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. 


Patternalia is an online evening length performance exploring the process of dreaming using dance film, projections and movement choreographed by independent choreographer Mariah Eastman. Collaborators include: Tess Havas, Jordan Kunkel and Krista Zozulia. This performance is a culmination of a year of work by Eastman and her dancers including an online rehearsal process during the pandemic.

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.

Dance in the Parks gets to work with new season of digital premieres

In the shift to virtual dance, many artists look to engage audiences with talk of the innovation and creativity that’s gone into this alternate way of viewing performance. But for Dance in the Parks director Katie McCann, the need for virtual performances is much simpler. At the root of her efforts to move the 2020 Dance in the Parks season online—a season performed any other year outdoors in public parks—is the plain fact that it’s her job to facilitate dance. It’s her job to perform and to use art to comment on the world around us. 

Wine with Wini

Grab a glass of wine and join us on Zoom as we explore a favorite Company work, Bento. A group work from 2011, Bento takes its inspiration and choreographic choices from the works of others (with their permission).  Bento was designed around the concept of the box within a box, and it reveals the dance within the dance.