The convention CDR - Coastal Dance Rage is coming to Chicago!!!! 

This convention will be held at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place 

September 26-27, 2009. 


The faculty is amazing!! They have a ton of "So You Think You Can Dance" choreographers; Mary Murphy, Tabitha and Napolean Dumo, Blake McGrath, Sonya Tayeh, Stephen "Twitch" Boss and Benji Schwimmer.  They also have Fransico Gella, Shannon Mather, Kenny Womald and Bobby Newberry.  Lacey Schwimmer and Laurieann Gibson will also be in selected cities.  It seems like a great convention!


The ages are junior student (7-11), teen (12-15) and Senior (16+). The fees are $180 for junior and $190 for teen & Senior.  Observers are $50 and they are limited in supply.


There is also a "Rage Freestyle Battle".  This is an improvisational dance off competition between age levels (13 and under) and (14 and up) in jazz, lyrical/contemporary and hip hop.  Each dancer will be given one minute to perform to a song chosen by the faculty.  The soloist will not know which song will be selected prior to each round. Four soloists will compete at a time.  There will be three rounds of competition with a process of elimination in each round to determine the winner.  Once the remaining five competitors are narrowed down from each division, they will compete for the title of "Solo Freestyle Champion" during the faculty show.  Cash scholarships will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.  I think this sounds very interesting!!!  The cost to compete is $40.


I would like to register early for this competition.  If you are interested, please let me know and turn in payment by Monday, June 29th.


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