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Let’s Dance

Celebrate the city’s thriving dance community during Chicago Dance Month.


Hedwig Dances performers in Markings

Chicago is undoubtedly one of the dance capitals of the U.S, thanks to heavy hitters like the Joffrey Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, along with the equally impressive smaller companies, such as Hedwig Dances and Red Clay Dance. Here are five performances and open studio experiences at the top of our list during Chicago Dance Month, running through May 4.

1. Hedwig Dances: Markings
One of Chicago’s most innovative contemporary ensembles, Hedwig Dances performs Markings, a series of three emotive pieces choreographed by Jan Bartoszek (“drift deep, loose” and “Double Helix”) and Victor Alexander (“Line of Sighs”), on April 12. 7PM. Tickets $15-$20. Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave., 773.281.0824

2. Visceral Dance Chicago
Don’t miss Chicago’s newest contemporary dance company as it debuts its inaugural repertoire under the artistic direction of Nick Pupillo, who is presenting two signature works April 12 and 13. Also in the program: “Landing, Chasms” by choreographer Sidra Bell and two world premieres by Mónica Cervantes and Robyn Mineko Williams. 7:30PM April 12; 3PM April 13. Tickets $25-$75. Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph Drive, 312.338.7777

3. Aerial Dance Experience
Ever dreamed of flying? Stop by the Aerial Dance Chicago studio April 18 for a full day of workshops for children, beginners and professional dancers, along with an open rehearsal that offers a behind-the-scenes look at the collaborative piece with Aerial Dance Chicago and Elements Contemporary Ballet. 11AM-8PM. Free. Aerial Dance Chicago, 4028 W. Irving Park, 773.463.4402

4. Ron de Jesus Dance: Hyper Human
The renowned dance company presents its first full-evening performance in Chicago April 25 and 26 with a mixed repertory of six works from its namesake artistic director, as well as Benjamin Millepied (of Black Swan fame) and Arte Phillips. Acclaimed jazz vocalist Paul Marinaro will also perform during the world premiere of de Jesus’ “Without a Song… Mic Check 1,2.” 7:30PM. Tickets $25-$50. Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Parkway, 312.339.6543

5. Community Rhythms: A Celebration of Dance in the Parks
Get moving and try out a variety of dance styles during an afternoon of free, family-friendly workshops and performances offered by Chicago Park District’s instructors and partners on April 26 at the charming Austin Town Hall Cultural Center, where you can also learn about dance programs and classes taking place throughout the city. 12:30-4PM. Austin Town Hall Cultural Center, 5610 W. Lake St., 773.287.7658