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December 6, 2011
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Friday, Jan. 27, 2012 at 8 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., Dec. 6, 2011 – “River North Chicago Dance Company keeps you on the edge of your seat from the moment that the curtain goes up,” says the Chicago Tribune about this jazz-based contemporary dance company that is known for its emotive dancers, electrifying music and radiant choreography. “Sexy, daring and fluid, they lit up the stage.” (Dallas Morning News) River North Dance Chicago appears for the first time at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Friday, Jan. 27, 2012 at 8 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

Founded in 1989 by four visionary dancers/choreographers, River North Dance Chicago has established itself as one of Chicago’s leading dance companies and one of the most popular national repertory ensembles touring today. According to its website, this spectacular company “is dedicated to the creative advancement, presentation and preservation of jazz-based contemporary dance regionally, nationally and internationally.” Under Artistic Director Frank Chaves and Executive Director Gail Kalver (the former executive director of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago), River North Dance Chicago is committed to “embodying a true flavor of ‘Americana’” by developing a diverse and eclectic repertoire of work by established and emerging American choreographers. In addition to works by Chaves, the company has acquired and commissioned original works by a large collection of nationally and internationally renowned contemporary choreographers, including Robert Battle, Lauri Stallings, Sidra Bell, Sabrina and Ruben Veliz, Daniel Ezralow, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Ashley Roland, Randy Duncan, Julia Rhoads, Harrison McEldowney, Kevin Iega Jeff and former Co-Artistic Director Sherry Zunker, among others. 

“We’ve expanded the idea of what jazz dance is and that happened in a very organic way throughout the years,” said Chaves, who assumed sole artistic directorship of the company in 2001. “River North is a very elegant and classy company and those words aren’t always synonymous with what people think of when they think of jazz dance. Our company is personable, charismatic and emotive. Audiences get to experience a high quality artistic product that is also very entertaining.”

River North Dance Chicago was recently awarded a prestigious New England Foundation for the Arts touring grant, primarily based on the company presenting several critically acclaimed works by choreographer Robert Battle (who was recently named artistic director designate of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), including “Train,” “Ella” and “Three.” In addition, River North Dance Chicago recently received the honor of being selected for the Doris Duke Foundation-funded “Building a Network of New Dance Presenters,” a collaborative project among DANCECleveland, Dance Affiliates of Philadelphia and Dance St. Louis. The company has also been the subject of three Emmy Award-winning television specials on WTTW Channel 11 in Chicago: “Reality of a Dreamer,” “River North Rising” and “Every Dancer Has a Story.”


Tickets for RIVER NORTH DANCE CHICAGO are $21, $34, $42. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K.  Visit


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Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.


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