Kaleidoscope Choreographers Festival

Alliance Dance Company presents our 2nd Annual Choreographers Festival - Kaleidoscope.

Last year was a big success with the final show a sellout.  This year is even bigger.

If a Kaleidoscope operates on the principle of multiple reflection,
then this dance festival is truly such!

You will not want to miss a chance to see one of the most diverse dance festivals
in Chicago with works created by 25 choreographers from the Midwest region.

Over 60 pieces were submitted for consideration by committee to bring you
a different show each night!

Playing the past on repeat is cathartic for now—not a long-term strategy

I started listening to Phish again.

Phish was the first “cool” band I listened to. I grew up on classical and classic rock, feeling the equivalent weight and cultural relevance of Beethoven and the Beatles. It wasn’t until I started listening to Phish in high school that those two sonic worlds magically collided. I was totally hooked. Bad pun.

We asked The Chicago Academy for the Arts: What are you doing and how are you doing it?

We are over five months into “shut down” due to the COVID-19 outbreak, precariously perched between Phase 3 and Phase 4 of re-opening. It was just announced that Chicago Public Schools will be fully remote for the start of the school year on Sept. 8 through the first quarter. The country is in full tilt mode where news alerts generate more questions than definitive answers. But there is a silver lining in all this pandemic uncertainty: the dance community has shifted, adjusted and gotten creative to keep things moving.

Chicago Tap Theatre taps into virtual performances with live-streamed show, '30 Feet Together, 6 Feet Apart'

Regardless of how we once defined a dance performance, current world circumstances are forcing artists to reevaluate the concept with social distancing guidelines in mind. In an effort to maintain creative momentum, Chicago Tap Theatre—founded in 2002 by Mark Yonally—is dedicating itself to the innovative and collaborative nature of a livestream tap performance. 

Virtual Performing Arts Summer Camps

This year, PPI’s Performing Arts Summer Camp is GOING VIRTUAL! Students take their main, intensive courses in the following genres: ballet, contemporary, stretching/conditioning, leaps/turns, modern (Horton), jazz, hip-hop, tap, musical theater, and choreography. Students also take elective classes: art, music/instrumentation, vocal training, tumbling, creative writing, poetry, and healthy eating/lifestyle. All classes are on a block rotating schedule. Courses are taught by professional artists and instructors from across the country.