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Dance for Life Chicago Aug. 19, Chicago Dancers United changes leaders - Chicago Dancers United ( CDU )—which mobilizes Chicago's dance community by raising funds through dance—announced changes to its administrative and board leadership and the date for its 26th annual Dance for Life Chicago benefit performance at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Dance for Life will take place Saturday, Aug. 19. Prior to the performance, CDU hosts a gala celebration ...


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Queer Contra restarts April 29 - After a hiatus, Queer Contra will restart on Saturday, April 29. The dance is 7-9:30 p.m., with an introduction for beginners at 6:30-7 p.m. at Second Unitarian Church, 656 W. Barry Ave. To help pay for the band, caller and dance hall, attendees are requested to donate $10, payable at the door. No advance planning or experience is needed, and ...


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DANCIN' FEATS The Post-Butoh Festival: Transgression during Chicago Dance Month - by Joanna Furnans - Originating after World War II as an act of resistance to the Japanese government, Westernization, traditional gender and sexual norms, plus conventional dance techniques, butoh is a Japanese hybrid dance form known for its taboo and fraught depictions of humanity. Butoh performances have a reputation for extreme physical endurance and powerful imagery that is both grotesque and profoundly beautiful. Fast-forward ...


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Hubbard Street Dance Chicago announces 40th Anniversary Season programming - From a press release - CHICAGO — Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton are excited to announce the main company's 2017—18 season performances in Chicago celebrating the company's 40 year history. Tickets to the three engagements at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park located at 205 East Randolph Street, and a fourth performance at the Auditorium Theatre, located ...


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The Joffrey Ballet closes 2016-17 season with global visionaries - From a press release - April 11, 2017 ( Chicago, IL ) — For its annual spring engagement, The Joffrey Ballet presents Global Visionaries, a program of three contemporary works by internationally renowned artists including the World Premiere of Episode 47 by Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman, the Chicago Premiere ofThe Miraculous Mandarin by San Francisco Ballet Resident Choreographer Yuri Possokhov, created specifically for The Joffrey ...


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Isaiah Esquire talks about his role in new burlesque documentary - Isaiah Esquire, an award-winning international burlesque dancer, discusses the empowering nature of burlesque and the significance of the new documentary in which he appears. Windy City Times: You said in the film that burlesque celebrates the body in a way nothing else really does. How so? Isaiah Esquire: Besides the many different body types that are doing burlesque and being ...


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Kandyan dance events in March - Mandala Arts will present visiting Sri Lankan dance artist and scholar Sudesh Mantillake for a performance at the University of Chicago's Fulton Recital Hall, 5845 S. Ellis Ave., on Thursday, March 16, at 7 p.m. and Kandyan dance workshop at Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., on Saturday, March 18, at 9:30-11:30 a.m. Mantillake ...


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SPRING DANCE PREVIEW Spring into dance 2017 - This spring is a creatively fertile time for the Chicago dance scene. Discover many premiere pieces by local or visiting companies, or take in revivals of well-established works at the major theaters regularly hosting dance. —Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance continues its reputation for being a major house for modern dance by hosting world-renowned local dance companies ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Dancer Sean Aaron Carmon and his 'Winning' style - Broadway veteran and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancer Sean Aaron Carmon is looking forward to performing in the company's annual Chicago tour later this month at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Yet before Carmon takes the stage as a dancer, he is excited that he has an opportunity to share his work as a dancemaker with Chicago audiences ...


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The Joffrey Ballet announces 2017-18 season - From a press release - February 22, 2017 ( Chicago )— Ashley Wheater, Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet, proudly announces an impressive 2017-18 season including a world premiere by Joffrey Ballet Master Nicolas Blanc, the North American Premiere of Midsummer Night's Dream by acclaimed chorographer Alexander Ekman plus Chicago Premieres by George Balanchine, Lola de Avila and Jerome Robbins. The Joffrey Ballet kicks off ...


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Kodo ensemble performing Feb. 26 - The all-male taiko ensemble Kodo returns to Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave., as a Symphony Center Presents ( SCP ) Special Concert on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 3 p.m. Kodo's program, Dadan, exclusively uses taiko drums of all shapes and sizes, as well as other forms of percussion. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 800-223-7114 or 312-294-3000; online ...


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Hubbard Street Dance ED retiring - After 10 years at the helm of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago ( HSDC ), Jason D. Palmquist will retire as executive director at the end of the company's 39th season. Palmquist will continue his service to the arts community as an associate consultant for Management Consultants for the Arts, a 34-year-old firm with national scope specializing in executive search, planning ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Immersed in Merce at the MCA - Through April 30, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago ( MCA ) highlights the life and work of an iconic U.S. choreographer: Merce Cunningham ( 1919-2009 ). The "Common Time" exhibit is presented in partnership with Minnesota's Walker Art Center, which opened a simultaneous exhibit Feb 8. The sprawling displays span a combined 42,000 square feet and feature Cunningham in ...


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World premieres in Joffrey Academy's Winning Works free weekend - From a press release - CHICAGO — February 14, 2017 The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet in collaboration with Chicago Public Library present four world premieres in the seventh annual Winning Works program, the culmination of Joffrey's national call for ALAANA ( African, Latino( a ), Asian, Arab and Native American ) artists to submit applications for the Joffrey Academy's ...


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Alvin Ailey in town on March 22-26 - Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will bring four new programs to the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., for six shows on March 22-26. Led by Artistic Director Robert Battle, the company will present Chicago premieres of three new works: Deep, by Mauro Bigonzetti and set to the music of global music stars Ibeyi; r-Evolution, Dream., by longtime company member ...


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PERFORMANCE Bill T. Jones returns to enthrall Chicago audience - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A capacity audience packed into Chicago's DuSable Museum of African American History, which had partnered with the groundbreaking Art AIDS America exhibit Jan. 27 in order to bring a living legend back to Chicago. For one spectacular hour, dancer, choreographer, revolutionary artist, author and passionate HIV/AIDS activist Bill T. Jones took a breathless audience by the hand as he led ...


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Movement Matters: Talking with Jenn Freeman, a.k.a. Po'Chop - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - This is an excerpt from Movement Matters, an interview series from the arts publication Sixty Inches From Center by writer Michael Workman which investigates art at the intersection of dance, performance, politics, policy and issues related to the body as the locus of these and related socio-cultural dialogues on race, gender, and ability. This installment features Jenn Freeman, also known ...


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Bill T. Jones to speak at DuSable - Art AIDS America and the DuSable Museum of African American History are hosting dancer/activist/Tony-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones at the museum, 740 E. 56th Pl., on Friday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. Jones, who is a passionate HIV-positive artist, will offer a one-night-only presentation ( entitled "Return" ) touching on his decades-long relation to HIV/AIDS. This program is free and ...


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WINTER DANCE SPECIAL Winter dance is warming up - This year is shaping up to be mellower one for many local dance companies, many of which are still recovering from a prolific fall dance season filled with ambitious projects and world premieres—scaled back, perhaps, but no less exciting for all brands of dance fans. —The Harris Theater has a very full calendar this winter, of which the notable engagements ...


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Von Teese tour to kick off Feb. 1-3 - Burlesque icon Dita Von Teese is set to kick off her striptease spectacle, "The Art of the Teese," Feb. 1-3, 2017, at Chicago's House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St. In this all-new burlesque revue, Von Teese is performing some of her best-loved acts that have never been seen on tour before, including a fresh version of "Lazy" that she ...


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Movement Matters: An interview with Andy Karol - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - This is an excerpt from Movement Matters, an interview series from the arts publication Sixty Inches From Center, by writer Michael Workman; it investigates art at the intersection of dance, performance, politics, policy and issues related to the body as the locus of these and related socio-cultural dialogues on race, gender, and ability. This installment touches on the topics of ...


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Bill T. Jones at DuSable Museum of African American History Jan. 27 - From a press release - ( CHICAGO ) January 10, 2017 — Award-winning artist, choreographer, dancer, theater director and writer Bill T. Jones makes a rare Chicago appearance in a free presentation the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 East 56th Place ( 57th Street and South Cottage Grove Avenue ), Friday evening, January 27, at 7 p.m., in association with the Alphawood Foundation's ...


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Winter salsa event Jan. 13 - ALMA ( Association of Latino/a's Moving Action ) is hosting a winter salsa fundraiser Fri., Jan. 13, 7 p.m.-12 a.m., at Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 4046 W. Armitage Ave. At this event, ALMA is honoring CALOR with a "Community Service" award for serving the Latinx and LGBTQ community for more than 25 years, providing HIV education, prevention and support ...


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Joffrey in NYC March 29-April 2 - The Joyce Theater Foundation, Inc. will present the New York City return of The Joffrey Ballet, performing the New York premiere of its production of Krzysztof Pastor's Romeo & Juliet at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater on March 29-April 2. A special gala performance of mixed repertory will take place Thursday, March 30. This benefit for The Joyce Theater ...


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DANCE A top seven in dance in 2016 - It's been an interesting year for Chicago dance. Exciting, big-budget initiatives propelled our city into national and international dance dialog, while favorite local traditions are changing, shifting, evolving, and in some cases ending. Choosing a top seven, rather than "the" top seven, seemed appropriate in a year that was full of surprises, and from which the only clear winner was ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Reflecting on 2016 - The close of the calendar year is typically a time to reflect. So here's a look back on some notable Chicago-area theater news stories and trends of 2016. Hamilton in Chicago Lin-Manuel Miranda's wildly acclaimed hip-hop and pop musical Hamilton may have had a 2015 debut in New York, but the sold-out Broadway show made waves locally this year ...


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DANCE REVIEW Christopher Wheeldon's Nutcracker - Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon. At: Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. Tickets: 312-386-8905; Joffrey.org; $35-150. Runs through: Dec. 30 A decade in the making, the Auditorium Theatre was teeming with excitement as patrons filed in on Dec. 10 for the world-premiere performance of Christopher Wheeldon's Nutcracker, with the Tony Award-winning ballet star serving as choreographer. A smoky haze ...


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Nutcracker's design team creates Wheeldon's dream - The 1893 Columbian Exposition brought the best of the best to Chicago, to share the spirit of innovation and imagination with the world, all on an impossible timeline with an impossible budget. The buzz of anticipation and the expectations of what could or might happen were felt throughout the city and the county. This is perhaps something the Joffrey Ballet ...


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Joffrey announces recipients of annual Winning Works Choreographic Competition - From a press release - CHICAGO — December 5, 2016 — The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, announces the recipients of the seventh annual Winning Works Choreographic Competition: Shannon Alvis, Sean Carmon, Karen Gabayand Jimmy Orrante. This announcement follows a national call for ALAANA ( African, Latino( a ), Asian, Arab and Native American ) artists to submit applications, which ...


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NUNN ON ONE: PERFORMANCE Carlos Thomas 'Stomps' the yard - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In an eight-member troupe, Carlos Thomas plays on our team in the hit show Stomp. Conventional instruments are thrown out the window as hubcaps, wooden poles, and garbage cans are some of the common objects used to entertain. Originally created in 1991 by two blokes in the UK, Luke Cresswell and Steve McNichols premiered the show at the Edinburgh Fringe ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Production aims to '[Trans]form' dance community - Nothing Without a Company ( NWaC ) has been pushing the boundaries of live theater in Chicago since 2005, with a specific focus on creating artistic opportunities for LGBTQ voices and stories. Anna-Rose li-Epstein started NWaC with her wife, Hannah; together, the couple was voted one of Windy City Times' 30 under 30 in 2014. The group's latest project is ...


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Joffrey Ballet to present world premiere of Christopher Wheeldon's The Nutcracker - From a press release - CHICAGO — The Joffrey Ballet, led by Artistic Director Ashley Wheater and Executive Director Greg Cameron, proudly presents the highly anticipated world premiere production of The Nutcracker by Christopher Wheeldon, winner of the 2015 Tony Award® for Best Choreography for An American in Paris. The Nutcracker will be presented at the Joffrey's home venue, the historic Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt ...


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Chicago PD's Sophia Bush, Chicago Fire's Monica Raymund host Election Eve Bash - From a press release - Clandestina Chicago, a monthly pop-up for queer women, allies, and friends, along with celeb hosts, Chicago Fire's Monica Raymund and Chicago P.D's Sophia Bush will present Election Eve Bash, a pre-election dance party Monday, November 7 at 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Alport St., Chicago, IL 60608 Whether you voted early, or are waiting for election day, pump ...


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Election Eve bash dance to benefit Project Vote - Clandestina Chicago, Alma Izquierdo, Brooke Webster, Monica Raymund and Sophia Bush present an Election Eve Bash Dance for Democracy, Monday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m. to midnight at Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport Ave. Featuring DJ Samantha Ronson, Sophia Bush, Monica Raymund, The Fly Honeys, DJ Sandra Suave and $3 drink specials 7-8 p.m. General admission $25/$20 with voter registration card, ...


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Election Eve Bash, Dance for Democracy - Clandestina Chicago, Alma Izquierdo, Brooke Webster, Monica Raymund and Sophia Bush present an Election Eve Bash Dance for Democracy, Monday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m. to midnight at Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport, Chicago. Featuring DJ Samantha Ronson, Sophia Bush, Monica Raymund, The Fly Honeys, DJ Sandra Suave and $3 drink specials 7-8 p.m. General admission $25/$20 with voter registration card, ...


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Queer comic artist/dancer Rosalarian makes what women really want - Femme comic-book artist/burlesque dancer Megan Rose Gedris is as unique as the artistic name given to her as a child. "The name 'Rosalarian' is a nickname my dad gave me forever ago," she said. "He would always call me by my middle name, Rose, and he was messing around making nonsense out of it, and he started calling me Rosalarian. ...


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'Big Orange Ball' returns Oct. 22 - Howard Brown Health invites costume-clad Chicagoans back to its second annual spooktacular Halloween soiree, the "Big Orange Ball," which will take place at West Loop restaurant and event space Carnivale, 702 W. Fulton Market, on Saturday, Oct. 22, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Celebrity guest Bob The Drag Queen ( winner of RuPaul's Drag Race's eighth season ) will be joining the ...


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MOVIES Blond Ambition dancers strike a new pose - Strike a Pose—a new documentary featuring Madonna's Blond Ambition dancers—dares to tell the truth about the 1991 behind-the-scenes documentary, Truth or Dare, but this time the dancers take center stage. Strike a Pose profiles the seven dancers ( Luis Camacho, Oliver Crumes III, Salim "Slam" Gauwloos, Jose Gutierez, Kevin Stea, Gabriel Trupin, and Carlton Wilborn ) and—with the exception of Trupin, ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Wheeldon preparing to unveil new 'Nutcracker' - In a few months, Christopher Wheeldon will be sunning on the beach with husband Ross Rayburn for Christmas in Acapulco. Meanwhile, in what's likely to be a typically frigid Chicago winter, audiences will pack into the Auditorium Theatre for the highly anticipated premiere of his latest ballet: an original Nutcracker for the Joffrey Ballet. From now to then, there is ...


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Dance collaborations to be held Oct. 8 - The Chicago Dancemakers Forum and High Concept Labs have announced the first-ever, city-wide Artist-Presenter Collaborations for Dance symposium, to be held Saturday, Oct. 8, at HCL, 2233 S. Throop St. This day-long symposium is one of multiple public programs planned by CDF as part of the Regional Dance Development Initiative, a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts' ...


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Joffrey Ballet launches 2016-2017 season with multimedia Romeo & Juliet - From a press release - CHICAGO —The Joffrey Ballet launches its 2016-2017 season with the return of Polish National Ballet Director Krzysztof Pastor's popular Romeo & Juliet, which mesmerized audiences at its Chicago premiere in spring 2014. Romeo & Juliet is presented in 10 performances only at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 East Congress Parkway, October 13-23, 2016. A neo-ballet in three acts, ...


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Joffrey starts Eatherly memorial scholarship - The partner of the late dance publicist Eric Eatherly, Jay Leibovitz, has joined Eatherly's mother, Nancy Follis, to launch a new scholarship for pre-professional male dancers at the Joffrey Academy of Dance,. Eatherly—who was a publicist ( vice president with The Silverman Group ), writer ( including with Windy City Times ) and dancer—died in a car accident in his ...


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FALL DANCE SPECIAL Fall dance gives new life to old classics - Revisions, re-imaginations, reprises and revivals are on the bill for many of Chicago's dance companies this season, with a smattering of works that are altogether new. While there's plenty to see from homegrown artists, a number of exciting tours are coming to town this fall, some for the first time. —The Joffrey Ballet's highly anticipated world premiere of Christopher Wheeldon's ...


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Eric B. Eatherly Memorial Scholarship established at Joffrey Ballet - From a press release - September 12, 2016 — A true Southern gentleman, Eric B. Eatherly contributed to Chicago's dance image003.jpgcommunity extensively, passionately and always with great generosity after making the city his home upon graduating from Northwestern University in 2001. He soon graced many stages here, dancing professionally with Hedwig Dances and Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre, and also appearing as a guest ...


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Dance for Life celebrates record-breaking silver anniversary - The 25th anniversary of Dance for Life ( DFL ), Chicago's annual dance fundraiser raising money and awareness for HIV/AIDS, kicked off with a star-studded gala at the Hilton Grand Ballroom on Michigan Avenue. Guests were treated to stiff cocktails and a gourmet grilled-cheese bar in addition to hugs and laughter as dancers, administrators and philanthropists from DFL's history came ...


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DANCE REVIEW: THRUST! - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Choreographers: Tristan Bruns, Kate O'Hanlon, Ian Berg and others. At: Tapman Productions at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-327-5252 or TapmanProductions.com; $20. Runs through: Aug. 28 Tapman Productions' modern and tap dance revue THRUST! is named for, and clearly inspired by its venue: The Thrust space of Stage 773. If the house isn't packed after intermission, audiences are ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Dance for Life marks 25 years, plans for future - Twenty-five years ago, dancers Keith Elliott and Todd Keich put on a sold-out dance concert raising money to do something about the AIDS epidemic, which, in 1992, was heavily impacting Chicago's dance community. The formula was simple and effective: Put great dance onstage, and donate the revenue to HIV/AIDS research and advocacy organizations. Since its humble beginnings, Dance for Life ...


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Trikone Chicago presents Jai Ho: Summer Sutra, Queer Bollywood Dance Party - From a press release - CHICAGO—Trikone Chicago is hosting its bi-monthly Bollywood dance party on Friday, Aug. 19, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Big Chicks Bar, 5024 North Sheridan Rd. This event, which features South Asian dance music and performances, is open to all; attendees are encouraged to invite friends and family. The venue will have all-gender restrooms and nametags for pronouns. A ...


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Chicago Dancing Festival to debut at Navy Pier - From a press release - CHICAGO ( July 14, 2016 ) — The Chicago Dancing Festival, the nation's largest dance festival, proudly announces repertoire for its 10th annual series with George Balanchine's Concerto Barocco ( performed by Pennsylvania Ballet in its Chicago Dancing Festival debut ), Alexander Ekman's Episode 31( The Joffrey Ballet, originally commissioned in 2013 ), Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain ( The ...


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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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