Summer at CRB!

CRB Dancers

 

This Summer CRB spent three days at the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts teaching a masterclass, and holding a lecture/demonstration style performance. Among the works performed were segments from "The Four Seasons", "Illuminations" and ballet variations by Artistic Director Wade Schaaf. Working with this group of young artists was a great inspiration!


 CRB'S Summer Intensive is just ONE MONTH AWAY!   A perfect offering for the young artist (13 and up). Once a year, CRB offers an opportunity for young advanced dancers to work with the artists of the company. This year, the intensive will be in the heart of downtown Chicago at  218 S. Wabash . Dancers will have the opportunity to work on their technique and artistry with the company members at CRB. JOIN US!

CRB'S Summer Intensive is just ONE MONTH AWAY!

A perfect offering for the young artist (13 and up). Once a year, CRB offers an opportunity for young advanced dancers to work with the artists of the company. This year, the intensive will be in the heart of downtown Chicago at 218 S. Wabash. Dancers will have the opportunity to work on their technique and artistry with the company members at CRB. JOIN US!

 Save the date!   CRB'S fall gala ENVISION is September 15th. Save the date for a fun evening of dance, drink and FUN all in support of Chicago's contemporary ballet company. Make sure to put September 15 on your calendar. Don't miss the CRB event of the fall!

Save the date!

CRB'S fall gala ENVISION is September 15th. Save the date for a fun evening of dance, drink and FUN all in support of Chicago's contemporary ballet company. Make sure to put September 15 on your calendar. Don't miss the CRB event of the fall!

Summer Intensive Instructor: Luis Vazquez

We sat down with Summer Intensive Instructor Luis Vazquez to discuss his ideas on dance and teaching. Enjoy reading about his perspective below!

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We sat down with Summer Intensive Instructor Luis Vazquez to discuss his ideas on dance and teaching. Enjoy reading about his perspective below!

 

CRB: Luis, can you tell us a little about your history with teaching?

Luis: "My teaching experience really flourished when I joined Thodos Dance Chicago. While in the company I taught company class, master classes while on tour, and re-staged company repertoire during summer and winter intensives. Since then I've taught at the Joffrey Ballet Academy, After School Matters, and teach group fitness."

CRB: What would you say is important learn in the studio?

Luis: "We have one body, it is up to dancers to be able to learn the mechanics and capabilities of their specific facility. As a teacher, I do my best to push students to see the dance room as a laboratory; constantly experimenting with how their body can use momentum to push through space, and grow."

CRB: What is your favorite part about teaching?

Luis: "I love seeing a dancer take ownership of their artistry and really tear through space, it's extremely rewarding to help students reach that point and grow into professionals."

CRB: What do you think is unique about the CRB Summer Intensive?

Luis: "The CRB intensive is special because of the diversity of the repertoire. Students can strengthen their classical technique, and learn how that technique can be filtered through contemporary work."

Work with Luis and the rest of this amazing faculty in the CRB Summer Intensive August 6 - 10. Send in your audition video now!

Teacher Spotlight: Miriam-Rose LeDuc

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We sat down with Miriam-Rose to talk about her philosophy on teaching, life and artistry. Please enjoy our interview with Miriam-Rose!

CRB: "Tell us a little bit about your teaching background."

Miriam: "For the past four years, I have been on faculty at The Joffrey Academy of Dance.  I have given master classes and taught throughout the Midwest at the Jacobs School of Music, the Beverly Arts Center, and The Academy for the Arts in Spring Arbor, Michigan, among others."

CRB: "In your words, what would you say is your teaching philosophy/approach?"

Miriam: "As a teacher, my aim is not only to train my students to be the very best dancers or musicians they can be, but also to equip them with the skills and values necessary to become the best possible versions of themselves.  I love the arts of both ballet and violin for many reasons; one of which is that in order to do them well, one must develop perseverance, discipline, passion, humility, creativity, and patience, among other qualities.  These qualities are valuable not only in the arts, but in any person’s life, and I aspire to enhance and shape the lives of my students."

CRB: "What do you personally enjoy about teaching?

Miriam: "I love being able to pass on the tools and technique required to execute an artform well.  When you see a student who really wants to succeed, who puts in the work, and is able to see their improvement in class, onstage, through an audition, etc., it is so rewarding!"

CRB: "What do you think is unique about CRB's Summer Intensive program?"

Miriam: "CRB is unique in its versatility.  Not only do we dance and perform a myriad of styles, but each of the teachers at this intensive have diverse backgrounds and so much to offer from our variety of artistic experiences.  You won't want to miss it!"

CRB: "Tell us something fun about YOU!"

Miriam: "As I implied above, I also play the violin!  I started when I was six years old with the Suzuki violin method, and am still performing, teaching, and writing my own music today."

Don't miss your chance to study with Miriam and the rest of our wonderful faculty in CRB's 2018 Summer Intensive. There are still spots available. Find out more below!

Phew! What a Spring!!

Spring was filled with beautiful performances at Chicago Repertory Ballet.

This April we premiered Modern Motions at the Atheneum Theater. The production opened with a headline grabbing review: "Ambitious Chicago Repertory Ballet shows who they want to be."

In May we brought a few of these beautiful works to Evanston's Studio5 performing Arts Center. Enjoy some photos from these performances below. Don't forget you can follow our Instagram @Chicagorepertoryballet to see the latest photos and videos from CRB! 

 Trees, Melody  Ms. Jacqueline Stewart with the company in Shannon Alvis' gorgeous work "Tress, Melody".  Photo: Thopher Alexander

Trees, Melody

Ms. Jacqueline Stewart with the company in Shannon Alvis' gorgeous work "Tress, Melody".

Photo: Thopher Alexander

 Grand Pianola Music  Ms. Miriam-Rose LeDuc in Artistic Director Wade Schaaf's "Grand Pianola Music: On the Dominant Divide".   Photo: Topher Alexander

Grand Pianola Music

Ms. Miriam-Rose LeDuc in Artistic Director Wade Schaaf's "Grand Pianola Music: On the Dominant Divide". 

Photo: Topher Alexander


SUMMER IS COMING: 

CRB'S Summer Intensive is coming August 6 - 10 and will be packed with some of the most exciting classes and opportunities to study with the amazing artists of Chicago Repertory Ballet. Study in the heart of downtown Chicago in this fun and invigorating intensive. Don't wait, send your audition today!

 
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Dancer Spotlight: Luis Vazquez

Q&A with Luis Vazquez 

 
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CRB: What's been the most challenging/rewarding part of this season?

Luis Vazquez: The most rewarding experience for me this season, is being presented with both the challenge and opportunity to reinvent my dancing with each new choreographer and piece. All of the pieces in this show are so different, that it pushes me to not only use my technique and facility in different ways, but to also jump into a different world with each work. It's been challenging but I feel that my dancing as much more depth and nuance because of this process.

 

CRB: Why CRB?

Luis Vazquez:What makes CRB special is seeing so many different voices and experiences collide onstage. Both the choreographers and dancers all come from such different backgrounds, and it's exciting to see what happens when those influences come together in the studio and on the stage.  

Dancer Spotlight: Christine Janák

Q&A with Christine Janák 

 
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CRB: What's been the most exciting new work from this season?

Christine Janák : I really enjoy dancing in the new ballet Wade has created for this show. It's like a whirlwind. This piece has the full company cast in it and I think it's going to be really powerful to have so many dancers onstage. The solos really twinkle like skittering sparks, so in the crescendo of this piece I'm hoping for visual fireworks.

 

CRB: What's been the most challenging/fun part of the rehearsal processes?

Christine Janák : When the choreography feels good in your body you dance it differently. I feel I dance at my best with Wade's style, the movements flow one into the next without being predictable. Getting to work in this style of movement is not only rewarding but also quite fun. 

 

CRB: Why CRB?

Christine Janák : Art is vital to society, and good art can do incredible things. Supporting the arts makes you a part of the community of art makers, and what CRB does is incredible. In a few short weeks of rehearsal CRB has put together a stunning showcase of 4 new to the world feats of grace and athleticism and a 5th revival piece of powerful inspection on the human condition. Subtle stories told through gesture and flying leaps, whirlwinds and playful banter. Modern Motions fills the spectrum of emotions. The audience is in for an exciting ride.

Dancer Spotlight: John Cartwright

Q&A with John Cartwright

 
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CRB: What should someone expect from this show?

John Cartwright: Diversity of dance styles, beautiful music, and extraordinary dancing!

 

CRB: What's been the most challenging/fun part of the rehearsal processes?

John Cartwright: Tenley Dickey’s piece because the movement is so different and specific. She definitely has a unique movement style that is both quirky and beautiful.

 

CRB: Personally, what's been the most rewarding part of this process?

John Cartwright: The most rewarding experience has been working with so many amazing talented dancers. Everyone is so committed to their art and the amount of professionalism in the studio is outstanding. I’m truly grateful and inspired each day.

Dancer Spotlight: Eliza Weekley

Q&A with Eliza Weekley!

 
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CRB: What's been the most challenging/fun part of the rehearsal processes?

Eliza Weekley: They're all so different and challenging it's hard to choose. But if I had to pick just one, I would go with Tenley Dickey's piece. Her choreography is just so quick and nuanced but also very musical so it is hard to pick up and make look good but once you start to get into the groove of it, it is very rewarding and fun to dance!

 

CRB: Personally, what's been the most rewarding part of this process?

Eliza Weekley: Getting to work with, and dance alongside, all of these wonderful dancers & choreographers. I know this sounds very Cliché, but it's true. This is my first time dancing with CRB and I was a little caught off guard by how friendly and welcoming everyone was.

 

CRB: Why should someone see and support CRB?

Eliza Weekley: We're different. It's not everyday that you get to see dancers do pirouettes in pointe shoes and then watch them proceed to roll around on the ground in the exact same piece.

Dancer Spotlight: Miriam-Rose LeDuc

Q&A with Miriam-Rose!

 
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CRB: What's been the most challenging/fun part of the rehearsal processes?

Miriam-Rose: One of the most fun and challenging pieces for me has been Ryan Nye’s new work.  The final movement uses Max Richter’s “Infra 5”, which is one of my favorite pieces of music.  While I’ve enjoyed listening to that piece many times, I never had to truly analyze it until this choreographic process.  As both a dancer and a musician, I enjoyed the challenge of studying the piece from a musical standpoint as well as applying that musicality to the steps themselves.!

 

CRB: Why should someone see "Modern Motions?"

Miriam-Rose: Chicago Repertory Ballet is a uniquely versatile company.  With repertoire requiring anything from pointe shoes to bare feet, we truly do push ourselves to create and perform "dance that defies labels".  Not only is this versatility rewarding for us as dancers, who are constantly being challenged to grow technically and artistically, but it also makes our art approachable and relevant to the Chicago community at large. 

 

CRB: Tell the world a little about yourself!

Miriam-Rose: In addition to dancing, I enjoy playing the violin, teaching, and composing music.

Meet Django

Django

Originally from San Francisco, CA, Mr. Allegretti trained at the San
Francisco Ballet School on scholarship for ten years. He studied with Jorge
Esquivel, Parrish Maynard, Jeff Lyons and Jean-Yves Esquerre and attended
numerous summer intensives including American Ballet Theatre and Ballet
Chicago on scholarship. He danced with Ballet Theatre of Maryland as a
Principal and was featured as Cavalier and Snow King in the Nutcracker,
Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, and in Antony Tudor’s Continuo. As a Principal
with Manassas Ballet Theatre he performed roles such as Hilarion in Giselle,
Cavalier and Snow King in The Nutcracker and the Jester in Cinderella. Mr.
Allegretti is looking forward to his first season with Chicago Repertory Ballet.