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Hubbard Street 2 explores the emotion of movement

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's second company, Hubbard Street 2 will perform Thursday at the Steamboat Springs High School Auditorium.
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Julie Nakagawa Bottcher, artistic director of Hubbard Street 2 Dance Co., said dancers are always vulnerable.

“There are a bunch of people watching them (whom) they don’t know, and the audience is vulnerable, too, because they think they won’t get it,” Bottcher said. “There’s nothing to get except their own experience.”

Steamboat Dance Theatre is bringing Hubbard Street 2 to Steamboat Springs.



Bottcher said Hubbard Street’s performance is a dual concept.

“It would be fantastic if everyone comes : open to go on an adventure and see where it takes them,” Bottcher said. “We can all get from that the power to transform and transport – that’s what art is.”



Hubbard Street 2 differs from other dance companies because it does not put all its emphasis just on the performances.

“We are equally focused on the process of developing young artists,” Bottcher said. “First and foremost for the people you see on stage, but also for the choreography and artistic collaboration, stage design and administrative staff. It’s young people pushing the art to move forward.”

The six dancers in the company will be available for a question-and-answer session after the show.

People will have the opportunity to experience firsthand the varying types of dance the company engages in by attending master classes on Wednesday. The dancers will take a team approach, and three dancers will teach the beginning and the intermediate jazz classes at Northwest Ballet.

“The classes should reflect what we do as a company,” Bottcher said. “They might fall under jazz dance, ballet and contemporary influence. They’re well-rounded classes.”

The performance will give the audience a lot to digest, Bottcher said.

“We’re not expecting anything from you, and there will be no test at the end or questionnaire,” Bottcher said. “No one’s there to prove anything. We are there to enjoy being there. If everyone can leave their insecurities at home, that would be great.”


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