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Catherine L. Tully is the Founder of -- a blog for dancers, dance teachers and others who love dance.

She has served as the Outside Europe Representative for the National Dance Teachers Association in the UK, and has been involved with dance for over 39 years as an educator, writer, performer, speaker, photographer, choreographer and classroom instructor. Her articles have appeared in magazines such as Dance Teacher and Dance Spirit as well as many other arts-related publications.

Catherine sits on the Advisory Board for The Andréa Rizzo Foundation, a non-profit organization associated with Dréa’s Dream, a dance therapy/expressive movement program for pediatric and young adult populations in hospitals, special education classrooms and medical settings throughout the country. She is also the owner of the LinkedIn group, Dance Writers.

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Entries by Catherine L. Tully

Joffrey Shows Range With 'Unique Voices' Program

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 5:43 PM

The Joffrey Ballet in Tulle (photo by Cheryl Mann)

The Joffrey Ballet displayed determination, range and energy as they tackled three disparate pieces on Wednesday night at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre. Unique Voices offers the work of two choreographers who explore the various aspects of...

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The Washington Ballet Takes On 'America's First Great Ghost Story'

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 10:10 PM

Writer Matt de la Peña spoke with the artistic director of Washington Ballet about the upcoming world premiere of Sleepy Hollow. The following is excerpted from that interview...

Septime Webre, photo by Dean Alexander

Septime Webre has found a distinctive...

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Conducting Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 3:38 PM

Dylan Gutierrez & Jeraldine Mendoza, Photo by Cheryl Mann

Conductor Scott Speck is with us to talk about the music of one of the most famous ballets of all time--Swan Lake. He has been in rehearsal with Chicago's Joffrey Ballet, and they will...

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Absence Makes the Dance Grow Stronger

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 12:57 PM


Michael Estanich and Lucy Vurusic-Riner

Mutual respect.

These are two words that form the cornerstone of any healthy long-term relationship -- personal or professional. Even so, it's often hard to check the ol' ego at the door for the greater good of...

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All Is Possible: Hubbard Street's Summer Series

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 1:49 AM

Hubbard Street Dancers in "The Impossible" by Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo, from left: Jessica Tong, Ana Lopez, Jonathan Fredrickson and Andrew Murdock. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago brought together three impeccably danced pieces at the Harris Theater Thursday night-one...

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Savoring the Score of Joffrey's Romeo and Juliet

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 5:35 PM

Christine Rocas and Rory Hohenstein - Photo by Herbert Migdoll

The Joffrey is taking on Romeo & Juliet this season, which has an amazing score by Sergei Prokofiev. We asked conductor Scott Speck some questions about the music, and he shares...

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Choreographer Brock Clawson -- In the 'Right Place'

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 1:02 PM

Choreographer Brock Clawson
Choreographer Brock Clawson

Brock Clawson is an interesting mix -- both a choreographer and a landscape designer. His work with dancers can be seen in the Joffrey's upcoming Contemporary Choreographers series, running February 12th to February...

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Joffrey Triumphs with La Bayadere

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 3:25 PM

April Daly, Erica Lynette Edwards and Jeremy Taulbee in Joffrey's La Bayadere. Photo by Cheryl Mann.

Even when choosing a large-scale ballet Joffrey is unique -- and La Bayadere is certainly a bold choice. The ballet was first performed in 1877...

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Emotions in Motion: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago -- Fall Series

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 8:12 AM

Powerful and poignant -- two simple words that provide a quick snapshot of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's Fall Series at the Harris Theater Thursday evening. Each of the four pieces displayed strong choreography and palpable emotion while managing to be fresh and interesting rather than showy and overdone.

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Review: Ballet West - Mixed Repertory Program at the Auditorium Theatre

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 12:21 PM

Artists of Ballet West in Val Caniparoli's "The Lottery" based on Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery." Set and Costumes by Sandra Woodall. Lighting by David Finn. Photo by Luke Isley.

Ballet West whisked in and out of Chicago in a weekend --...

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Music, Ballet and the Russian Masters

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 6:02 PM


Joffrey Ballet, "Sacre du Printemps," Joanna Wozniak. Credit: Herbert Migdoll

Today we have conductor Scott Speck with us to talk about the music for the Joffrey's upcoming Russian Masters program. The company will perform, "Allegro Brillante," (Balanchine/Tchaikovsky), "Bells," (Possokhov/Rachmaninoff), "Adagio," (Possokhov/Khachaturian) and Nijinsky's "Le...

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Andrew DeVries at the National Museum of Dance

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 5:50 PM


Capturing the spirit of dance can be a challenge in any art form, but sculpture is a medium where that is that particularly difficult. To convey a sense of movement while staying true to form in three dimensions is something few artists can do-much...

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Remembering Maria Tallchief

(12) Comments | Posted April 13, 2013 | 10:53 AM

Elegant and intense. That is how I'll always remember her.

I can still recall the first time I ever saw Maria Tallchief in person. I had been dancing at her school, Chicago City Ballet, for a month or so, taking classes with her sister Marjorie and other instructors there. One...

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FlySpace: A Strategic Dance Partnership

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 11:53 AM

Once again Chicago is blazing a trail in the dance world -- this time with a collaborative effort between four female choreographers who are teaming up to get ahead instead of going it alone. Each of these women is the head of a contemporary dance company in the area, and...

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En Pointe! An In-Depth Look at the Pointe Shoe

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 12:54 PM

The National Museum of Dance has an exhibit about pointe shoes that dancers and dance-lovers will want to check out...

We reached out to Assistant Director Sarah Hall Weaver to learn more about it and are excited to share some of the details with you here...

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Wordling: The Moving Architects Welcomes Choreographer Joanie Audet

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 3:23 PM

The Moving Architects is a Chicago-based dance company that has been around since 2007. This month, they are presenting Wordling at the Fasseas White Box Theater in Chicago. An evening of global dance works, the performance will consist of work by Artistic Director Erin Carlisle Norton and new works by...

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The Joffrey: Live Music For American Legends

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 5:57 PM

Scott Speck, Photo Courtesy of The Joffrey Ballet

The Joffrey Ballet's American Legends series is coming up at The Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, and this mixed repertory program will feature live music with the Chicago Philharmonic. We wanted to learn more...

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Dancers Among Us -- an Interview With Photographer Jordan Matter

(4) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 9:19 AM

Jordan Matter is a portrait photographer in New York City who has had work featured on the Today Show, Tyra Banks, MSNBC, NBC, MTV, BBC, ZDF TV and in the NY Daily News, Washington Post, O Magazine, Dance Magazine, the Huffington Post and in newspapers, magazines and blogs around the...

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Helen Pickett: Atlanta Ballet's New Resident Choreographer

(2) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 10:50 AM

Atlanta Ballet's New Resident Choreographer, Helen Pickett

Helen Pickett started dancing at the age of eight after her mother called in and won tickets to see Nutcracker in a contest on the radio. Now, she will be taking on the title of resident choreographer...

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Joffrey Ballet's 'Human Landscapes' Program Connects

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 7:09 PM

The Joffrey Ballet's 2012-2013 season opened Wednesday evening with a mixed repertory program aptly titled Human Landscapes. Forgotten Land, Pretty BALLET and The Green Table were offered to the audience at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre, along with a live orchestra to accompany the three works.

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