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Thursday, January 26, 2023

Aszure Barton will be Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s next resident choreographer by Lauren Warnecke

Aszure Barton’s appointment follows a long vacancy after resident choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo’s departure in 2018.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Dance for winter 2023: Rarely seen tours and some big swings from Chicago companies by Lauren Warnecke

Highlights include shows by Step Afrika!, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo and Hamburg Ballet’s “The Glass Menagerie.”

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Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Chicagoan of the Year for Dance: Michael McStraw is leading Giordano Dance Chicago to a strong future by Lauren Warnecke

The results of his efforts are not simply an organization spared by the pandemic, but one that emerged stronger than ever, revitalized and ready for the next 60 years.

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Thursday, December 8, 2022

Best dance of 2022: Local companies bounce back from pandemic while big tours finally land in Chicago by Lauren Warnecke

Highlights include Pina Bausch’s “Rite of Spring” and Germaine Acogny and Malou Airaudo in “common ground[s]."

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Sunday, December 4, 2022

Review: ‘The Nutcracker’ by the Joffrey Ballet delivers its annual dose of magic by Lauren Warnecke

“The Nutcracker” is so much more than a series of steps. It’s about the dancing, sure. It’s also children dressed in their holiday finest seeing ballet for the first time.

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Thursday, November 17, 2022

40 holiday concerts and shows for 2022: From ‘Cirque Dreams’ to ‘Nutcracker’ and ‘Messiah,’ we have the best performances to celebrate the by Lauren Warnecke

If your seasonal favorites run to classics like “A Christmas Carol” and “Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins” or something more like 93XRT’S Holiday Jam, we've got your list.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Mozart, dancing frogs and a message of inclusion in rare Joffrey Ballet/CSO collaboration by Lauren Warnecke

Choreographers Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Cathy Marston headline this Joffrey Ballet and Chicago Symphony Orchestra collaboration.

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Friday, October 28, 2022

Review: ‘Rite of Spring’ and ‘common ground[s]’ unearth beauty and tragedy, danced at the Harris on a stage of dirt by Lauren Warnecke

In a way, the evening is about cultural exchange, as dancers from 14 African nations perform a German choreographer’s dance about a Russian pagan ritual.

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Monday, October 17, 2022

From the brink of closure, Giordano Dance Chicago roars back for 60th season celebration at the Harris by Lauren Warnecke

This longtime Chicago company's fall program is specifically curated to highlight works from the past two decades.

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Thursday, October 13, 2022

Review: Joffrey Ballet’s fall opener ‘Beyond Borders’ has bold moves and an Arpino tribute by Lauren Warnecke

The theme is not about physical borders. Rather, the creative voices here are thought to be boundary-breakers.

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Friday, September 30, 2022

Review: Hubbard Street Dance opens the fall with new faces, fresh versatility and ‘Refraction’ by Lauren Warnecke

If you’re a Hubbard Street fan you’ll notice more new faces than familiar ones — just five of the 15 dancers on the roster have more than a season under their belt.

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Thursday, September 8, 2022

Dance for fall 2022: Ballet, out-of-town visitors and a milestone season for Seldoms, Hubbard Street and Giordano Dance by Lauren Warnecke

Kyiv City Ballet from Ukraine is coming to the Auditorium this fall, the Joffrey plans some stunning revivals and Giordano celebrates a big 60 years in Chicago.

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Monday, August 22, 2022

‘Reclamation: Spirit of Black Dance in Chicago’ will be a Year of Dance event in Millennium Park you won’t want to miss by Lauren Warnecke

The Chicago Black Dance Legacy Project will present a free night of dance with standout companies including Muntu Dance Theatre, Red Clay and Deeply Rooted.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Joffrey Ballet launches first-of-its-kind contemporary ballet training program by Lauren Warnecke

This fall, approximately 10 dancers will be the first cohort of contemporary ballet trainees with the Joffrey Ballet.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

In the Year of Chicago Dance, the city marks 30 years of Dancing for Life by Lauren Warnecke

Chicago Dancers United's Dance for Life is back at the Auditorium Theatre, raising money to help Chicago's dance community stay healthy.

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Sunday, July 3, 2022

Respect tradition, go forward: Tap dance in Chicago doesn’t want to stay still, and Rhythm World is the place to see it this summer by Lauren Warnecke

Chicago has long been a breeding ground for tap dance, and the city’s flagship summer festival, Rhythm World, is back.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2022

‘Flamenco Passion’: Ensemble Español shows how Spain is the middle, not the beginning, of flamenco’s story by Lauren Warnecke

Ensemble Español is preparing for “Flamenco Passion,” part of a week-long Spanish dance and music festival.

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Friday, June 3, 2022

With ‘Don Quixote’ at the Lyric, Joffrey makes good on a 2-year-old promise by Lauren Warnecke

It took a while to get here, but this wonderfully gaudy ballet is finally open and getting its due.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Dance Top 10 for summer 2022: Joffrey to tap, flamenco to Dance for Life, and a few of our top picks are free by Lauren Warnecke

DanceAfrica returns, plus Rhythm World, Dance for Life and a new Joffrey ballet on Navy Pier.

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Friday, May 13, 2022

South Chicago Dance Theatre will debut at the Harris: Ambition, grit and grace are this company’s special sauce by Lauren Warnecke

Kia Smith's South Chicago Dance Theatre celebrates its fifth anniversary with five world premieres at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance.

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Thursday, April 28, 2022

Review: The Joffrey brings ‘Of Mice and Men’ to the ballet stage in a world premiere; plus Balanchine’s ‘Serenade’ by Lauren Warnecke

Both dating to the Great Depression, “Serenade” is still a curious overture for “Of Mice and Men,” British choreographer Cathy Marston’s story ballet based on the John Steinbeck no…

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‘How does this thing fly?’ For ‘Wired’ at the MCA, disability arts company creates a wheelchair aerial dance that touches on race, gender and by Lauren Warnecke

Throughout the piece, the dancers wrestle with this unwieldy, unforgiving object, their bodies enclosed by a tangle of wires and barbs.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Troup Bingo of Circus Vazquez hails from Ukraine — one woman walked (and took trains and a taxi) to Poland in order to perform by Lauren Warnecke

Troup Bingo’s mantra is to leave the worries of the war outside the circus tent, focusing first on what is often a very dangerous job.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Joffrey Ballet will participate in nationwide Arpino Centennial, celebrating the choreographer who put Joffrey on the Chicago map by Lauren Warnecke

The dancer and choreographer who, even more than Robert Joffrey, was responsible for the role the Joffrey Ballet has in Chicago today will be the subject of a multi-year national celebration.

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Saturday, April 2, 2022

Review: Giordano Dance ‘Illuminates’ the Harris with sultry sex appeal, a beach vibe and Koresh’s cathartic ‘EXit4′ by Lauren Warnecke

“EXit4″ was so loved in the seasons following its premiere that it was nearly performed to death. But time and a new context reaffirm how good this piece really is.

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Monday, March 14, 2022

Joffrey Ballet’s ambitious 2022-23 season includes ‘Anna Karenina,’ Chicago premiere of ‘The Little Mermaid’ by Lauren Warnecke

The Joffrey Ballet has an ambitious season in store, returning to normal operations — and then some — for the 2022-23 season at the Lyric Opera House.

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Friday, March 4, 2022

Review: Hubbard Street Dance is back at the MCA and stronger than ever by Lauren Warnecke

Artistic director Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell said her vision is focused on “reconnecting with Hubbard Street’s audiences.”

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Thursday, March 3, 2022

Review: Alvin Ailey Dance is back in Chicago, a sign of life in more ways than one by Lauren Warnecke

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Chicago is like a phoenix rising from the ashes — then taking us to church with ‘Mass’ and ‘Revelations’

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Friday, February 25, 2022

Review: ‘Creature’ is English National Ballet’s return to Chicago, a powerful story with echoes of ‘Frankenstein’ by Lauren Warnecke

Akram Khan’s new ballet features Jeffrey Cirio as the central character Creature. It is unclear if Creature is a man, a monster or some hybrid of the two.

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Thursday, February 3, 2022

Trinity Irish Dance Company is back and kicking after a pandemic absence — and the troupe on stage looks a little different by Lauren Warnecke

The Trinity Irish Dance Company officially formed in 1990. “This is still five years before ‘Riverdance,’” associate artistic director Chelsea Hoy said, crediting founder Mark Howard…

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Friday, January 21, 2022

2022 will be the Year of Chicago Dance, with robust programs planned for summer by Lauren Warnecke

The Year of Chicago Dance will be new DCASE commissioner Erin Harkey’s first major project.

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