Storytelling Through Movement Highlights Choreography of Chicago Repertory Ballet

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Culture Shock Miami Brings Award Winning Program to South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center

Artistic Director/choreographer Wade Schaaf brings his young company of dancers, Chicago Repertory Ballet, to the Main Stage of South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center on Saturday July 25 at 8 PM. Following his own distinguished career as a dancer, with credits including Ohio Ballet and Omaha Theater Ballet among others, Schaaf, 36, founded his Chicago-based company in 2012 because of his personal commitment to creating new choreographic works and to develop them over time with a professional corps of top-rated dancers.

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The performance, co-presented by Culture Shock Miami, the Miami-Dade County student arts audience development program, and South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center will feature a program of Chicago Repertory Ballet’s recent works based on messages, metaphors and storytelling. The program includes Still Life by Tenley Dorrill, based on French Impressionist painting and was the winning work in Chicago Repertory Ballet’s Inaugural Choreography Competition. Jacqueline Stewart’s award-winning duet, It’s Not Enough to Close Your Eyes, incorporates the concepts of truth and secrets in relationships. Finally, multiple works by Schaaf will be performed, including his solo Dancer, Net (3) to Camille Saint-Saën’s The Swan, and one of his latest works, Wasteland, based on the Japanese movement expression of butoh. Rounding out the program, Schaaf will present his 2014 version of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.

Schaaf noted “Storytelling is something that I find so important and enjoyable in dance and that’s where the company gets its title ‘Ballet.’”

$5 tickets are available to 13-22 year olds and one accompanying guest each, exclusively through

Full price tickets are $25 to $30 and $10 for Youth Tickets for 12 years old and under with ID.
These tickets are available online at or through the SMDCAC box office by calling 786-573-5300. $5 Culture Shock Miami tickets are not sold through the SMDCAC Box Office or through Culture Shock Miami ticket sales for this performance end on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 11:59 PM. No $5 tickets are available or through the SMDCAC box office.

Jacqueline Stewart, Danielle Mathews, Sarah Olson, Andrea Deline, Carley Klebba, Becky
Mikos, Phillip Ollenburg, Greg Blackmon, Oscar Carillo, James Stevko

Still Life
Choreographer: Tenley Dorrill
Music: Christopher Bissonnette, Alexandre Tharaud, Franz Schubert

Dancer, Net (3)
Choreographer: Wade Schaaf
Music: Camille Saint-Saëns

It’s Not Enough to Close Your Eyes
Choreographer: Jacqueline Stewart
Music: Eric Whittacre
Choreographer: Wade Schaaf
Music: Max Ritcher, Steve Reich, Nils Frahm & Anne Muller, Frederic Chopin
The Four Seasons
Choreographer: Wade Schaaf
Music: Antonio Vivaldi (Recomposed by Max Ritcher)

WADE SCHAAF is founder of Chicago Repertory Ballet. He hails from the Chicago area and graduated Cum Laude from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theater arts (emphasis dance performance). During his professional career Wade has danced for such companies as the Ohio Ballet, State Street Ballet Santa Barbara, The Omaha Theater Ballet (now Ballet Nebraska), Thodos Dance Chicago, and River North Chicago Dance Company. He has worked with choreographers Septime Weber, Stephen Mills, Kennet Oberly, Bill Soleau, Frank Chaves, Laurie Stallings, Ron DeJesus and the Tony Award winning choreographer Ann Reinking. Wade has been privileged to dance such roles as Tybalt in Robin Welche’s “Romeo and Juliet”, Snow Pas in Welche’s “The Nutcracker”, and Jonathan in Oberly’s “Dracula” as well, had the role of Mayor Carter Harrision set on him in the Thodos/Reinking collaboration, “The White City”. Wade has set his own work on the Omaha Theater Ballet, Groundwork Dance Company and Thodos Dance Chicago.

After retiring from the stage, Mr. Schaaf went on to open Chicago Repertory Ballet in November
of 2011. The company premiered to the headline review, “A Bright Debut for Chicago Repertory
Ballet.” (Sid Smith, The Chicago Tribune). Since the debut of CRB Wade has gone on to create
such exceptional works as Shostakovich Piano Concerto, Peoplescape:Juxtaposition, and his
first one-act story ballet, The Rite of Spring. Mr. Schaaf continues to steer the company through
his vision of presenting the contemporary choreographic voice, and presenting familiar stories in
a new or different way.

Outside of the studio, Mr. Schaaf has a variety of interests ranging from visual art to health and
wellness. Wade is a certified in both the Pilates method (Through Power Pilates) and RedCord,
and is happy to enrich the lives of many through fitness.


The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, designed by an internationally-acclaimed design team that includes Arquitectonica International, Inc. (architects), Fisher Dachs Associates, Inc. (theater design), Artec Consultants, Inc. (acoustics), and AMS Planning & Research Corp. (theater management), provides, for the first time, a state-of-the-art cultural venue and community gathering place in the southern part of Miami-Dade County. Located at 10950 SW 211th Street in Cutler Bay, the Center is an integral part of the economic and cultural development of the area, offering quality artistic programming and community accessibility. The Center features prominent works of art created by Miami artist Robert Chambers who was commissioned by Miami-Dade County’s Art in Public Places program to design a kinetic light wall and sculptures for the theater.

The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center is managed by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with funding support from the Office of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. The Center is dedicated to presenting and supporting arts and culture and providing access to the arts to the entire Miami-Dade County community. More information about the Center and its programs can be found at

Culture Shock Miami, is a program of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with a generous grant from The John S. & James L. Knight Foundation. Since then, it has more than 43,000 tickets through its website A core group of arts organizations participate regularly in the program, including Actors' Playhouse, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Cleveland Orchestra Miami, Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet, Pérez Art Museum, New World Symphony, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and ZooMiami.

The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council develop cultural excellence, diversity and participation throughout Miami-Dade County by strategically creating and promoting opportunities for artists and cultural organizations, and our residents and visitors who are their audiences. The Department directs the Art in Public Places program and serves its board, the Art in Public Places Trust, commissioning, curating, maintaining and promoting the County’s art collection. The Department also manages, programs and operates the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, a campus of state-of-the-art cultural facilities in Cutler Bay, as well as Miami-Dade County Auditorium, Joseph Caleb Auditorium and the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, all dedicated to presenting and supporting excellence in the arts for the entire community. Through staff, board and programmatic resources, the Department, the Council and the Trust promote, coordinate and support Miami-Dade County’s more than 1,000 not-for-profit cultural organizations as well as thousands of resident artists through grants, technical assistance, public information and interactive community planning.

The Department receives funding through the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, The Children’s Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Other support and services are provided by TicketWeb for the Culture Shock Miami program, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the South Florida Cultural Consortium and the Tourist Development Council.

Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act

It is the policy of Miami-Dade County to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act. The facility is accessible and assistive listening devices are available. To request materials in accessible format, and/or any accommodation to attend an event at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, please contact Stephanie Aponte, 786-573-5314, Saponte(at)miamidade(dot)gov, at least five days in advance to initiate your request, TYY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).

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