The Stars of Dance Chicago International Tour
Sending Chicago Choreographers around the World


In 2017, Dance Chicago will celebrate its 23rd-year anniversary as Chicago’s largest and most successful dance festival. Dance Chicago features more than 300 dance companies and choreographers and 3,000 individual artists in 12 different programs, showcasing 30 performances during its annual celebration. With up to 20 different companies in each program, Dance Chicago offers the broadest range of dance styles in Chicago from traditional to experimental including ballet, modern, jazz, folk, tap and hip-hop. “Chicago is a city rich with culture and diversity. Over the years Dance Chicago has strived to not only represent this, but expand it to Chicagoans and dance lovers throughout the world,” remarked Artistic Director and Dance Chicago Founder, John Schmitz.

Building off the successful collaborations between Chicago choreographers and companies, Schmitz expanded to the international scene with the partnership of Dance Chicago Director of Foreign Exchange Altin Naska. In 2005 Dance Chicago presented the premiere of The Stars of Dance Chicago to thrilled audiences at the sold-out Cemal Resit Rey Theatre in Istanbul, Turkey. Dance Chicago also had successful tours to Tirana, Albania (2004, 2007. Dance Chicago has collaborated with and presented projects with Albania, Turkey, Korea and the Netherlands (The Dutch National Ballet Project, 2006, Turkey, 2008 and 2009).

Currently Dance Chicago is in negotiation with NPO's in China to tour to four cities, starting in 2018. The Stars of Dance Chicago is an international touring group that consists of 15 of Chicago's most vibrant dancers, choreographers and dance masters selected by Schmitz to represent Dance Chicago and Chicago's choreographers from all dance disciplines. (Look at the program in detail)

Schmitz describes the Dance Chicago program:

"They perform a dizzying premiere showcase where ballet mingles with jazz, modern mixes into hip-hop and tap burst onto the scene in a brilliant kaleidoscope of dance and live music. These choreographers aren't trying to reinvent the wheel - they've found new ways of making it roll. Whether they leave you speechless or screaming for more, these are the dances you will never forget. Toes tap, hips hop. Smooth moves on hard groves. The Stars of Dance Chicago is about racing hearts, sweaty palms and unbridled passion. Who needs rhyme and reason when you've got the rhythm? This is new artistry in full technicolor in a most exhilarating dance program."

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