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The latest rhythm and movement in Chicago's dance scene.

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‘The Big Leap’: On feel-good Fox series, amateurs pin their hopes on a ballet TV show

Made in Chicago, the escapist drama follows likable characters while spoofing the reality genre.

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Chicago festivals 2021: What events have returned, been rescheduled

Just because summer if over doesn’t mean festivals have ended. The fall brings more events. Here’s the latest updates on this year’s changing entertainment landscape.

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Donald Lawrence entrusts ‘Goshen’ to his Chicago dance partner

At Millennium Park, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater presents a portion of its new Exodus-themed piece, based on an album by the Grammy-nominated gospel singer.

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Chicago-area theater companies to require proof of vax, negative COVID tests, masks

The protocols will be in effect for performances Sept. 1 through Dec. 31.

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Twin documentaries spotlight dance legends Alvin Ailey and Bill T. Jones

"Ailey," opens nationwide on Aug. 6, and "Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters," is currently in theaters.

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Jumaane Taylor steps into leadership role for Rhythm World

The dancer, choreographer and teacher has been named artistic director of the 30th-anniversary edition of Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s annual festival of all things tap.

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Zafiro Flamenco Festival celebrates 45 years of Ensemble Espanol’s love of the dance: ‘We are warriors’

The company will perform in person on an outdoor stage in the parking lot of Skokie’s North Shore Center for the Performing Arts this weekend.

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On a cold, rainy night, queens of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ turn up the heat in sizzling Soldier Field show

Performers, including Gottmik, Asia O’Hara, Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, Naomi Smalls, Kim Chi and Plastique Tiara, did not disappoint their Chicago fans.

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Carla Fracci, La Scala prima ballerina, dies at 84

The Milan theater recalled the "fairy tale rise" of the daughter of a tram driver who, through "talent, obstinance and work became the most famous ballerina in the world."

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The Mix: Japanese Film Festival, National Tap Dance Day and more things to do May 20-26

There’s plenty to see and do online and in-person around Chicago in the week ahead.

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Lyric Opera, Joffrey Ballet announce return to in-person seasons at opera house

As part of a joint announcement Wednesday, Lyric Opera of Chicago revealed plans for a seven-production season beginning Sept 17; Joffrey Ballet will present a four-program season beginning Oct. 13.

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Dance for Life returns with in-person event for 2021 anniversary celebration

The annual fundraiser, which supports the health and wellness of Chicago’s professional dance community, returns to the Pritzker Pavilion for its 30th anniversary celebration this summer.

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Jacques d’Amboise, ballet dancer and teacher, dies at 86

The New York City Ballet performer was compared to Michael Jordan for his high-flying leaps.

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The Mix: Lyric’s Rising Stars, drive-in horror and more cool things to do in Chicago April 29-May 5

There’s plenty to see and do online and in-person in the Chicago area in the week ahead.

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How churches, community organizations created safe spaces for South Side teenagers via hip-hop

Nacrobats MC Pugs Atomz: ‘You were desperate to find hip-hop at that time. The flier culture was so big back then. It was a competition who had the best fliers for their events.’

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The Mix: ‘Window Plays,’ MLK concert and more cool things to do in Chicago March 25-31

There’s plenty to see and do online and in-person in the week ahead.

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The Mix: Chicago Shakespeare streaming, Restaurant Week and more fun things to do March 18-24

There’s much to do in the week ahead in Chicago.

Trinity Irish Dancers perform outside Swedish Covenant Hospital on St. Patrick’s Day to show appreciation for health care workers.
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Trinity Irish Dancers perform for health care workers on St. Patrick’s Day

About 20 dancers performed outside Swedish Hospital in Ravenswood Wednesday. Patients watched from their windows, doctors and nurses took videos from the street, and health care workers’ kids leaped to the music.

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Fisher-Harrell makes history at Hubbard Street Dance; vows to make diversity, inclusion top priorities

Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell is bursting with optimism about the future of Hubbard Street, but the new artistic director admits the she and other leaders of the longtime Chicago arts mainstay face no shortage of major challenges.

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The Mix: Goodman Theatre’s video vault, the National Dance Company of Ireland and more things to do March 11-17

There’s much to do in the week ahead in Chicago.

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The Mix: George Gerdes tribute at City Winery and more cool things to do in Chicago Feb. 18-24

There’s much to check out online and in person in Chicago in the week ahead.

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Former Hubbard Street dancer named its new artistic director

Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, a dance teacher in recent years, succeeds Glenn Edgerton, who stepped down in 2020 after 11 years.

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The Mix: Cuban Jazz Festival, Steppenwolf’s ‘Red Folder’ and more things to check out Jan. 21-27

There’s lots of entertainment to check out online in the week ahead in Chicago.

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The Mix: Young Playwrights Festival, ‘The Journey’ and more cool things to check out Jan. 7-13

There’s plenty to see and do online and in-person in the week ahead.

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Adolfo ‘Shabba-Doo’ Quiñones, dancer from ‘Breakin’ ’ films, dies at 65

Toni Basil, his former dance partner in the Lockers, confirms the Chicago native’s death.

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Ann Reinking, Tony-winning choreographer and actress, dies at 71

The Bob Fosse collaborator’s bold style of dance was epitomized by her work in the revival of the Kander and Ebb musical "Chicago."

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Holiday Entertainment Guide 2020: Celebrate the season with Chicago-area theater, dance, musicmakers and more

Virtual (and some in-person) holiday happenings abound this year. Take time to support the theater/dance/music community through myriad presentations.

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The Mix: Manual Cinema’s ‘Christmas Carol,’ Ruth Page’s ‘Nutcracker’ and more things to do Dec. 3-9

There’s much to do virtually in the week ahead.

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The Mix: Cloud Gate Dance, Chicago Children’s Film Fest and more cool things to do Nov. 12-18

There’s much to see and do in Chicago in the week ahead both online and in person.

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The Mix: Black Harvest Film Festival, Steppenwolf Theatre virtual world premiere and more things to do Nov. 5-11

There’s much to see and do in Chicago in the week ahead, both online and in person.

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The Mix: Chicago Home Movie Day, ‘Women of Broadway’ and more things to see and do Oct. 22-28

There’s much to see and do in Chicago in the week ahead, both online and in person.

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Choreographer Rena Butler illustrates Chicago’s ‘Tale of Two’ cities in Hubbard Street Dance film

It is the first of five offerings by choreographers with ties to the company that will be premiered online in 2020-21 because COVID-19 restrictions make in-person performances impossible.