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U Alum to Perform with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in Kingsbury Hall

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Oct. 27, 2005 – Former University of Utah student Shannon Alvis, a member of the renowned Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (HSDC), will dance on Kingsbury Hall’s stage when the company stops in Salt Lake City for a performance. HSDC will perform in Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. Presidents Circle, on Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the event are $22.50 to $34.50 and are available by calling 801-581-7100 or by visiting

Originally from Indianapolis, Alvis studied ballet at the Jordan Academy of Dance at Butler University and danced with the Indianapolis Ballet Theatre and the Chautauqua Ballet Company. As a University student she performed with the Utah Ballet. Alvis auditioned with Hubbard Street “on a whim” and got the job. She joined Hubbard Street 2 in June 1998 and moved to the full company in June 2000.

In August 2005, The New York Times called HSDC “an unusually lively contemporary company,” as the dancers display versatility and virtuosity, allowing HSDC to continually expand its eclectic repertoire.

Founded by Lou Conte in 1977, HSDC is known for its exuberant, athletic and innovative repertoire. Members of the company are adept in ballet, modern and jazz dance. When the 21 performers visited Kingsbury Hall in 2003, the dance company not only had viewers on their feet during the final performance-members of the audience were also dancing onstage.

“Throughout last season, I watched our dancers, choreographers, designers and
technical crew inspire audiences, and one another, through both the quality of their achievements and their commitment to the art form,” said HSDCArtistic Director Jim Vincent. “We look forward to creating and dancing through the next 25 years with great anticipation of the possibilities that await us.”

The Kingsbury Hall performance will feature new and thrilling works, including “Uniformity,” by HSDC Artistic Director Jim Vincent, and “Float,” by Julian Barnett. The company will also perform crowd favorite “Petite Mort.”

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