(WTTW News)

A ballet company southwest of the city is closing out Hispanic Heritage Month with dancers rooted in the celebration of Hispanic culture, while also bringing attention to mental health. 

Kristina Kadashevych of the Kyiv City Ballet. (Courtesy of Kyiv City Ballet)

One day before Ukraine was invaded by Russia earlier this year, the company unknowingly boarded one of the last flights out of Kyiv to Paris, the first stop on a planned tour. The company has not returned home since then.

“Rita Finds Home” illustration by Elisa Chavarri.

A new ballet production made its debut at the Navy Pier Lake Stage. “Rita Finds Home” is a family-friendly production resulting from a collaboration between the Joffrey and Miami City Ballet telling the story of a young artist who is swept from her tropical island home by a hurricane and must make a new life for herself.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs Robert Battle’s “Mass” on March 2, 2022. (Credit: Paul Kolnik)

It was at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre where dancers with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater would unknowingly perform for the last time before a nearly two-year hiatus. Fast forward to today, and they’re back on their first national tour.

Victor Prigent and Jeffrey Cirio in Akram Khan’s “Creature.” (Courtesy of the English National Ballet)

This past week, in a chillingly prescient way, a rescheduled visit of English National Ballet’s production of Akram Khan’s “Creature” arrived on the Harris stage, and it could not have been more ideally timed. 

We meet a group of dancers who prove that breakdance and Johann Sebastian Bach can work well together.  

Maria Tallchief, American prima ballerina and Chicagoan, has died at 88. We take a look back at her 1978 conversation with John Callaway, and Callaway’s 2007 “Chicago Stories” profile of Tallchief.

We take a look at the life of one of American ballet's most influential leaders.