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The critically acclaimed River North Dance Chicago will be in residence in the Center for the Arts next week.

River North Dance Chicago to be in residence at CFA


Published June 19, 2014

River North Dance Chicago will visit UB next week for a five-day residency in which the company will take part in the Center for the Arts’ Arts in Healthcare Initiative.

The dancers, including UB theatre and dance alumnae Melanie Manale-Hortin and Jessica Wolfrum, will work with patients at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, giving lectures and dance demonstrations. They also will host a dance activity for young patients.

In addition to their work in the hospitals, company members will teach master classes for UB dance students, as well as give lectures and demonstrations at Tapestry Charter School and the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts.

The residency will conclude with a public performance at 8 p.m. March 22 in the Mainstage theater in the Center for the Arts, North Campus. Members of the company will give a pre-performance talk at 7:15 p.m.

Founded in 1989 by four visionary choreographers, River North Dance Chicago has established itself as one of the nation’s leading dance companies, receiving critical acclaim on both a national and international level.  Embodying a true flavor of “Americana” in its dynamic repertoire, River North Dance Chicago is recognized for its highly emotive stage presence, stimulating music, and bold and commanding choreography. 

Since 1997, the Center for the Arts has conducted more than a dozen professional dance outreach projects to provide arts education to more than 24,000 local school children—primarily in the city of Buffalo. These students have the opportunity to experience live professional dance performances in their schools, free of charge, by some of the world’s finest companies.

UB dance majors also benefit from the master classes taught by members of these professional dance companies.

Tickets for River North Dance Chicago’s March 22 performance are $29.50 for general admission and $13.50 for students and children. They are on sale at the CFA box office and through