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Spring Dance Concert

Chicago Academy for the Arts
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The Chicago Academy for the Arts Dance Department is a longtime HT education partner and is comprised of some of the Midwest’s most talented young dancers. The ensemble aims to preserve world-class works set on Academy dancers, and to promote its students as youth ambassadors in the dance community. Alumni from this prestigious training program have gone on to such institutions as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Joffrey Ballet, The Juilliard School, and New York City Ballet.

In the spirit of the Academy's Spring Dance Concert, and biannual appearance on the Harris Theater's Mix at Six series, Academy artists perform a mixed program, drawing on new works and beloved repertoire. 

No Piece/One Peace
Choreographer: Patrick Simoniello
Music: ”Lola’s Theme” (The Shapeshifters), “Xochicuicatl” (Lxya Herrera)
Costumes: Patrick Simoniello
Lighting: Margaret Nelson

In the Shadows
Choreography: Dyani Gandarilla
Music: "And just like that" (Abel Korzeniowski), “Verses” (Olafur Arnalds), “Doomed” (Moses Sumney)
Costumes: Dyani Gandarilla
Lighting: Margaret Nelson

IDA (A day in the life of Ida B. Wells)
This piece is dedicated in memory of our dear and loving friend, Dori Wilson
Choreographer: Randy Duncan
Music: John Williams
Costume: Sasha Hildabrand
Lighting: Margaret Nelson
Dancer: Nina Chrusfield

That's How He Works
Choreographer: Jonathan Alsberry
Costumes: Randy Duncan
Music: Sunday Service Choir (Kanye West)
Lighting: Margaret Nelson

Shanequa's World
Choreographer: Randy Duncan
Music: Okura (World Music)
Costumes: Luis Razo
Lighting: Margaret Nelson

Depth of Light
Choreography: Randy Duncan
Music: Andy Mitran
Costumes: Dancer generated
Lighting: Margaret Nelson

The Harris Theater acknowledges support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.