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 River North Chicago Dance Company plans stop at SRU 



January 14, 2010
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab


River North Chicago Dance Company plans stop at SRU 



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SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The River North Chicago Dance Company, celebrating its 20th anniversary season, has included Slippery Rock University in its 12-stop U.S. tour, with a Feb. 5 performance as part of the University's 2009-10 Performing Arts Series season.

          The Chicago-based company, under the direction of Frank Chaves, artistic director, embodies a true flavor of "Americana" in its dynamic repertoire

          Founded in 1989 by four dancers/choreographers, River North Chicago has established itself as one of Chicago's leading dance companies. It is one of the most popular national repertoire companies, receiving critical acclaim here and abroad.

          Chaves joined the company as co-artistic director in 1994, and in 2001, assumed sole artistic directorship. Under his direction, the company specializes in showcasing the work of established and rising-star American choreographers.

          The company was recently selected as the touring company for the 2010-2011 Doris Duke Foundation-funded "Building a Network of New Dance Presenters," a collaborative project of DanceCLEVELAND, Dance Affiliates of Philadelphia and Dance St. Louis.  

          Elements of River North Chicago include highly skilled and emotive dancers, stimulating music and bold, commanding choreography. Hedy Weiss of the Chicago Sun Times wrote, "When the music starts, the heart responds." That line has become the company's motto and its dances range from high drama to low comedy, from torch songs to lyrical love duets and from abstract modernism to jazzy ballroom style.

          The core works developed by Chaves, along with an array of pieces by nationally and internationally renowned choreographers, construct the company's varied, eclectic and powerful repertoire.

          The company has acquired and commissioned original works by Robert Battle, Lauri Stallings, Daniel Ezralow, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Ashley Roland, Randy Duncan, Julia Rhoads, Harrison McEldowney, Kevin Iega Jeff and Sherry Zunker, former co-artistic director of the company. 

          River North Chicago and Chaves were selected to receive the 2008 Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography.

          The company has toured extensively in Illinois, the U.S. and in 2008 embarked on its first European tour to Germany, Luxembourg and Brussels. Plans for the group's return to those countries and Finland and Poland are in the works.

          Tickets, $20 for adults; $18 for senior citizens and those age 17 and under; and $8 for SRU students, may be ordered by calling 724.738.2018.

          AVI Food Service, the campus contract food vendor, will offer a pre-performance, four-course dinner, including soup, salad, chicken and apple pie. Dinner reservations may be made by calling 724.738.4245.

          The final event in the 2009-10 performing arts series is Barrage presents "Animado!," a high-octane fiddle-fest featuring an international, multi-talented cast performing an eclectic mix of music, song and dance. The performance is at 7:30 p.m. March 20. 


Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.

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