The Nutcracker Getaway

Looking for something fun to do to celebrate the holidays? If you are a dancer who still enjoys The Nutcracker, why not reserve a hotel getaway package that includes a night with the Joffrey?

Start out at the majestic  JW Marriott Chicago and enjoy signature appetizers and cocktails in the Lobby Lounge, then attend the performance.

The package includes:

  • Luxury hotel accommodations
  • Two drinks in lobby lounge
  • Two orchestra seat tickets to the Nutcracker Ballet
  • Noon check-in available upon request
  • Package rates range from $409-$459; availability December 9 – 27, 2011

Reservations for all packages can be made by calling 312 660 8200 or online.

About JW Marriott Chicago

JW Marriott Chicago, which opened November 2010, is located in Chicago’s historic landmark, the Daniel Burnham-designed Continental & Commercial National Bank building at 151 West Adams Street in the heart of Chicago’s financial district. This luxurious hotel underwent a $396 million restoration blending Burnham’s famous architectural style with elegant, modern surroundings. The property features 610 oversized guestrooms including 29 luxurious suites. In addition, the property boasts VALEO, a 20,000-square-foot spa and fitness center-an amenity not found in most city center hotels-and The Florentine, a modern Italian, fine dining restaurant.


Rockettes Opener And Summer Intensive Auditions

MSG Photos/Avi Gerver Eileen Grace, Rockettes Director and Choreographer, rehearsing with students during the Rockettes Summer Intensive.

Rockettes Summer Intensive Auditions

If you aren’t already familiar with the Rockettes Summer Intensive, let me explain. It is a week-long program, running June 24 – August 3, 2012, hosted at Radio City Music Hall in the actual studios where the Rockettes rehearse for their starring roles in the annual production of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

Dancers accepted into the program rehearse daily from 9:30am to 5:30pm, with group education seminars in the evenings.  This distinctive style transcends a multitude of dance disciplines including jazz, tap, musical theater, lyrical and of course the legendary Rockettes kick line.  The curriculum focuses on original choreography and formations from the Rockette repertoire that will culminate in a student showcase.  To be considered for the Rockettes Summer Intensive, dancers must be at least 14 years of age (by June 22, 2012) with a minimum of 5 years training in tap, jazz, and ballet.

Here’s the current audition schedule:

Durham, NC – November 13, 2011

Nashville, TN – December 4, 2011

Boston, MA – December 27, 2011

Chicago, IL – January 8, 2012

Orlando, FL – January 8, 2012

Austin, TX – January 14, 2012

Miami, FL – January 15, 2012

Pittsburgh, PA – January 15, 2012

Detroit, MI – January 22, 2012

Los Angeles, CA – January 22, 2012

Washington, D.C. – January 22, 2012

NYC – January 28 & January 29, 2012

For audition times and locations, as well as more information on the Rockettes Summer Intensive, please visit

Opening Night — The Rockettes Christmas Spectacular

November 16th is opening night for The Rockettes Christmas Spectacular, and to kick things off, they will be participating in a lighting ceremony at the Empire State Building at 11:00 a.m. that day. The lobby of the building is where this event will take place, and the holiday colored lights is just the beginning of what is t come this season!

America’s favorite holiday show is about to re-define the Christmas Spectacular featuring a new 3DLive video game adventure, new Rockette performances, new musical compositions and heartwarming songs, dazzling new costumes and state-of-the-art technology that will immerse audiences in the magic of Christmas like never before.

If you are interested in attending this fun show, you can learn more at their website.


Dance Chicago’s 17th Season

Those who live in the Chicago area will want to be sure and check out Dance Chicago as it kicks off its 17th Annual Festival. Featuring an all-new collection of dance styles from hip-hop, ballet and tap, to Latin, jazz and contemporary–over 30 dance groups throughout the Chicagoland area will perform for the audiences’ votes and a panel of judges.

The work of over 200 Chicago choreographers will be showcased at the Festival, which continues from November 2nd to November 20th at Stage 773. Ron de Jesus, internationally acclaimed dancer, choreographer and founder of Ron de Jesus Dance, will present elements of ‘B-Suite’ on First Night, November 2. A lead dancer with Hubbard Street Dance for years, de Jesus will also present ‘Wham of Sam’ as part of the Choreographers’ Showcase on November 20. Other companies on First Night include, Giordano II, NoMi LaMad, Jus’ LisTeN, Full Effect Dance Theatre, Mexican Dance Ensemble and others, all featuring the work of 12 Chicago choreographers.

For more information–including how to obtain tickets and a schedule of all the various dance groups that will be performing at the festival, visit Dance Chicago.

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Jersey Tap Fest 2011

It’s time for the 2nd annual Jersey Tap Fest!

If you missed this fun event last year, join the large gathering of tap dance professionals (and students!) for 4 days of instruction, exploration and networking in the Garden State.

Held in Bloomfield, New Jersey, classes are offered August 25th through August 28th, from 10 am to 6:30 pm, and events for the public take place at 7:30 pm each evening.

Over 30 dance classes will be offered, and there is something for every level of tap dancer.

To learn more about this event, please visit the website, where you will find information about the instructors, the performances and more.



Christmas In August With The Rockettes

If you are going to be in New York on Thursday, August 11th, take a break from the heat of summer and swing by Times Square to see the Rockettes “Christmas in August” performance.

At 11 am, you’ll be able to see the Rockettes as they unveil both new costumes–and new choreography. Join in the fun as they kick off the 2011 Christmas Spectacular season.

Can’t make this? Then why not enter the “I like Christmas” sweepstakes on Facebook and take a shot at winning $2,011 in Christmas cash and other prizes? All you have to do is “like” the Radio City Christmas Spectacular on this social networking site and you are entered. This begins on August 11th and runs until the end of the month.

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, runs from November 11, 2011 through January 2, 2012. Prices range from $45 – $125. Tickets are available online at or at the Radio City Box Office (50th Street and Avenue of the Americas). Box Office hours are Monday through Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased by calling the Ticketmaster Christmas Hotline at 1-866-858-0007 or at any Ticketmaster outlets. Ticket prices include a $4.50 facility charge. Tickets purchased via Ticketmaster are subject to service charges. Please call 1-866-858-0007 for more information.