Audience Architects to Launch into 4th Annual Chicago Dance Month

Winifred Haun & Company will be among the Chicago dance companies presented in this year's Chicago Dance Month  (photo by Matthew Gregory Hollis).

Audience Architects invites you to “Leap” into spring as they kick off the fourth annual Chicago Dance Month, April 1 – May 1, 2016, coinciding with National Dance Week (April 22 – May 1). Highlighting the breadth, diversity and artistic richness of the Chicago dance community, Chicago Dance Month features a wide variety of performances, classes, educational opportunities, open rehearsals and more.

“Chicago is known for so many of its cultural talents, whether it is theater, food, visual art or music. We want to make it known that Chicago is also a dance city that has some of the most unique and talented companies on an international level,” said Audience Architects’ executive director, Heather Hartley. “Chicago Dance Month allows the city to experience its own world-class talent by showing the community a sneak peak of the large scope of diverse dance that is offered on a year-round basis for free or reduced prices.”

To kick off the month of movement, a special event hosted by Audience Architects will take place Friday, April 1 at Walgreens (151 N. State St.). The free kick-off party will feature performances by Culture Shock Chicago, Tapman Productions and Natya Dance Theatre as well as food, drinks, special giveaways and more. In addition, the organization will host a special “Moving Dialogs” event Tuesday, April 26 at ARTSPACE 8. “Women in the Director’s Chair Featuring Virginia Johnson” explores how the diversity of female artistry and more equitable representation of the female voice in dance leads to tremendous discovery. Moderated by choreographer and former artistic director of Kansas City Ballet William Whitener, panelists include artistic director of Dance Theatre of Harlem Virginia Johnson, founder and artistic director of Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater Dame Libby Komaiko, artistic director of Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater Irma Suarez Ruiz and, via skype, new artistic director of the Washington Ballet Julie Kent.

Additional Audience Architects events will be hosted throughout the month as well as events and programming from individual dance companies, institutions and organizations. 

More than 60 dance performances, two dozen workshops and classes, a half-dozen lectures and other special events, including open rehearsals, open houses and awards ceremonies, fill the Chicago Dance Month calendar each and every day. A free, special celebratory event will highlight Chicago Dance Month Friday, April 29th at Federal Plaza. “Dance on the Plaza – A Chicago Dance Month Celebration” invites all dance lovers to get outside and enjoy dance from a variety of companies and dancers including Red Clay Dance Company, Project Bound Dance and Winifred Haun & Dancers, among a host of other luminary dance collectives.

More events will be added as the launch approaches. Stay abreast of Chicago’s dance calendar by visiting SeeChicagoDance.com for the most up-to-date information and to purchase tickets and “Hot Deals.”

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