As part of a visit to three South Dakota cities, the River North Dance Chicago Dance Company makes its first visit to Aberdeen this week.
The troupe visited Rapid City on Saturday and Sioux Falls on Tuesday.
River North Dance Chicago's public performance in Aberdeen will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Aberdeen Civic Theatre, 225 Third Ave. S.E.
Jazz-based contemporary choreography gives this company a truly American flavor and has catapulted it from a local treasure in its base city of Chicago to one of the country's most dynamic professional dance companies, according to a news release.
Audience members will see dancers pull out all the stops from the first move to the last, inspiring rapturous applause at every turn, according to publicity material. Each season the company brings energetic, marvelously trained performers and a gutsy entertaining repertoire to thousands of new fans. River North Dance Chicago known by the dance community and its audiences for its highly skilled and emotive dancers, stimulating music and bold and commanding choreography.
According to one critic, River North Dance Chicago is hotter than hot at the moment.
The dancers will give a master class today from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Aberdeen Recreation and Cultural Center. The free session is aimed at middle school through high school students. To register, call 605-626-7081.
In addition to Friday night's public performance, the company will do a presentation for school children at the Civic Theatre at 12:45 p.m. Friday.
That performance is called Street Beat - Dance Through the Decades. It includes narratives on the historical and social conditions of each decade and their impact on the evolution of jazz dance. The presentation features full costumed performances showcasing dance from the Roaring '20s through the Hip Hoppin' '90s, says the River North Dance website.
The Aberdeen visit is co-sponsored by the Aberdeen Area Arts Council, the Aberdeen Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department and the Aberdeen Community Concert Association.
Tickets to Friday night's show are $15 for adults, $12 for Arts Council members, $8 for college students and $3 for K-12 students who attend with a paying adult.
Tickets are available at the ARCC Complex, 225 Third Ave. S.E., from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. For additional information, call 605-226-1557 or visit http://www.aberdeenareaartscouncil.com.
This presentation is supported by the Performing Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the South Dakota State Arts Council, General Mills Foundation, and Land O'Lakes Foundation.
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