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Lynn Colburn Shapiro
Lynn Colburn Shapiro is editor of SeeChicagoDance.com. 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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Summer 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.
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: