If nothing else, the announcement today that Luna Negra Dance Theatre is "ceasing opperations... due to financial constraints" is a lesson to the Chicago Dance Community to never take things for granted.
As she touched my hand to adjust it, I was keenly aware that this same hand had also touched Balanchine, Nureyev and countless others. It was hard to wrap your head around. I was thirteen years old and I had never been more intimidated. Or more thrilled.
Two tickets to the ballet and a fine dining experience sounds like a great night in a Frommer's guide or penciled in your rich aunt's pocket calendar, but let's face it: Sounds a little stuffy and expensive, doesn't it?
It's not easy to bring the multitude of choices in movement, costume, lighting and set into harmony with equally complex choices in melody, texture and tone, but when it's done really well, it's a very different kind of art.
For me, my investment in the Chicago dance scene is a very compelling reason to stay. We have spent the last four years plié-ing and tendu-ing and learning about Martha Graham, but we have also been building connections and networking.