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Chicago Dancing Festival
Photo by Todd Rosenberg.

We immediately associate the word bolero with Ravel?s so-named iconic 1920s score--those stirring snare rolls, that measured oboe solo, those violin pizzicati--it?s all so grand, isn?t it?

Even grander: when you?re onstage at Pritzker Pavilion, within feet of the orchestra pit, as part of a performance-art version of the ballet. Dubbed Bolero Chicago, the project will premiere as part of the Chicago Dancing Festival in late August, showcasing professionals alongside up to 100 members of the community who will rehearse and perform as part of a two-week residency with New York-based troupe Keigwin + Company.

Set to Ravel?s score, Keigwin + Company?s piece will illustrate movements designed to speak to cultural identity, with the aim of deepening audiences? experience with dance.

You can take your spin as a dancer with no prior experience; people of all ages, backgrounds and ability levels are encouraged to participate. There isn?t even a formal audition process. Informational meetings are held at four locations across the city this weekend, rehearsals take place August 6 to 11 and 13 to 18, and the dancers in the August 20 and 25 performances will be a true cross section of Chicagoans with one thing in common: their love of Bolero.

RSVP to this weekend?s meetings at

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