Chicago Dancing Festival

Chicago Dancing Festival




Project will involve up to 100 non-dancer members of the community on stage


CHICAGO – June 27, 2012 – The Chicago Dancing Festival (CDF) invites the Chicago public to learn more about an unusual and exciting project where they would share the stage with top performers from Chicago and across the country.  CDF will host a series of community meetings to inform and introduce interested participants to Bolero Chicago, the Festival’s first ever community-based work that will premiere on stage in two performances as part of the free, week-long Chicago Dancing Festival 2012, set to take place August 20–25.


Conceived and choreographed by Larry Keigwin, Artistic Director of New York-based troupe Keigwin + Company, Bolero Chicago combines three trained dancers with up to 100 non-dancer members of the community.  Set to Maurice Ravel’s iconic score, Bolero, Keigwin’s fun and vibrant project examines and de-constructs local movement traits for a work that uniquely speaks to Chicago’s diverse cultural identity.  Created over a two-week residency, Bolero Chicago will serve as a way to deepen audiences’ experience with dance, allowing participants to explore their own creativity and physicality and transform themselves into performers. 


Anyone interested in learning more about the opportunity to participate in Bolero Chicago is encouraged to attend one of the following community meetings:

  • Friday, July 13, 4:30 pm at The Dance Center of Columbia College, 1306 S. Michigan Avenue
  • Saturday, July 14, 11:00 am at the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th Street
  • Saturday, July 14, 2:00 pm at PINT, 1547 N. Milwaukee Avenue
  • Sunday, July 15, 2:00 pm at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 N. 111th Street


Advanced RSVP is encouraged via e-mail to and those who do will be entered for a chance to win two VIP tickets to a performance of the 2012 Chicago Dancing Festival.


Each community meeting, led by Keigwin + Company member Ashley Browne, will address what participants can expect in the Bolero Chicago rehearsal and performance process and what would be expected of them if they choose to commit to the project.  At the end of each meeting there will be a sign-up opportunity to join the Bolero Chicago cast.  There will not be a formal audition process.  Rehearsals for Bolero Chicago will take place Monday through Friday evenings, August 6-11 and 13-18.  Participants will also need to attend dress rehearsals August 19 and 24.  Additional information about time commitments will be provided at each community meeting.  People of all ages, backgrounds and ability levels are encouraged to participate and no prior dance experience is necessary. 


The on-stage performances of Bolero Chicago occur at Chicago Dancing Festival’s opening program, “Chicago Dancing” at the Harris Theater, Monday, August 20 and again as part of the Festival’s grand finale program, “Celebration of Dance” at the Pritzker Pavilion on Saturday, August 25.


About the Chicago Dancing Festival

The Chicago Dancing Festival was founded in 2007 to heighten awareness of dance in Chicago, to provide aspiration for local artists, and to increase accessibility to the art form.  Its mission is to present a wide variety of excellent dance, enrich the lives of the people of Chicago and provide increased accessibility to the art form, thereby helping create a new audience.  Its vision is to raise the national and international profile of dance in the city, furthering Chicago as a dance destination.  For more information, please visit


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