The Joel Hall Dancers and Center (JHDC) presents their summer concert “LEGACY: Phoenix^5” performed June 19 for a live, limited audience at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. The performance, which will also stream online on July 8, includes works by the House Father—cofounder and artistic director emeritus, Joel Hall—and his Legendary Children: Jacqueline Sinclair (artistic director), William Gill (assistant artistic director), Van Collins (guest choreographer/youth company director) and Merrick Mitchell (guest choreographer/JHDC instructor). All are legacy leaders in their own right and showcase a different flavor of the Joel Hall Dancers’ signature style, Chicago’s own Urban Jazz.
For 47 years, the Joel Hall Dancers have been reflecting their audience’s diversity, resilience, power and grace back to them and believe that all people—especially those who have been historically disenfranchised—deserve opportunities to see their brilliance. The JHD cast is Black, Brown, Asian and Queer, all working together to embrace and uplift each other. Joel Hall’s legacy is one that branches to the North, South and West sides of Chicago, into the suburbs and beyond. JHDC trains leaders who develop their own voices and create their own legacies. This is represented in the choreographers whose works are being featured in this special Juneteenth performance. This concert is an opportunity to see Joel Hall’s legacy in motion and gain a better understanding of Chicago’s dance history, a history that is Black, Queer, and filled to the brim with artistic ingenuity.
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