Meet Christine

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Christine Janák is delighted to be dancing with Chicago Repertory Ballet for the 2018 season. She has performed across Europe and nationally since 2012. In Switzerland and touring through Germany, and Liechtenstein, she performed as a soloist with, Cinevox, in productions of; Cinderella, Bolero, Le Sacre du Printemps, and Cielo y Tierra. In the Netherlands she performed in various works by Martine Van Santen and Rianne Slenema. Returning to her home state, she was honored to be a part of the Denver Public Works' Holocaust remembrance piece choreographed by internationally renowned choreographer  Robert Sher-Machherndl, entitled White Mirror. Again in Colorado she danced and choreographed for Mercury Dance Company. While with Ballet 5:8, here in Chicago, she performed in the world premiere of Scarlet, a retelling of the scarlet letter and various other pieces. She has a deep love for dance education and has taught in as many paces as she has danced throughout the Midwest and abroad. She enjoys photography and photo-manipulation, learning new languages and reading books.

Meet Eliza

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Eliza Weekley, originally from Athens, Ohio began her ballet training with BalletMet Columbus, where she became a trainee at the age of 16. There she was given the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Gerard Charles and Edwaard Liang and to perform alongside the company dancing corps de ballet roles in many productions including “The Nutcracker” and “Alice in Wonderland”. After graduating from high school, Ms. Weekley continued her training with the Joffrey Academy of Dance Chicago. She joined the Mezzo company of Cocodaco Dance Project, under the leadership of Ronn Stewart, in 2015, where she continued to dance up until joining CRB in 2018. This will be Eliza’s second season with Chicago Repertory Ballet.


Meet Luis

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 Luis was born and raised in Chicago and began his dance training with various studios throughout the city before attending the dance program at Interlochen Summer Arts Camp with an emphasis in modern technique. His passion for dance grew as he went on to earn his BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. While studying at the University of Illinois, he had the pleasure of performing works by Rebecca Nettl-Fiol, Jennifer Monson, Tere O’Connor, Sahar Azimi, Elijah Gibson, and Jennifer Archibald, among many others. Vazquez continued his professional training through numerous intensives including Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Alonzo King LINES Ballet, for which he received a scholarship to attend. Vazquez began his professional career when he joined Thodos Dance Chicago for two seasons, where he performed works by Melissa Thodos, Ann Reinking, Brian Enos, Shannon Alvis, Kevin Iega Jeff, and Garfield Lemonius. He made his debut as a professional choreographer when his piece Siren premiered at the 2017 Thodos New Dances concert. Luis was then selected as one of four winners of the Joffrey Ballet's Winning Works choreographic competition.  In his first season with Chicago Repertory Ballet Luis performed multiple works by Artistic Director Wade Schaaf, as well as works by Shannon Alvis, Tenley Dickey, and Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye. Luis is thrilled to start his second season with CRB. 

 

Meet Marco

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Marco Clemente began his dance training at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts under the directorship of Larry Long. He has since danced for Dayton Ballet, Minnesota Ballet, and Ballet Nebraska. Some of his most memorable roles include Puck, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Goro, "Madame Butterfly," the Harlequinade pas de deux , and the Grand pas de deux from "The Nutcracker." This is Marco's first season with Chicago Repertory Ballet

Meet Chris

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Chris Tallmadge hails from Michigan, where he received the bulk of his training from Grand Valley State University. There, he had the privilege of performing works by Charles Askegard, Eddy Ocampo, Becca Lemme, Joshua Manculich, and many others. Upon completing his time at Grand Valley, he discovered a love for teaching, and taught at various West Michigan studios before moving to Chicago. 2018 is Chris's first season with Chicago Repertory Ballet, and he's very excited to explore and learn from the company!

Meet Michelle

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Michelle Meltzer is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana where she trained at the Indianapolis School of Ballet under the direction of Victoria Lyras. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science in Ballet with an Outside Field in Education from the Jacob’s School of Music at Indiana University.  Michelle was previously a member of Nevada Ballet Theatre for four seasons where she performed as Juliet in James Canfield’s Romeo and Juliet, in Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Who Care’s, Slaughter on 10th Avenue, and Serenade, in Cynthia Gregory’s staging of Swan Lake, as well as dancing in collaboration with Cirque du Solei. 

Since moving to Chicago, Michelle has danced for Aerial Dance Chicago, Simantikos Annual Celebration of Chicago Art, and in “New Dances” a collaboration between Danceworks and Thodos Dance Chicago. This is Michelle’s second season with Chicago Repertory Ballet.

2013 Season

Le Scare du Printemps

 
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Choreographer: Wade Schaaf

Lighting Designer: Amanda Clegg Lyon

Costume Designer: Nathan Rohrer

Set Designer: Nathan Rohrer

World Premiere: June 19th, 2013 – The Vittum Theater (Chicago, IL)

This futuristic look at the original narrative shows a society of people in a time after civilization as we know it has fallen, and what lies deep inside man. Schaaf uses the original libretto to take a gritty view at just what humans are capable of.

2013 Season

One Way

 
One Way
 

Choreographer: Jacqueline Stewart

Lighting Designer: Sarah Lackner

Costume Designer: Nathan Rohrer

World Premiere: June 19th 2013 – The Vittum Theater (Chicago, IL)

This CRB commission began as a duet that Stewart premiered in her evening length, interactive production ‘Dance Gallery’. Expanded into a sextet, Stewart explores the posturing of runway modeling and the architecture of the runway in this work.