Thursday, September 17, 2015

Hubbard Street Dance gets $500,000 grant By Doug George

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago will receive $500,000 from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, it was announced Monday. The grant money will go toward the Chicago dance company's long-term goals and operations. Hubbard Street was one of 18 organizations to receive grants through a new initiative, the Leadership Grants Program for Dance (and was one of only nine to be awarded a half-million dollars). According to the foundation, "grantees distinguished themselves by the quality of their choreography, the impact of their touring on communities across the country, and the successful expansion of their own initiatives and educational programming." The money must go toward operations, versus building projects or other "brick-and-mortar" plans. The other recipients are Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Alonzo King LINES Ballet; AXIS Dance Company; Ballet Hispanico; the Brooklyn Academy of Music; Danspace Project, Inc.; Jacob’s Pillow Dance; the Joyce Theater; Margaret Jenkins Dance Company; Mark Morris Dance Group; ODC Dance/San Francisco; Stephen Petronio Company; Ragamala Dance; STREB; Paul Taylor Dance Company; Urban Bush Women; and White Bird. The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is named after the late philanthropist and gives money to support work in medicine, environmentalism and the arts. Chicago Tribune Photo 
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is an American dance company based in Chicago. Hubbard Street performs in downtown Chicago at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance and at the Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Hubbard Street also tours nationally and internationally throughout the year. Hubbard Street Dance Chicago grew out of the Lou Conte Dance Studio, when in 1977 several aspiring young artists approached dance teacher/choreographer Lou Conte to teach tap classes. At the time, the studio was located at the corner of LaSalle Street and Hubbard Street, which is how the company acquired its name. Conte served as director for 23 years, during which he developed relationships with choreographers including Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Margo Sappington, Daniel Ezralow, Nacho Duato, Jirí Kylián and Twyla Tharp, all of whom helped shape Hubbard Street’s repertoire. Wikipedia