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DANCIN-FEATS-Heidi-Latsky-dancer-reinvents-himself-twice

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 ...


DANCIN-FEATS-Philip-Elson-premieres-show-on-own-Terms

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 ...


Spotlight-Heartbeat-of-Home

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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Joffrey offers sneak preview of 'Choreographers' - On an extremely cold Tuesday night ( Jan. 28 ), a select audience got the opportunity to catch a sneak peek of The Joffrey Ballet's new piece "Contemporary Choreographers," which will be performed at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University Feb. 12-23. The show will feature three choreographers—Christopher Wheeldon, Brock Clawson and Alexander Ekman. Clawson attended the preview at the ...


Whats-coming-in-the-world-of-dance

What's coming in the world of dance - WINTER THEATER/ARTS SPECIAL By Lauren Warnecke - After a packed and very fruitful fall season, one might presume that the dance world would go into hibernation for awhile. Au contraire, mes amies. The cold months are quite packed with some heavy hitters on the touring circuit as well as many of our hometown heroes, big and small. Here's a sneak peek of things to consider adding to ...


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DANCIN' FEATS A queer dance romance - by Lauren Warnecke - "It's kind of weird to be in a relationship in this community," said Erica Ricketts, 23, a 2013 grad of the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago. As she navigates the challenging task of making a career in dance, she has the support of her girlfriend, Greer Dworman, 25. Dworman graduated a year before Ricketts, and they started dating in ...


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Hubbard Street seeks dancers; auction raises $ for Bailiwick - Hubbard Street seeks applicants, dancers Terence Marling, director of Hubbard Street 2 ( HS2 ), and Hubbard Street Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton encourage experienced dancemakers to apply for commissions through HS2's 15th annual National Choreographic Competition ( NCC ). NCC applicants must complete the form available online at http://bit.ly/HS2NCC2014. Applications and materials must be submitted by Jan. 1, 2014. NCC ...


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Year in review: Chicago dance 2013 - By Lauren Warnecke - To say 2013 was a good year for dance is an understatement. Visitors dazzled with technical panache and theatricality, while our home-grown companies pushed themselves to work with new genres, push production values upward, and revisit old haunts. Below is a top 10 of 2013 at home ( in no particular order ), with three out-of-towners thrown in for good ...


Christopher-Knowlton-A-Renaissance-man

Christopher Knowlton: A Renaissance man - DANCIN' FEATS by Lauren Warnecke - Christopher Knowlton, 27, is a biomedical engineer, Ph.D. candidate, and artistic director of a Chicago-based dance company known as The Dance Team. In one year, Knowlton put together an evening-length show ( his first ), was a finalist in the 2013 Dance Your Ph.D. contest ( which includes a nod in the prestigious Science Magazine ), and made appearances at ...


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'Choreographers of Color' award winners named - The Joffrey Academy of Dance, the official school of The Joffrey Ballet, announced the winners of the third annual Choreographers of Color Award: Justin Allen, Stefanie Batten Bland and Norbert De La Cruz III. This announcement follows a national call for artists to submit applications that began in July. Each of the three selected choreographers will be given a minimum ...


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The Nexus Project: Growing by leaps and bounds - DANCIN' FEATS - The location is not convenient. The venue doesn't have continuous heat. There is only seating for 30 audience members. The stage is small in a vast, open warehouse space. And yet what is created and shared in an evening of the full-length The Nexus Project works. It not only works, but it is one of the most clever, honest, open, ...


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Spotlight: Cinderbox 2.0, The Better Half - Dance-theater troupe Lucky Plush Productions continues its repertory presentations of two dance works this upcoming weekend. Cinderbox 2.0 is a revision of 2007's Cinderbox 18 that explores the media's construct of "reality." The Better Half is a dance-inspired take on the stage thriller Angel Street and its 1940s film adaptation Gaslight. Both shows play Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave. ...


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Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane dancer on company, upcoming show - DANCIN' FEATS - Get ready to hear some stories. Story/Time, Bill T. Jones' by-chance mix of dance set to music and his short stories, comes to the Dance Center of Columbia College this month with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Jones, who has been awarded a MacArthur "Genius" award, two Tony Awards and was a Kennedy Center honoree, will be performing ...


Ballroom-Dancing-Series-coming-to-Center-on-Halsted

Ballroom Dancing Series coming to Center on Halsted - From a press release - Step to the music with ballroom dance lessons led by dance instructor Steven Nasshan of Get On the Floor Dance Company on Sunday evenings from Oct. 6 through Nov. 3 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Center on Halsted, located at 3656 N. Halsted St., Chicago, Ill. Single registrants welcome. A partner is not need to join. The full ...


Joffrey-Couture-Cocktails-Oct-4

Joffrey 'Couture & Cocktails' Oct. 4 - The women's board of the Joffrey Ballet will host the annual "Couture & Cocktails" at the Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave., on Friday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. The evening begins at 7 p.m. with a cocktail and hors d'oeuvre reception. At 8:30 p.m. there will be a full runway fashion show featuring famous Joffrey costumes such as Juliet's ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Fall dance preview - Coming off two hugely successful dance events in August, Dance For Life and the Chicago Dancing Festival, the Windy City goes full throttle into the fall. The season warms up in September, comes to a boil in October, adds some spice in November and simmers with two hometown favorites in December. Here's what's cooking in Chicago dance in the coming ...


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Mature themes dominate fall theater season - FALL THEATER PREVIEW - Like it or not, the so-called Baby Boom generation has numbers on its side, and with the vanguard of the burgeoning post-World War II population replenishment now entering their golden years comes a renewed artistic interest in the AARP set. Previously characterized either as scolding authority figures or bumbling comic relief, the preponderance of mid-life theatergoers has led to an ...


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Thunder from Down Under's emcee reveals some things - Granted, most things change, but with the male entertainment troupe Thunder from Down Under, some items don't—such as skin always being in (much to the delight of the group's male and female followers). Before the Las Vegas-based Aussie group descends upon Chicago later this week, emcee Marcus Deegan talked with Windy City Times about workouts, workplace accidents and Michael Jackson. ...


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Dance and art events coming up - Joffrey opening with 'Russian Masters' The Joffrey Ballet kicks off its 2013-14 "Masters of Dance" season with a special addition to its home engagement line-up, a one-weekend-only program titled "Russian Masters" Sept. 19-22. "Masters" celebrates the centennial of Vaslav Nijinsky's ground-breaking 1913 ballet Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring), alongside George Balanchine's Allegro Brillante and two works by ...


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Bill T. Jones to perform with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co. Oct. 24-26 - From a press release - Kennedy Center honoree, two-time Tony Award winner and MacArthur "Genius" award winner Bill T. Jones returns to the stage at the center of a new work for his renowned company, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, as part of The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago's 40th season. Performances are October 24—26 at The Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Ave., ...


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Chicagoan Ray Gunn is international king of burlesque - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - When one thinks of "burlesque," the more risqué images of the Moulin Rouge and Prohibition-era nightclubs may come to mind. Often, people picture women with ostrich feathers seducing their audiences with dance, sight and sound. But Ray Gunn and like-minded men are changing the notion of burlesque. Burlesque as dance and performance art is now gaining traction and Gunn, a ...


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Dance for Life '13: A night of love - All at the annual Dance for Life (DFL) benefit had a night of great dancing, love and community on Aug. 17. Special guests and benefactors had cocktails and litght fare at a pre-show gala at the enormous Hilton Chicago International Ballroom. Guests traveled by trolley and by foot a few blocks north for the all-star performance at the iconic Auditorium ...


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The craft of Jeremy Plummer: new heights in Dance for Life - DANCIN' FEATS - Jeremy Plummer, 35, is flying high. He is a successful dancer, teacher, choreographer and aerialist who happens to be openly gay. He choreographs for the Royal Caribbean cruise line, including their first all-aerial show. Last month he received the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters 2013 Artistic Achievement Award. And he survived a tragic physical accident that doctors said should ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT What a Feeling! Trujillo relives the '80s with 'Flashdance' - It was easy for out director/choreographer Sergio Trujillo to identify with the 18-year-old heroine of the 1983 film Flashdance. In the film, Alex Owens (played by Jennifer Beals) pines to become a professional ballerina despite her lack of classical training. Similarly, Trujillo started his dance career at what is considered to be a very late start at age 19. "I'm ...


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Alvin Ailey dancers wed amid DOMA's demise - After an eight-year relationship, two dancers at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater decided to get married. On June 7, Antonio Douthit and Kirven Boyd went to the City Clerk's Office in New York City and said their "I do," surrounded by family and friends. After the ceremony, the group went out for brunch and that night had a "kick-ass" party ...


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Burlesque star Dita von Teese July 11-13 - Dita Von Teese will bring her "Burlesque: Strip, Strip Hooray!" variety show to the House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St., on July 11-13. According to a press release, "the 90-minute spectacle treats audiences to four of Von Teese's most impressive performances, including her new Swarovski Martini Glass act." Murray Hill, who has hosted Test Positive Aware Network's "Chicago Takes ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Ahmad Simmons' busy month ahead - Ahmad Simmons begins his third season as a dancer with River North Dance Chicago this week. The high-energy repertory company has officially been on break since April, but Simmons didn't get much rest. Instead, he spent the entire summer choreographing for five different companies, including Pursuit Production where he is co-director, and has four premieres of his work later this ...


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Dance for Life holds kickoff party - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dance for Life leaped into its annual fundraiser (this year on Aug. 17) at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, where out 44th Ward Ald. Tom Tunney will be master of ceremonies. The recent launch party was held at the Auditorium Theatre's Katten Landau Studio June 17. Attendees sampled appetizers and sipped on fruity martinis. Ron De Jesus Dance and ...


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Joffrey has a 'Ball' - The Joffrey Auxiliary Board held its Blue Masquerade Ball June 14 at the Joffrey Tower. Guests munched on pretzels, hot dogs and cotton candy with desserts until midnight. Drinks included frozen margaritas along with wine and specialty beer. DJ Madrid had the crowds dancing and stop-motion photography provided fun with one dancer splitting his pants while doing, fittingly, the splits. ...


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Greg Cameron to be E.D. of Joffrey Ballet - CHICAGO (June 18, 2013) — The Joffrey Ballet and Artistic Director Ashley C. Wheater today announced that veteran Chicago arts administrator Greg Cameron, most recently the Chief Operating Officer of WTTW/WFMT, will join the Joffrey leadership team as its new Executive Director, effective July 1, 2013. Kathleen Hechinger, who joined The Joffrey as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrator Officer ...


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DANCIN' FEATS: Hyde Park School of Dance turns 20 - This month the Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD)—formerly the Hyde Park School of Ballet—celebrates 20 years of teaching dance on Chicago's South Side. Artistic Director August Tye founded the school in 1993 after the School of Chicago Ballet, run by the late Maria Tallchief, closed. "One of Maria's board members like my teaching style and suggested I start my ...


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SUMMER DANCE Smaller companies have larger presence - As the summer months finally reach the Windy City, the traditional dance season (late September through early June) ramps down. While the larger companies are on break (for the most part), there is an abundance of smaller, independent companies and artists that continue to perform throughout the summer season. Look for tap, jazz, flamenco, Cuban, contemporary, dance theater and dance ...


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Dancing with the Queer Stars in Chicago June 8 - Lanita Davis Dance Theatre's annual dance camp will be funded by the 3rd annual Dancing With The Queer Stars fundraiser June 8, 2215 S. Michigan Ave. The event, and the free camp is the brainchild of the artistic director, LaNita Joseph. Dancing With The Queer Stars is a diverse ballroom dance competition where local queer stars team up to compete ...


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Steve Nasshan's passion shows on the dance floor - Steve Nasshan celebrated in April the one-year anniversary of Get on the Floor (GTF) Dance Company, which he owns and operates in Chicago's North Center neighborhood—and more than a decade in the ballroom dance industry. "I got my start with the Arthur Murray franchise, then taught for the Fred Astaire franchise, and finally ended up at a privately-owned studio in ...


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Joffrey's Mauro Villanueva comes full circle - DANCIN' FEATS - "I just think it's time," he said. After 13 seasons dancing with the Joffrey Ballet, Mauro Villanueva, 31, has decided to leave the company. "I've always wanted, in a selfish way, to go out on top. I feel like I'm doing pretty well dancing-wise, so why not go out leaving people talking and wanting more." At the end of a ...


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Baton marks 44th anniversary - Jim Flint's Baton Show Lounge marked its 44th anniversary in style March 20. The performers included Ginger Grant, Chilli Pepper, Sheri Payne, Mimi Marks, Maya Douglas, Victoria La Paige and Regine Phillips. Mykul Valentine was special guest performer. See http://www.thebatonshowlounge.com for upcoming contests and events. Additional photo spread at the link under the image. Photos by Hal Baim. ...


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SPRING THEATER PREVIEW Diversity of dance - Dance lovers can delight in a Spring packed full of diverse dance performances across the city. After wrapping up a packed month of March performances, Chicago just doesn't slow down. The historic Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University has launched the new Music + Movement Festival running through May. For tickets, call 800-982-2787. For more information, visit www.auditoriumtheatre.org/musicandmovement. Some highlights from ...


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Joshua Blake Carter on jazz dance, milestones - DANCIN' FEATS - The name Gus Giordano, especially in Chicago, is synonymous with jazz dance. His namesake company, now run by daughter Nan Giordano, celebrates its 50th-anniversary engagement at the Harris Theater later this month. A few tweaks and changes—it officially dropped the "jazz" from its title and now goes by Giordano Dance Chicago (GDC); a new logo; and a move from Evanston ...


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FLYSPACE, new sharing paradigm for small arts companies - Four Female-led dance companies Join in building audiences - From a news release CHICAGO — February 19, 2013 — Four leading Chicago contemporary dance companies, each helmed by a female artistic director — The Dance COLEctive, Hedwig Dances, Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre and Zephyr Dance — announce a new and unique strategic partnership to connect and engage audiences in the intimacy, excitement and accessibility of contemporary ...


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Gary Chryst reflects on his life's journey - DANCIN' FEATS - Biracial, gay, sextogenarian, California native … Gary Chryst is all of these things, but first and foremost, he's a dancin' man. From ballet to Broadway, from New York to The Hague, he has literally danced around the world for decades. Chryst, 63, is in town working with Thodos Dance Chicago (TDC) putting the finishing touches on the centerpiece of the ...


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Moved and BeMoved: Sherry Zunker talks dance and fitness - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Transforming complicated dance moves into simple steps and exercise into fun, out choreographer/director Sherry Zunker uses her expert dance background to lead BeMoved Dance Fitness. The dance fitness experience geared for all ages and experience levels features 16 genres; offers its Series One DVD, Bollywood; and has classes taking place at 45 locations across the United States and Canada. Zunker, ...


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Alvin Ailey returns to Chicago March 8-17 - The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will return to Chicago with a March 8-17 stand at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. The program will include such pieces as the world premiere of Kyle Abraham's "Another Night" and the classic "Revelations." Tickets ($32-$92) are on sale now and available online at www.ticketmaster.com/auditorium; at 800-982-ARTS (2787); or ...







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