is gummy bears and cheese fries (but not together because the sweet & salty combo is a no go). Coming from a Gemini, this is quite funny. Her music is eclectic, as is her dance background (she’s taken just about every dance class imaginable). One of her fav songs: Apeman, by the Kinks.


Co-Founder and Den Mother Emeritus: Jenn Brandel

mail-2Prior to her multiple personality reintegration, Jenn Brandel lived lives as an IQ test developer in Quebec, a grape farmer in Tasmania, and low-low-powered movie producer in LA. Currently she finds herself mostly in Chicago and mostly as independent producer for public radio. She has an acute fear of commitment except for all things DDPP. Her dance moves have yet to be classified – as they straddle the line between graceful and seizure. She wants quite sincerely to win at life, but is still a bit foggy about what that actually means (and entails). For now – she’ll settle for all-time champion of Connect 4.


Den Mother Emeritus: Kelley Clink


With a booty that won’t quit and a brain averse to choreography, Kelley Clink once left a hip hop dance class in tears. Thankfully she discovered DDPP, and ever since then all her eye watering can be attributed to joy.




Den Mother Emeritus: Kelly Peraino

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Her response to an interview question for the Little Miss Pageant in 1983 about what she wanted to be when she grew up? “Wonder Woman.” Her instinctual reply when you ask her how she’s feeling that day? “Pahtyin’!” One of the best things she does all week? “DDPP.” Kelly Peraino. Dancer, heroine, pahtier.




2 thoughts on “Den Mothers

  1. Just wanted to say I happened to come across this and I feel super duper pumped up that I am not the only one that feels this way! I’m totally going to be checking this out and probably for sure going to be a regular already.
    Thank you. I feel my lonely early 90’s hip hop island may have some friends.
    Push it.

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