After graduating from Whitney Young Magnet High School, Chicago native Carlton Wilborn joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in 1982. There, he danced in pieces by Lou Conte, Claire Bataille, Margo Sappington, and Lynne Taylor-Corbett, among others. He was a featured dancer in Madonna’s Blond Ambition and Girlie Show tours. Wilborn currently resides in Los Angeles.


Carlton Wilborn discusses his extensive performance career, which includes several years with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and two international concert tours with Madonna. He addresses issues of race and sexuality in the Chicago dance community, reflects on the lessons he learned while working with Lou Conte and Madonna, and recalls many experiences that helped him grow as a dancer and person.

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