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APRIL WILL BE CHICAGO DANCE MONTH

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These days EVERY month might well be dubbed "Dance Month" in this city. But now it's being formalized. April has been decreed "Chicago Dance Month" by Audience Architects, a non-profit dance service organization in Chicago, with special ticket discounts, performances, master classes, seminars and more scheduled as the buildup to National Dance Week, April 28-May 5.

This inaugural month-long celebration will highlight the variety and artistic richness of the Chicago dance community by promoting a slew of dance performances, educational opportunities and other events in partnership with venues and organizations across the city. Partners include the American Rhythm Center, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Chicago Park District, Choose Chicago, National Dance Week Foundation and The Old Town School of Folk Music.


These days EVERY month might well be dubbed "Dance Month" in this city. But now it's being formalized. April has been decreed "Chicago Dance Month" by Audience Architects, a non-profit dance service organization in Chicago, with special ticket discounts, performances, master classes, seminars and more scheduled as the buildup to National Dance Week, April 28-May 5.

This inaugural month-long celebration will highlight the variety and artistic richness of the Chicago dance community by promoting a slew of dance performances, educational opportunities and other events in partnership with venues and organizations across the city. Partners include the American Rhythm Center, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Chicago Park District, Choose Chicago, National Dance Week Foundation and The Old Town School of Folk Music.

In describing the motivation behind this new program, Audience Architects' executive director Heather Hartley observed, "Mayor Rahm Emanuel has frequently declared his desire to make Chicago an internationally recognized dance destination and to integrate culture into daily life - across public, nonprofit and private sectors of the city. Chicago's theater community recently celebrated Chicago Theater Week, and Chicago's visual arts community is on track to celebrate Chicago artists in fall 2013. So now is the ideal moment to launch Chicago Dance Month."

Audience Architects is creating a comprehensive Chicago Dance Month Calendar that will be available in print and online, listing the dozens of free and affordable dance showings, workshops, classes and fully-produced performances at numerous locations throughout the city. Among the more than 50 events are these highlights:

± April 7: The Music + Movement Festival of the Auditorium Theatre, Katten Landau Studio, 425 South Wabash, 4th floor, Chicago; http://auditoriumtheatre.org/wb/pages/home/performances-events/musicmovement.php: Features Bryant Ballet with Sylvia and Miguel de la Cerna Mexican Dance Ensemble and DanceWorks Chicago with Paul Wertico.

± April 8: "One World:" Chicago Cultural Center, 78 East Washington; http://audiencearchitects.com/moving-dialogs/april-8-one-world/: Select troupes representing a cross-section of Chicago neighborhoods will be invited to perform live at the Cultural Center inside an open forum/jam session hosted by renowned choreographer and artistic director of Urban Bush Women, Jawole Zollar.

± April 12: Global Dance Party with Angel d'Cuba (Salsa): Old Town School of Folk Music, 4545 N Lincoln Ave.; http://www.oldtownschool.org/concerts/2013/04-12-2013-angel-dcuba-830pm/#series: Part of a new Friday night series offering dance styles from around the globe, each evening features a dance class followed by two hours of music from live bands or DJs.

± April 18-20: Young Jean Lee's Theater Company "Untitled Feminist Show": Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 220 E Chicago Ave.; http://mcachicago.org/performances/now/all/2013/891: Six charismatic artists from New York's theater, dance, cabaret and burlesque worlds perform a fully nude, wordless celebration of female identity.

± April 19-21: "In Here, We Are Whole": 3111 N. Western Ave. at Constellation, the new home for Links Hall, http://www.linkshall.org/Performances/April/tabid/174/Default.aspx: Four emerging choreographers combine movement and artistic investigation to explore censorship.

± April 20-21: Chicago Tap Theatre's "Liaison Returns": Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave.; http://athenaeumtheatre.org/show-search.shtml#: An international exploration of the limits of tap dance featuring three critically acclaimed companies from Europe and America.

± April 27: DanceWorks Chicago and Sons of the Never Wrong: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 Skokie Blvd.; http://www.northshorecenter.org/events/danceworks-chicago-and-sons-of-the-never-wrong/?instance_id=1055: This is a combined evening of dance and live folk music featuring a new work choreographed by Gina Patterson.

± April 28: Winifred Haun & Dancers Open Rehearsal: Hubbard Street Dance Center, 1147 W. Jackson Blvd.; http://www.winifredhaun.org/: Attendees have the opportunity to witness three works-in-progress by different choreographers and engage in a discussion with the artists about their creative processes.


For complete program information or to purchase special Chicago Dance Month discount tickets, visit www.seechicagodance.com. While many events will be free and open to the public, there also will be special Dance Month Discounts offering 20-40% off on numerous April events, including classes, performances, workshops and seminars.

Audience Architects will also host a professional development seminar addressing audience engagement, "Technology, Dance Audiences and YOU," Friday, April 19, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center. This half-day professional seminar will feature breakfast conversation with - and a keynote speech by - Ben Cameron, Program Director for the Arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. For more information contact Executive Director Heather Hartley at 312-846-6357 or visit www.audiencearchitects.com.

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