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Sugarplum fairies and mouse kings of all ages and abilities are invited to point their toes to the familiar music of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic with Ballet Chicago at this FREE event.
11am and 2pm: Members of Ballet Chicago will teach basic ballet positions and movements at an optional lesson.
Noon and 3pm: Dancers of all ages and abilities are invited to join the dancers of Ballet Chicago, an internationally recognized professional track school of ballet that strives to make classical ballet training accessible to all.
Music for the Dance-Along Nutcracker® is provided by the Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band. The Lakeside Pride Music Ensemble is Chicago’s premier family of performance groups for members and friends of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community through its four major music groups – Freedom Marching Band, shh…OUT! Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra.
Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles
Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles helps the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and its allies connect to diverse audiences everywhere through a series of annual musical performances. Last year, the Lakeside Pride Freedom Marching Band, Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band and shhh...OUT! Lakeside Pride Jazz Ensemble reached more than one million people. In 2011, they were named to the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame for their contributions to the LGBT community. Additional information about this recognized 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, including how to join an ensemble, is available online at lakesidepride.org. Kyle Rhoades has been the conductor of the Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band since 2008. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master’s Degree of Music Education from VanderCook College of Music. His conducting influences and teachers include Professors Mallory Thompson, Peter Grin, H. Robert Reynolds, Joseph Manfredo, and Tim Robblee. As a trumpet player, Mr. Rhoades has performed with the Northshore Concert Band, the Wheaton Municipal Band, the Prairie Brass Band and Mariachi Fenix of the University of Chicago. In addition to performing, he is also a high school and middle school band director, music theory teacher, choral accompanist and musical producer in School District 401. As a music arranger and wedding musician, Mr. Rhoades has prepared more than 60 pieces for brass quintet as well as pieces for Concert Band, Marching Band, and Pep Band. In addition to the arrangements he’s created for his own students, Mr. Rhoades has been commissioned to arrange pieces for the West Towns Barbershop Chorus, Downers Grove North Bands, and the Chancel Ringers Handbell Choir of the Downers Grove First United Methodist Church.
Co-founded in 1988 by acclaimed dancer/choreographer Daniel Duell and former ballerina Patricia Blair, Ballet Chicago is an internationally recognized professional-track school of ballet dedicated to rigorous technical training in a culture that fosters personal growth. The School curriculum is based on the ballet technique established by George Balanchine, who revolutionized the art form by expanding and streamlining the fundamentals of classical ballet. Led by Mr. Duell and Ms. Blair, Ballet Chicago’s esteemed faculty provides one of the highest caliber curriculums in the nation and is known for its ability to transform dancers through highly-focused guidance, correction, and validation for each student.
The Dance-Along Nutcracker®, created in 1985, is the property of the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band, the world’s first openly gay musical organization. Any commercial use of the name, concept or imagery without the written permission of SFLGFB is prohibited. More information is available at www.sflgfb.org.