Joffrey Ballet Community Engagement teen dancer Makari Patterson aims to inspire Chicago youth

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Since being with Joffrey, Patterson has been able to channel her creativity and reassure herself of her accomplishments thus far.

Medina describes the cuatro as the instrument you would get if a guitar and violin had a baby, but the sound is much more like a mandolin that has 10 strings.

This profile is part of a series made possible by Allstate as part of its commitment to support young artists in Chicago and to empower the next generation of rising stars.


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