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January 25, 2005 | From the Chicago Tribune
The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago has abandoned plans to move into a Chicago building of its own that sources say might have taken $30 million to renovate. Instead, the troupe will take space in a condominium high-rise a block away. Giving up on the project will substantially improve the Joffrey's balance sheet, provided it can sell the 48,000-square-foot structure it had hoped to make its new home. Cash from such a sale would allow the Joffrey to pay down hefty debts run up several years ago.
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January 25, 2005 | From the Chicago Tribune
The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago has abandoned plans to move into a Chicago building of its own that sources say might have taken $30 million to renovate. Instead, the troupe will take space in a condominium high-rise a block away. Giving up on the project will substantially improve the Joffrey's balance sheet, provided it can sell the 48,000-square-foot structure it had hoped to make its new home. Cash from such a sale would allow the Joffrey to pay down hefty debts run up several years ago.
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November 14, 2000 | RICHARD CHRISTIANSEN, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
In the new and endearing movie "Billy Elliot," an 11-year-old boy from northeastern England decides, against all odds, that he wants to be a ballet dancer. His widowed father and older brother, both tough coal miners on strike, at first hate the very idea of Billy's dancing, believing that it means he's unmanly. But Billy, a tough and stubborn kid, perseveres and, in the end, reaches his goal. Is this a likely story?
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August 31, 1996
The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago will audition 9- to 14-year-old male and female ballet students on Sept. 8 at Cal State Long Beach's Dance Studio No. 2. The Joffrey is seeking students to fill 60-70 dancing roles in the company's Dec. 24-29 Orange County Performing Arts Center performances of "The Nutcracker." Auditions begin at 10 a.m., and all students must be 5 feet tall or shorter. Rehearsals will be held at Cal State Long Beach Nov. 2-Dec. 22. Information: (818) 902-3721.
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June 19, 1999
* Irvine-based Ballet Pacifica has announced the four choreographers who will participate in its annual two-week Pacifica Choreographic Project beginning July 6. They are Ann Marie DeAngelo, most recently associate director of the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago; Amy Seiwert, currently with Sacramento Ballet; John Selya, a member of America Ballet Theatre since 1988; and Leigh Witchel, founder of the New York-based Dance as Ever troupe, winners of a 1999 Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography.
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May 15, 2003
Front man: Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots has been selected as lead singer for a band that will feature former Guns N' Roses members Slash (guitar), Duff McKagan (bass) and Matt Sorum (drums), Rolling Stone reports. The group will be called Reloaded. Dance of death: Gerald Arpino's "I/DNA," a dance about the death penalty, will get its West Coast premiere when the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago performs at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion June 26-29.
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January 29, 2004 | Mike Boehm
What's good enough for Robert Altman and Neve Campbell apparently is good enough for South Coast Repertory. The Costa Mesa theater has filled the open slot in its season with the April 30 world premiere of "The Studio" by Christopher d'Amboise. Billed as a "play with dance," it focuses on the creation of a ballet.
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December 24, 1998
11am & 2pm: Dance This year, two very familiar and very different stagings of "The Nutcracker" have arrived in major venues just in time for Christmas and will stay through the weekend. Credited to company directors Natalia Kasatkina and Vladimir Vasiliov, the Moscow Classical Ballet "Nutcracker" dispenses with Christmas cheer in favor of hard-sell virtuosity. (See review, Page TK.
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July 13, 1996 | CHRIS PASLES
"Billboards" is a polarizing ballet. For some of us, the work--which the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago has brought back to Los Angeles after a two-year absence--is at best a grin-and-bear-it experience. For others, it's a hip revelation in dance in which the music of Prince, or whatever that seminal rock influence is calling himself these days, finds happy visual expression. It was that for many in the audience Thursday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
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May 22, 2003 | Lewis Segal
For groundbreaking music, historic dance and museum-quality scenic design, nothing this summer beats the Diaghilev program to be danced by the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on June 26 and 27. Impresario Sergei Diaghilev loved sponsoring major collaborations, and the Joffrey's Music Center engagement includes three of the starriest.
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June 30, 2003 | Cathy Curtis, Special to The Times
Athletic boy meets shyly slinky girl undersea in Gerald Arpino's wispy "Sea Shadow," performed by the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Saturday afternoon. Loosely based on the myth of Undine, a water sprite who acquires a soul only when she marries a human, the 1962 ballet is danced to the languid second movement of Maurice Ravel's Concerto in G for Piano and Orchestra. (Lucinda Carver was the soloist.
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