Claire Bataille (Director of the Lou Conte Dance Studio) was a leading dancer with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (HSDC) from 1977-1992 performing works created by Lou Conte, Twyla Tharp, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Daniel Ezralow, John McFall and Margo Sappington. She received the Ruth Page Award for Outstanding Dancer in 1992. From 1977-2001 Claire also served the company as assistant artistic director, ballet mistress and rehearsal director. As a resident choreographer she created five works for HSDC between 1978 and 1985. Claire toured nationally and internationally with HSDC.
As a choreographer, Claire has created works for HSDC, Spectrum Dance Theater in Seattle, Akasha Dance Company in Chicago, the Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble, among others. In 1993 Claire conceived, choreographed and directed “Lifetimes” for the WTTW (Chicago's Public Television) production of “Love in 4 Acts” featuring 4 Chicago choreographers. Claire has also has restaged Lou Conte’s works for companies and universities around the nation.
Claire began teaching at the Lou Conte Dance Studio in 1975 and has been teaching dance in Chicago ever since. Currently she is on the faculty of the Lou Conte Dance Studio and is a guest teacher for several Chicago companies. In 2003 she earned her certification in the Pilates Method in New York with Romana’s Pilates. In September 2005, she was appointed associate director of the Lou Conte Dance Studio at the Hubbard Street Dance Center and in September 2008 she was promoted to director.