CHICAGO DANCES IN THE MILLENNIUM WITH THE MILLY.
A somewhat simplified Milly was unveiled for the general public the following week. McEIdowney had prepared several groups of professional dancers representing a number of dance persuasions, including jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop, and folk dance. Each group performed the Milly in its own style. The professional teams then came together as an ensemble and energetically danced the Milly in the simplified form geared to "just everybody." The audience was invited to join and in minutes the Milly was a joyous melee, a sample of the kind of unity instigator Weisberg hopes the Milly will inspire on this New Year's Eve.
Commissioner Weisberg has involved the Chicago dance community in spreading the Milly. Dance instructors provided free Milly lessons throughout the summer and fall at locations across the city. An instructional video featuring award-winning actor-dancer Hinton Battle (a star of Ragtime) is available, and a lesson on doing the Milly is online, in the Chicago Millennium Celebration Web site at www.Chicago2001.org.
Chicago's dance community has been invited to participate in the millennium celebration beyond just teaching the Milly. On New Year's Eve and New Year's Day there will be dance performances and related events throughout the city.
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|Date:||Dec 1, 1999|
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