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International flair
by Vicki Crain

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Dance in Chicago goes global this summer with performances representing France, China, Japan, Africa, Argentina and Spain.

The Paris Opéra Ballet takes the Harris Theater stage with three performances of the classic ballet Giselle created for them in 1841, plus three repertory shows. A live simulcast of the Wed., June 27, Giselle performance will be shown in Millennium Park. 205 E. Randolph St., Wed.-Saturday, June 27-30 at 7:30 p.m. and June 30-July 1 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $55-$175; call 312-334-7777 or visit .

The Nanning Art Theatre makes its U.S. debut at the Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University with Legend of the Sun, presented by the China Performing Arts Agency in association with the Chicago Human Rhythm Project. 50 E. Congress Pkwy., Tuesday-Wed., June 12-13 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35-$55, call 800-982-2787 or visit

A shared concert with a local contemporary troupe and Taipei dance company WCdance continues The Seldoms' 10th-anniversary season. Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St., Thursday-Saturday, June 28-30, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 1, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15-$20; call 312-337-6543 or visit

A new work by New York-based choreographer Kota Yamazaki/Fluid hug-hug features American and Japanese-American dancers along with dancers from Senegal and Ethiopia. The Dance Center of Columbia College, 1306 S. Michigan Ave., Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 27-29. Times and ticket pricing were not available at press time. Tickets go on sale Monday, July 9; call 312-369-8330 or visit

Deeply Rooted Dance Theater 2 blends ballet, modern and African-American dance in its annual spring concert. The Dance Center at Columbia College, 1306 S. Michigan Ave., Saturday, June 2, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25; call 312-795-9777 or visit .

Chicago's own Muntu Dance Theatre celebrates 40 years of presenting African and African-American dance with two shows this summer. New Voices/New Vistas at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St., Saturday, July 21, at 7 p.m. For more information call 312-334-7777 or visit . Muntu also performs on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 8 p.m. at Governors State University, 1 University Pkwy., University Park. For more information, call 708-235-2222 or visit .

Five female African choreographers showcase their work in two programs of Voices of Strength. The Dance Center at Columbia College, 1306 S. Michigan Ave., Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 13-15. Tickets go on sale Monday, July 9. For more information, call 312-369-8330 or visit

Luna Negra Dance Theater presents Luna Nueva, an evening of two new works and a U.S. premiere featuring choreography by Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Monica Cervantes and Argentinian artist Diana Szeinblum. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave., Thursday-Sunday, June 7-10, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10-$28, call 312-397-4010 or visit

The Spanish Dance and Music Festival presented by Ensemble Español hits the stage with Flamenco Passion. North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, Friday-Saturday, June 22-23, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 24, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $26-$46; call 847-673-6300 or visit .

Dance on film

Three local women ( Kaitlin Fox, Atalee Judy and Nadia Oussenko ) were chosen to participate in the Chicago edition of the monthly film series Dances Made To Order. Available online Wed., May 30. Prices are $10 Chicago only, $50 for all cities. .


Flashback to the '80s with Chicago Tap Theatre's Totally Tap-ular! at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., Saturday, June 30, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22-$37; call 773-935-6875 or visit .

Chicago Human Rhythm Project presents Rhythm World 2012 Monday-Sunday, July 23-Aug. 5, at multiple venues. For more information on classes, workshops and performances visit .

Hometown faves

River North Dance Chicago hits the outdoor stage at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park for a one-night performance of World Class, Home Grown. Tuesday, June 5th at 6:30 p.m. This is a free event. For more information, visit .

Punk Yankees returns to the Chicago stage as Lucky Plush Productions revives this 2010 hit. This will be Friday-Saturday, June 8-9, at 8 p.m. at The Dance Center of Columbia College, 1306 S. Michigan Ave. Tickets are $25; call 312-369-8330 or visit

In the house

Mordine & Co. showcases works from past and present company members in Next 2012. Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N. Ravenswood Ave., Sunday, June 3, at 3 p.m. This event is free ( with a suggested donation of $15 ) . For more information, call 312-654-9540 or RSVP by email to .

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago presents its annual Inside/Out Choreographic Workshop performances at the University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ) Theater, 1044 W. Harrison St. with two shows Saturday, June 23, at 5 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $15-$35; call 312-850-9744 or visit .

New Dances 2012 celebrates the 12th year for this program that Thodos Dance Chicago is presenting. It will take place at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St., Friday-Saturday, July 27-28, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 29 at 5 p.m. Tickets are $28-$35; call 312-266-6255 or visit .

Lastly, the summer wouldn't be complete without these two annual dance celebrations:

Dance For Life, featuring some of Chicago's top dance companies, benefits the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and the Dancer's Fund. It will take place at the Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., Saturday, Aug. 18, at 8 p.m. A pre-performance gala will be held at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave. Tickets are $175-$500; call 312-922-5812 or visit .

The Chicago Dancing Festival expands again this year to six nights of free dance events ending with a Celebration of Dance at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Events are free, but tickets are required and will be available the week of July 16. For more information, visit .

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