At Zeroes End: Dance in Chicago, 2000-2009 | Newcity Stage
By Brian Hieggelke Dance exploded in the zeroes, fueled on by successful transitions at major establishments and the opening of significant new venues. Any consideration of dance in Chicago starts with our world-renowned homegrown company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (HSDC), which commenced the decade with the transition in its artistic leadership from Lou Conte, who'd founded the group in 1977 and built it into one of the city's leading cultural exports, to Jim Vincent. Vincent didn't miss a beat, building on Conte's foundation, and greatly expanding the company's formerly rather limited performance presence in its hometown by expanding to quarterly Chicago engagements, thanks in part to the opening of the perfectly sized Harris Theater for Music and Dance in November 2003. By 2008, HSDC had grown to a seven-million-dollar operating budget and Vincent himself was moving on, returning to the Nederlands Dans Theater, where he'd spent much of his career as a performer, passing the