Dance Destinations 2007

VIP Travel to the Chicago Dancing Festival

On the evening of Wednesday, August 22, an audience of 10,000 people will gather in Chicago's Millennium Park for the debut of a major new cultural event: the Chicago Dancing Festival.

The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company invites you to join us in Chicago for this history-making evening, plus a three-day series of special events surrounding the Festival.

Features included in the "Festival Package":

<*VIP seating for the premiere of the Chicago Dancing Festival (including a performance of Lar Lubovitch's "Elemental Brubeck" by Ballet Florida), August 22 at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.

*Pre-performance reception with other friends and patrons of the Festival.

*Exclusive cultural tours, including a river cruise of Chicago's architectural attractions, and a special visit to Crab Tree Farm, a private Lake Bluff estate renowned for its gardens and a world class collection of furnishings from the Arts & Crafts Movement.

*Lubovitch company patrons' dinner at one of Chicago's top dining spots (August 21) and an intimate brunch at Lar Lubovitch's Chicago home (August 23).

*Access to a special block of rooms reserved by the Lubovitch company at the Palmer House Hilton, the official hotel of the Chicago Dancing Festival.

The "Festival Package" is available to Lubovitch company patrons for $900 per person, including a $500 tax-deductible contribution to support our creation of new works.  It does not include transportation, hotel costs, or meals and beverages -- other than those specified in the itinerary detailed below.

If you would like more details or would like to participate, please e-mail us at or call 212.221.7909 as soon as possible, as we have only limited availability.

For information on our Festival accommodations and our complete Chicago Dancing Festival itinerary, please continue reading:

Palmer House Hilton:
Chicago's Original Luxury Hotel


The official hotel of the Chicago Dancing Festival, the Palmer House Hilton is also the longest continually operating hotel in North America America, and a Chicago institution in its own right.  Since 1871, it has been the hotel of choice for all kinds of luminaries (including Mark Twain, Charles Dickens and Oscar Wilde, to drop just a few notable names), and its central Loop location makes the Palmer House a perfect home base for the cast and patrons of the Chicago Dancing Festival.

Thanks to a special arrangement with the Palmer House, we can offer a limited number of standard rooms at the special rate of $199 plus tax for single occupancy ($230 per night including tax), or $219 double ($253 per night including tax).  These rates are available only if booked through the Lubovitch company.  Rates for executive level rooms and suites are available upon request.

"Festival Package" Itinerary

Elemental Brubeck: choreography, Lar Lubovitch; performed by Ballet Florida.
Elemental Brubeck: choreography, Lar Lubovitch; performed by Ballet Florida.

Monday, August 20
* Suggested evening arrival.
* Optional dinner with patrons' group (not included in Festival Package price).

Tuesday, August 21
* Exclusive tour of Crab Tree Farm:  The owner of this estate in Lake Bluff has invited the patrons and friends of the Chicago Dancing Festival to enjoy a guided tour of this private property, which is renowned among connoisseurs for both its gardens and its world-class collection of furnishings from the Arts & Crafts Movement.  Crab Tree Farm's collections are not open to the public, and rarely open to private groups -- so this is an opportunity not to be missed.  Tour includes lunch and roundtrip coach transportation.
* Lubovitch company dinner at one of Chicago's top-ranked restaurants.

Wednesday, August 22
*Architectural River Cruise: a private trip on one of the Chicago Architecture Foundation's most intriguing tours, which spotlights more than 50 significant buildings and sites during a 90-minute cruise along the Chicago River.
*Pre-performance cocktail reception with other friends and supporters of the Chicago Dancing Festival.
*VIP seating for the premiere performance of the Chicago Dancing Festival, at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.  Ballet Florida will perform Lar Lubovitch's Elemental Brubeck.  The program will also showcase dancers from American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Alvin Ailey, the Joffrey Ballet, Muntu and Complexions.

Thursday, August 23
*Farewell brunch with Lar Lubovitch:
an intimate gathering at Lar's Chicago apartment, in a famous Lake Shore Drive high rise with sweeping views of the city, Navy Pier and Lake Michigan.
· Suggested mid-afternoon or evening departure.

Cost of the Festival Package is $900, including a $500 tax-deductible contribution.   Please note that the Festival Package does not include airfare, accommodations, transfers or local transportation (other than the roundtrip coach travel to Crab Tree Farm).  Pricing is available, upon request, for Festival seating only, and for other individual events.

Additional activities: Depending on the schedules and preferences of individual guests, the Lubovitch company will offer additional meal and tour options from August 20 to 24.  These activities are not part of the Festival Package, but can be arranged on a pay-as-you-go basis.  Please contact the Lubovitch company for more information.

To make your reservations, please contact the Lubovitch company: via e-mail at, or by telephone at 212.221.7909. 




About the Chicago Dancing Festival

As a native of Chicago, Lar has long been interested in increasing his involvement with his hometown's dance scene.  He conceived of a festival last year and started discussions with local supporters.  The result: the Chicago Dancing Festival, an important new event for the world of dance, and a notable addition to Chicago's already rich and vibrant cultural scene.

With Lar Lubovitch and Lubovitch company dancer (and fellow Chicagoan) Jay Franke serving as founders and co-directors -- in association with the Museum of Contemporary Art and the City of Chicago/Millennium Park -- the Festival will debut as a free performance for 10,000 people at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park on the evening of Wednesday, August 22.

An unprecedented celebration of American dance, the Festival will bring together dancers from seven of the country's leading companies, including Alvin Ailey, American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Florida (whose dancers will perform Lar's Elemental Brubeck), Complexions, San Francisco Ballet and Chicago's own Joffrey Ballet and Muntu Dance Theatre.

For more information about the Chicago Dancing Festival, visit





Mission:  The Lubovitch company was created to realize the artistic vision of Lar Lubovitch, one of the foremost contemporary choreographers in the United States.  The company exists: (1) to create new work; (2) to perform those works (and facilitate the performance of those works by others) both in our home base of New York City and around the world; and (3) to teach people of all ages, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds, in order to increase awareness and appreciation of dance.

History:  Over the past 39 years, the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company has gained a reputation as one of the world's leading modern dance companies and has performed in virtually every state of the US and in more than 30 foreign countries.  Lar Lubovitch has been cited by The New York Times as "one of the ten best choreographers in the world," and the company has been called a "national treasure" by Variety.  The company is primarily focused on the creation of new dances, sometimes in collaboration with other top companies.

Contact:  The Lubovitch company is located at 229 West 42nd Street, New York NY 10036.  You can reach us at (212) 221-7909 or  Or visit our website at

Support:  Programs of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, as well as by Altria, Atlantic Philanthropies, US Trust Company of NY, Irene Diamond Fund, Brooke Garber & Daniel Neidich Fund, Harkness Foundation for Dance, Carl Jacobs Fund, McMullan Family Foundation, Rodgers Family Foundation, Shubert Foundation, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, A. Woodner Fund and numerous additional generous individuals, corporations and foundations.

Memberships:  The Lubovitch company is a member of Dance/USA, Dance/NYC, ART/NY and the Arts & Business Council.