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Wednesday, July 13

Opening Night Reception
Wednesday, July 13, 5:30-7:30pm
Harris Theater for Music and Dance
205 E. Randolph
Chicago, IL 60601

The 2011 Annual Conference begins at the fabulous Harris Theater, a national model of collaboration between the philanthropic community and performing arts organizations.

Theater rental and services have been generously donated by the Harris Theater for Music and Dance
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The role of the Harris Theater as a reliable home for dance year-round can’t be overstated.
– Chicago Tribune, January 9, 2011
Opened in 2003, the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park was the first multi-use performing arts venue to be built in the Chicago downtown area since 1929; today, the Theater continues to host the most diverse offerings of any venue in Chicago. The Theater proudly partners and collaborates with Chicago’s most acclaimed music and dance institutions with 35 of these organizations calling the Theater home, including Hubbard Street Dance, Chicago Opera Theater, and Music of the Baroque.  Additionally, many world renowned music and dance organizations have been featured through the Harris Theater Presents series, including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Laurie Anderson, New York City Ballet, Daniel Barenboim, the San Francisco Ballet, and an eagerly anticipated engagement by the Paris Opera Ballet in 2012, marking the companies first ever Chicago performances.

Bus Service will be available from/to the hotel. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Thursday, July 14

First Timers Breakfast
Thursday, July 14, 7:45-9am
You are invited to join other first-time conference attendees, as well as Dance/USA's Board of Trutees and Staff at the First Timers Breakfast. Meet fellow newbies, old friends and mentors and learn about the unique opportunities a Dance/USA Conference has to offer!

Group Dine-Arounds
Thursday, July 14, 5:30-7:30pm
Upon your arrival at the 2011 Conference, sign up for group dinners, arranged by specific themes. While you eat delectable Chicago food you can chat with like-minded peers, or simply socialize! Restaurants will be located near the Hyatt McCormick place as well as the Museum of Contemporary Arts.

Chicago Performance Showcase I
Thursday, July 14, 8:00pm
Free for all Conference attendees
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
A spectacular showing of the local Chicago dance community will take place at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Performance Artists:
Luna Negra Dance Theater
Julia Rae Antonick & Jonathan Meyer
Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak
River North Dance Chicago
Lucky Plush Productions
DanceWorks Chicago
Chicago Moving Company
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago

Site Specific:
The Knot
The Dance COLEctive

Bus service will be available back to the hotel, after the performance.
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Friday, July 15

Morning Movement taught by Sherry Zunker
Friday, July 15, 7-7:45am
Start your morning on the right foot with a stretch/yoga class led by a professional teacher from the Chicago dance community.

Honors Celebration Reception
Friday, July 15, 6-8pm
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602
Join Dance/USA at the 2011 Honors Celebration as we recognize this year's Honor, Ernie (named for the late Ian "Ernie" Horvath) and Champion Awardees. This extraordinary event is a highlight of the Annual Conference.

Drawn by its beauty and the fabulous free public events, hundreds of thousands of visitors come to the Chicago Cultural Center every year, making it one of the most visited attractions in Chicago. The stunning landmark building is home to two magnificent stained-glass domes, as well as free music, dance and theater events, films, lectures, art exhibitions and family events.

Dance/USA thanks DeWitt Stern Group and the Alphawood Foundation for their sponsorship of the 2011 Honors Celebration.


Chicago Performance Showcase II
Friday, July 15, 8:30pm
Free for all Conference attendees
Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago
1306 South Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60605
The local dance community showcase will move to the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago for a second night of exciting performances.

Performance Artists:
Joel Hall Dancers
Hubbard Street 2
Chicago Dance Crash
The Seldoms
Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago
BAM!
The Humans
Ron De Jesus Dance
Mordine Dance Theater
Thodos Dance Chicago

Site Specific:
Wannapa Pimtong-Eubanks
Zephyr Dance
Erica Mott

Bus service will be available back to the hotel, after the performance.


Dance/USA and the Chicago Host Committee are deeply
grateful to The Chicago Community Trust for their support of the Chicago Dance Showcases.

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Saturday, July 16

Morning Movement taught by Sherry Zunker
Saturday, July 16, 7-7:45am
Start your morning on the right foot with a stretch/yoga class led by a professional teacher from the Chicago dance community.

Chicago City Tours!
Saturday, July 16, 3:30-6pm
Bring your conference experience to a close by seeing what Chicago really has to offer. Several free tours are being arranged specifically for Dance/USA Conference attendees, including Performance Spaces, Architectural Highlights and more. Take in the sights before heading home; as Chicago is a major airline hub, you can leave after dinner and still get home before bedtime!

Dance in Sacred Places - hosted by Partners for Sacred Places

  • A program that matches local churches with dance artists to provide space for works in development. Meet with administrators and artists about how this model has evolved (based on a current Philadelphia program) and its benefits for building community.
  • Note – this bus will leave the hotel at 3pm exactly for a 3:30pm launch

Architectural River Tour – hosted by Chicago Architecture Foundation

  • This is one of Chicago’s most popular tour.  It provides an excellent view and understanding of Chicago’s architecture all while cruising down the Chicago River on “Chicago’s First Lady”.  The tour highlights over 50 buildings and relays their history and architectural splendor.
  •  Price $ 35.00

Coffee, Pastry, & Wine Tasting - hosted by Chicago Savvy Tours

  • Andersonville, a Chicago neighborhood that is known for its Swedish heritage.  Even today, there is a great deal of Swedish influence in the shops, restaurants, and of course, the bakeries.  Visiting six venues you will taste Turkish coffee, Chinese pastries, Swedish cookies, and to top off your experience and cool you down for the evening, you will be able to sip a glass of refreshing wine.   
  • Price $ 33.00 

Take in the sights before heading home. Chicago is a major airline hub, you can leave after dinner and get home before bedtime! Bus Service will be available from/to the hotel. Deadline to sign-up is July 5, 2011.

To Sign Up:
1.    Send an email to 2011confreg@danceusa.org Saturday Tour should be in the subject line
2.    Indicate tour you are interested in
3.    Payment will accepted by check only at conference registration (sorry, no credit cards)
4.    Your reservation will be confirmed, and additional details supplied on July 6th.

Take in the sights before heading home; as Chicago is a major airline hub, you can leave after dinner and still get home before bedtime!  Bus service will be available from/to the hotel.


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