THE SCHOOL OF BALLET CHICAGO
Ballet Chicago is an internationally recognized professional track school of ballet that creates exceptional dancers and people. Ballet Chicago believes every aspiring artist deserves the opportunity to explore his or her full potential, and is committed to making classical ballet training accessible to all talented students who have the desire to dance.
Co-founders Daniel Duell and Patricia Blair are devoted to carrying on Balanchine's legacy by providing one of the highest caliber Balanchine-based curriculums in the nation. By teaching impeccable technique as well as fundamental life skills, Ballet Chicago students go on to find success in dance and life.
THE BALLET CHICAGO STUDIO COMPANY
Ballet Chicago provides an accelerated performance program where members receive years of on-stage experience, building confidence, 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.
Serenade choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust.
Photography by Ron McKinney Photography
THE BALANCHINE REPERTORY PROJECT
The Balanchine Repertory Project offers our students the opportunity to perform the repertoire of George Balanchine, the 20th century's most influential classical choreographer. Mr. Balanchine founded the School of American Ballet and the New York City Ballet, and is regarded as one of the most significant artistic influences in the world of ballet. A prolific artist, Mr. Balanchine created more than 400 ballets during his lifetime.
Ballet Chicago has a long history of bringing the beauty of classical ballet to people of all ages, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds. Outreach programs include:
Gift of Dance - provides free tickets to our annual Nutcracker at the historic Athenaeum Theatre and our annual Balanchine + Beyond Series at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance.
DanceVision - In collaboration with the International Music Foundation, we offer special performances for CPS children every fall at the Chicago Cultural Center.
Nutcracker School Matinees - offers steeply discounted tickets to school children from the entire Chicago metropolitan area. In-school study guides are provided to enhance each child's in-theater experience.
Dance Along Nutcracker - In collaboration with the City of Chicago and the Department of Cultural Affairs, we offer classes and join the admission-free performances for children and families each December.
From the inner-city neighborhoods of Chicago to the outlying suburbs, approximately 10,000 people experience our programs and performance offerings each year.
Collaborative Partners and Gift of Dance Recipients:
Holy Family Ministry
Inner City Impact Cicero
International Music Foundation
Little Learners Academy
Logan Square Chamber of Commerce
Kroc Center Chicago
Maywood Fine Arts Center
Mercy Home for Boys and Girls
New Life Centers of Chicagoland
Project Education Plus
Recovery on Water
Tickets for Kids
Urban Prairie School
Youth Crossroads, Inc
Jane Adams Resource Corporations
The Art Institute of Chicago
Big Brothers Big Sisters Metro Chicago
Breakthrough Urban Ministries
Chicago Academy for the Arts
Chicago Children's Choir
Chicago High School for the Arts
Chicago Hope Academy
College Mentoring Experience
Chicago Police Department
Chicago Public Schools
Chicago Youth Centers (CYC) Deneen School
CYC Educational Support Initiative
CYC Fellowship House
CYC Sidney Epstein
Deeply Rooted Dance Theater
Future World Learning Center
The Girl Scouts of America