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Chicago Dancing Festival 2012: Chicago Now

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

What was opening night at the 2012 Chicago Dancing Festival? It was…

… a packed house of excited, anxious fans that ranged from veteran patrons to children who were seeing their first professional dance.

… Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel showing his passion for the arts in a wonderful pre-show tribute to Maggie Daley, co-founder of After School Matters. In fact, one of the Chicago Dancing Festival Partner Bloggers, Rogue Ballerina, quoted our board chair David Herro stating that Mayor Emanuel is “probably the only Mayor in the United States that can do a proper plié”. Read the rest of her post here.

… an exciting and spirited performance by that same group which brought loud and enthusiastic cheers from the huge crowd. One of our other Partner Bloggers, D Underbelly, was able to speak with the After School Matters renowned choreographer, Nicholas Leichter, and some participating dancers before the performance. Read the write-up here!

After School Matters Photo: Cheryl Mann

… Hubbard Street, Joffrey Ballet and Giordano Dance representing Chicago with grace, power, and humor.

… an informal group of Chicagoans from all over the city coming together in a beautiful and moving dance called Bolero Chicago, which one of our other Partner Bloggers, Chicago Now, stated was the highlight of her evening. Read her thoughts here.

Bolero Chicago Photo: Cheryl Mann

… an amazing opening night Prima Parti featuring food, music and dance on the Harris rooftop with dancers, staff and supporters who celebrated a night well spent.

… a special appearance by Benny the Bull to showcase true Chicago culture beyond just dance. Partner Blogger Contrapuntist shared his thoughts on this subject here.

Bolero Chicago Photo: Cheryl Mann

Many of our festival bloggers have pointed out that this night was about Chicago. It was. While the festival is about presenting the highest quality dance to the city, this year, our attempt to bring the city to the dance is what makes this year very special year.  Not only for the staff and patrons, but for the community who spun, glided or jumped onto the Harris stage, or any stage, for the first time. Partner Blogger, Scott Silberstein, stated that “Dance is of the people, by the people, for the people.“ Read the rest of his blog here.

Want to see more? Our Partner Photo Blogger, Chicago Photo Blog, created a Flickr album of some shots opening night, including some of the bloggers themselves! See more on our Pinterest page. Want to share your own photos and thoughts? Tweet using the #CDF12 hashtag (or mention our Twitter handle, @chida_fe!) and share via our Facebook and Foursquare pages.

If you missed out on the fun last night, don’t worry, we still have plenty of dance left - which is great - because in the words of a nearby patron after the show, “We need more free around here.”

Bolero Chicago 2012 Workshop Recap and You Can Still Participate

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

The four community workshops for Bolero Chicago proved to be a wonderful success. Thank you so much for those of you who came out and danced alongside us! We had a few of our bloggers show up and share their thoughts on the workshop and our music blogger, Contrapuntist, even included some video examples of past Bolero Projects, one example below!

Check out some pictures from one of the community workshops here. Thank you to partner blogger, Scott Silberstein, for taking them for us! And thank you to all of you for supporting such an exciting program!

Want to join?  You still can!  E-mail [email protected] to learn how!

Bolero Chicago Begins Tomorrow and You Can Win Two VIP Tickets to Chicago Dancing Festival 2012

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

You may have read the Chicago Magazine article about Bolero Chicago – the 2012 Chicago Dancing Festival’s first ever community-based work featuring YOU!  (if you haven’t seen it, scroll down a bit…)

This weekend we will be holding FOUR community meetings for you to come and learn about how you can be a performer in Bolero Chicago and dance on the stages of the Harris Theater for Music and Dance and the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park!  You only need to attend one of the meetings — Have you signed up to attend?  If not, this is our reminder to RSVP now and join us – it’s not too late! No dance experience necessary, and people of all ages and backgrounds are welcomed! This is going to be a spectacular opportunity to showcase YOU, our amazing Chicagoans, who have helped grow our Festival into national recognition. We’ve even thrown in a chance for those who RSVP, and attend, to receive two VIP tickets to a performance of this year’s Festival!

Information to attend the workshops are listed below. Find the time and location that works for you, and please join us in this amazing initiative!

The Details:

  • 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

RSVP via e-mail to [email protected], and you will be entered for a chance to win TWO VIP TICKETS to a performance of the 2012 Chicago Dancing Festival.

We hope to see you this weekend!

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.