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Divertimento No. 15 choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust. 

Photography by Ron McKinney Photography

The Ballet Chicago Studio Company was established in the fall of 1997. Composed of advanced students from the school, BCSC replicates a professional company experience and is recognized as one of the top training programs in the country.
Ballet Chicago provides an accelerated performance program where members receive years of on-stage experience, building confidence under pressure, camaraderie, community and an array of skill sets that translate to any arena. Through a special arrangement with the George Balanchine Trust, BCSC performs an extensive Balanchine repertoire. New works join these masterworks reserved solely for professionals and only the most accomplished students worldwide, producing outstanding performance resumes. 

All the ballets performed, including Duell and Blair's exquisite production of the Nutcracker, are intentionally selected to prepare the dancers for the technical and artistic demands of a professional career, and to provide a curriculum vitae that boasts a recognized repertoire known for its standard of excellence the world over. Since its inception, BCSC has given over 400 performances throughout Chicago, the Midwest and Canada, with annual seasons at the historic Athenaeum Theatre in Lakeview and the Harris Theater for Music and Dance.

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