Under the auspices of the School of Ballet Chicago, the company Ballet Chicago is composed of advanced level students who perform throughout the greater Chicago area. Founded by Artistic Director Daniel Duellin 1997, the company was created to give students the experience of dancing in a professional setting, thus preparing them for a future career. As a former principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, Duell worked under the direction of George Balanchine himself, and is thus able to stage the great choreographer’s ballets with a pupil’s attention to detail.
The company is trained in the Balanchine technique and style, performing authentically staged Balanchine ballets with impressive gusto while honing their skills with such tried and true ballets as Concerto Barocco, Rubies, and Who Cares. (MK)
Ballet Chicago Information
- Public Transportation: Good (a short walk from bus 11 at West Wellington Avenue/North Southport Avenue; and a 6-minute walk from bus 9 at West Wellington Avenue/North Ashland Avenue)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Ballet Chicago presents two programs each year: the Nutcracker in December and the Spring Repertory in May. Each program is performed three–four times
- Ticket Prices: Tickets are generally $20–$30. Students get in for $12. For some performances, seniors get discounted tickets at about $16–$24
- Third-Party Website Discounts: Discounted tickets are sometimes available through ticketmaster.com
- Membership: Ballet Chicago has no annual membership. Donations are accepted in any amount via check, cash, credit card, or gift of stock.