Peter Chu & Hubbard Street Are Invading Chicago's Harris Theater

Peter Chu, the amazing dancer/choreographer first noticed in Crystal Pite’s company Kidd Pivot, is teaming up with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago for an adventure in immersive installations. Back at the 2010 Dance Teacher Summit, when his piece This Thought exploded across the stage, he rightfully won the Capezio A.C.E. Award Competition for choreography. I was […]

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Launches its New Professional Program

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago enters its fifth decade with a new training program designed to propel young professionals toward careers in dance. The Hubbard Street Professional Program (nicknamed “HS Pro”) provides a two-year postsecondary alternative to university dance programs. HS Pro dancers in cohorts up to 25 will have opportunities to take class and perform […]

5 Pros on Their Summer Intensive Regrets

Attending the right summer intensive at the right time can be life-changing—and potentially career-launching. But it’s up to you to make the most of the experience. From building your technique to trying new styles to expanding your network, getting everything you want from an intensive takes focus and planning. Strategize for success with these tips […]

Make 'Em Laugh: How Top Choreographers Find Their Funny

At one performance of David Parker’s Nut/Cracked in 2005, three-quarters of his audience walked out prematurely. But the same moment that caused the offense—a duet between two men with their thumbs in each other’s mouths—earned Parker hearty laughs from the remaining crowd, and eventually an enthusiastic standing ovation. Humor is subjective, and it can be […]

25 to Watch

Leriche in Kyle Abraham’s Counterpoint. Photo by Todd Rosenberg, Courtesy HSDC. Emilie Leriche Both delicate and strong, Emilie Leriche can move with the softness of a cool puff of air or strike a pose worthy of the mythic huntress Diana. She crystallizes moments in time with the magic of a born performer. And she’s whip-smart—as […]

When Dancers Speak

After spending years in the studio honing your ability to express yourself with your body, movement can come to feel like the most natural method of communication. Yet in today’s contemporary dance field, speaking has become a necessary performance skill: More and more, choreographers are asking dancers to double as actors, spoken-word artists and onstage […]

Improv Night at Hubbard Street

The company teams up with Chicago’s iconic Second City comedy troupe.      Dancers Alice Klock and Kevin Shannon. All photography by Quinn Wharton.   Hubbard Street Dance Chicago boasts a serious, technical rep heavy on enigmatic choreographers like William Forsythe and Jirí Kylián. But this season, the dancers have taken on a whole new […]