Tag Archives: Chicago

[Interview] Dancer Dara Holmes: My Most Unforgettable Performance Was Ekman’s Midsummer Night’s Dream

After 9 successful years with The Joffrey Ballet, Dara Holmes continues to make her hometowns of New Jersey and North Carolina proud. The 2015 3Arts Award nominee has danced in a host of well-known Joffrey productions including: Incantations, Son of … Continue reading

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[Interview] Dancer Valentino Moneglia Zamora: ‘Born To Be Wild’ Made Me Want To Pursue Ballet As A Profession

In 2016, Valentino Moneglia Zamora joined the Joffrey Ballet Studio Company and scored coveted parts in Swan Lake and Don Quixote. He even landed lead roles in George Balanchine’s Viva Vivaldi and Suite Saint-Saens, Bournonville’s Napoli, and Alexander Ekman’s Episode … Continue reading

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The Joffrey Ballet Cancels Performances For The Rest Of The Year

Chicago’s top dance company made the tough decision to postpone their first season at the Lyric Opera House. According to a recent press release, they are cancelling Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon (October 14-25, 2020) and Christopher Wheeldon’s The Nutcracker (December … Continue reading

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Review: The 2020 Chicago Auto Show

The Chicago Auto Show is a must see! BTSCelebs was given the golden opportunity to attend the show for the 5th year in a row, and it was magical. On opening day, the vehicle exhibits were alive with games the … Continue reading

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[Interview] Story Jam’s Stephanie Rogers: “This Is An Incredibly Exciting Time For The Art Form.”

“Story Jam” returns to Chicago,IL this Sunday! Learn more about the artistic and expressive event now. BTSCelebs: How was Story Jam created? Stephanie Rogers: Story Jam started in 2014, when I was leading an event band and attending live lit … Continue reading

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Opera Review: Lyric’s “The Barber of Seville”

The Lyric Opera of Chicago had a terrific opening night! BTSCelebs was given the opportunity to attend last night’s performance of “The Barber of Seville”. This delightful Italian classic came to life through Lyric’s wonderful adaptation. From the flawless singing … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: “Across The Pond”

“Across The Pond” is real life. The Joffrey Ballet premiered UK choreographers Andrew McNicol, Liam Scarlett and Andrea Walker’s exquisite works of art in the Auditorium Theatre on April 24th. “Yonder Blue” (McNicol), “Vespertine” (Scarlett) and “Home” (Walker) equally showed … Continue reading

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“Cinderella” Returns to Chicago

On May 26, the Studebaker Theatre will host an encore presentation of Alexei Kremnev’s highly acclaimed “Cinderella”.  BTSCelebs was among the many reviewers last year who couldn’t stop raving about the event. According to A&A Ballet’s recent press release, “more … Continue reading

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[Interview] Actor Jonathan Nieves: “The River Bride’s Story Is So Rich”

Welcome to part 2 of BTSCelebs’ interview with the actors from “The River Bride”! It’s time to meet Jonathan Nieves. BTSCelebs: Who is Jonathan Nieves? Jonathan Nieves: I would describe myself as charismatic, passionate, jokester and hard worker. How did … Continue reading

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A&A Ballet Wins Big at the “2017 Youth America Grand Prix”

A&A Ballet is already off to a great start! Dancers, ages 9 – 19, lined up to compete in one of the largest ballet competitions in the world last weekend. The young students (and instructors) from the new A&A Ballet company … Continue reading

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