October 15 - Homer Bryant and Terry Spencer Hesser

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The world premiere screening event of a new documentary film "Raising the Barre: The Homer Bryant Story" will benefit the Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center.

Wednesday, October 21
Event starts at 5:30 p.m., film at 7:30 p.m.
Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N. State Street

Homer Hans Bryant is a former principal dancer with the renowned Dance Theatre of Harlem where he also served as director of the Workshop Ensemble. His professional performing credits include "Timbuktu" with Eartha Kitt and "The Wiz" with Michael Jackson and Diana Ross. He has been a guest teacher and trainer for United States ice dance medalists and Olympic contenders Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov, Canada's mesmerizing Cirque Du Soleil, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. He is the recipient of the Chicago Cultural Alliance's 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award and was recognized nationally in the Who's Who in Dance Heritage Registry. Mr. Bryant is the founder and artistic director of the Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center, located in Chicago's South Loop in historic Dearborn Station. He also currently serves as a ballet master for the Giordano Junior Youth Performing Groups and assistant artistic director for Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago. Known as a strict disciplinarian, his slogan "The Fun is in the Discipline, The Discipline is in the Fun" has established Mr. Bryant as one of the most respected teachers in the country.

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