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Local dance company celebrates quarter-century

Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 4:24 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:35 a.m. CST
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BYDE Company Member Juliana Nikolich, of Lake Barrington, performs as the lead Garden Fairy, along with Barrington Dance Academy students (left to right) Rose Abrahamson (Lake Barrington), Kyra O’Brien (Barrington), Alexandra Keaton (Barrington), Emma Richmond (Barrington), Kiri Kolasinski (Barrington), and Martha Abrahamson (Lake Barrington), in the premier of Artistic Director Mary Brennan’s L’Art des Enfants (The Art of Children).
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BYDE alum Wade Schaaf, currently artistic director of Chicago Repertory Ballet, choreographed and performed alongside other BYDE alumni including (left to right) Jessica Till, Katelyn Hanna, Hannah Ray, Jennifer Meyers, Anne Rough, Amy Vandenbergh, and Megan Senesac in a special alumni dance “Salute to Fosse”.
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BYDE Company Member Hannah Harris of Lake Barrington performed in “GigglePop” choreographed by BYDE guest artist Eddy Ocampo of LEVELdance.
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BYDE Company Members Mackenzie Jaekel, of Lake Zurich, Kate Buckingham of Rolling Meadows, Lindsey George of Cary, Hannah Harris of Lake Barrington, and Juliana Nikolich of Lake Barrington perform as Swan Maidens in excerpts from Swan Lake, restaged by Karen Janet for BYDE’s 25th Anniversary Concert.
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BYDE Company Member Mackenzie Jaekel, of Lake Zurich, performs an aerial dance piece “Bemused”, choreographed by long-time BYDE guest choreographer Winifred Haun of Winifred Haun & Dancers.

BARRINGTON – The Barrington Youth Dance Ensemble celebrated their rich history with a 25th anniversary concert June 13 and 14 at the Barrington High School auditorium. More than 600 people enjoyed the show, which featured past favorites along with several new premieres, according to a news release.

The concert included works by founder and artistic director Mary Brennan, as well as works by award-winning choreographers such as Eddy Ocampo, Winifred Haun and the rest of the company's artistic staff. Attendees learned about the history of the company through a series of performances featuring a "compelling and challenging repertoire," from classical favorites to contemporary works, the release states.

BYDE staff and alumni dancers shared memories. The celebration included a special video presentation of staff and dancers who have been with the company since it began in 1989. Many are still involved today.

Brennan said longtime artistic and production associates, combined with dedicated funders, dancers and volunteers, have melded with executive, artistic and advisory boards with "consistent zeal" for the past 25 years.

"From the young children to the seasonal professionals, this organization has become a family which passes its traditions on and on."

The BYDE is a non-profit organization that promotes artistic integrity, involvement and awareness through exceptional dance training and performance in the Chicago area, according to the release.

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