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Dance the night away on Valentine’s Day

On Friday February 14, The Joffrey Ballet performs Contemporary Choreographers at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on 50 E. Congress Parkway. The program includes the Joffrey premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s Continuum and Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman’s Episode 31. The show runs from now through Sunday, February 23. Tickets ($31 to $152) are available at 800-982-2787 and

If inspired to bust a move yourself, the American Rhythm Center is hosting a dance party for couples—and singles—on Friday February 14. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. when DMX Dance Company’s Dave Maxx teaches a 30-minute Soul Swing dance lesson, followed at 8:00 p.m. by a 30-minute disco lesson by Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre’s Wilfredo Rivera.

In addition to dance instruction, admission ($10 for singles; $16 for couples) includes wine, snacks provided in part by Corner Bakery, and a goodie bag filled with $90 worth of certificates for businesses such as American Rhythm Center, City Winery, Bacchanalia Italian Restaurant, Fernando's/Blue Agave Tequila Bar & Restaurant, Sugar Bliss Cake Boutique, and more. The event takes place at Studio 300 on 410 S. Michigan Avenue.

On Saturday, February 15, American Gothic Productions presents the New Loves & Broken Hearts Valentine's Ball at Metro on 3730 N. Clark Street in Chicago. Nocturna with DJ Scary Lady Sarah will entertain the 18-and-over crowd. Doors open at 11 p.m.. Tickers are $10. Visit for more information.

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