Butler is also a choreographic fellow at Hubbard Street this season. Photo by Lindsay Linton, courtesy of Butler.

When I was just a little peanut, my siblings and I used to find scrap paper and use them as tickets to our makeshift dance performances at family gatherings. They were more like circus shows, really, where my brother was the ringmaster, and my sisters and I were animals; we dove through imaginary flaming hoops and showcased our best tightrope acts with the suspense of plummeting into an endless pit of sorrows. This was my first introduction to the beauty of movement as a way of communicating.

Photo by Lindsay Linton

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(L to R) Adrienne Lipson, Ashley Downs, Noelle Kayser, and Devin Buchanan photographed for "Dance for Life 2017" (Todd Rosenberg Photography, courtesy PurePoint Financial)

Yes, you read that right. Last summer, we told you about Instagram-favorite photographer Rachel Neville's work being showcased in an innovative new kind of financial center here in NYC. Now, PurePoint Financial—aka the company behind the paradigm-breaking pairing—is bringing that very same concept to the Windy City.

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Let's face it, no matter how many precautions you take in the dance studio each day, your feet are inevitably going to get trashed. Between pointe shoes, petit/grand allegro, and stretching beyond what is natural, those puppies take a genuine beating. All that impact may tempt you to ask, "Is there any hope for performers to avoid injuries at all?" As it turns out, yes! According to Dr. Bryan Hersh, DPM, of the Center for Pediatric Medicine in Chicago, IL, dancers can seriously reduce the likelihood of injury by taking care of their feet outside of the studio. Read on for his tips on how to keep your feet safe and strong.

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We, like most dance people, love drama. We're all about dying swans and moody contemporary duets.

Let's face it, though: Sometimes dance is even better when it's funny. Any kind of funniness is awesome, but bodies being funny is one of the best kinds of funny there is.

So we were excited to hear that the fabulous Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is pairing up with The Second City (aka the improv group that's basically a feeder for "Saturday Night Live"). Together, they'll create—well, we don't know what, exactly. What we do know is that it'll be witty, smart, and probably very funny.

And they're already in the studio together! This is a Hubbard Street movement workshop at The Second City. (Todd Rosenberg/Hubbard Street Dance Chicago)

While this may sound like a bizarre collaboration, in a way it makes total sense. Hubbard Street works with many choreographers whose pieces are rooted in improvisation. Its dancers, in other words, are master improvisers—just like the members of Second City.

The project will involve performers from both groups, plus Hubbard Street 2 (wouldn't want to leave them out of the fun), and it'll premiere October 16 at Chicago's Harris Theater. We'll let you know more as we hear it!

Epperheimer in Ohad Naharin's Tabula Rasa (Quinn Wharton, courtesy Hubbard Street Dance Chicago)

For the past decade, Kellie Epperheimer has captivated Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's audiences with her graceful fluidity and elegant lines. Her raw, emotional performances and musical sensitivity make her an artist in every sense of the word. A Los Osos, CA, native, Epperheimer trained at the Academy of Dance and Civic Ballet of San Luis Obispo, and spent a summer at The Juilliard School. She was a founding member of the Cedar Lake Ensemble (later renamed Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet), and joined Hubbard Street 2 in 2005. Since being promoted to the main company in 2007, she's originated roles in pieces by choreographers including Kyle Abraham, Alonzo King and Twyla Tharp. Catch her at home in Hubbard Street's Summer Series performances this June, and at this summer's American Dance Festival, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and Chicago Dancing Festival. —Courtney Bowers

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