Kara Wilkes in Chicago

Being from Milwaukee, I’ve been looking forward to returning to the Midwest for our week-long tour with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. We performed four nights in Chicago and have one performance in Madison yet to come. On Saturday, many of my dear friends and family were in the audience, and I’ll admit I got nervous. While performing Rasa, I took off like a bullet during a unison section with Courtney and Caroline – they kindly laughed about it when I later apologized for my nervous adrenaline. You never know when you are going to be cool as a cucumber onstage, or quite the opposite.

The collaboration with Hubbard Street has been nothing short of awesome. LINES and Hubbard Street have become a family: “Lubbard” as we call it. The dancers look forward to getting together to share the studio, a bite to eat, and the stage. Working together has been invigorating, not to mention downright fun. There has been a beautiful ease with the group, and many good laughs. I will keep this inspiring experience close to my heart.

Written by Kara Wilkes.

Written by Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Alonzo King LINES Ballet is comprised of an internationally renowned contemporary ballet company, three education programs that serve pre-professional dancers, and a dance center that provides adult drop-in classes for all levels. The LINES Ballet mission is to nurture dynamic artistry and the development of authentic creative expression in dance, through collaboration, performance, and education.