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A Dancer's View of a Great Dance Company: Lizzie MacKenzie Talks About River North's "MOMENTUM"

Lizzie MacKenzie (Photo by Cheryl Mann)

Lizzie MacKenzie has been a lot of different places as a dancer, both literally and artistically. She performed with the iconic Giordano Dance Chicago for five years, touring the world, landing on the cover of Dance Magazine, and learning Jazz Dance at one of the world's centers of the art. She's an award winning choreographer, the founder and Artistic Director of one of the country's most respected youth companies, Extensions Dance, and she shows up in magazines and online media as a model for Leo's Dancewear and for Illinois Theatrical. Jazz Dance? Yes, and Contemporary, working closely with choreographers from Laurie Stallings and Robert Battle to James Kudelka and Harold Maceldowny, not to mention her current work with Ron de Jesus Dance Company, Chicago Repertory Ballet and numerous performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

That would be enough experience to give anybody an unusually complete perspective on a dance company, but there's one more significant part to Lizzie MacKenzie's bio: for six years she performed with River North Chicago Dance, whose Fall Engagement at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance is this weekend, November 16th and 17th. The program is entitled MOMENTUM, and it promises to be the kind of lush and lucid ride through a uniquely River North landscape that the Company always manages to put together. Lizzie MacKenzie has a really good idea of how they do it.

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