Posts tagged "Dance"

5 Things You Need to Know About "An American in Paris"

5 Things You Need to Know About "An American in Paris"
My husband loves history and I love dance, so what better date night than going to see a musical that combines the two? “An American in Paris” is the Broadway hit based on the 1951 movie set in post-WWII Paris that follows the story of a handful of men (yes there’s an American or two... Read more »

The New Nutcracker: There is no Sugar Plum Fairy, and I'm OK with that

The New Nutcracker: There is no Sugar Plum Fairy, and I'm OK with that
I’ve been attending the Joffrey’s Nutcracker since I moved to Chicago in 2009. It’s always been special – the warm, gilded light of the Auditorium Theatre, the familiar Tchaikovsky score, Chicago’s finest ballerinas – they all came together to transcend you straight into a holiday wonderland. Yes, it’s always been transcending, but this year, for the... Read more »

Chicago teens fulfill Rahm's cultural vision

Chicago teens fulfill Rahm's cultural vision
At the 2012 Chicago Dancing Festival, Mayor Rahm Emanuel touted Chicago as becoming the “dance capital of the world.” In many ways that’s probably true, and Chicago’s next generation of dancers are making it happen. Earlier this month a group of Chicago teens had the chance to meet with choreographer Alonzo King and his dancers... Read more »
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Joffrey Ballet's Unique Voices was kind of scary. You should see it.

Joffrey Ballet's Unique Voices was kind of scary. You should see it.
The premise of this week’s Unique Voices mixed repertory program from the Joffrey Ballet highlights the individuals behind the choreography and their take on traditional ballet movements: James Kudelka, Alexander Ekman and Stanton Welch. But I thought the night had another theme: each piece portrayed (some expertly, some nearly so) the darkness in otherwise light... Read more »

Chicago dance publicist Eric Eatherly was a friend to us all

I mostly write about dance. My posts aren’t “news” and they don’t change the world. Typically, dance is not a sad subject to have to sit down and write about. In fact, usually I am bubbling over with excitement to share photos of The Nutcracker or to announce a call for choreographers. And so I... Read more »

Weekend Preview: Dance Theatre of Harlem

Weekend Preview: Dance Theatre of Harlem
After a 16-year hiatus from Chicago, the Dance Theatre of Harlem will return to the Auditorium Theatre this weekend, adding to an already stellar 125th anniversary season for the venue. Dance Theatre of Harlem shut down its touring company in 2004 due to financial troubles, but bounced back and reintroduced the touring company in 2013.... Read more »
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Free dance class at Baby Take a Bow

Free dance class at Baby Take a Bow
One of my favorite little dance studios in the city is offering a free children’s dance class for new students. Baby Take a Bow Owner Kristen Ramirez invites parents to bring their children to a free trial class at the studio’s Roscoe Village location to see if dance could be right for them. Children ages... Read more »

An All-American Celebration: Misty Copeland & Co.

An All-American Celebration: Misty Copeland & Co.
The Auditorium Theatre buzzed with excitement over the weekend, and not just in celebration of its 125th anniversary. As the American Ballet Theatre was set to take the stage in its All-American Celebration, all I heard around me were whispers of one dancer’s name: Misty Copeland. Before the lights dimmed, the three girls in front... Read more »

Want a sneak peak of The Joffrey Ballet's Swan Lake?

I LOVE this. In a press release to Everybody DanceNow: “For the first time, The Joffrey Ballet offers the public a rare glimpse into the rehearsal studio when it streams live, via its online YouTube channel, a rehearsal of Swan Lake.  Internationally renowned choreographer Christopher Wheeldon will coach the dancers on his re-imagined production, which... Read more »
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It's Shakespeare's birthday. Get 23% off Romeo & Juliet

It's Shakespeare's birthday. Get 23% off Romeo & Juliet
Apparently it’s William Shakespeare’s birthday today, April 23. If he were alive today, he would be 450 years old. Although I am a fellow April baby, I am not 450 years old. I do however share in Shakespeare’s love of tragedy and comedy. And lucky me, in honor of the famous playwright’s birthday, the Joffrey... Read more »