Archive for August, 2008

Dance, Dance, Dance!

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

See full concerts of the companies you loved at the 2008 Chicago Dancing Festival!

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
October 9 - 12
Harris Theater for Music and Dance

The Joffrey Ballet
October 15 - 26
Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University

Evidence, A Dance Company
Saturday, October 18
McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage

Lar Lubovitch Dance Company
Saturday, November 22
Harris Theater for Music and Dance

Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago
December 4 - 7
Gary Comer Youth Center

And a favorite from the 2007 Chicago Dancing Festival…

San Francisco Ballet
September 16 - 21
Harris Theater for Music and Dance

For more information on these and other dance performances in the area, visit

Critical Acclaim

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Here are what the critics at the Tribune and Sun-Times had to say about Monday’s performance.  What did you think?

Last Year

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Here are what some of last year’s participants had to say about Chicago Dancing Festival:

I had a great time at the Chicago Dancing Festival last year. It was so inspiring to be on the same stage with so many beautiful artists. What a fantastic experience to be a part of such a keen presentation of the many facets of dance!
-Valerie Robin
Dancer, The Joffrey Ballet

I am very excited to be a part of Chicago Dancing Festival 2008. Last year was an amazing experience. So far in my career I have yet to experience the energy and excitement that was created at last years performance. I can’t think of anywhere in America where as an audience member you get to see such a variety of dancers and styles all on one stage. I can only hope that this year’s show will be as memorable as last. Thank you.
-Jared Matthews
Dancer, American Ballet Theatre

Watch Highlights from the 2007 Chicago Dancing Festival!

8,500 attended the festival, despite the threat of rain. The weather forecast for tonight is partly cloudy and 75°! We hope to see you there!


Thursday, August 14th, 2008

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the 2nd annual Chicago Dancing Festival. The Chicago Dancing Festival began last summer with a free performance in the Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago’s Millennium Park on August 22. If you were a part of that magical night, then you will definitely remember the enthusiasm of the audience, along with the most amazing performances from some of our country’s leading dancers.

Still riding high from the overwhelming success of last year’s inaugural event, we are very excited to share this year’s Festival with you. We have grown this summer’s Festival to include 11 different dance companies from all over the U.S. and three days of FREE programming, including two performances and an “Artists Up Close” event at the MCA. We hope this year’s Festival inspires you to experience more dance in Chicago, and that you will make the Chicago Dancing Festival a must for your 2009 summer plans. Enjoy and see you next summer!

Lar Lubovitch and Jay Franke
Founders and Artistic Directors