HSDC to Honor Baryshnikov in 2014 (!)

Photo credit: Mark Seliger
Photo credit: Mark Seliger

On the heels of its successful season opener at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago dropped a big and very exciting bomb on us yesterday.  Next May, HSDC’s annual Spotlight Ball is to include a special appearance by dance legend Mikhail Baryshnikov (along with all the usual perks of a fancy benefit). Mr. Baryshnikov is to add Hubbard Street’s Spotlight award to his collection of achievements that include Oscar and Tony award nominations, Kennedy Center Honors, and a National Medal of Honor.

Not bad for a ballet dancer.

Mr. Baryshnikov had this to say:

“I look at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s history and truly appreciate its goals and mission. The company has roots in classic forms and techniques, but is always evolving, always looking for something new in dance. Hubbard Street’s directors and administrators nurture the next generation of dance artists, and believe strongly in the importance of arts education.”

I think it’s safe to say that every member of the HSDC office is grinning ear to ear right now. I’m also pretty sure that the price tag for the Spotlight Ball is going to be worth every penny given the chance to meet Misha, or at least photobomb him.

Spotlight Ball Reservations begin at $600 per guest; table reservations and sponsorship opportunities start at $6,000. All proceeds from the Spotlight Ball support Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s education, community and artistic programs. To purchase tickets, please contact Jeanne Newman, Hubbard Street’s Manager of Individual Giving and Special Events, at 312-850-9744 ext. 130, or via email at jnewman@hubbardstreetdance.com.

Author: Lauren Warnecke

Lauren Warnecke is a reporter for NPR affiliate station WGLT and freelance arts and culture critic, primarily reviewing dance for the Chicago Tribune. Lauren enjoys cooking, cycling and attempting to grow things in her backyard. She lives in central Illinois.

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