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Dance, dance, dance
SPRING DANCE PREVIEW
by Vicki Crain
2012-03-21

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There is a ton of dance happening this spring, so let's get to it. Here are some of the performances—in order of appearance.

March goes out like a lion with four major shows this weekend.

American Ballet Theatre comes to town for five performances of Giselle at the Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. Live accompaniment is by the Chicago Sinfonietta; Thursday-Friday, March 22-23 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 24 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday, March 25 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $32-$137; call 800-982-2787 or visit www.ticketmaster.com/auditorium.

New York company Ballet Hispanico hits Chicago for three shows at The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, 1306 S. Michigan Ave., Thursday-Saturday, March 22-24, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $26-$30; call 312.369.8330 or visit www.colum.edu/dancecenter.

Three local female choreographers—Winifred Haun, Jessica Miller Tomlinson and Jacqueline Stewart—band together for Triptych: 3 Dance Voices at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St. Friday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m., March 23-24. Tickets ( $30 ) are available online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/190747.

Carmen.maquia is a one-night-only event presented by Luna Negra Dance Theater Saturday, March 24, at 8 p.m. at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St. Tickets are $25-$65; call 312-334-7777 or visit www.harristheaterchicago.org .

April showers audiences with a variety of styles to choose from.

The Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University welcomes back Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Wed.-Friday, April 11-13, at 7:30 p.m.,; Saturday, April 14, at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, April 15 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $30-$90; call 800-982-2787 or visit www.ticketmaster.com/auditorium.

The Wrecking Project, work from nine modern female choreographers from around the country, performs three separate trio programs at Links Hall ( 3435 N. Sheffield Ave., #207 ) Thursday—Saturday, April 12-14, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10-$15; call 773-281-0824 or visit www.linkshall.org .

Vanishing Points, the spring production of Chicago's Hedwig Dances, will be presented over two weekends at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Friday-Saturday, April 13-14, at 8 p.m.; Sunday, April 15 at 3 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, April 20-21, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, April 22 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25; call 773-327-5252. For more information, visit www.hedwigdances.com .

Indian dance company Natya Dance Theatre and modern staple Mordine & Co. present a collaboration with live jazz accompaniment Saturday, April 14, at 8 p.m. at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Tickets are $30-$38; call 847-673-6300 or visit www.northshorecenter.org .

Joffrey Ballet closes this season with 10 performances of Spring Desire featuring a world premiere plus two staples from the repertory at the Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. Wed., April 25, through Sunday, May 6. Performance times vary. For more information, visit www.joffrey.com . Tickets are $25-$149; call 800-982-2787 or visit www.ticketmaster.com .

Punk ballerina Karole Armitage brings her troupe, Armitage Gone! Dance, to the MCA Stage ( 220 E. Chicago Ave. ) for three shows Thursday-Saturday, April 26-28, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10-$35; call 312-397-4010 or visit www.mcachicago.org/performances.

BONEdanse revisits this year's This is a Damage Manual at a new venue. DAMAGE REdux takes the stage at the Viaduct Theater at 3111 N. Western Ave. Friday-Saturday, April 27-28, at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door. For more information, see www.bonedanse.com .

On Saturday, April 28, local jazz company Inaside Chicago Dance takes the Athenaeum Theatre stage ( 2936 N. Southport Ave. ) at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20-$30; call 773-935-6860 or visit www.athenaeumtheatre.com .

May blossoms with smaller local companies taking the spotlight alongside old favorites.

Kalapriya Foundation, Center for Indian Performing Arts performs at the Ruth Page Center for Dance at 1016 N. Dearborn St. Finding Home will be presented in the Larry Long Studio, Friday-Saturday, May 4-5, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15-$20; call 773-363-9303 or visit www.brownpapertickets.com .

Ballet Chicago will perform three works from famous ballet choreographer George Balachine Saturday, May 5, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 6, at 3 p.m. at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St. Tickets start at $25; call 312-334-7777 or visit www.harristheaterchicago.org/events.

Head south to the DuSable Museum, 740 E. 56th Pl., and get your tap on. Chicago Human Rhythm Project celebrates National Tap Dance Day Thursday, May 10, at 10:30 a.m. and Friday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15-$25; call 773-281-1825 or visit www.chicagotap.org .

Elements Contemporary Ballet celebrates its five-year anniversary with a program of three world premieres, a company premiere and an encore work Saturday, May 12, at 8 p.m. at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets are $25-$30; call 773-935-6860 or visit www.athenaeumtheatre.com .

DanceWorks Chicago and African dance company Muntu Dance Theatre take the stage together at the Northshore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie at 9501 Skokie Blvd. Friday, May 11, at 12 p.m. ( $5 ) ; or Saturday, May 12, at 2:30 p.m. ( $10 ) and 8 p.m. ( $30-$38 ) ; call 847-673-6300 or visit www.northshorecenter.org .

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago performs a company premiere and two audience favorites at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St. Performances rare Thursday, May 31-Sunday, June 3. Show times vary. Tickets are $25-$94; call 312-850-9744 or the Harris Theater box office at 312-334-7777. For more information, visit www.hubbardstreetdance.com .

June breezes us into summer with a first-ever tour of a world-famous ballet company.

Luna Negra Dance Theater will present three new choreographic works at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave. Luna Nueva runs Thursday-Sunday, June 7-10, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10-$28; call 312-397-4010 or visit www.mcachicago.org/performances.

The Paris Opera Ballet comes to Chicago for the first time to perform Giselle and a repertory program at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St. Wed., June 27-Saturday, June 30, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 30; and Sunday, July 1, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $55-$125; call 312-334-7777 or visit www.harristheater.org .


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