Returning as Chicago Dancing Festival Partners – #CDF12

We are excited to announce we are partnering for the second consecutive year with the Chicago Dancing Festival.  We had such a great experience blogging about the connection between music and dance we thought we’d continue this journey.

Thanks to the support from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who was formally a ballet dancer, the Festival has expanded to six days.  It was something the Mayor promised last year, and the plan came to fruition.

We hope to build off of what we started last year and further examine how dance influences music and vice versa.

Fellow CDF Bloggers

Make sure to check out what our other CDF blogger cover throughout the summer.  Each of will be featuring different aspects and angles about dance and the festival.

Rogue Ballerina: The ‘voice’ behind this Chicago-based dance blog is Vicki Crain, who will bring you highlights of dancers, choreographers, directors and “all-around artsy performance folk.” Vicki will be providing you with an ‘insider’s look’ into the Festival.

ChicagoNow: Get Out and Have Fun Around Chicagoland: Blogger Shari Schmidt writes with a focus on family-friendly events in Chicago. She will be sharing information on the Festival events and how your family can enjoy them (as she’s bringing her own family as well!). Shari also writes for the Chicago Moms blog.

Chicago Photo Blog: Araceli Arroyo has taken gorgeous photographs depicting Chicago and its wonders. Now she’s going to capture the Chicago Dancing Festival purely through photographs. The dancers, the patrons, the venues…and you can see them all on her blog and her Flickr account.

Adventures in Yes: Written by Scott Silberstein – multi-Emmy-Award winning producer, composer for HMS Media and a company member of the Tony Award-winning Lookingglass Theatre Company – is an avid fan of the arts. His blog is a collection of his thoughts from a ‘regular guy’s’ perspective. It’s his way of getting away from behind the stage and into the audience. Read along with him during the Festival to watch, listen, and enjoy the show!

Chicago Dancing Festival 2012 Schedule

Monday, August 20 – “Chicago Dancing”
Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph Drive

  • Bolero Chicago
  • Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
  • The Joffrey Ballet
  • After School Matters
  • Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago

Tuesday, August 21 – “Dancing Movies”
Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Avenue

  • A day of screenings of dance on film highlights innovative collaborations between contemporary dance artists, filmmakers and musicians.

Wednesday, August 22 – “Dancing East and West of Chicago”
Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway

  • Pacific Northwest Ballet guest artists
  • Ballet Arizona
  • Stars of San Francisco Ballet Sofiane Sylve and Vito Mazzeo
  • Martha Graham Dance Company
  • Brian Brooks Moving Company
  • Stars of New York City Ballet Gonzalo Garcia and Ana Sophia Scheller

Thursday, August 23 – “Dancing Under the Stars”
Chicago Dancing Festival partners with SummerDance Chicago – specific program to be announced at a later date.

Friday, August 24 – “Chicago Now”
Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Avenue

  • A discussion of the state of dance in Chicago today moderated by lead dance journalist and former dancer Zac Whittenburg, featuring three local companies performing in a lecture-demonstration format.

Saturday, August 25 – “Celebration of Dance”
Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park

  • Houston Ballet
  • Martha Graham Dance Company
  • Stars of San Francisco Ballet, Sofiane Sylve and Vito Mazzeo
  • Bolero Chicago
  • After School Matters
  • Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
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