Spotlight on local talent at the 2012 Chicago Dancing Festival
It’s not too often that such a great combination of internationally acclaimed dancers, artists and choreographers can be seen performing together at a free event. Founded by renowned choreographer and Chicago native Lar Lubovitch and highly esteemed Chicago dancer Jay Franke, the Chicago Dancing Festival kicks off August 20 with an impressive lineup of eclectic performances, screenings of dance on film, discussions on the current state of dance in Chicago, tributes, interactive work and much more. It will make a perfect occasion to escape the heat at your Chicago apartment and head out for some refreshing summer dancing.
Focused on promoting the Windy City as a premier dance destination, the Chicago Dancing Festival aims to enchant dance lovers with something new every season. This time it’s Chicago faces that stand on the front line. Emphasis is on the local performers, trained dancers and non-dance members of the community who will showcase their skills in an ample display of artistry and emotion as part of Bolero Chicago, the festival’s first ever community-based work created by famous choreographer Larry Keigwin.
The weeklong celebration will feature international artists as well as fresh talents taking center stage in various manifestations ranging from classic ballet to expressive modern dance at several entertainment venues around town. The Harris Theater will host performances by the Joffrey Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Giordano Dance Chicago and the Auditorium Theatre will show off dance classics and new creations by five of America’s leading dance companies from Arizona, California, Seattle and New York. Dance enthusiasts may also choose between engaging in stimulating Polka lessons at Grant Park or enjoy a full day of dance films at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The fest will culminate with an explosion of joy and passion in the Celebration of Dance, the Grand Finale to be staged at Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion.
For additional information and tickets, please visit Chicago Dancing Festival.