December is Nutcracker month the world over, with Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet leading the annual Nutcracker parade and no fewer than five local productions following, but December also brings a rich array of contemporary dance, tap, belly dance, and mixed media to enliven your holidays.
After a stunning world premiere last year, The Joffrey Ballet’s uniquely Chicago Nutcracker returns for a second season (December 1-30, Auditorium Theatre).
(The following essay continues seechicagodance's ongoing project, "WRITE ON DANCE: OUR READERS WRITE!")
Dance in Chicago revs up for a lively fall season with major companies, smaller ensembles, solo artists, and interdisciplinary projects.
DANCE FOR LIFE CHICAGO (August 19, 7:30 PM, Auditorium Theatre) is arguably the Chicago dance community’s single most significant event of the year. Unique in its scope, it serves as a model for the arts community throughout the country, uniting the very highest levels of artistic achievement with the very noblest of humanitarian endeavors in its annual showcase of what makes Chicago dance, and Chicago’s dancers, so very special.
ONCE AND ALWAYS A DANCER
The pointe shoes nest on the shelf nearest where I draw my jewelry designs.
They are such a part of the landscape that I don’t notice them most days. Those pointe shoes have always been a part of my life history, just like my Nana’s “magic” perfume bottles.
The month of June kicks off a summer of Chicago dance with neighborhood festivals, company seasons, and single events, with dance styles ranging from contemporary to jazz and tap, multi-disciplinary to culturally-specific, musical theater to hip-hop. Check out our highlights, and try something new in June!
The Last Link
“My life is an open pamphlet.” Bob Fosse
We all know Bob Fosse was a Chicago boy, a Northsider born and bred; and we claim him as our own. There aren’t many people around town who knew him before he was “Bob Fosse.” But there is still one last DIRECT link to Bob. This link grew up with him and knew him better than anyone else, his vaudeville partner, Charles Grass. Both born in 1927 during the last Roar of the Roaring 20s, Bob would have been 90 in a few weeks and Charles will be 90 in December.
Keep It Moving
My mother used to say I came out of the womb dancing. George Benson’s ‘This Masquerade’ is the first pop song I can vividly remember bopping around the house to when I was a toddler. Growing up in an intellectually stimulating, artistically inclined household, and witnessing music’s enchanting effect on my parents, influenced the effect music had on my love for dance, creative movement, and embodied storytelling.