Joffrey Ballet's Amanda Assucena and Fabrice Calmels in Maninyas. Photo by Cheryl Mann, Courtesy Joffrey Ballet.

Five Nights of Dance in the Windy City at the Chicago Dancing Festival

This story originally appeared in the August/September 2015 issue of Pointe.

The Chicago Dancing Festival will bring world-class dance to the city's indoor and outdoor stages August 25–29. This year, the ballet lineup features hometown company Joffrey Ballet in Maninyas, by Stanton Welch, and In Creases, by Justin Peck, and a selection of solo performances by artists from American Ballet Theatre.

Three top companies will also make their festival debuts this year. The performances include Miami City Ballet in Allegro Brillante, by George Balanchine; Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre in Mark Morris' Sandpaper Ballet; and New York City–based Ballet Hispanico in local favorite Gustavo Ramírez Sansano's El Beso.


Though performances are free (except for the gala on August 28), tickets to indoor shows can be difficult to secure. The closing-night performance, however, takes place on the spectacular outdoor stage at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, where the large lawn offers more than enough seating for dance fans willing to wait in line.

For more information visit chicagodancingfestival.com.

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