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.


Dance For Life Chicago 2011

Dance for Life Chicago Tickets are now available.

Chicago has a rich dance scene and one of the highlights of the year is always Dance For Life Chicago, a fundraiser for HIV/AIDS prevention and care that also promotes the art of dance in the city. Participating companies this year include Ron De Jesus Dance, River North Dance, The Joffrey Ballet, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago and Hubbard Street Dance.

If you have the chance to come out and support this event, please consider doing so. It benefits the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and the Dance For Life Fund – both are wonderful.

4:45 PM – 6:45 PM Gala Reception
7:30 PM Performance

Learn more about Dance For Life Chicago


It Gets Better Project – A Powerful Resource For Dance Teachers

“It gets better.”  These words are a necessity for every child and/or teenager feeling bullied, isolated, depressed or who is thinking about ending his or her life.  These words were the inspiration for the It Gets Better Project started by Dan Savage, a political gay activist, and his husband Terry Miller.  The objective of the project is to help save lives by reaching out to LGBT teens who can’t see a future for themselves; let alone a future full of amazing possibilities.

Through the It Gets Better Project adults in the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi and trans) community have been sharing their life experiences (through You Tube) with teens struggling with their own sexuality and all of the intolerance and ignorance that unfortunately can come along with it. (As if growing up wasn’t hard enough.)  The words that are repeated and reinforced in all of the videos are that no matter what hardships you are facing today – life will get better.  No matter how bad your situation is today- it is temporary.

There is so much love and life to live.  This message of love and hope has reached hundreds of thousands of lesbian, gay, bi, trans and straight people all over the world.

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Dan heard about the suicides of Justin Aaberg and Billy Lucas and had a reaction so many LGBT adults had. “I wish I could’ve talked to that kid for five minutes before he killed himself,” Dan recently said. “I’d tell him that however bad it was in high school or middle school…it gets better.” The It Gets Better Project was born.

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Dance Bag – Hand Silkscreened By 4dancers

Get your hand-silkscreened canvas ballet bag now–before supplies run out! I have made 7 of these unique tote bags and will be selling them for only $8 each! Get one for yourself, or as a gift for someone you know–they make a great bag to cart your dance shoes and miscellaneous gear back and forth to the studio, or even to show your love for dance and “go green” at the grocery store.

I got into silkscreening a while back and have been working on developing dance designs for the past couple of years. It’s a long process from photograph to finished product, but I now have several screens and I’ll be sharing the designs with the dance community over the summer months. The nice part about these bags is that you will never see them anywhere else–these are all my own designs.

Soon I’ll add t-shirts to the mix as well, so keep checking back. I’d love to hear what people think about the design–and I’d love for you to help me spread the word!

Here are the specs:

Canvas (cotton woven)

Navy Blue

10.5 x 12.5 inches

$8.00 (plus $2 shipping and handling – continental US prices – inquire about overseas…)

If you’d like to purchase one of these bags, drop me an e-mail at info(at)catherineltully(dot)com and we’ll work out the details.



Support RE|Dance Group

Contributing writer Lucy Vurusic Riner would love your support during her dance company’s annual fundraising campaign!  Get all information and updates on RE|Dance Group at or “Like” them on Facebook.  I’ve included her annual newsletter below so you can see what the company is up to and how to give!

Dear RE|Dance Group Supporter,

We hope you are having a lovely start to the spring season.  With the flowers finally in bloom, RE|Dance Group is budding with new ideas and charged with the energy to push the company forward.

Our inaugural year was a huge success and we would like to thank everyone for your support.  We had the privilege of presenting our work in San Francisco, CA, Minneapolis, MN and at home here in Chicago, IL.  Also this year we became a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization dedicated to assisting small arts companies.   RE|Dance Group is artistically thriving and in the coming year we hope to build inroads toward financial health.  As we push forward into year two, we hope that you have the opportunity to see the work we are creating.

We are very excited about the beginning stages of two new dance theater works.  Inhabitants of Tall Grass will premiere in January at Chicago’s historic dance venue, Links Hall.  We will preview a works in progress at the Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival in September. The work will have an original commissioned music score and will be performed amidst an installation of tall reed grasses.  The environment is designed to both shield and reveal the dancers as they roam through the installation searching for personal connection.  This piece is being partially funded by an Illinois Arts Council Grant that we have been so fortunate to receive!

The Attic Room is an intimate dance story of escape and desire.  The evening length work for six dancers exists in a small attic room where the dancers, clad in fantastical owl masks, long for a way out, convinced they can find it through objects sprinkled through the space. An old map, a flock of paper cranes, a dusty antique rug, tiny glowing lamps and stacks of books offer the dancers the possibility for departure from a place now so comfortable they are unsure of their desires to escape. The Attic Room is filled with images of balance, travel and desire.  Again this year, we will be presenting our work at the Minnesota Fringe Festival in Minneapolis from August 4th-14th.  Hopefully we’ll see some of you there!

We hope that as you begin to enjoy the warm weather and summer months you’ll have time to consider assisting RE|Dance Group in our continued efforts to create meaningful dance theater.  Our fundraising goal during this campaign is $3,000.00.  This year’s funding campaign will once again help RE|Dance Group return to the Minnesota Fringe Festival and sponsor our Chicago performance season. We could not have made it this far without your support in whatever ways you have been able to provide it.

The easiest way to make a contribution to RE|Dance Group is through our website.  It is easy, safe and secure.  Simply click Donate Now and you will be directed to the Fractured Atlas contribution page. Thanks to our fiscal sponsorship through Fractured Atlas, all donations are now tax deductible!

If you don’t feel comfortable contributing online, you can drop Catherine an e-mail here at info (at) and she’ll give you a mailing address so you can drop a check in the mail. If you can’t donate, but would like to help, spread the word!

Thank you for your generous support.  We hope to see you in one of our audiences very soon!

Lucy and Michael

Artistic Directors

RE|Dance Group

RE | Dance Group is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of RE|Dance Group must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.


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