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“It is our privilege to provide the youth of our community with access to some of the most talented artists from our city’s rich dance community,” states Auditorium Theatre Executive Director Brett Batterson of the first annual Made in Chicago Summer Dance Intensive.

“With our first Made in Chicago Summer Dance Intensive we have leveraged the resources that only a theatre like the Auditorium can provide to assemble an extraordinary group of instructors, all of whom have performed on our stage. They will come together in order to help foster the dedication and passion of aspiring dancers, allowing them to gain knowledge of new technique and the professional industry while being challenged to grow and improve.”

The six-day dance intensive (June 23 -28) will take place at the Auditorium Theatre’s Katten/Landau Studio on 425 S. Wabash Street in Chicago. It includes access to Angela Dice Nguyen of DanceWorks Chicago, Nan Giordano of Giordano Dance Chicago, Pierre Lockett of The Joffrey Ballet, Ahmad Simmons of River North Dance Chicago and Tenley Dorrill of Thodos Dance Chicago. Registration ends today. For more information, visit theaud.us/MICDanceIntensive.

Registration is open for the Chinese Fine Arts Society’s annual Music Festival in Honor of Confucius Competitions which will be held at Chicago’s Merit School of Music on 38 S. Peoria Street, Sunday, October 19. To apply, visit chinesefinearts.org/programs/music-festival-in-honor-of-confucius/mfhc-application-form.

Emerging professional songwriters will participate in The Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project at Northwestern University (June 22-28). The intensive weeklong no-fee program of master classes and workshops. Presented by the American Music Theatre Project at Northwestern University, and The Johnny Mercer Foundation, the program concludes with a public performance, Songwriters In Concert, on June 28 at the Josephine Louis Theater on 20 Arts Circle Drive in Evanston. For tickets, call 847-491-7282 or visit www.tic.northwestern.edu/summerstage. For additional information, visit www.mercersongwriters.org, www.johnnymercerfoundation.org, and www.amtp.northwestern.edu.

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