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Chicago Dancing Festival Aug. 25-29 - The ninth annual Chicago Dancing Festival will take place Aug. 25-29 at various downtown Chicago venues. With choreographer Lar Lubovitch and Chicago dancer Jay Franke co-producing, the event aims to bring together leading ballet, modern and contemporary dancers from Chicago and across the country to present the largest dance festival in the nation. The event will mark the festival debuts ...


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Dance for Life: Annual benefit draws record attendance - More than 2,000 people ( a record number ) flooded the Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University Aug. 15 for the 24th annual Dance for Life Chicago, presented by Chicago Dancers United. The yearly concert and gala event invites some of Chicago's best and brightest dance companies to share the stage in order to raise money and awareness for HIV/AIDS. While ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Dancer's long road back; Joel Hall marks 40 years - For nearly a quarter-century, Chicago dance in August has been perhaps best known for the annual Dance for Life gala and benefit concert. Dance for Life brings together many of the city's premiere dance companies, who donate their performances to raise HIV/AIDS awareness and funds for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and The Dancers' Fund. The Dancers' Fund was originally ...


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Upcoming: Dancing Fest; Chicago Fringe; Treasure Island; Bette; WildClaw - Chicago Dancing Festival Aug. 25-29 The ninth annual Chicago Dancing Festival will take place Aug. 25-29 at various downtown Chicago venues. With choreographer Lar Lubovitch and Chicago dancer Jay Franke co-producing, the event aims to bring together leading ballet, modern and contemporary dancers from Chicago and across the country to present the largest dance festival in the nation. The event ...


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Upcoming: Joel Hall dance; 'Downton'exhibit; Shakespeare - Joel Hall to premiere 'Anja' in August In celebration of his dance company's 40th anniversary, choreographer Joel Hall will present the Joel Hall Dancers in the world premiere of "Anja: The Unexpected" over two weekends—Aug. 7-8 and Aug. 14-15—at the University of Chicago's Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. "Anja" is a collaboration with ...


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Upcoming: Tommy Tune; EXPO Chicago; 'Loving'; 'Dance for Life' - Tommy Tune at July 30 tap event The Chicago Human Rhythm Project ( CHRP ) welcomes 10-time Tony Award winner Tommy Tune at its 25th-anniversary Jubalee Gala. This evening, hosted by WGN's Dean Richards, takes place Thursday, July 30, at 5:30 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Ave. At the Jubalee, Tune will perform his ...


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DANCIN' FEATS A closer look at 'Queer, Ill & Okay' - Look up the definition of self-made man, and you're likely to see a picture of Joseph Varisco. While working toward a career in social services and volunteering at Howard Brown Health Center, Varisco began to interact with various performance scenes in Chicago and fell in love, so to speak. "I became enamored with wanting to know these people," he said ...


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THEATER REVIEWS On Your Feet! - Playwright: Alexander Dinelaris. At: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. Tickets: 800-775-2000; BroadwayInChicago.com; $33-$100. Runs through: July 5 The new musical On Your Feet! is based on the life of singing sensation Gloria Estefan. The story chronicles her life from growing up in Cuba to making her comeback after a tragic accident. There are nods to other musicals, a pinch ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Jerry Mitchell talks about achieving 'Feet' - Right out of Paw Paw, Michigan, a huge talent was born unto the world. Jerry Mitchell left his humble beginnings behind to perform on Broadway as a dancer in Brigadoon and On Your Toes. His first choreography experience involved Jekyll & Hyde; he then moved on to You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and The Full Monty. He directed and ...


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Upcoming: Dance for Life, Chefs and the City, Bingo, Tap, Tommy Tune - Tommy Tune at July 30 tap event The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) welcomes 10-time Tony Award winner Tommy Tune at its 25th-anniversary Jubalee Gala. This evening, hosted by WGN's Dean Richards, takes place Thursday, July 30, at 5:30 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Ave. At the Jubalee, Tune will perform his one-man show ...


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Cece Peniston 'finally' finds fashion - CeCe Peniston scored five number one Billboard dance hits within three years. Her signature song "Finally" has sold more than 3 million copies worldwide. ( She wrote the massive hit song when she was only 21. ) Now, at 45, she enters a new chapter in her life with a fashion line. Windy City met Peniston at her hotel room ...


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TELEVISION Paula Abdul: So she thinks she can judge - Season 12 of the Emmy-winning TV competition show So You Think You Can Dance just kicked things off on Fox. It features open auditions around the United States, then more testing rounds eventually leading to finalists. A variety of dance styles are usually featured but this season there's a twist, with two teams of stage versus street. One contestant will ...


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HBHC has 'ball' with competition event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Free HIV and STD testing met the Chicago ball scene at the Back-2-Basics Ball June 6. Howard Brown Health Center ( HBHC ), in collaboration with Step Up. Get Tested., Harmony WellCare, CORE and Fahrenheit Chicago weekend, created a fun and safe space for members of Chicago's ballroom scene to come together as participants competed for cash awards, trophies and ...


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Groups from across the nation to converge for dancing festival - From a press release - CHICAGO ( June 12, 2015 ) —The Chicago Dancing Festival is proud to announce the 9th annual program will take place August 25-29, 2015. Co-produced by renowned choreographer Lar Lubovitch and highly esteemed Chicago dancer Jay Franke, the Chicago Dancing Festival will bring together leading ballet, modern and contemporary dancers from Chicago and across the country to present the largest ...


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DANCIN' FEATS A very Royal engagement - Originally choreographed by Marius Petipa in 1869, "Don Quixote" is a beloved ballet by audiences and dancers alike. The lead woman, Kitri, is one of the strongest female characters in classical ballet, first appearing on U.S. stages in the 1940s with the grand pas de deux performed by members of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. The Royal Ballet of ...


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Upcoming: Pride Fest; Black Alphabet Film Fest; EXPO Chicago; Dance for Life - Midler touring, in Chicago June 18 Grammy-winning singer and legendary performer Bette Midler's first major tour in a decade, "Divine Intervention," has launched. She started her tour with shows in the Florida cities of Hollywood and Tampa, and she's slated to stop by Chicago's United Center on Thursday, June 18. Accompanied on stage by a 12-piece band as well as ...


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THEATER Gloria and Emilio Estefan land on their feet - Gloria Estefan still remains on her feet after a historic career over the years. The Cuban singer started with Miami Sound Machine where the single "Conga" took off. Hit singles continued until a tour bus accident almost took her life. She came back with a new album titled Into the Light, followed by a Spanish-language album, Mi Tierra, that became ...


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SUMMER DANCE SPECIAL Summer is for lovers of dance - Summer is about food, fun and community. Even though there are Lollapolooza, Taste of Chicago, Jazz Fest, Rib Fest, Bacon Fest, BBQ Fest, Midsommerfest and Pride, dance is not immune to Chicagoans' need for summertime congregation—and with performances going on all across the city, indoors and out, there is no time like the present to see dance. —Running Aug. 25-29, ...


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Chicago Tap Theatre presents Circo Tap one night - From a press release - CHICAGO — Chicago Tap Theatre ( CTT ) is proud to present the world premiere production of Circo Tap, choreographed by CTT Artistic Director Mark Yonally with music direction by CTT Music Director Kurt Schewitz, playing at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., Saturday, June 27 at 8 p.m. A press preview is Sunday, June 21 at 3 p.m. ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Chicago dance is super-gay - I feel really fortunate to be a small part of Dancin' Feats' nearly 10-year legacy profiling dancers and topics of interest from the LGBTQ community, and we are still finding plenty of "gay dance things" to cover. [Editor's note: Windy City Times is 30 years old this year, and has covered dance all of that time. The column Dancin' Feats ...


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Harris Theater presents 2015-16 season See The Dance - From a press release - CHICAGO — President and Managing Director of The Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Michael Tiknis, announced today the dance performances for the 2015—16 Harris Theater Presents season. High wattage stars and accomplished masters comprise one of the most highly anticipated dance seasons to date. The Harris Theater is proud to have the support of The Northern Trust Company as ...


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'Dancer as Insurgent' part of queer-themed Hull House event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Dancer as Insurgent," which took place at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum on April 8, was a multipart affair focusing on the idea of "chosen family." Five-year University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ) undergrad Michael Ramirez used the term while giving the audience a tour of Hull House, the community settlement that Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Lane Alexander is 'building community with rhythm' - Twenty-five years ago, Lane Alexander and his partner Kelly Michaels started a small dance festival called the Chicago Human Rhythm Project ( CHRP ). With Michaels' background in modern dance and Alexander's in tap, the summer one-off in 1990 celebrating American tap dance raised money for Chicago-based organizations fighting HIV/AIDS, which would eventually claim Michaels' life. CHRP has now grown ...


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SPRING DANCE PREVIEW Chicago Dance Month and much more - April is Chicago Dance Month, with several particularly jam-packed weeks of dance leading up to National Dance Week on April 24-May 3. It's the time of year in which we are still high from inspiring performances by our big resident companies such as The Joffrey Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago—whose spring programs brought audiences quickly to their feet—and from ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Art imitates life, captures imagination - On March 7, 1965, several hundred people gathered in Selma, Alabama, to march to the capital of Montgomery protesting African-American citizens' right to vote. A few months later, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law in an effort to enforce the 15th Amendment, giving all U.S. residents the right to vote. Considering the civil-rights movement in ...


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Gaga, Vaughn take polar plunge; Michael Sam to take up 'Dancing' - Lady Gaga, Vaughn take polar plunge In Chicago, singer Lady Gaga and actor Vince Vaughn were among several thousand people who plunged into the icy waters of Lake Michigan March 1 to support the Special Olympics, The Chicago Tribune noted. The 15th annual Polar Plunge in Chicago took place at North Avenue Beach. Vaughn, a longtime Chicago Blackhawks fan and ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to Chicago - Alvin Ailey held his first dance concert in March, 1958 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Nearly 60 years later, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is synonymous with American contemporary dance, boasting more than 235 dances in its rep and one in particular that never gets old. A trip to the theater for an Ailey concert is ...


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Bob Fosse, Sybil Shearer celebrated at North Shore Center Feb. 21 - From a press release - CHICAGO, February 4, 2015 - Thodos Dance Chicago's 23rd Anniversary Winter Concerts, titled Chicago Inspired, promise a rich tapestry of dance anchored by rarely performed works by Chicago native and Broadway legend Bob Fosse restaged by Ann Reinking, recreations of works by Chicago modern dance pioneer Sybil Shearer, and cutting edge present day creations by Melissa Thodos, Garfield Lemonius, Brian ...


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Events coming up: Disney; casting call; Women's Day Dance; jewelry tour - 'State of AIDS in Black Chicago' Feb. 17-19 The Black Treatment Advocacy Network (BTAN) Chicago will host "The State of AIDS in Black Chicago: From the Bench to the Bedside" Feb. 17-19 at the University Center, 525 S. State St., 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The event, among other things, will commemorate National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). Feb. 7 marks the ...


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International Women's Day Dance March 7 - Chicago groups are bringing back the popular International Women's Day Dance to Chicago, Saturday, March 7, 2015, 7 p.m.-midnight at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, 3015 W. Division Street. The event is sponsored by the Chicago Foundation for Women LGBT Giving Council and Affinity Community Services. The event is open to people of all identities, and ...


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Event headlines in dance, music, art - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Giordano Dance at Auditorium Jan. 31 The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., will present Giordano Dance Chicago (GDC) in the company's first full-length performance at the venue as part of the "Made in Chicago" Dance Series, Saturday, Jan. 31, at 7:30 p.m. Highlights will include the world premiere of "Shirt Off My Back," a full-company work ...


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WINTER DANCE SPECIAL Plenty of dance to heat up the winter - Winter took a while to officially land in Chicago; the dance scene, on the other hand, has yet to take a break. The winter season for dance audiences is notoriously slow—not so in 2015! —The Cambrians is a brand new company with Benjamin Wardell at the helm ... sort of. Wardell has a surrounded himself with a strong team of ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Rousseve's 'Stardust' explores technology, race, queerness - Growing up in Houston, Texas, in the 1960s and 1970s to parents hailing from Louisiana, David Roussève was surrounded by music and the arts. "My father was a jazz musician. ... I started out as an actor as a child, doing really bad versions of Sesame Street in Houston," he chuckled in a phone interview with Windy City Times. "I ...


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Local entertainment coming up - Homestretch, Kahlo, Love Is Strange, Knuckles tribute, Dyke Delicious, About Face, Frozen, Queer Dance - Gay film, 'Homestretch' parts of PBS series A film about a couple's decades-long fight for the right to marry and a documentary about homeless Chicago youths are in the line-up of PBS' Independent Lens' winter/spring 2015 season. Limited Partnership, which will air June 15, centers on a gay couple's 40-year fight for the right to marry in the United ...


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Lucky seven: The best in Chicago dance this year - It has been a wonderful year for dance audiences in Chicago, with a wealth of dance emerging from the community, and exemplary tours making a stop in our great city. Remarkable remounts and freshly reimagined works stood alongside an abundance of new and innovative performances, including a few surprises. Seven standouts emerged from the pack, though this consolidated list could ...


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DANCIN' FEATS 'Tis the season of Nutcrackers - In the dance world, December means Nutcracker, and in the Chicago area there are dozens. The famous story of Clara ( or, in some versions, Maria ) and her Nutcracker doll who turns into a magical prince is based on a tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. It was originally choreographed as a ballet by Marius Petipa, and set to a 90-minute ...


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Theater, dance, music news and events - Joffrey's 'Nutcracker' Dec. 5-28 The Joffrey Ballet will celebrate the 27th annual presentation of Robert Joffrey's The Nutcracker in a 24-performance engagement at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., on Dec. 5-28. Joffrey Ballet Co-Founder Gerald Arpino contributed to Robert Joffrey's version, having choreographed the Land of the Snow scene, which closes Act I, and the ...


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'Nuts & Bolts: 2014' on Nov. 29-30 - The Joel Hall Dancers & Center ( JHDC ) returns its critically acclaimed "Nuts & Bolts" dance extravaganza—a reimagining of The Nutcracker—to the Chicago stage at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St. This one-of-a-kind "Nutcracker" hops cultures and genres, fusing classic Tchaikovsky with Duke Ellington and house music. The 10th incarnation of this holiday performance ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Da' Von Doane embraces all facets of himself - After a 16-year absence, Dance Theatre of Harlem ( DTH ) comes into town Nov. 21-23 to perform at Chicago's stunning Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University ( who happens to be celebrating its 125th birthday this year ). Auditorium Theatre Executive Director Brett Batterson feels privileged to present DTH, whose program will include a beautiful program of mixed repertory by ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Heidi Latsky dancer reinvents himself--twice - Robert Simpson, 65, moved to New York City in 1971 for two reasons: to dance and to come out. Simpson grew up near Albany, New York, and started taking dance classes while in college. Shortly after arriving in New York City, Simpson found himself on scholarship with the esteemed choreographer Alwin Nickolais and surrounded by like-minded artists in New York's ...


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Black Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award honors Joel Hall - From a press release - CHICAGO — The African American Arts Alliance is proud to announce that one of the most exciting awards ceremonies of the year will take place on Monday, October 27, 2014, at the DuSable Museum of African American History. The Black Excellence Awards stands apart from other award ceremonies in that it is the only interdisciplinary arts awards ceremony in Chicago ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT A Broadway legend returns to town - Chita Rivera is truly a living theater legend. Her Broadway career spans 60 years starting in 1953 when she was hired as a dancer for Cole Porter's musical Can-Can, stretching to 2013 when she turned 80 starring as Princess Puffer during the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood at Studio 54. But Rivera also has an ...


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FALL THEATER SPECIAL Cornucopia of dance headed Chicago's way - A chill in the air, sweaters, and hot chocolate with marshmallows—these make up the quintessence of fall. Although Chicagoans might not be ready for el niño, for arts patrons the abundant autumn months also mean lots and lots of dance. —A number of milestones will be celebrated this fall, including silver anniversaries featuring fresh premieres and audience favorites from Evanston's ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Singer Rachael Sage featured on 'Dance Moms' - Singer/songwriter Rachael Sage tours to Chicago next month, and might be best recognized as the lady behind MPress Records, a well-known independent record label under which acclaimed artists such as Seth Glier and Melissa Ferrick produce their albums. More recently, Sage is increasingly noticed for role in the hit Lifetime series Dance Moms, the network's top reality show. Big, boisterous ...


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DANCE Francisco AviƱa's one-man show is about 'A.r.T.' - (Anti-Retroviral Therapy) - Francisco Aviña was diagnosed with HIV on June 16, 2011. Aviña, 38, is a professional dancer; presently, he represents Chicago's Hubbard Dance Company but over the past two decades, the Mexican artist has choreographed or danced alongside entertainers like Celine Dion, Justin Timberlake, Bette Midler, Elton John and numerous others around the globe. Three years ago, Aviña and his longtime ...


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Dance for Life stuns audience and breaks records - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dance for Life did not disappoint. The 22nd Annual Dance for Life sold a record amount of tickets for the performance, filling the breathtaking Auditorium Theatre. Once again, the event raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for 28 different charities including the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, The Dancers' Fund, Making a Daily Effort and Agape Missions, NFP. Dance for Life ...


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Chicago Dancing Festival Aug. 20-23 - The final program line-up is set for the 8th annual Chicago Dancing Festival, taking place at venues across downtown Chicago Aug. 20-23. The opening-night performance will be simulcast in Millennium Park. Visit www.ChicagoDancingFestival.com . ...


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Chicago's leading directors weigh in on Dance for Life - DANCIN' FEATS - Once a year, Chicago's premiere dance companies gather for a cause. In 1992, Dance for Life ( DFL ) was founded as an effort to raise money and awareness surrounding the pervasiveness of HIV/AIDS in the the dance community. Co-founders Keith Elliott and Todd Keich conceived a dance show that would raise money for HIV/AIDS and the rest, as they ...


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The Joffrey Ballet celebrates 20th anniversary season - From a press release - CHICAGO ( August 11, 2014 ) — The Joffrey Ballet celebrates its 20th anniversary of calling Chicago home in the 2014-15 season. Artistic Director Ashley Wheater opens the season with "Stories in Motion," a special one-weekend-only addition to the Joffrey's usual three-program subscription season. This program, exploring the concept of "story ballet" with works that each tell a story in ...


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Obama honors Bill T. Jones with arts medal - On July 28, President Obama awarded the 2013 National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal to distinguished recipients in the East Room. Among the honorees was openly gay dance legend Bill T. Jones, who won a Tony Award for his choreography of Fela! Some of the other awardees included musician Linda Ronstadt, arts patron Joan Harris, director/CEO Jeffrey ...


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Dance for Life on Aug. 16 - Six of Chicago's top dance companies ( Giordano Dance Chicago, Joffrey Ballet, River North Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater and Visceral Dance Chicago ) will come together Aug. 16 at the annual Dance for Life, the largest performance-based AIDS fundraising event in the Midwest. A gala reception will take place at 5 p.m. at ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Kristina Isabelle: Chicago's dance darling - Kristina Isabelle, 45, has had a busy schedule since the moment she arrived in Chicago. "I feel good. ... It's been amazing to be here!" she said in an interview with Windy City Times. "The level of dancing and commitment to dancemaking are so strong here, and it's been fun." A native of Columbus, Ohio, Isabelle came to Chicago with ...


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Dance for Life on Aug. 16 - Six of Chicago's top dance companies ( Giordano Dance Chicago, Joffrey Ballet, River North Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater and Visceral Dance Chicago ) will come together Aug. 16 at the annual Dance for Life, the largest performance-based AIDS fundraising event in the Midwest. There will be world-premiere performances courtesy of choreographers Randy Duncan, ...


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Dance for Life mid-August - Six of Chicago's top dance companies ( Giordano Dance Chicago, Joffrey Ballet, River North Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater and Visceral Dance Chicago ) will come together Aug. 16 at the annual Dance for Life, the largest performance-based AIDS fundraising event in the Midwest. There will be world-premiere performances courtesy of choreographers Randy Duncan, ...


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Hough tour in Chicago July 11 - Celebrity siblings Julianne and Derek Hough are starring in their own all-new dance production, "Move Live on Tour," onstage across North America. Julianne is a two-time professional champion on ABC's Dancing with the Stars, and has been in such films as Rock of Ages, Burlesque and Safe Haven. Derek is an Emmy winner and the only five-time champion on Dancing ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Catching up with Zachary Whittenburg - Dancer, choreographer, writer and former Windy City Times dance columnist Zachary Whittenburg, 34, now finds his daily grind on Jackson Boulevard in the offices of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago ( HSDC ). Whittenburg finished his second season as master of communications at HSDC recently, after nearly a decade of hustling in dance journalism and freelance gigs. One of those gigs ...


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Women's dance at Center June 14 - Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., will host "By Women For Women: Spinning through the Decades" on Saturday, June 14, at 6 p.m. The event will bring together female DJs from the LGBTQ community for an evening of music and dance. Tickets are $40; visit community.centeronhalsted.org/ByWomenForWomen. ...


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Joel Hall Dancers, Center in dire financial situation - In 1974, U.S. Reps. Bella Abzug and Ed Koch worked with the then-National Gay Task Force to introduce a Federal Equality Act with the purpose of banning employment and housing discrimination against gays and lesbians. The bill never made it out of the House of Representatives. That same year, Joel Hall opened a studio under the name of the Chicago ...


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Dance for Life: Top dance troupes raise funds for HIV/AIDS - From a press release - Experience a night of awe-inspiring performances as six of Chicago's top dance companies come together for one evening at Dance for Life, the largest performance-based AIDS fundraising event in the Midwest. With poignant choreography and moving music, this highly anticipated event is held annually to raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS care, education and prevention while promoting the art of ...


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Queer Contra Dance Pride dance June 7 - Celebrate Pride Month with Queer Contra Dance Chicago at Old Town School, June 7, 2014 Queer Contra Chicago will hold its Pride month dance on Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 7:30-10:30pm in the Myron R. Szold Music and Dance Hall at Old Town School of Folk Music, located at 4545 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, near the Brown Line Western Ave. ...


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Hubbard Street ball honors Baryshnikov - Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, together with event chair Richard L. Rodes and board chair Meg Siegler Callahan, hosted the Season 36 Spotlight Ball May 19 at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park. Additional photos at www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&ADATE=2014-06-04&AGALLERY=HubbardChosen . The event raised more than $775,000 for Hubbard Street's artistic, community-focused, education and youth programming. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel attended to present Hubbard Street's ...


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SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT: Dance will match summer's heat - When it comes down to it, summertime is all about festivals. Lollapolooza, Taste of Chicago, Jazz Fest, Rib Fest, Midsommer Fest, Pride ( ! )—dance is not immune to Chicagoans' need for summertime congregation, and with performances going on all across the city, indoors and out, there is a dance festival for you. —In its eighth season, the Chicago Dancing ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Matthew Adamczyk: Joffrey's dancing painter - Matthew Adamczyk, 29, grew up in central Massachusetts doing competition dance—"jazz, tap, ballet, acrobatics … all of it!" he said in an interview with Windy City Times. As a high school student at the prestigious Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida, Adamczyk auditioned on a whim for a dance company he'd never really heard of and got the job. Now ...


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Windy City Burlesque Fest June 18 - 21 - From a press release - The 4th Annual Windy City Burlesque Festival is going to add even more sizzle to Chicago's summer. Join us for a cavalcade of feathers, rhinestones, fans, sparkle, sass, and sexy fun as performers from all over the world descend on the Windy City to strut their stuff. This year's headliners are Seattle's Iva Handfull, Portland's Russell Bruner, and St Louis's ...


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CCC brings back two Chicago-born LGBTQ hits - SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT - Two of the most recent high-profile Chicago shows focusing on the LGBTQ community include The New Colony's 2011 comedy 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche and The Inconvenience's 2012 drama Hit the Wall. Both shows opened to critical raves in the Windy City and later journeyed to New York for off-Broadway runs. Now Hit the Wall and 5 Lesbians Eating a ...


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Joffrey to premiere 'Romeo & Juliet' - The Joffrey Ballet's 2013-14 "Masters of Dance" season comes to a close this spring with the U.S. premiere of Krzysztof Pastor's Romeo & Juliet. Romeo & Juliet runs for 10 performances only at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., April 30-May 11. A ballet in three acts, this contemporary rendition of the classic Shakespearean tale is ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Trey McIntyre Project's last dance - - "What is that inspiration to dance? What is that feeling, and why is important? Why do we seek it?" said Trey McIntyre in a conversation with Windy City Times. McIntyre and his company, the Trey McIntyre Project ( TMP ), are legendary across the United States, and for good reason. McIntyre is a world-class choreographer with some of the country's ...


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Queer Contra Dance Chicago on April 3 - Queer Contra Chicago will hold its next dance on Thursday, April 3, 6:30-9:30 p.m. in Myron R. Szold Music and Dance Hall at Old Town School of Folk Music, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave. Contra dance is a form of folk dance, similar to square-dancing, but with lines of dancers rather than squares. No advance planning or experience is needed. Admission ...


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Keith Elliott leaves behind a legacy of philanthropy - SPRING DANCE SPECIAL by Lauren Warnecke - In May 2010, Keith Elliott took a job at the Ruth Page Center for the Performing Arts. Longtime director and master teacher Larry Long had recently passed away, the Ruth Page endowments had changed and much of the organization was in shambles. Elliott was brought on with no real job description, other than to help get "The Page" back in ...


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SPRING DANCE SPECIAL What's coming in the world of dance - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Spring in Chicago means an occasional snowstorm in the same week as 50-and 60-degree days. It also means dance. Lots and Lots of dance. Lots. Of. Dance. March is typically a time for the big companies and touring shows, while April is for the little guys. Whatever your pleasure, there isn't a single weekend until May that Windy City Times ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Philip Elson premieres show on own 'Terms' - by Lauren Warnecke - Philip Elson, 27, is a Chicago-based dancer and choreographer hailing from Fort Worth, Texas—"also known as Cowtown … get 'er done!" he said in a conversation with Windy City Times. Elson began dancing at 3 with the support of his sisters and his parents, who wanted to expose their children to as many activities and experiences as possible. "I was ...


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Spotlight: Heartbeat of Home - The producers of the international hit dance sensation Riverdance are back again with a new revue titled Heartbeat of Home, which is making its U.S. debut in Chicago strategically timed right before St. Patrick's Day. Along with the expected percussive Celtic step-dancing, the new show aims to look at the cultural Irish Diaspora and how it has melded with other ...


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Hubbard, Second City collaborate - Hubbard Street Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton and Executive Vice President of The Second City, Inc. Kelly Leonard, announced a collaboratively devised production by the two performing-arts organizations. It will have its world premiere Oct. 16—19, kicking off Hubbard Street's 2014—15 season at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park. Internationally renowned soprano Renée Fleming—creative consultant for the ...


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Kyle Abraham: 'The Radio Show, hip-hop and pizza - DANCIN' FEATS by Lauren Warnecke - Growing up in Pittsburgh in the 1980s-influenced New York City-based choreographer Kyle Abraham's life in more ways than one. From Pittsburgh, Abraham moved to New York to attend SUNY-Purchase for college as a dance major and lived in a plethora of cities before moving back to NYC for graduate school at the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts ( NYU ...


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Ballerina postpones 'Restless Creature' - Following hip surgery that took place just one week after the Aug. 14, 2013 world premiere of Restless Creature, Wendy Whelan, in consultation with her doctors, has concluded that her body needs more time to heal and that she must postpone her spring 2014 ( March 16-April 11 ) inaugural U.S. tour of the work. Whelan was scheduled to perform ...







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