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By CVN Staff 

Dance troupe to perform


Contemporary dance troupe Thodos Dance Chicago will perform 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 3 at the Chilkat Center.

Haines Arts Council President Tom Heywood said the show is the first by a dance group here in about a decade. “They’re one of the most well-known Chicago dance groups,” Heywood said. “It’s contemporary dance. They’re innovative and very athletic.”

The group’s achievements include a dance piece entitled, “The White City: Chicago’s Columbian Exposition in 1893,” a choreographed narrative that parallels Erik Larsen’s best-selling novel, “The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changes America.”

The group also has performed “Fosse Trilogy,” a suite of dances that is a salute to legendary Chicago choreographer Bob Fosse’s early work for television variety shows, including “Cool Hand Luke,” “Tijuana Shuffle” and “Mexican Breakfast.”

The company’s artistic director Melissa Thodos has been described by critics as “a choreographer with a bright and lively imagination.” Tony-award winning legend Ann Reinking described Thodos’ work as “informed by history, based on personal experience and totally unique.”

The company has performed in 50 dance venues in 15 states, as well as in Europe and Asia. Their works have been performed by the Joffrey Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

According to promotional information, the group’s members hold bachelors’ and masters’ degrees in dance and teach at the elementary, high school and university levels.

The group will perform on a Chilkat Center stage that was recently refinished. Heywood said he was hoping to arrange for a dance demonstration at the Haines School as well.

The Haines dance performance is presented by the local arts council and sponsored by The Rasmuson Foundation. For more information on the group, go to