Dance performances

5 Dance Shows From Around the World in Chicago

Budding ballerinas, dedicated dancers and art enthusiasts will be inspired by some of the incredible dance performances taking place in Chicago in the months to come. Dance styles from around the world will be showcased, providing both opportunities to explore different cultures and to see that dance truly can be a universal medium of communication.

If you like Irish dancing, discover Trinity Irish Dance Company.

When: February 2, 7:30 p.m.

Or: Auditorium Theater, 50 Ida B. Wells Dr, Chicago

Put your Irish to the test with this exhilarating one-night show by the Trinity Irish Dance Company, featuring five dancers from Chicago. Performance highlights include the world premiere of “An Sorcas”, which is Gaelic for “the circus” as well as “Push”, which the company describes as “a burst of intense percussive power that exemplifies the company’s cohesive message of female empowerment”.

fans of “So you think you can dance” won’t want to miss Giordano Dance Chicago.

When: February 2, 8 p.m.

Or: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie

If your tweens and teens are on the TV show “So You Think You Can Dance,” chances are they know choreographer Ray Leeper. Leeper presents his new piece honoring Chicago philanthropist Candace Jordan during this performance. The performance will also include dancing to music by Tina Turner, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Al Green, Wynton Marsalis and more. This will be a great way to warm up by getting your blood pumping and stamping your feet after the polar vortex.

Dance lovers will appreciate Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

When: From March 6 to 10, at variable times

Or: Auditorium Theater, 50 Ida B. Wells Dr, Chicago

This multicultural company turns 60, proving it has some serious staying power with some serious talent. They’re also not afraid to tackle serious topics like racial inequality, which is a theme of “Lazarus,” a ballet co-commissioned by the Auditorium, created by famed hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris. and inspired by the life of company founder Alvin Ailey. . That’s not to say the show isn’t fun – the performances are also joyful and breathtakingly beautiful. Having performed at the Auditorium Theater for 50 years, the Chicago Tribune calls Ailey’s annual appearance a “Chicago dance tradition.” See the video trailer here.

Families (and those looking to prepare for spring recitals) will love it”Whipped cream” speak American Ballet Theater.

When: April 11-14, variable hours

Or: Auditorium Theater, 50 Ida B. Wells Dr, Chicago

Lots of little ones and their families flock to “The Nutcracker” and the American Ballet Theater (ABT, for those in the know and in the know) have wisely realized that it can happen more than once a year. ABT has created a sweet, family-friendly show called “Whipped Cream”, which is described as “Nutcrackerfor-the-spring. Set to music by Strauss, this narrative ballet follows the adventures of a young boy who abuses sweets. As a result, he falls into a sweet coma in which confectionery and fantastical animals come to life. This whimsical performance features incredible dancers, colorful costumes and large-scale puppets. You can see the trailer video here. There are two matinees each at 2 p.m., which is a great option for those who go to bed early.

Those who enjoy exploring Latin culture and/or contemporary dance will want Hispanic Ballet on their calendars.

When: May 11, 7:30 p.m.

Or: MacAninch Center for the Arts, 425 Fawell Blvd., Wheaton

With bold and exciting performances, Ballet Hispánico celebrates Latin culture and also explores America’s evolving cultural landscape. This New York-based dance company (founded in 1970) will perform at the College of DuPage MacAninch Arts Center in the western suburbs. You can see a video here.

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