For some, it’s pure expression and, for others, it’s simply a way to stay active. Now that dance has become a popular mode of exercise, studios across the Chicago areaencourage participants to leave class feeling proud of themselves.
“I want them to feel accomplished,” Ashley Rockwood, owner of Free Mvmt Shop, said. “I want them to feel like they can do anything.”
While all studios want their patrons to leave feeling happy and energized, each instructor hopes to make an impact on their students’ lives. Here is a sampling of the studios thatinspire students daily.
The recent release of the seven most endangered buildings in Chicago added to looming preservationist fears about the city’s architectural heritage.
Ward Miller, executive director of Preservation Chicago, presented the “Chicago 7 Most Endangered” structures to a sold-out audience at the recent Chicago Architecture Center program.
Despite Chicago’s rich architectural history, many legacy buildings across the city go unnoticed. Preservation Chicago hopes to encourage the public to recognize these buildings that should be preserved or repurposed, such as the James R. Thompson Center downtown and Chicago Town and Tennis Club on Chicago’s North Side.
Every day is different for Amelia Carpenter. From teaching fitness and dance classes to coaching a high school dance team, Carpenter has chosen to pursue her passion through varied paths.
Carpenter, 30, currently works as a professional dancer, coach and teacher in Chicago and will continue to host private dance intensive programs to inspire dancers.
After balancing multiple jobs in order to live her dream, Carpenter jumped into dance full time in September. While her dance journey continues to evolve, it began when she wanted to join her high school’s dance team. Continue reading →
Valentine’s Day has a history of being complicated. Some people try too hard, while others try too little, leaving behind a mix of unrealistic expectations and disappointing memories. According to professional athletes, those complications do not dissipate with fame and money.
Despite the larger paychecks and slews of adoring fans, the holiday can still raise stressful questions such as which gift to buy or which restaurant has the best atmosphere. Athletes also have to worry about scheduling in holidays.
The Eternal Light exhibition at the Driehaus Museum showcases works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, son of Tiffany & Co. founder, Charles Lewis Tiffany. From stained glass to sketches, the exhibit highlights the creative process and the artisans involved in creating Tiffany’s reputation.
Catherine Shotick, curator of the Eternal Light exhibition, spoke about the exhibit and its importance in the city of Chicago.
You can experience the exhibit, extended through March 22, at the Driehaus. Before exiting, be sure to pick up the brochure and map so you can visit other sites of Louis Tiffany’s work throughout the Chicago area. Locations include the Chicago Cultural Center at Michigan Avenue and Washington Street, the Second Presbyterian Church at Michigan Avenue and Cullerton Street, and the Marquette Building at Clark and Adams streets.Continue reading →