Dance Division Weekend in Chicago

Cameron Basden
March 9, 2015

This semester has been a busy one - and the last two weeks prior to spring break have been especially active for the dance division.  Before going into a tech week for our winter concert, "Dance Happenings," the entire dance division and the comparative arts division took a long weekend excursion to Chicago.  It is always nice to experience a big city.  We were going from morning till night.

After making the seven-hour journey by bus, the students checked into the hotel and enjoyed the whirlpool and pool or shopping. We then made our way to the Hubbard Street studios for a master class with Hubbard Street dancer, Jacqueline Burnett followed by a Dance Chance event. This event is sort of an “open mic” for dance and we saw three different pieces of choreography followed by discussion.

The next morning, we had a ballet class at the Chicago Academy for the Arts taught by faculty member, Natalie Rast. There was an audition going on for summer theater and we ran into numerous Interlochen alumni – small world! 

We spent the afternoon soaking up the Art Institute before a little rest at the hotel.  The evening dinner was a group dinner at The Star of Siam. Lots of Thai food and camaraderie!

The culmination of our trip was a performance at the Auditorium Theater by Grupo Corpo, the most renowned dance company in Brazil.  Their energy and exuberance was amazing. We all enjoyed the different style, athleticism and rhythms – and an overall good performance. 

The next day we got back to Interlochen just in time for dinner. The trip had been a good one!