Free Swing Dance Lessons on Stage Beginning at 1 p.m.

GLEN ELLYN, Ill. – DuPage Community Jazz Ensemble performs its first music event of the season when Big Band Dance, an afternoon of swing music and dance, comes to the Belushi Performance Hall at the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage (425 Fawell Blvd.), Sunday, Nov. 2 at 1:30 p.m.

Swing fans will join the Ensemble on stage where they can listen to the music or grab their dance partners and dance to jazz standards, ballads, foxtrots, Latin tunes and more. The event will also feature guest vocalist and Naperville’s-own Deb Zelman performing the standards of Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Johnny Mercer and many other greats.

“The Big Band Dance Concert is a highlight of each DuPage Community Jazz Ensemble season as it gives us the opportunity to perform great music and allows the audience to move to our sounds. Bringing the musicians, dancers and audiences together on stage offers a chance for everyone to enjoy the music more,” says Ensemble Director Tom Tallman.

The DuPage Community Jazz Ensemble is a big band with expanded traditional instrumentation directed by Tom Tallman, COD Professor, Music. Tallman has worked with the Manhattan Transfer, guitarist Charlie Byrd, Grammy Award-nominated pianist Geoff Keezer, acclaimed saxophonists Michael Brecker and Jimmy Heath, as well as many of Chicago’s music giants. Each season the DuPage Community Jazz Ensemble performs a spring and fall dance event, plus concerts at COD and off-campus at locations including Mullen’s in

Lisle, Hackney’s in Palos Park, and Chicago’s legendary Jazz Showcase. For more information about DuPage Community Jazz Ensemble concerts at the MAC, visit AtTheMAC.org.

Early arrivers to the Nov. 2 Big Band Dance can literally get an early jump on the vibe of the afternoon with free swing dance lessons by Louis Santillan taking place on stage from 1-1:30 p.m. Santillan, a firm believer in the positive benefits of dance on mind, body and spirit, is a member of Inspiraci?n Dance Chicago, and has taught at many dance studios and academies throughout the greater Chicago area.

DuPage Community Jazz Ensemble performs Big Band Dance, an afternoon of swing and dance music, at Glen Ellyn’s McAninch Arts Center on the campus of College of DuPage (425 Fawell Blvd.), Sunday, Nov. 2 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 (plus $1/ticket technology fee). Free swing dance lessons precede the concert from 1-1:30 p.m. For more information, visit AtTheMAC.org

or call 630.942.4000.

About the MAC

McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage is located 25 miles west of Chicago near I-88 and I-355, and houses three performance spaces (the 780-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall; the soft-thrust Playhouse Theatre; and the versatile black box Studio Theatre), plus the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, classrooms for the college’s academic programming and

the Lakeside Pavilion. The MAC has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and typically welcomes more than 75,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances each season.

The mission of the MAC is to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community. For more information about the MAC, visit AtTheMAC.org. You can also learn more about the MAC on Facebook at facebook.com/AtTheMAC or on twitter at twitter.com/AtTheMAC.

McAninch Arts Center (MAC) is supported in part by the College of DuPage Foundation. Established as a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit charitable organization in 1967, the College of DuPage Foundation raises monetary and in-kind gifts to increase access to education and to enhance cultural opportunities for the surrounding community.

Programs at the MAC are partially supported through funding from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

For Immediate Release
October 23, 2014

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