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Author: 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.  

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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:

Chicago Rhythm Fest

Tune into June!  This month, the official herald of summer breathes its balmy spirit of fun and frolic into the heart of Chicago dance. From a dance/comedy mashup to a one-night only tap performance featuring the music of legendary Queen, here are 5 dance shows in Chicago to see this June.

Hedwig Dances, part of Chicago Dance Month

Fasten your seat belts! April takes off with Chicago Dance Month, jam-packed with site-specific happenings and performances in public venues and neighborhoods throughout the city. Chicago Dance Month offers many ways to discover our city's energetic and varied dance scene with more than 50 performances, events, and classes.

The Joffrey Ballet presents RAkU

February may be the shortest month of the year, but it's jam-packed with holidays, like Ground Hog Day, Valentines Day, and Mardi Gras, Presidents' Day, the Chinese New Year, and Superbowl Sunday. And what better way to celebrate than by seeing a dance concert!

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