The Chicago Dancing Festival is set to take place from August 20-25th. Now in its 6th season, this fun event takes place at various arts venues across the city and features everything from performances to discussions about dance in Chicago and more.
The festival, co-produced by the renowned choreographer (and Chicago native) Lar Lubovitch and highly esteemed Chicago dancer Jay Franke, has grown each year, becoming one of the most highly anticipated dance events in the city.
There will be a World Premiere of Bolero Chicago by Keigwin + Company. This dance event, led by New York-based innovator Larry Keigwin, mixes trained dancers with 50-75 non-dance members of the community.
Other highlights include the debut of After School Matters, an arts and community enrichment program for Chicago high school students, and the Chicago Premiere of Two Become Three by contemporary Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman–performed by Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago.
Other participants in the festival this year include Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Joffrey Ballet, Ballet Arizona, the Brian Brooks Moving Company, Houston Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, guest artists from Pacific Northwest Ballet and stars from New York City Ballet.
Since the Chicago Dancing Festival began, more than 40 different companies have performed for 50,000+ audience members—an average of 10,000 people each year—all at no charge.
Works from many famous choreographers will be featured throughout the event including pieces by George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Marius Petipa, Mark Morris and Ohad Naharin.
Find out more about what is going on at the Chicago Dancing Festival by visiting their website.