La Rabida Children’s Hospital joins the “Happy” Video Craze !

  Pharrell’s “Happy” from the ‘Despicable Me 2′ soundtrack  continues to propel and insert its energy and good vibes into people all over the world. The song provides hope and leaves you no choice but to move your body and groove. That’s just what patients at La Rabida Children’s Hospital did and decided to make you a video Read More …

Willie Winters, Jr.: The Fourth “Blue Man”

Willie Winters Knows The Blues, Man! By Matthew Keeshin Troupe carpenter has to maintain banana shooters and drumbones Many famous characters have walked between the skyscrapers and neighborhoods in the diverse communities that make up Chicago. Perhaps some of the most innovative are the spectacle that is Blue Man Group. Performances around the world by Read More …

DANCE CENTER’S 40TH SEASON CONCLUDES WITH CO-COMMISSIONED MOSES(ES) BY REGGIE WILSON/FIST & HEEL PERFORMANCE GROUP APRIL 3–5

Representing 40 years of commitment to presenting important contemporary dance artists and developing new work, The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago presents Reggie Wilson and his company Fist & Heel Performance Group in a work co-commissioned by The Dance Center. Performances are April 3–5, 2014 at The Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Read More …

Ailey Dance Theater…A Quarter-Century After Ailey’s Passing

Celebrating the life and legacy of choreographer Alvin Ailey and his innovative, inspiring and thrilling work 25 years after his passing, the troupe he founded in 1958 – the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – graces the Auditorium Theatre February 28 – March 9 as part of a 23-city U.S. tour. Robert Battle returns for Read More …

B-Real: A Look Inside Urban Movements

Expanding and elaborating on its presentation of hip-hop artists in February 2014, The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, partnering with the college’s School of Fine and Performing Arts and Radio Department, continues its 40th season with “B-Real: A Look Inside Urban Movements,” a convergence of local, national and international hip hop and house dance Read More …

Red Clay Dance presents “Transcending”

[dropcap]TRANSCEND [/dropcap]   We’ve all witnessed pictures, seen sculptures and heard stories detailing, to the best of knowledge, the Middle Passage and the inhumane conditions Africans were forced to endure. Each time, there’s a startling feeling that shutters to the pit of my stomach. And the more we learn and have to pass down this Read More …

Ashley Everett: Dance.Grind.Glam.

Fade up from black. Camera opens focusing on three ladies, sassy in posture and dressed in form-fitting black leotards,  in front of a simple backdrop. The filter is a cinematic black and white – classy and classic.  The music cues in, choreography begins and a voice melodically shouts out an up-tempo, ‘All My Single Ladies’ Read More …

CAA Hosts “Taste For The Arts” Gala

By Lindsey Auten Chicago Academy for the Arts (CAA) high school students are known for their artistic and scholarly excellence. Each year, their talents find a way beyond the classroom and into exceptional arts fields and careers. Tony-nominated actress Elisabeth Withers, from Broadway’s The Color Purple, is a former CAA student, as is Golden Globe-nominated Read More …

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Robert Battle

Executive Director of the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, Brett Batterson, welcomes world renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to Chicago for an unprecedented 10 performances, March 8 – 17. Robert Battle returns for his second year as Artistic Director to lead one of the most popular dance companies through a 21-city tour, continuing to Read More …