Moving Portraits

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Choreographers Catherine Eng and Karen Reppy will present “Moving 
Portraits: Collected Choreography,” on May 25th at 2pm at the Reva and David Logan 
Center for the Arts Performance Hall (915 E. 60th St.) The one hour show of original 
work will explore topics ranging from religious ambiguity to the process of crying and 
the struggles of putting on skinny jeans.
Sponsored by the Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD), University of Chicago Laboratory 
High School juniors Eng and Reppy have studied dance primarily at the HPSD, while, 
most recently, Eng has attended the Summer Intensive at Alvin Ailey School of Dance in 
New York and Reppy at Deeply Rooted Dance Theater in Chicago. Throughout their 
dance careers they have been developing their choreographic skills through HPSD’s 
Student Choreography Workshops and other opportunities. Their works have been 
featured at HPSD’s Annual Spring Concert, the 57th Street Book Fair and in Dance 
Chicago’s New Moves Series.
With “Moving Portraits,” Eng and Reppy take their choreographic passion to the next 
level. Rehearsing since September, they have worked with eight dancers from HPSD’s 
training companies, Tyego Next Generation and Tyego Next Generation Trainees, to 
prepare for the upcoming performance. The show is the first of its kind for HPSD, which 
recently celebrated its 20th anniversary.
According to August Tye, Artistic Director of HPSD, “Karen and Cat have been creating 
dances at HPSD since they were little girls. It has been such a pleasure watching them 
develop into talented young choreographers. Their drive to produce their own 
performance, Moving Portraits, shows independence, maturity and passion beyond their 
years. As artists, they strive with great success to say something meaningful with dance 
and to promote feeling and emotion. Additionally their works are very different from 
each other, which will provide for a very interesting and eclectic evening of work. I 
personally can't wait to see the show!”
“The process of working on this show,” say Eng and Reppy, “has reminded us of the 
incredible opportunity we have to create and interact as artists. As a result all profits 
from the show will go to Hyde Park School of Dance’s STEPS Outreach program, 
bringing dance to underserved communities in the Chicago area.”
Diana Campos, director of the STEPS program, says, “STEPS stands for ‘Serve, Train, 
Educate, Promote, Succeed,’ and has three components. “A Community Partnership 
Program provides in-school and after-school instruction and performance opportunities through partnerships with schools and community organizations. Community Workshops 
provide dance exposure to youth through exploration. Community Performance 
Programs provide free and low-cost community performances.”
For more information about HPSD and the STEPS program please visit the school 
For more information and updates about the performance, visit https://
Tickets for “Moving Portraits: Collected Choreography by Catherine Eng and Karen 
Reppy” are available through the University of Chicago Arts Box Office: visit http://, call 773-702-2787 or visit their location at the Logan Center
Dance Styles
Modern / Contemporary


Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts

915 East 60th Street
The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 702-2787