Category Archives: Dancing

Lucky Plush “Tab Show” – A Unique Theatrical Dance Experience

The Lucky Plush “Tab Show” was a humorous and colorful theatrical dance work choreographed by Julia Rhoads. The company is committed to something they call a “palpable live-ness” shared by the performers in real time with the audience. Where most dance companies use a musical accompaniment, Lucky Plush often generates their own, with speech and/or…

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Joffrey Ballet’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” is magnificent

**** Highly Recommended **** The Joffrey Ballet’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” is magnificent. If you’re a ballet traditionalist, it might not be the ballet for you. It’s abstract, avant-garde and maybe a bit confusing, but it fascinated me from start to finish. 4 Spotlights The Joffrey Ballet performs “Midsummer Night’s Dream” through May 6th at the…

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Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Spring Series, “An Evening of Alejandro Cerrudo”

It was an absolute pleasure to attend the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Spring Series, “An Evening of Alejandro Cerrudo” at the Auditorium Theatre. The performance was amazing. I was in awe of the grace and strength displayed by the entire ensemble. In fact, my friend Helen and I had quite a discussion about whether or…

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“Sweet Tap Chicago” – a Musical Tap Tribute to Chicago

Chicago Tap Theatre is rapidly becoming one of my favorite dance companies in Chicago, so I make sure that the company stays on my radar. By the way, CTT’s rhythm tap is definitely not the tap you’ll see/hear in a Broadway musical like “42nd Street”. The dancers’ shoes are oxford style rather than Mary Jane,…

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Everyone loves “Just Dance Live”

**** Recommended **** “Just Dance Live” is a family dance extravaganza. In case you didn’t know – and I didn’t – “Just Dance” is a popular video game in which the players mimic the choreography shown on the screen. Almost everyone else in the Aon Ballroom at Navy Pier – moms, dads, and kids of…

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VU Jazz Fest 2018

Valparaiso University will host the 2018 Jazz Fest April 2–6 with an array of exciting performances by talented artists, including local performers as well as The Tierney Sutton Band featuring Tierney Sutton, vocals, Don Braden, composer/arranger/tenor saxophone soloist, and The Bill Boris Trio. Featured Jazz Fest events: Local high school bands — Monday, April 2,…

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The Joffrey Ballet’s “Modern Masters” was Magnificent!

**** Highly Recommended **** I’m having a hard time finding the right words to describe the Joffrey Ballet’s “Modern Masters”. Combining masterpieces by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins with works by up-and-coming choreographers Miles Thatcher and Nicolas Blanc made for an evening of brilliant, artistic, intense, athletic, physical, cutting edge, minimalist, contemporary ballet. “Modern Masters”…

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Hubbard Street Dance – Winter Series, “An Evening of Crystal Pite”

Last time I saw Hubbard Street Dance, I was sitting on the Harris Theatre stage looking out at the entire HSD company sitting in the seats waving at all of us on stage. What a unique experience! So I had some expectations for the HSD Winter Series, “An Evening of Crystal Pite”. HSD was back…

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Chicago’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 provides the Background for “The Nutcracker”

***** Highly Recommended ***** The Joffrey Ballet’s “new” version of “The Nutcracker”, choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon is magnificent. By setting “The Nutcracker” against Chicago’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, Wheeldon gave the city a unique gift. I am in awe! Loved everything about “The Nutcracker”. 4 BIG Spotlights! Northwest Indiana note: Kelly Boersma, the new principal…

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Lucky Plush “Rooming House” is Fascinating and Kind of Chaotic

**** Recommended **** Last year I was blown away by “Trip the Light Fantastic: The Making of SuperStrip”, a blend of contemporary dance, theater, video and comic book graphics. This year, Lucky Plush, the company that created “SuperStrip”, has an entirely new blend of theater and contemporary dance, “Rooming House”, part of Steppenwolf’s LookOut Series.…

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