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Lynn Colburn Shapiro

Lynn Colburn Shapiro is editor of A former dancer and choreographer, she is a published writer of fiction, non-fiction, plays, and poetry. 

See Chicago Dance is Chicago's premiere dance publication, sponsored by Audience Architects, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing and sustaining a vibrant Chicago dance scene through audience development and professional dance industry support across all dance genres.  


Kick Off Chicago Dance Month this April!

Joffrey Ballet

Go crazy! Whether you're a dancing fool or a fool for dance, April is Chicago Dance Month, so kick up your heels and head out for a month that showers the city with the breadth, diversity and artistic richness of the Chicago dance community.

See Chicago Dance! 5 Dance Shows to See in March

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

There is enough wonderful dance happening in Chicago to keep you on your toes almost every night throughout the month of March. Local and touring companies from out of town grace stages small and large throughout the city. The town is fairly bursting with new, creative collaborations between choreographers, dancers, musicians, filmmakers, videographers, actors, poets and more.

February Dance Highlights: Tradition & Innovation Fuel Dance This Month in Chicago

The Joffrey Ballet

February is jam-packed with a roster of exciting and varied dance events, with the blurring of genre lines as modern meets tradition. The Shen Yun Show highlights ancient Chinese tradition at the Harris Theater, while challenging programming from The Joffrey Ballet's "Game Changers" sends us to the cutting edge in contemporary ballet at the Auditorium Theatre. Kick the winter blahs, get out of the house, and See Chicago Dance!

Chicago Dance Highlights: Flamenco Festival, Debut from Liz Imperio & Thodos Dance 25th Anniversary Performance

Chicago Flamenco Festival

The year is off to a healthy start for dance in Chicago, with lots of exciting events coming up through winter and spring from both Chicago and touring companies, so plan ahead and mark your calendars! Here are 13 upcoming dance shows to see in Chicago.

Nutcrackers + More! December Holiday Dance Treats

Christopher Wheeldon's Nutcracker

Snowflakes and icicles are on the march, along with an army of toy soldiers, marauding mice, and delicious dancing treats, as multiple Nutcrackers once again launch Chicago’s holiday season. 

November’s Bountiful Dance Buffet: A Rockin' Cuban Beat, a Chicago Dance Icon's 70th Birthday + 2 Big Premieres from Hubbard Street

Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba Vibra!

Chicago audiences have lots to be thankful for in November, with a bountiful buffet of dance styles to choose from. Whatever your favorite flavor of dance may be, here's a great opportunity to expand your dance palate with a taste of something new, from mixed media to ballet, Cuban, Appalachian step dance, modern, and off-the-grid experimental.

October Dance Spotlight: Joffrey Ballet's Acclaimed Romeo and Juliet + Invigorating Performances by the Seldoms, Nora Chipaumire & Giordano Dance Chicago

Joffrey Ballet Romeo and Juliet

Heated politics take the stage in October, but the presidential debates aren't the only arena for political discourse. Dance theater offers graphic interpretation of a variety of highly charged political issues in several major productions this month, from Joffrey's production of Krzysztof Pastor's reimagining of Romeo and Juliet to The Seldoms' hackstory The Fifth, and Nora Chipaumire's examination of black maleness. 

Spotlight on Dance: Top 5 September Performances in Chicago

Lucky Plush in Trip the Light Fantastic

Chicago's dance season opens full force in September with exciting festivals, company seasons, and premieres of new choreography. New and noteworthy this year for both balletomanes and neophytes is Audience Architect's Dance Around Town Sampler Pack, a first of it's kind, limited time offering for dance lovers AND for those who want to discover more dance in Chicago.

August Chicago Dance Picks: Chicago Dancing Festival, Dance for Life + 5 More Performances

Chicago Dancing FestivalSummer is starting to wind down, but Chicago's dance scene is certainly not. August rallies the Chicago dance community in two of the year's most inspiring cultural events: Dance For Life and the Chicago Dancing Festival, each one a stunning effort of its founders — Chicago-born dance artists with vision, purpose, and dedication that overflows with heart, soul, and some of the best choreography and dancing on the continent.

7 Explosive Dance Performances Lighting Up Chicago Stages this July

chicago culture shock

Celebrate July with a bang! In Chicago, fireworks aren't the only shows that will make you say "ooo and ahh", and Chicago's dance world keeps the excitement going long after the Fourth of July. From Chicago Human Rhythm Project to Cerqua Rivera, here are 7 performances that will spark your interest:

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