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Hubbard Street Dance Chicago aims to electrify Performing Arts stage

ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 28, 2004) -- The 2004-2005 Ohio University Performing Arts Series, sponsored in part by American Express Financial Advisors, is proud to present Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 6 in the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (HSDC), under the dynamic leadership of Artistic Director Jim Vincent, is among the most original forces in contemporary dance. Critically acclaimed for its exuberant, athletic and innovative repertory, HSDC presents performances that inspire, challenge and engage audiences worldwide. The company's 21 dancers display unparalleled versatility and virtuosity, allowing HSDC to expand its eclectic repertory continually with works by master American and international choreographers including Christopher Bruce, Marguerite Donlon, Nacho Duato, Daniel Ezralow, William Forsythe, Jirí Kylián, Lar Lubovitch, Susan Marshall, Trey McIntyre, Ohad Naharin, Kevin O'Day and Jim Vincent. HSDC also contributes to dance's evolution by developing new choreographic talent and collaborating with artists in music, visual art and theatre.

Since Lou Conte founded the company in 1977, HSDC has expanded beyond its main company to include Hubbard Street 2 (HS2) and the Lou Conte Dance Studio. HS2 cultivates young professional dancers and choreographers and serves as the foundation of HSDC's education initiatives. Its extensive education and community programs offer city- and state-accredited professional development for teachers to incorporate movement into curriculums and expose young people to dance. The Lou Conte Dance Studio offers a combined 80 classes weekly in jazz, ballet, modern, tap, hip-hop/funk, African and fitness dance for adults and teens at its state-of-the-art home studios and its satellite location, the Beverly Arts Center of Chicago.

As part of its repertoire, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago will be performing Christopher Bruce's "Rooster," a sharp, sexy celebration of the '60s, performed to eight of The Rolling Stones' best-known songs from "Ruby Tuesday" to "Sympathy for the Devil." London's The Guardian declared it, "A massive hit ? that sent the audience into ecstasies."

Tickets for this performance may be purchased at the auditorium ticket office from noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and one hour before the performance. For tickets or information, call (740) 593-1780. The Ohio University Performing Arts Series is sponsored in part by lifetime supporter Hocking Valley Bank.

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Media Contact: Associate Director Public Occasions Andrew Holzaepfel, (740) 593-1760

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