January 2018 Updates

Dear Company Families,

I hope you had a wonderful winter break with your families!

We are now on the cusp of performance season! Please make sure you have access to and are synced up with the Company google calendar on the private company page. The password is company2017.

The google calendar has the most up to date information in regards to date, time, and venue. We add information as we get it, so if there is something missing, be assured it will be populated as soon as we have the information. Some dates may be listed as (tentative) and competitions will not give final schedules until the week before. Plan on blocking off the entire competition weekend until schedules have been released.

In addition to the company google calendar, we will be sending out regular information via this email address and the private company Facebook group. The Facebook group is also used for real-time communication the day of events. Please make sure to check in on the FB group upon arrival to the venue.

Upcoming Performances and Events

January 21st 12:30-5:00 – Inaside YSFA (Modern and Jazz groups only)

NEW VENUE THIS YEAR! Evanston Township High School
1600 Dodge Ave, Evanston, IL 60201

The YSFA is a fantastic opportunity for our dancers to perform alongside their colleagues in youth companies around the Chicago area in a non-competitive environment. They will also be exposed to professional dancers through the master class and guest performances by Inaside company members.

Dancers should arrive by 12:15. There is a Jazz masterclass onstage 12:30-1:30 which our dancers will participate in. You will receive more detailed information closer to the event.

Costumes: full costumes/makeup

The show starts at 2:00 pm, so anyone hoping to attend should arrive 1:30-1:45. Feel free to drop your dancers off and go get lunch/shop (old orchard mall is fairly close). I will be there the whole time, so you can leave any packed lunches with me.

Purchase tickets here (our dancers do not need tickets)

January 26th (evening) – Special Surprise Modern Masterclass!!!

We just found out Ms. Carson is coming to Chicago at the end of the month for a performance and she is available to give a master class for the girls! She has been on a dance-related trip studying in Asia for the past month and has a lot of great stuff to share!

MDC Company members are expected to attend the Masterclass series. Attendance is free of charge for all MDC Company members.

Schedule:
5:30-7:00 Modern 2/3 Masterclass
7:00-7:30 Modern Large Group Rehearsal w/Carson
7:30-9:00 Modern 4 Masterclass

January 27th 12:45-1:30 – Let’s Play! community performance (Tap, Hip-Hop groups only)

Stratford Middle School
251 Butterfield Dr, Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Let’s Play! is a community event for pre-k children celebrating the importance of play. MDC has been invited to participate and our company has also been asked to do a small performance. This is a great opportunity for our dancers to perform and also give back to the community by inspiring little ones to move!

Hip-Hop and Tap groups will perform. The actual event runs 10:00-2:00. If anyone dancers would like to hang out the whole, or any part of that time to be studio ambassadors, just let me know! We’ll be handing out goodie bags and getting little ones excited about dance.

Dancers should arrive by 12:45

Costumes: MDC company jackets, black leggings, any solid color top

February 2nd-4th – Dance Idol (Competition, full company)

Prairie Lakes Community Center
515 E Thacker St, Des Plaines, IL 60018

Competitions release detailed schedules the week prior to the event. Please block off the whole weekend for now. We will email the schedule when we receive it. You will receive more detailed information closer to the event.

There are workshops at Dance Idol on Sunday 2/4 8:00a-2:30. These workshops are a great value and are taught by some of Chicago’s leading dancers/educators. Please let me know if your dancer would like to participate! Company dancers are encouraged but not required to participate in this component.

Far out events to keep on the radar

  • 2/25 – Tap Jam (tap co only)
  • 3/16-3/18 Tribute (competition, full company)
  • 4/6-4/8 AMP (competition, full company)
  • 4/29 – Pospeshil Performing Arts Charity Concert (selected dances TBA)
  • 5/5 – TENTATIVE Company Showcase
  • 5/20 – Community Performance @CS Library

Dates TBA:

  • Community Performance @Belmont Village
  • Remaining Masterclass Series

THANK YOU for reading!

Please let us know if you have any questions.

-Marty