After School Matters Dance Ensemble: At Home At the Harris Theater

This summer, the Harris was home to one of After School Matters’ Summer Dance Ensembles – officially named the After School Matters Dance Ensemble at the Harris Theater. From June until August, 26 teens and their teachers were in residence in the Prince Charitable Trusts and the William N. Wood Prince Family Rehearsal Room – the same studio space used by the Harris’ 35 resident companies, and the many national and international artists who perform on its stage each year.

ASM teens and instructors on the Pritzker Pavilion stage, during a backstage tour
ASM teens and instructors on the Pritzker Pavilion stage, during a backstage tour

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ChiArts Dance Students Connect with Miami City Ballet Dancers

Miami City Ballet’s triumphant return to Chicago featured two programs and two very full houses at the Harris Theater. On Saturday, April 30, ten dance students from Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts) had the opportunity to watch the company in rehearsal and to speak with two members of the company.

Principal Soloist Callie Manning with ChiArts Dance Students
Principal Soloist Callie Manning with ChiArts Dance Students | April 2016

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AXIS Dance Inspires Audiences of All Ages + Abilities

The Harris opened its 2015-2016 Exelon Family Series and new Mix at Six series with AXIS Dance, a physically-integrated contemporary dance company from the Bay Area. Founded in 1987, AXIS seeks to change the face of dance and disability, and is comprised of dancers with and without physical disabilities.

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AXIS dancers lead a workshop at RIC | October 2015

AXIS spent almost a week in Chicago, in a series of performances and activities with the Harris Theater’s community partners. Keep reading for highlights and photos!

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VIDEO: Scottish Ballet Master Class at ChiArts

Scottish Ballet’s Streetcar Named Desire was one of the highlights of the Harris Theater’s 2014-2015 season. The engagement was also a highlight of our arts education partnerships this year, when soloists Constance Devernay and Victor Zarallo, and Artistic Director Chris Hampson, conducted a master class for 20 high school students.

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ChiArts and Chicago Academy students with Scottish Ballet’s Chris Hampson, Constance Devernay and Victor Zarallo | May 2015

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Alonzo King Devotes Time to Education Partners

In the week leading up to Alonzo King LINES Ballet’s engagement at the Harris Theater, founder and artistic director Alonzo King conducted engagement activities for high school students.

On Monday, March 2, Mr. King led a choreography workshop for 20 dance students at Chicago Academy for the Arts. In addition to learning some of Mr. King’s choreography, the students developed their own movement and vocabulary throughout the class. All 20 students then had the opportunity to see LINES Ballet perform on the Harris stage later in the week.

Alonzo King with Chicago Academy for the Arts students | March 2015

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