Archive for June, 2012

You Think You Can Dance? Come Out and Show Us!

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

What about your friends?  — Your neighbors?  — Your colleagues?  We think all of you can and the 2012 Chicago Dancing Festival (August 20-25) invites you to show us! No dance experience necessary (really!).  OPEN CASTING CALL is fast approaching – join us for one of our meetings and sign-up to be a part of Bolero Chicago!

The Chicago Dancing Festival will host four community meetings for you to come and learn about how you can be a performer in our first ever community-based work, Bolero Chicago, which combines trained dancers with YOU for two performances in the 2012 Chicago Dancing Festival!  There has never been an opportunity like this with the Chicago Dancing Festival - be among the first of your friends to share the stage with top performers from Chicago and across the country by joining us at one of these neighborhood meetings to sign-up and be a part of this exciting opportunity!

Friday, July 13th at 4.30 pm at The Dance Center of Columbia College In the Theater: 1306 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago 60605

Saturday, July 14th 11:00 at the National Museum of Mexican Art: 1852 W. 19th Street, Chicago 60608

Saturday, July 14th 2:00 at PINT: 1547 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago 60622

Sunday, July 15th 2:00 at the Beverly Arts Center: 2407 W. 111th Street, Chicago 60655

Advanced RSVP is encouraged via e-mail to [email protected] and those who do will be entered for a chance to win TWO VIP TICKETS to a performance of the 2012 Chicago Dancing Festival!

Each community meeting, led by Keigwin + Company member Ashley Browne, will address what participants can expect in the Bolero Chicago rehearsal and performance process and what would be expected of them if they choose to commit to the project.  At the end of each meeting there will be a sign-up opportunity to join the Bolero Chicago cast.  There will not be a formal audition process.  Created over a two-week residency, rehearsals for Bolero Chicago will take place Monday through Friday evenings, August 6-11 and 13-18.  Participants will also need to attend dress rehearsals August 19 and 24.  Additional information about time commitments will be provided at each community meeting.  We welcome people of all ages, backgrounds and ability levels to participate and no prior dance experience is necessary!

The on-stage performances of Bolero Chicago occur at Chicago Dancing Festival’s opening program, “Chicago Dancing” at the Harris Theater, Monday, August 20 and again as part of the Festival’s grand finale program, “Celebration of Dance” at the Pritzker Pavilion on Saturday, August 25.

From August 20-25, 2012, the Chicago Dancing Festival will present six days of FREE dance programs by artists from Chicago and across the country, to an anticipated audience of 20,000!  Our mission is to elevate awareness of dance in Chicago and increase accessibility to the art form by presenting a wide variety of excellent dance that will enrich the lives of the people of Chicago, provide aspiration for local and future artists and raise the national and international profile of Chicago, furthering Chicago as a dance destination.

Chicago Dancing Festival 2012 Blogger Partnership Program Commences

Monday, June 25th, 2012

We are fast approaching the 2012 Chicago Dancing Festival (August 20-25) and in addition to announcing the 2012 six day line-up, the Chicago Dancing Festival is also launching its Blogger Partner Program for the second year running!  Your responses to the blogs were so positive last year that we’ve not only brought it back, but we’ve expanded the program by adding bloggers AND blogging right alongside them!

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet in Uneven. Photo Credit: Cheryl Mann Photography

We have partnered with five Chicago-area bloggers who write for varying audiences, to educate and excite people on what the Festival is all about and how our patrons can take advantage of all the festivities! Starting now through the end of August, you will have access to regular content from our bloggers including Festival interviews, behind-the-scenes access and of course, event coverage. Stay tuned here as we will be posting excerpts of each of the blogs under the blog category “Chicago Dancing Festival 2012.” We also invite you to follow along with them on their sites and Twitter using the hashtag #CDF12!

Martha Graham Dance Company in Diversion of Angels. Photo Credit: Cheryl Mann Photography

Meet our Bloggers!

Rogue Ballerina: The ‘voice’ behind this Chicago-based dance blog is Vicki Crain, who will bring you highlights of dancers, choreographers, directors and “all-around artsy performance folk.” Vicki will be providing you with an ‘insider’s look’ into the Festival.

ChicagoNow: Get Out and Have Fun Around Chicagoland: Blogger Shari Schmidt writes with a focus on family-friendly events in Chicago. She will be sharing information on the Festival events and how your family can enjoy them (as she’s bringing her own family as well!). Shari also writes for the Chicago Moms blog.

Contrapuntist: Dance isn’t just about the dancers - it’s also about the music. Miguel Cano is a classically trained guitarist and music lover. His wife, Erin Cano, is a classically trained violist and Suzuki certified music instructor. During the Festival, Miguel and Erin are going to feature the sounds behind the Festival in this blog.

Chicago Photo Blog: Araceli Arroyo has taken gorgeous photographs depicting Chicago and its wonders. Now she’s going to capture the Chicago Dancing Festival purely through photographs. The dancers, the patrons, the venues…and you can see them all on her blog and her Flickr account.

Adventures in Yes: Written by Scott Silberstein - multi-Emmy-Award winning producer, composer for HMS Media and a company member of the Tony Award-winning Lookingglass Theatre Company - is an avid fan of the arts. His blog is a collection of his thoughts from a ‘regular guy’s’ perspective. It’s his way of getting away from behind the stage and into the audience. Read along with him during the Festival to watch, listen, and enjoy the show!

The Joffrey Ballet artists Victoria Jaiani and Temur Suluashvili in the White Swan pas de deux by Lev Ivanov. Photo Credit: Cheryl Mann Photography

When the Festival is underway (August 20-25, 2012), be sure to let your friends know which events and/or days you are attending by checking-in on Foursquare and mentioning the hashtag #CDF12 on Twitter (we’ll make sure to retweet you)! You can see all the updates from our Foursquare page!

We can’t wait to see you at the Festival!

Questions? Comment below and we’ll try to help!