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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Photo by Andrew Eccles.

We’ve shrugged off the gym a few times this week in the face of snow and slush, but if there’s anything that can inspire us to get back in there, it’s a glimpse of the beauty in motion that is the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

The dancers The New York Times once called the “athletic masters of the universe” hit the Auditorium Theatre tomorrow, and even if you’re not a modern dance diehard, it’s impossible not to be hypnotized by their physical prowess.

The forthcoming two-week lineup represents the company’s longest stay ever in Chicago, and the program changes night to night--meaning you could go multiple times and take in a totally different experience. This said, it is easy to get an idea of what you’ll see on any given night by checking out the video clips included with Ailey’s online calendar. (It’s almost too easy--we prefer an element of surprise when we go to a live performance.)

No matter which night you go, you’ll definitely see Revelations, the 1960 tour de force set against a soundtrack of African-American spirituals, gospel music and blues.

By the time the final curtain drops, you’ll think: “If they can do that, I can get on the treadmill tomorrow.”

Tickets $32 to $92; Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy.; 312-341-2310 or 

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