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Dance for Life marks 25 years on Aug. 20 - Chicago Dancers United will present the 25th anniversary of Dance for Life, welcoming Chicago dance companies onto the Auditorium Theatre's stage Saturday, Aug. 20. The celebratory evening, hosted by The Second City's Carisa Barreca and Tim Mason, will also honor longtime supporters of Dance for Life Fred Eychaner and Alphawood Foundation, Barbara Kipper and Scott Silberstein and Matt Hoffman with ...


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Chicago Tap Th. celebrates music of the band Queen - From a press release - CHICAGO — Chicago Tap Theatre ( CTT ) honors the music of legendary rock band Queen with the one night only performance of We Will Tap You! A Tap Dance Celebration to the Music of Queen, conceived by Artistic Director Mark Yonally and Music Director Kurt Schweitz, choreography by Yonally with guest choreographers Rich Ashworth, Kirsten Uttich and Jeremy Plummer ...


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Upcoming: Jerusalem troupe, About Face Theatre celebrates 20 - Jerusalem troupe in Chicago June 18 A Wider Bridge—the LGBTQ advocacy group that aims to connections between the Israeli and North American LGBTQ communities—announced the U.S. tour of c.a.t.a.m.o.n., a Jerusalem dance group. Arthur Slepian, executive director of Wider Bridge, said in a statement, "Through arts and culture that challenge the boundaries of religion, race, gender, and sexuality, these young ...


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MCA Stage 2016-2017 season announced - From a press release - The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago announces the 2016-17 MCA Stage season, presenting multidisciplinary theater, dance, and music by some of the most thought-provoking artists working in Chicago and around the world. Led by Yolanda Cesta Cursach, interim director of performance programs, MCA Stage performances take place September 2016 to May 2017 and offer exciting and rare opportunities to see ...


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Dance for Life marks 25 years with Aug. 20 show - CHICAGO — Chicago Dancers United presents the momentous 25th Anniversary of Dance for Life, welcoming the most renowned-Chicago dance companies onto the Auditorium Theatre's historic stage Saturday, August 20, 2016. Since its inception in 1991, Dance for Life has been committed to raising funds for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago as well as other organizations dedicated to serious health issues ...


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DANCIN' FEATS: Chicago Tap Theatre marks Pride with glam-rock spectacular - In 2010, Chicago Tap Theatre ( CTT ) mounted its spring season closer at the 984-seat Athenaeum Theatre for the second time, surprising audiences with a 20-minute Queen extravaganza complete with chorus and marching band. The "Tap Out Loud" closing number was meant as a small tribute for artistic director Mark Yonally's late brother, who loved operatic rock and infused ...


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Joffrey receives $200K grant - The Joffrey Ballet, led by Artistic Director Ashley Wheater and Executive Director Greg Cameron, announced that the Joffrey Academy of Dance has been awarded a $200,000 challenge grant from the Reva & David Logan Foundation. The grant is meant to expressly to support a new initiative aimed at annually funding more than $400,000 in scholarships for talented and motived youth ...


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SUMMER DANCE SPECIAL Festivals are in the summer forecast - During summers in Chicago, festivals are king. Dance is no exception; several multi-performance series in venues all over the city—many of which are free—offer great opportunities for dance newbies to become familiar with all this city has to offer. For those ready to sink their teeth into the scene, a number of fantastically fun performances from Chicago's mainstay dance companies ...


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Northalsted Business Alliance, Legacy Project present Pride Prom - On May 21, The Northalsted Business Alliance ( NBA ), in collaboration with The Legacy Project, presented "Pride Prom: A Chance to Rewrite History." The event—which kicked off the start of future collaborations between the two organizations—took place under a massive tent on Halsted and Newport streets, and featured live music by The Lakeside Pride Strayhorn Jazz Combo and DJ ...


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11th annual Queer Prom takes place in Pilsen - The Queer Prom ( which took place at the National Museum of Mexican Art on May 20 ) was created 11 years ago to allow LGBTQ young people & allies to celebrate fearlessly & unapologetically who they are. Unlike CPS-sponsored proms, this event provides information booths containing everything from safer sex information and kits to youth housing. The booths were ...


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Joffrey Ballet receives $200 challenge grant - From a press release - May 16, 2016 — The Joffrey Ballet, led by Artistic Director Ashley Wheater and Executive Director Greg Cameron, announced today that the Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet has been awarded a $200,000 challenge grant from the Reva & David Logan Foundation expressly to support a new initiative aimed at annually funding more than $400,000 in ...


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GoFundMe account set up for Chaves - A GoFundMe account has been set up for Frank Chaves, the famed dancer, choreographer and former artistic director of River North Dance Chicago. Chaves suffers from syringomyelia, a degenerative spinal-cord condition that has no cure. While surgery has shown some signs of success in his upper body, his legs have declined even further and he will now need in-home health ...


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Street named after local dance legend Joel Hall - On May 6, history was made when Joel Hall Way was unveiled at a joyful ceremony at the intersection of Clark Street and Thorndale Avenue. Choreographer, educator, public figure and icon Hall, an openly gay, African-American man, had a street named after him. The first openly gay African-American man to have a street named for him was DJ Frankie Knuckles, ...


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Chicago Rhythm Fest at Auditorium Theatre - From a press release - The Auditorium Theatre presents Chicago Rhythm Fest, the culminating performance of Chicago Human Rhythm Project's two-month, citywide festival STOMPING GROUNDS, on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 7:30PM. STOMPING GROUNDS is a showcase of events, mini-concerts, lecture-demonstrations, and master classes celebrating the diversity of the percussive arts, highlighting some of the city's premier dance groups. Tickets to Chicago Rhythm Fest start ...


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Harris Theater Presents Music & Dance 2016-17 Season - From a press release - CHICAGO — The Harris Theater for Music and Dance is pleased to announce its thirteenth season of Harris Theater Presents performances spanning the farthest reaches of artistry, both from the United States, and globally. Bringing two Chicago Debuts for international companies, and presenting seven Chicago Premieres of new works, two Harris Theater commissions for Chicago-based dance companies, two World Premieres, ...


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Harris appoints 1st choreographer in residence - The Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St., has appointed choreographer Brian Brooks its first-ever choreographer in residence. This residency provides $600,000 over three years that will fund choreographer compensation, commissioning and production support. The new residency will provide encouragement and allow choreographers to focus on creating one to three new works each season. The first three ...


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Joffrey Ballet closes 60th season with Ashton's Cinderella - From a press release - The Joffrey Ballet celebrates the culmination of its 60th Anniversary Season with the return of Sir Frederick Ashton's dazzling three-act ballet, Cinderella, which the Company last performed here in 2010. Set to Sergei Prokofiev's classic score performed live by the Chicago Philharmonic, this enchanting fantasy is full of splendor, humor and magic, and is widely considered one of Ashton's greatest ...


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Joffrey announces 'Nutcracker' team' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Joffrey Ballet, led by Artistic Director Ashley Wheater and Executive Director Greg Cameron, announced the artistic team for the world-premiere production of The Nutcracker by Christopher Wheeldon, winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Choreography for the Broadway hit An American in Paris. Among the members of the team are Tony-nominated set and costume designer Julian Crouch, author ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Festival plants roots in Chicago's neighborhoods - The saying "go big or go home" is an internal negotiation Lane Alexander rarely makes. The co-founder and artistic director of the Chicago Human Rhythm Project ( CHRP ) always dreams big and, for the last 25 years, has been the brain and much of the brawn behind the internationally recognized tap-dance organization. CHRP is much more than a tap ...


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Wonka Ball, Chicago Dance Month, Gay Play Weekend, 'Charm', BoHo has new ED - Chicago Dance Month in April The fourth annual Chicago Dance Month, April 1-May 1, coinciding with National Dance Week ( April 22-May 1 ). Chicago Dance Month features a wide variety of performances, classes, educational opportunities, open rehearsals and more, many for free or offered at a special "Hot Deal" discount rate of 20-50-percent off regular ticket prices. To kick ...


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Upcoming: Human First, 'Flash' at Dance Center, Big Noise's 'Cabaret' - 'Human First' at The Geraghty on April 2 Center on Halsted will hold its annual Human First gala on Saturday, April 2, at The Geraghty, 2520 S. Hoyne St. The black-tie-optional event will have cocktails and a reception at 5:30 p.m., with awards, dinner and dancing at 7:30 p.m. This year, the Center will be presenting Human First Awards to ...


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SPRING THEATER SPECIAL Chicago Dance Month and more - April is "Chicago Dance Month," founded as a response to the abundance of dance performances happening here each spring. With big touring groups rolling through town, and local companies finishing up their 2015-16 seasons, there are a plethora of options throughout Chicago Dance Month and beyond. Especially prominent this spring are a number of tap and percussive dance performances. Here ...


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Upcoming: CHM's 'Standing Up'; International Women's Day Dance - Out at CHM's 'Standing Up' March 10 Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., will host the next program in its Out at CHM series, " Standing Up: From Punch Line to Spotlight," on Thursday, March 10, at 6:30 p.m. ( In addition, a reception with refreshments and appetizers will start at 5:30 p.m. ) While views have progressed, LGBTQ ...


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Upcoming: Ravinia's summer; Alvin Ailey - Bob Dylan ( performing with Mavis Staples ), Diana Ross, Tony Bennett, Paul Simon, Bryan Ferry, Seal, Patti LaBelle, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, the Alice Cooper/Joe Perry/Johnny Depp supergroup Hollywood Vampires, and Duran Duran and Chic ( led by Nile Rodgers ) are among the acts slated to perform at Ravinia this summer. Below are a few dates ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Secret stories fuel Joe Goode's 'Hush' - First developed in 2013, "Hush" is an evening-length dance theater work by Joe Goode, on tour this week at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago. Goode, a writer and choreographer, has long been interested in multiple mediums, and Hush uses text, requiring his dancers to vocalize and physicalize his narrative in equal proportions. Inspiration and source material for the ...


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Upcoming: Oscars at Siskel, Center on Halsted; Dance for Life; Women's Day; more - Women's Day Dance March 12 The LBTQ Giving Council of Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) is hosting the 2nd Annual International Women's Day Dance on Saturday, March 12, 7 p.m.-12 a.m. at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture. Reviving this Chicago tradition last year, the LBTQ Giving Council successfully brought together folks from across the city to ...


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Upcoming: Women's Day Dance; Second City bowlers; Poundstone; Hvorostovsky - CFW holding Internat'l Women's Day Dance March 12 The LBTQ Giving Council of Chicago Foundation for Women ( CFW ) is hosting the 2nd Annual International Women's Day Dance on Saturday, March 12, 7 p.m.-12 a.m. at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture. Reviving this Chicago tradition last year, the LBTQ Giving Council successfully brought together ...


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Chicago Foundation for Women's Internat'l Women's Day Dance March 12 - The LBTQ Giving Council of Chicago Foundation for Women ( CFW ) is hosting the 2nd Annual International Women's Day Dance on Saturday, March 12, 2016, 7 p.m.-12 a.m. at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture. Reviving this Chicago tradition last year, the LBTQ Giving Council successfully brought together folks from across the city to celebrate queer ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Milwaukee Ballet starts conversations with 'Dorian Gray' - The full-length story ballet is back in style, thanks to a number of in vogue, internationally renowned choreographers like Christopher Wheeldon, Stanton Welch, John Neumeier and Alexei Ratmansky creating new narratives or reimagining classical favorites. Add Michael Pink to this list, who, for decades has created original and reimagined ballets while steering the helm at Milwaukee Ballet since 2002. His ...


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Upcoming: 'Beauty in Exile' Feb. 9; Joffrey's 'Bold Moves' - 'Beauty in Exile' event Feb. 9 The lecture/discussion event "Beauty in Exile," featuring artist Riva Lehrer, will take place Tuesday, Feb. 9, at Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria St., 2-4 p.m. This talk is, in part, a memoir of sexual identity and, in part, an examination of the societal wall that excludes the disabled. This series is free and open ...


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'Clandestina' offers difference -- and a cause - In 2015, three powerful and transformative Chicago women from entirely different but successful backgrounds found each other and decided to do something about the dearth of safe spaces for lesbian and queer women in the city. Monica Raymund is an accomplished, award-winning actress who has shared her craft with students at The Broadway Theatre Project and Heifetz International Music Institute. ...


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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at Auditorium Theatre in March - From a press release - CHICAGO — The Auditorium Theatre's annual Chicago presentation of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will bring a wide array of premieres, new productions, and classics to life on its landmark stage Tuesday, March 8 through Sunday, March 13. Beloved as one of the world's most popular dance companies, Alvin Ailey's pioneering legacy of uplifting, uniting, and celebrating the human spirit ...


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Monica Raymund of Chicago Fire presents Clandestina Queer Women's Dance - From a press release - Chicago, IL - January 20, 2015 - Monica Raymund's newest project isn't one that's on screen or stage. The Chicago Fire star has lived and worked in Chicago now for 4 years and took this chance to contribute to the community. She joined forces with New York transplant Brooke Webster, who famously owned and operated Meow Mix in the East ...


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WINTER DANCE PREVIEW Conversation and experimentation - Ramping up for the big tours to roll through town in the spring, a number of exciting projects are coming to fruition. Hometown storefront choreographers are encouraging audiences to engage in thought-provoking dialogue about the choreographic process in January, while the usual suspects present promising line-ups in February and March. —Zephyr Dance presents the aMID Festival Jan. 21-31, a two-weekend ...


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Joffrey Ballet to present winter program of 'Bold Moves' - From a press release - CHICAGO — For its annual winter engagement, The Joffrey Ballet presents "Bold Moves," a program of three contemporary ballets including a World Premiere by British choreographer Ashley Page, along with the return of two popular works from the Joffrey repertoire — Yuri Possokhov'sRAkU and Jiri Kylian's Forgotten Land plus live orchestral accompaniment from the Chicago Philharmonic, led by Joffrey Music ...


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Mirza protests Trump, lesbian actress makes statement - Lesbian actress Fawzia Mirza recently made a statement in front of the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago. In response to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's comments about Muslims, Mirza posted, " Hey @realdonaldtrump WE ARE ALL MUSLIM #WeAreAllMuslim #MichaelMoore #wetrumpdonaldtrump #nohatespeech #chicago." ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Mid-career artists confront aging in aMID - "Art, for me, is something that completely drives my life," said Michelle Kranicke in a phone interview with Windy City Times. "I'm most comfortable and happy when I'm in it." Kranicke has spent more than 20 years at the helm of Zephyr Dance, and will perform in and present the aMID Festival Jan 21-31 at Links Hall. Each bringing decades ...


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TELEVISION Meet the 'Elites': Kentrell Collins and Jerel Maddox - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Mobile, Alabama-based gay and gender non-conforming team The Prancing Elites ( Kareem Davis, Jerel Maddox, Kentrell Collins, Tim Smith, and Adrian Clemon ) made quite the impression when it debuted on Oxygen, thanks to a mix of, among other things, down-home wisdom, a fighting spirit—and, of course, dance skills. The Prancing Elites Project is returning to the network this ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Still dancing with Georgia Engel - Five-time Emmy Award nominee Georgia Engel is spending some time in the Windy City—and we are privileged to have her. Discovered for television after a Broadway career, she played Georgette Franklin Baxter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show for five years. Later, she received critical praise and consecutive Emmy nominations on Everybody Loves Raymond and had a recurring role on ...


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Final Joffrey 'Nutcracker' through Dec. 27 - The Joffrey Ballet celebrates the 28th annual, and final, presentation of Robert Joffrey's The Nutcracker in a 24-performance engagement at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., through Dec. 27. The Chicago Philharmonic, led by Joffrey Music Director Scott Speck, provides live accompaniment of the classic Tchaikovsky score for every performance. The full Joffrey company is also ...


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YEAR IN REVIEW An unforgettable year for local dance - Each year, looking back over the dance calendar in Chicago, I'm reminded of the wealth of wonderful performances; this year was certainly no exception. Many year-in-review columns highlight the big tours that roll through town, and we had amazing appearances by the Royal Ballet, Jessica Lang Dance, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Steven Petronio Company. What made 2015 really ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Robert Joffrey's 'Nutcracker' takes final bow - December means Nutcracker in the dance world, and the Chicago area has dozens of choices. The famous story of Clara and a nutcracker doll who turns into a magical prince is based on E.T.A. Hoffmann's tale. The story was originally choreographed as a ballet by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov in 1892, set to the lush 90-minute score by Pyotr ...


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'So You Think' dancer on the show and being out - Ballet dancer Jim Nowakowski reached the top six and was the top-three stage dancer on this past season of So You Think You Can Dance. Now in its 12th season, the Emmy-winning competition show recently launched a tour and Nowakowski has hit the road as part of the top 10 finalists. Windy City Times talked with Nowakowski about his dance ...


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DANCIN' FEATS The 'Flow Show' comes to Chicago - Michael LaHood first came across fire dancing in 2001 while living in San Francisco. "A friend and I sought out training opportunities and found a deeply welcoming and open community that was excited to share its knowledge," he said in an interview with Windy City Times. "I became involved in the community not only as a performer, but as a ...


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Joffrey names recipients of Winning Works Choreographic Competition - \The Joffrey Academy of Dance, official school of The Joffrey Ballet, announced the recipients of the sixth annual Winning Works Choreographic Competition: Jeffrey Cirio, Christian Denice and Mariana Oliveira. The choreographers' world-premiere works will be showcased on the international members of the Joffrey Academy Trainee Program and Joffrey Studio Company in "Winning Works 2016" presented in association with the Museum ...


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Upcoming: Buck Angel; Mitchell/Wachowski; Maserati; Barlesque; Twyla Tharp - TPAN presenting 'Barlesque 8' The Chicago agency Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) has announced the latest edition of its annual online fundraiser with "Barlesque 8: Bedtime Stories." On Nov. 5-22, 16 bartender contestants will raise funds in person and online at Barlesque.org. As money is raised, photos of contestants advance from the contestants being fully dressed to wearing ...


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Riverdance 20th Anniversary World Tour here April 5-10 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( Oct. 20, 2015 ) — Broadway In Chicago and Moya Doherty are proud to announce the international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand with Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour, which is celebrating an extraordinary milestone for an incredible show. Riverdance — The 20th Anniversary World Tour will play Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre ( 151 ...


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DANCIN' FEATS 'Signifier' is full of firsts - About a year after arriving in Chicago, choreographer Joanna Furnans is trying a whole bunch of things for the first time. Furnans' first attempt at creating an evening-length concert includes new collaborations, new sources of funding, and new initiatives. Signifier, premiering Oct. 23 at Links Hall, includes dancing by Furnans, Hope Goldman and Julie Boruff, with lighting by Christine Shallenberg, ...


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Upcoming: Dance judge to host event; 50 States; fusion dance concert; Katrina play - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Moncler event to support Dizzy Feet On Thursday, Oct. 8, 6-9 p.m., Joffrey Ballet dancer/So You Think You Can Dance judge Fabrice Calmels will host a shopping event at Moncler, 33 E. Oak St., to benefit the Dizzy Feet Foundation. The Dizzy Feet foundation is a 501( c )( 3 ) charitable organization founded in 2009 by producer Nigel Lythgoe ...


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Dancing for Life - Windy City Times 30th anniversary issue - All of the creative arts were devastated by AIDS, with a generation of stars struck down in their prime—never to write another opera or play, sing on another stage, play another piano or organ or paint another masterpiece. The dance world was particularly hard-hit, with many gay male choreographers and dancers lost to the disease. In Chicago, one of the ...


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'Gotta Dance' swings in early at Playhouse - Before rehearsals even began for the brand-new musical Gotta Dance, many cast members arrived at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place on Sept. 15 for a sneak peek. Broadway In Chicago's subscribers were eager to buy early tickets for the performances that don't begin until Dec. 13 after seeing this special preview. Director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell seems to ...


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FALL DANCE PREVIEW Celebrations, milestones, and a few farewells - The fall dance season is ramping up, and as sweater weather approaches a number of significant milestones are in tow: —The Joffrey Ballet's second program of its 60th-anniversary season features the U.S. premiere of Sylvia, a seldom-performed 1876 story ballet set to music by Leo Delibes. In keeping with a more recent trend of reimagining classic, full-length ballets, Joffrey will ...


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NUNN ON ONE: Michel Laprise of 'Cirque' comes out of the cabinet - Michel Laprise, the talented director and writer of the new Cirque du Soleil show, brings something new to Chicago this summer. Kurios-Cabinet of Curiosities has started swinging. Laprise created his own company, Theatre Pluriel, right out of school before becoming a talent scout for Cirque. In 2006, he was the special events designer for the troupe. He became involved in ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Up-and-comers the focus of Joffrey opener - The Joffrey Ballet kicks off its 60th-anniversary season this week with a brand-new program featuring young choreographers. Also a corps de ballet dancer at the San Francisco Ballet ( SFB ), Myles Thatcher, 25, is making a name for himself as a choreographer with an already impressive resume. In addition to his Joffrey debut Sept. 16 with a world premiere ...


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Hubbard gets $500K grant - The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation ( DDCF ) announced Hubbard Street Dance Chicago was among the dance companies and presenters receiving 18 grants ranging from $25,000 to $1 million, through its Leadership Grants Program for Dance. This program supports the self-defined, long-term goals of organizations that have demonstrated excellence in and sustained commitment to the field of dance. Hubbard Street ...


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Chances Dances marks 10 years - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Sept. 2, The Chances Dances Collective kicked off its 10th-anniversary celebration with the gallery opening of "In a Plain Brown Wrapper" at the Gray Center for the Arts, 929 E. 60th St. As the official starting point for what is planned as a multi-venue retrospective featuring 75 Chances Dances community members, organizers and allies, the anniversary event, titled "Platforms; ...


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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 ...


THEATER-REVIEWS-On-Your-Feet

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 ...


THEATER-Gloria-and-Emilio-Estefan-land-on-their-feet

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 ...


SUMMER-DANCE-SPECIAL-Summer-is-for-lovers-of-dance

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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