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Your Dose of Dance

By Amy Mikel in Arts & Entertainment on Mar 4, 2008 5:58PM

ameba.jpgHow many dance troupes in Chicago can claim that they dance off the ceiling as well as the floor? AMEBA can. Billing themselves as an acrobatic and aerial dance company, AMEBA’s choreography uses the trapeze, suspended scarves, bungee cords, rope ladders … and they climb all over each other, too.

We randomly caught AMEBA’s spring show last year and we were blown away. First of all, mad props to those who can lift their entire body weight (we can’t even do a pull-up) while making it look effortless and graceful. Secondly, AMEBA’s original and inventive choreography made us think – hey human body, you are pretty damn beautiful.

Now’s your chance to catch AMEBA; their upcoming show On the Edge will be running from March 6-15 at Ruth Page Center for the Arts. Opening night this Thursday includes a behind the scenes tour and a chance to swing on the trapeze. For those who want to get physical, in-theater aerial workshops for kids or teens / adults are running on Saturday. Tickets for both performances and the workshops are available for purchase off AMEBA’s website.

1016 N Dearborn, March 6-15, show times vary, $10-$20

Image via the AMEBA website