DANCE CHANCE Moves to Hubbard Street Dance Center, Beg. Tonight
Beginning tonight, January 31, 2014, DanceWorks Chicago's monthly program Dance Chance has a new home at the Lou Conte Dance Studio in the Hubbard Street Dance Center, 1147 West Jackson Boulevard in Chicago's West Loop. Launched in March 2008 with prior venue the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Dance Chance has encouraged dialogue between artists and audiences, and prompted the creation of more than 100 original works in diverse forms and techniques.
Repeating the last Friday of each month from 7-8pm, each one-hour Dance Chance showcases three 15-minute pieces by local choreographers, followed by discussion and audience response, led by a guest moderator. At the conclusion of each event, the next month's three choreographers are chosen randomly from names submitted by choreographers in attendance. There are no fees or prerequisites to enter the drawings.
"The Hubbard Street Dance Center is a place where new choreography is constantly being made, by dancers from so many different disciplines," says Lou Conte Dance Studio director Claire Bataille, also a founding member of the Center's world-renowned resident company. "It makes perfect sense for Dance Chance to move into our facility. I look forward to watching this program continue to build community and creative exchange among the talented and unique artists we have here in Chicago."
Says DanceWorks Chicago Artistic Director Julie Nakagawa, "DanceWorks Chicago started Dance Chance to encourage creativity and a sense of adventure in artists and audiences, and bring communities together to learn more about one another. DanceWorks is grateful for the program's five-year run at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts and we're honored to be invited to continue at the Lou Conte Dance Studio, a successful example of homegrown talent and, as such, a fitting partner for Dance Chance. DanceWorks is excited about this new partnership and we look forward to continuing to support local artists and audiences."
Guest moderator and Hubbard Street Dancer Jacqueline Burnett will host the January 31 event featuring J. Lindsay Brown, Katie Graves and Patrick Ingram, chosen from a "virtual Dance Chance" held online December 30 at facebook.com/choreographers. A raffle kicking off this new, six-month trial partnership will be held at the Center, for prizes including a T-shirt and a ten-class card for the Lou Conte Dance Studio's Winter Session.
Admission to Dance Chance is $3 cash, to which attendees are welcome to add a donation. The Hubbard Street Dance Center is easily accessible via the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290), the CTA Blue Line (Forest Park branch to Racine) and numerous bus routes including 7 Harrison, 9 Ashland, 20 Madison, 60 Blue Island and 126 Jackson.