Meet Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theater!

Meet Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theater!

The 7th Annual Chicago International Dance Forum is THIS WEEKEND! Who’s excited?! Well, get ready to meet yet another incredible dance team that’s sure to stun at the performances!

Meet the Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theater!

In 1976, Dame Libby founded the company which today comprises of 40+ dancers, singers, musicians and guests artists from the U.S. and Spain. The company dedicates their work to celebrating Spain in America and bringing the tow cultures together through their art. Not only familiar to the stage, Ensemble Espanol has also appeared on television, opera, festivals, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and many more venues.

“The Company’s mission is the presentation, preservation and promotion of the classical, folkloric, flamenco and contemporary dance and music traditions of Spain.” ~EnsembleEspanol.org

With so much experience and culture behind them, there is no doubt that the 7th Annual Chicago International Dance Forum is in for a spectacular performance! To learn more about the Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theater, visit their website (linked above) or follow them on Twitter!

Meet the Bharatham Academy of Dance Arts!

Meet the Bharatham Academy of Dance Arts!

The 7th Annual Chicago International Dance Forum is almost here! Are you ready to meet the next group performing?

Meet the Bharatham Academy of Dance Arts!

“Bharatanatyam is an ancient dance form of India that is thousands of years old, and is preserved as a living tradition.” ~Bharatham.org

Founded by Vanitha Veeravalli, the academy in Naperville teaches this dance which serves as a form of story telling. Bharatham shares their art through performances at various forums including annual showcases, corporate shows, creative workshops, cultural events, and community outreach programs in and around Chicago.

With numerous performances on their resume, the Bharatham Academy of Dance Arts is sure to give a performance that the Chicago International Dance Forum will cherish for years to come.

We can’t wait to see!

Meet the Peruvian Folk Dance Center!

Meet the Peruvian Folk Dance Center!

Yes, it’s time to meet yet another amazing group that will perform at the 7th Annual Chicago International Dance Forum!

Meet the Peruvian Folk Dance Center!

Beginning their journey in 2009, the PFDC began with the mission to help Peruvian-Americans connect and maintain a strong relationship with their Peruvian roots. Through music and dance, they share stories and history of the Peruvian culture. Open to people of all backgrounds, the PFDC has classes and workshops, as well as private lessons, to teach the dances and allow others to understand more about the history and culture of Peru.

Having participated in more than 200 cultural events, they are performing this year at the 7th Annual Chicago International Dance Forum. There’s no doubt that their performance is going to be spectacular! To learn more about them, you can visit their website by clicking on the picture to the left, or you can follow them on Twitter!

Meet Mexican Dance Ensemble!

Meet Mexican Dance Ensemble!

We are very excited to introduce yet another incredible dance group who will perform in the 7th Annual Chicago International Dance Forum! Meet the Mexican Dance Ensemble!

In November 2001, the Mexican Dance Ensemble was founded in Chicago, IL. M.D.E.’s mission is to expose the bright and beautiful traditions of the Mexican culture through the art of dance. Intent on preserving the beauty of Mexican heritage, M.D.E. strives to enrich it with their particular point of view so that they may spread the essence of this magnificent and varied heritage. With a growing audience and fan-base, M.D.E. has performed nationally as well as internationally in such countries as France, Spain, Portugal, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, the Republic of China, Greece and Turkey!

“Our main objective is to serve as a liaison of Mexican Culture and to offer a Mexican performing platform for emerging artists while expanding the importance and values of the arts and the artist community.” MDEChicago.org

To learn more about the Mexican Dance Ensemble, check out their website linked above or follow them on Twitter!

Meet Movement Revolution Dance Crew!

Meet Movement Revolution Dance Crew!

Who’s ready to meet another group performing at the 7th Annual Chicago International Dance Forum?

Meet the Movement Revolution Dance Crew!

M.R.D.C. was founded by Monternez Rezell in 2010 as a way to integrate street culture into concert dance. Inspired by elements of jazz, lyrical, contemporary and African dance, M.R.D.C. pulls everything together to push the limits of dance, pay tribute to the founders and originators of hip hop, and reach beyond the endless possibilities that dance provides.

Our motto is “Dance is our ART, Movement is our paint brush and the World is our Canvas!” ~MovementRevolutionDanceCrew.com

To learn more about this amazing dance crew, you can visit their website (linked above), or follow them on twitter: @moverevolution2

Meet the Mulhern School of Irish Dance

Meet the Mulhern School of Irish Dance

With an impressive three existing locations in Westmont, Hinsdale and Chicago, the Mulhern School of Irish Dance has expanded by now offering classes in St. Louis Park, Minnesota! They focus on keep the art of dance a passion rather than an exercise which results in a massive student body dedicated to their school. Mulhern is known both nationally and internationally for it’s competitive performances and winning spirit.

“The Mulhern School holds numerous National & Regional Championship titles and have medalled at the prestigious World Championships,  All Ireland Championships, All Scotland Championships, the British National Championships and the Great Britain Championships.” ~MulhernSchoolofIrishDance.com.

Such accomplishments guarantee an amazing performance at the Chicago International Dance Forum. We can’t wait!

To learn more about Mulhern School of Irish Dance, visit their website linked above!

Meet Ballet 5:8!

Meet Ballet 5:8!

Are you ready to meet another group who will be performing at the Chicago International Dance Forum?

Meet Ballet 5:8!

“The mission of Ballet 5:8 is to engage communities in Chicago, the Midwest and across the nation in conversation of life and faith through innovative storytelling and breathtaking dance.” ~Ballet5:8.org

Located in Frankfort, Illinois, Ballet 5:8 performs in downtown Chicago, the city suburbs AND the U.S.! The mission is to reach and relate to audiences from all communities to set all social, cultural and economic differences aside. To bring all people together using dance as their words. In only 5 years and with over 250 students, Ballet 5:8 expands further and further each year. Their performance at the Chicago International Dance Forum will undoubtedly blow this audience away.

To learn even more about Ballet 5:8, you can go to their website (linked above) or follow them on Twitter!

Meet Forum Dance Theatre!

Meet Forum Dance Theatre!

October 8th marks the 7th Annual Chicago International Dance Forum!

The Chicago International Dance Forum is an ethnic and cultural event which features some of the finest ethnic dance ensembles in the Chicago area, celebrating Chicago’s position as one of the most culturally diverse cities in the country. A unifying experience for an audience of all ages. And as the event approaches, we’re going to use each blog post to introduce to you the groups that will be performing!

Forum Dance Theatre

“Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul.” ~ Plato

Forum Dance Theatre is a 501(c)3 youth dance ensemble within Talent Forum of Libertyville, Illinois

Forum Dance Theatre began with only 5 members in an in-studio performance at Talent Forum. The Company has grown one of the Midwest’s best pre-professional training programs, and today has nearly 50 members, three divisions, an artistic staff of four, an administrative staff of five, and over 50 volunteers.

Artistic Director Kimberly Fletcher-Stibal’s mission for Forum is to serve as a catalyst for young, aspiring artists to envision, expand and collaborate on dance works which challenge the artistic depth and creativity that are involved in Contemporary dance. With national and international performances to their credit, Forum is known for their discipline and excellence among their students.

Please visit the Forum Dance Theatre website for more information about this phenomenal company!

Coming Soon!

Coming Soon!

Guess what! Guess what! Guess what!

PlainfieldDanceAcademy.com will soon have a full photo and video gallery of all of the amazing goings-on here in the studio! You’ll soon be allowed an inside look at the fun, the passion and the beauty of the amazing talent we’ve got taking our classes. We’ve got A LOT of photographs from classes and performances past. So, get ready to relive some wonderful memories with us. We are very excited to be able to remember where we came from and continue to add to those memories as we continue on this journey of dance and performance education together.

Stay tuned for the gallery grand opening!

Passion ~ Dedication ~ Artistry

Have A Laugh!

Have A Laugh!

Ballet is a serious business. It can take a lifetime to perfect a technique, to strengthen your abilities to emote or to connect your story with your audience. As serious as a dancer is about their craft, there’s also a funny side to the art of ballet. With all of the time spent focusing, rehearsing and exercising, it’s not too hard to imagine that dancers need a good laugh now and then. It’s never been said (or said with any truth, that is), that ballerinas don’t have an awesome sense of humor. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. And when comedy meets ballet, all rules go out the window.

Today being Friday, we’ve decided that it’s probably time to share a good laugh with our readers. First off, here’s a terrible joke told to us by one of the studio’s instructors:

“How many dance teachers does it take to change a light bulb?

Five!… Six!… Seven!… Eight!”

It’s terrible but, you laughed and you know it.

So, about that good laugh that we just promised you… We’ve, once again, scoured the internet to find one website and videos from YouTube that are guaranteed to make you laugh. First, the websites.

That last joke we told you was also found on the page that we’re about to recommend now! These jokes come from none other than The Rockettes themselves! Who doesn’t want to be a member of that prestigious kick line?! And, of course, they would come up with hilarious/groan-worthy cracks like these! Now, for the videos that you were promised. We won’t spoil them for you if you haven’t seen them already but, we are going to provide you with a tiny little description and review of them. So, here we go!

1.) This first one is called Funniest Ballet Performance EverAnd boy is it ever! What makes this piece even better is that these dancers are clearly trained ballerinas! Not only do we get to see this hilarious parody of the awkward dancer character, but we’re also subtly exposed to some actual ballet. With the combination of the two worlds in one performance, this performance is laugh out loud amazing!

2.) Making the switch from somewhat genuine ballet to not at all, this video entitled Funny Ballerina: A Funny Ballet Dancingis clearly made purely for a bit of comic relief. With a few props and a few clever maneuvers, this routine is sure to bring a smile to your face.

3.) THIS. LITTLE. GIRL. IS. EVERYTHING. The video is Johanna Channeling Aretha Franklinis beyond hilarious as we watch little Johanna take the stage in a way that no one saw coming. No more description is necessary. We’ll just leave you to witness the magic for yourself.

 

Passion ~ Dedication ~ Artistry