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Dancers Maeghan McHale and Devin Buchanan in Brock Clawson’s “Give and Take” (2009). (Photo by Reveuse Photography)

The work of two of Chicago’s most enduring but dramatically different contemporary dance companies – Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Giordano Dance Chicago – was on elaborate display this past weekend. 

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Twyla Tharp’s “The Golden Section” (Photo by Paul Kolnik)

A review of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Auditorium Theatre, and in dance news: a $1 million gift for the Joffrey Ballet.

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Telmo Moreira’s “Memento Mori” (Photo by Cheryl Mann)

Three very different programs appeared on Chicago stages last weekend – and there is much more to come this month. 

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Christine Shevchenko and Calvin Royal III in “Songs of Bukovina.” (Credit: Marty Sohl)

American Ballet Theatre has traveled light for this engagement, homing in on modern works that mostly thrive on a variety of lighting effects, with several pas de deux lifted from larger ballets and performed on a bare stage that puts the movement in stark relief.

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Misty Copeland, “Life in Motion” (Photo: Gregg Delman)

Whether she’s on stage or on television, it’s hard to not notice Misty Copeland, the professional ballet dancer making history as the first black woman to be named a principal dancer for the iconic American Ballet Theatre.

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English National Ballet. Alina Cojocaru in Akram Kham’s “Giselle.” (© Laurent Liotardo)

Chicago is dancing up a storm this season, and plans for an exceptionally strong 2018-2019 season are already being announced. A preview of what’s to come.

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Temur Suluashvili and Lucia Connolly in rehearsal for “The Nutcracker.” (Photo by Todd Rosenberg)

The new documentary “Making a New American Nutcracker” premieres on WTTW. We speak with the Joffrey Ballet’s artistic director and the film’s producer.

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(Courtesy of Nordstrom)

They’ve strutted across high-end runways and for fast-fashion TV commercials. Now, the Hiplet dancers are showing Chicago Tonight how they’ve worked for their success.

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(Courtesy of Lyric Opera of Chicago)

Choreographer John Neumeier is in the sixth decade of a career that’s still going strong, and his latest project marks an unprecedented Chicago collaboration.

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Merce Cunningham, 2008. (Cameron Wittig, courtesy of Walker Art Center, Minneapolis)

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago joined forces with the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis for a dual exhibition about an artist of dance who worked with celebrated artists of other disciplines.

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Justin Peck

The Joffrey Ballet recently reimagined Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker”– and the company is now moving to the pulse of popular music.

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“Hamilton” dancer Yossi Chaikin. (Chicago Tonight)

One of the dance captains of “Hamilton” taught a master class at a Chicago school for the arts. We were there to witness the cultural exchange.

Hubbard Street Dance stages a tribute to the international choreographer

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William Forsythe rehearses N.N.N.N. with Hubbard Street Dancers Ana Lopez, Alicia Delgadillo, and Emilie Leriche (Photo / Todd Rosenberg)

The internationally recognized choreographer discusses his history with the Joffrey Ballet, the de-gendering of ballet, and who – if not him – acts as the true successor to the father of American Ballet.

The Joffrey Ballet just hired 10 new dancers; you may have already met 2 of them

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Joffrey Ballet's 10 new dancers (Photos courtesy Joffrey Ballet)

New Joffrey Ballet dancers speak about their experience with crafting public persona in the world of professional ballet. 

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The Joffrey Ballet presents "Millennials" Sept. 16-20 at the Auditorium Theatre.

Tony Award-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon is in town to work with veterans of his choreographic style at the Joffrey Ballet and some new kids on the block – the Joffrey recently added 10 dancers to the company. Wheeldon joins us in advance of the Joffrey's 60th anniversary season, kicking off Wednesday with the program Millennials.

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Art, dance, music and theater: Get the best of everything in our guide to fall arts in Chicago.

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