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Meggie Hermanson on Friday, Aug 22, 2014
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Attention, Chicago dancers! It's been a week of fabulous dancing: First the 23rd annual Dance For Life gala (which raised nearly $175,000 in funds for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, the Dancers' Fund, Apage Missions, NFP and MADE: Making a Daily Effort), then a free performance of Broadway's best and now the Chicago Dancing Festival! Dancing, outdoor festivities and awareness raising—this Chicago native wishes she could be there for all the fun!
Founded by Lar Lubovitch and Jay Franke in 2007, the CDF has happened every August for the last 7 years, presenting free dance events with the objective of enriching the lives of Chicagoans and creating a new audience by making dance more accessible. We love it!
Wednesday night kicked off the CDF with a performance at the Harris Theater, simulcast at Millennium Park so that thousands more could enjoy performances from Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (in an original commission by Kyle Abraham!), The Juilliard School, Martha Graham Dance Company, Stars of American Ballet and The Joffrey Ballet. Tonight, there's another free performance at the Museum of Contemporary Art (if you landed a ticket to this event, we're jealous!), and tomorrow, the grand finale: a performance at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Look for The Joffrey Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Rennie Harris Puremovement, The Juilliard School and Stars of Washington Ballet Brooklyn Mack and Maki Onuki.