Big Sky Circus at Chop Shop/1st Ward Spring 2014

 The Galaxie creates the premier in-house produced event for Wicker Park’s hottest new event venue:

Big Sky Circus at Chop Shop/1st Ward Events

About the event: The heavens came alive with acts that made our guest’s jaws drop and got their blood boiling. Silks, Straps, Lyra, Hoops, Burlesque, Acro, Contortion and plenty more to drew their eyes to the skies, all intermixed with body moving dance music. Don’t miss a minute of the music, the amazing artistry and the cool cocktails on a hot spring night.

What we provided: The Galaxie partnered with Reed Rigging to design and  create the perfect environment for this evening long spectacle. We assesed the physical space, and engaged every corner of the unique room. The Galaxie sought out some of Chicago’s most unique and engaging performers, and created a night that set the stage for a thrilling event that has proven to be inspiration for clients ever since.

Summer Dance Bootcamps!

Get yourself moving and get on the floor!

Chicago is an amazing place in the summer- nobody can dispute that! The city is thriving with live music and dancing, from weekend festivals to nightclubs to City of Chicago sponsored events. Don’t spend another summer watching everyone else have all the fun.

To pre-register, please email nicollewood1 (at), and specify which bootcamp(s) you are interested in. All Bootcamps will be held at Dance Connection, 3117 N Clyborn.

Join us for our bootcamp style workshops all summer long.


Sunday June 29, 11am-2pm

$30 with pre-registration

Space is limited, early registration is suggested

There is not a pre-requiste for this workshop

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Join us for this great Beginning/Intermediate Balboa Bootcamp- July Edition!Sunday July 20, 1-3pm. Pre-requisite- You must be comfortable with basic Balboa Footwork to participate. Not quite there yet? Join us for a private lesson, and you’ll be ready to roll!
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Join us for this great Intermediate Balboa Bootcamp- July Edition!

Sunday July 20, 3:15-5:15 pm. Pre-requisite: You must be comfortable with come-arounds, send-outs, transition steps and ins and outs  to participate. Not quite there yet? Join us for a private lesson, and you’ll be ready to roll!


Find out more about Chicago SummerDance, a free weekly dance and live music event hosted by the City of Chicago. 18 years and going strong.

Check out Big C Jamboree for great weekly live music events through-out Chicago

Don’t miss This Week In Chicago for dance events city wide

A Lil’ Balboa monthly dance at Lillstreet Loft!

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Join The Chicago Balboa Underground at our new monthly home- Lilstreet Loft! 4437 N Ravenswood

LillstreetLoft_10The second Wednesday of every month you’ll find Chicago’s best shuffle and slide in this amazing and creative venue. Lilstreet Loft offers bal-erific hardwood floors, climate control, plenty of free parking, lounge areas and perfect lighting for a perfect opportunity to dance the night away. There will be a beginner-friendly balboa lesson from 8-9 pm before the dance which is included with price of admission. Then, join us for three hours of bal-friendly djed music. The tempos will be bright, so bring your Swing and Lindy skills, and put them to the test. $7 includes the free lesson from 8pm-9pm with Nicolle and Desiree!

Next event: Wednesday, July 9 8pm-12am



Activate: Chicago Loop Alliance, June 5, 5pm-10pm

Join The Galaxie as they are featured in conjunction with this free annual event that takes over public spaces in Chicago’s Loop for the purpose of pure celebration.
Unthink the alley- Activate takes over Benton Place, in the footprint of the Chicago Theatre marquee, for a surreal celebration inspired by artist René Magritte.

THE CHICAGO LOOP ALLIANCE presents “ACTIVATE”, curated by King Art Collective

Thursday, June 5 from 5-10pm

King Art Collective is excited to curate a new public art project in partnership with the Chicago Loop Alliance.    The evening will be filled with both visual and performance art that will shake up the city space and allow the public to view the Chicago Loop in a very new and memorable way.  

Shannon skaterRSVP to the event here and receive a free drink ticket.

This event will feature special performances by The Galaxie, music by DJ Madrid and showcase artwork from a wide variety of Chicago artists, including Ali Aschman, John Bambino, Tegan Brace, Christopher Buchakjian, Andrew De la Rosa, Alexandria Eregbu, FLASH ABC, Gretchen Hasse, Jeremiah Jones, Ian Lantz, Latent Design, Kevin Taylor & Bill Weyna.   The renowned DJ Madrid will also set the scene with live sets to keep you moving!   The artists intend to stimulate the imagination and offer a break from the daily downtown routine.

The event is free and open to the public. Beverages will be available for purchase.

For more information about this project, please contact Amy King at

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Grand Opening of Chez

The Galaxie was thrilled to reinvent and rediscover the excitement that was inspired by the “Adorables” when the original Chez Paree first opened  in 1932.Platform knee  small

About the event: A contemporary loft with a rich history, Chez event space was once the home of the famous Chez Paree nightclub, which occupied the building from the 1930s through the 1950s. The club hosted many of the world’s best entertainers, including Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nat King Cole.

The grand opening of Chez was the introduction of this long established name into the contemporary landscape of Chicago as a sought after destination for spectacular events. The Revel Group provided exquisite aesthetics and superior quality small bites and classic cocktails.

What we provided: Chez commissioned The Galaxie, via The Revel Group, to design a chorus line of performers to match the talent and grace of the classic “Adorables”, the traditional opening act of the Chez Paree (1932-1960).

Knee faced away10 Galaxie Girls hit the floor, feathers, tulle and skin in abundance, to delight and surprise the guests at the grand opening of Chez, Chicago’s newest and hottest event venue in Streeterville. Our own brand of chorus line included traditional moves coupled with classic styles and hard hitting electroswing music.

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The space was on fire with anticipation as the Galaxie Girls broke into the space with a jolt, and inspired audible gasps and shouts from the crowd, leaving the guests with mouths gaping, hoping for another peek at the past.

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Big Sky Circus at 1st Ward Events/Chop Shop

Check out images from the final event: The Big Sky Circus


Saturday May 17, 2014- 2033 W. North Ave

The Galaxie and 1st Ward Events are partnering to host a spectacular evening of High Flying Feats, Hot Beats and Cool Treats, and you’re invited to join us!

The heavens will come alive with acts that make your jaw drop and get your blood boiling. Silks, Straps, Lyra, Hoops, Burlesque, Acro, Contortion and plenty more to draw your eyes to the skies, intermixed with body moving dance music. Don’t miss a minute of the music, the amazing artistry and the cool cocktails on a hot spring night.Big Sky postcard

Nicolle Wood of the Galaxie, original producer and director of Unbridled at Untitled is partnering with Chicago’s hottest and sexiest new venue 1st Ward events to bring you this sultry night will come alive with grand performance, amazing cocktails, and the hottest dance music in Chicago.

VIP reception 7pm including complimentary cocktails, wine, beer, and light bites: $50

General Admission 8pm including complimentary wine and beer, cash cocktails: $25

After Hours Admission 11:30 cash at the door only: $10

Advanced Tickets available for VIP and General Admission only. Limited tickets available.

Purchase tickets here


DJ Mr Automatic will be keeping the floor moving all night long with an emphasis on combining old-school alternative classics with new-school minimal synth, new wave, italo, and post punk.- no rest for the wicked.

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Your Hostess with the Mostess, Siren Jinx- Her name says it all. Her calls will seduce you into compliance as The Big Sky Circus leaves you hanging at the edge of your seat. Siren Jinx is an international burlesque performer, best know for her Queen of Heart act, and her mastery of the mic and stage with events including Unbridled at Untitled, Original Tease, Plan 9 Burlesque and Pretty Propaganda in Paris, France. Come, get enchanted and a little  bit scared.

SimoneSimone Lazar- A local girl done hot, Simone grew up studying circus arts in addition to classical forms, and was swept off to to San Francisco to train aerial hoop under masters of Russian swinging trapeze and contortion, Elena Panova and Leslie Tipton. Coquette of the North side, Simone played a leading role in The Actors Gymnasium’s production of The Magical Exploding Boy and the Invisible Circus in Evanston.  Cirque Polynesia, Lone Star Circus and a tour of North American Fringe Festivals- they’ve all had a part of her, but she’s back and you will have to struggle to keep your jaw from hitting the floor.Ammunition

Ammunition- Resist the temptation to duck and cover when Ammunition takes the stage with her electrifying feats that light up the room.  Resident performing artist of the multi-award winning party, Porn and Chicken Dance Party. She was voted “Performing Artist of the Year” for Chicago Raw Artists in 2011! Featured at major music festivals including Spring Awakening and Wavefront Music Festival, she leaves the audience hot in their seats.

TilaTila Von Twirl-  Known as the Origami Crane of Sequins and Pain, she is the picture of a femme fatale. Tila Von Twirl is one third of The Amazing Bendable Posable Dolls of Doom, an internationally known acrobatic and aerial burlesque group.  The Dolls have had the honor of being inducted into the esteemed Burlesque Hall of Fame twice with the titles of Best Group 2010 and Most Comedic 2011.  For stalker tips and tricks go to  Always fun and flirty, she will be sure to get you all tied up….in knots.

Lady Gaea- Lady Gaea has been moving in mysterious ways since she was 3 years old, and hasn’t ever given it up.  An Gaea Ladyenchanter by nature, she sees her body as her instrument to express herself.  Studying classical forms to start her career, her attention soon went the way of the ethereal including fire, hoops and hypnotizing fabrics. dabbling amid any form she can get her toes on, her style borrows from the graceful and energetic mix of all she’s studied in the past. Feature with Kiss Kiss Cabaret and at Untitled’s Unbridled she has a duo act that is not to be missed- Solaire. Become enchanted.

SpringMr. Spring- Watch as this spectacle toys with gravity, and defies it with ever step. With 20 years of acrobatic experience and technique passed down from circus legends of the past, we present Mr Spring. Founder of Spectrum Circus Troupe, he is proud of his unique mastery as a male contortionist and hand balancer in Chicago, as well as offering Hand to Hand (with Mr. Power), Solo Hand Balancing, Acrobatics, Whips, Fire, Rolla Bolla, and oh yeah, the mustache!Dizzy Lizzy

Dizzy Lizzy Delicious-This Australian-born, Chicago-based circus artist with a biting wit and mesmerizing hips, specializes in hula-hoops, static trapeze, aerial silks, and sideshow skills. She began performing at the tender age of twelve and later earned a Bachelor degree from Australia’s prestigious National Institute of Circus Arts. Dizzy Lizzy has demonstrated her hula-hooping and high-flying skills all over Australian, Asia, and the U.S, and does not appreciate being asked if a dingo stole her baby.
Mr. PowerMr. Power-Mr. Power, the Mongolian tower ( Battulga Batogtokh for those not too scare to get close enough).  Mr. Power comes by way of far off and mysterious lands, trained in the Circus arts from a young age, this strong man is a must see in your lifetime. He has just finished a 4 year tour with Ringling as their strong man, and has most recently settled in Chicago. Working with Mr. Spring, his Hand to Hand partner, Mr. Power is a performer that has dedicated his life to the performance he brings.


You won’t know where to look when Angela Eve, an accomplished artist, International burlesque performer combining aerial strap accents, costume/set designer, choreographer and producer specializing in creating performance extravaganzas, takes to the Big Sky.
Combining the finest elements of visual art, she intricately designs costumes accenting her performances.  Her show Eve’s Parlor Cabaret originally helped kicked off the Neo burlesque movement in Chicago in 2004, later reaching international status featuring in and headlining for shows in Ireland, Italy and London along with traveling around the country regularly. Chicago get’s the benefit of her international flair.

Mr. AutomaticMr. Automatic is the alias of the man behind Chicago’s Dead 2 Me Records, Bill Holland. He first became known in the Chicago music scene by DJing legendary underground parties with many of his current label mates. Eventually he began playing venues all over town such as Smart Bar, Beauty Bar, Berlin, Untitled, and Sixteen at the Trump Tower. He has opened for a wide range of acts including Light Year, Lord Justice, Good Co., Lady Miss Kier, Tycho, and Plastic Plates.



Spring Swing classes start at Northwestern Univesity

Join the Northwestern Swing Dance Syndicate for another great 7 week session

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LOCATIONS: Northwestern University
- Parkes Hall, room 122:

(All dates except for April 14th)
- Location for April 14: TBD

Parkes Hall (parking is available in the adjacent lot on the east side of the building):
- Balboa from Zero: 6:45 – 7:45
- Beyond Basic Lindy Hop: 8:00 – 9:00

- Balboa from Zero: Balboa is a form of swing dancing that originated in the 1930s. It’s perfect for faster tempo music and can be incorporated into any of the Swing or Lindy Hop you already know. Not familiar with Balboa? Check out our Facebook page for some great clips!

- Beyond Basic Lindy Hop: This class will explore the elements, vocabulary, and variations of Lindy Hip. Class content will be tailored to participants experience and interests. ** You must be comfortable with basic Lindy Hop movement, including Swing-out, Circle and Swing-out from closed

- The one and only Nicolle Wood!

Register for the entire session and don’t miss out on a move…or drop in when you can!
- Drop In: $5 per class = $35
- One 7-class session = $30
- Both 7-class sessions = $50 ($10 discount)

For more info check out our Facebook page

Chicago Green Light Exchange Weekend


Join Chicago and guests from around the country to celebrate vintage Chicago music and dance in honor of the 15th anniversary of the very first “Lindy Exchange”, fondly remembered as “The Weekend”

For travel, location and schedule details: Click here

April 25th-27th, 2014

Ala carte pricing at the door: (cash only)

  • Friday evening: $15 at the door
  • Friday Late Night: $15 at the door
  • Saturday evening: $30 at the door
  • Saturday Late night: $10 at the door

Info on the Spring Balboa Workshops With Mikey and Kelly *(weekend workshop that includes the all access dance pass!)

This weekend will feature the very best of live Chicago entertainment all weekend long. We’re talking Swing, Hot Jazz, Blues, and all points in between.

As an added bonus, Hillary Marzec of Inside Chicago Walking Tours is offering discounted walking tours both Saturday and Sunday at noon, for folks interested in checking out the beauty that our city holds. Register here!

The weekend features:


  • Evening:You have 2 great options to choose from: A very special Chicago Green Light Exchange evening at Bluetopia, 9pm-12am Chicago’s most established monthly Blues Dance, ~or~  The Sweethearts of the Midwest… The Fat Babies! with their traditional hot jazz tunes. Friday evening is located at Forteza Studio 4437 N Ravenswood.
  • 7:30-12am Beginning Balboa Lesson at 8pm, band at 9pm $15 at the door


  • 1-3pm: Dancing outdoors at Daley Plaza 50 W. Washington (open to all, and a great all ages event)
  • Evening: Music to get your feet moving… The Jake Sanders Quintet. Jazz guitar virtuoso and company. Plus, the swing lover himself….Johnny Boyd and his sensational Swing Lovers Band. Swing, Jump Blues and all points between! The Saturday evening location is Chicago’s own magnificent South Shore Cultural Center, located at 7059 S. South Shore Drive
  • 7:30pm-11:30pm $30 at the door
  • Late night: An all star jam lead by Jake Sanders, featuring the best that Chicago has to offer, and special guests to keep things jumping! Lillstreet Loft, 4437 N Ravenswood, up the stairs on the right.
  • 1:00am-4:30am $10 at the door


Check out the details about the Bally Hoo! at the Chicago Cultural Center!

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The Bally Hoo!


About the event:The Bally Hoo! was conceived of, directed and produced by Nicolle Wood, as one of her very first large scale innovations as Entertainment Director at Untitled Supperclub, in the summer of 2012.

Nicolle’s extensive knowledge of the period had images of live entertainment, dancing and the social culture of the period indelibly set in her mind. Intended to emulate the floorshows of the 1930s and 1940s, The Bally Hoo came to life after extensive and tireless auditions to find the perfect performers, in depth discussions regarding the perfect setting for the show, hours of work alongside band leader and arranger Andy Schumm, and, of course, timing is everything.

Since it’s triumphant run at Untitled, The Bally Hoo!  has been performed throughout the Chicagoland area for private and public events alike, and has always been received with wild applause by guests everywhere.

The Bally Hoo! and the Chicago Cultural Center

The Galaxie was thrilled to be invited to perform The Bally Hoo! at the Chicago Cultural Center in April 2014, as a part of the acclaimed Mecca Flat Blues Exhibition. Hundreds of guests joined in the celebration, honoring the era and the artistry.

Some inspiration for the original production:

What we provide: The Bally Hoo! in its entirety is a 90 minute long floor show with performances by The Galaxie Girls, a dashing host, engaging male and female vocalists, variete performances that include Burlesque and Fan Dancers, and one smokin’ hot band- The Fat Babies.

In addition to these visual and auditory treats, guests are invited to sit for dinner or cocktails, get up and dance, and generally enjoy the experience of an evening of classic entertainment.

Get Ready for a Bally Hoo! from Sally Films on Vimeo.

Private Lessons


Private Lessons

Learning to dance in private sessions can be one of the most rewarding endeavors of your life! Private lessons allow you to focus on your 25607_353664032224_2664794_nspecific needs and dance to your favorite music in addition to accelerating your learning and understanding of a variety of dance forms in ways that group classes cannot offer.

Private lessons available at our location or yours*

  • 1 person $75*
  • 2 people $75*
  • 4-6 people $40 per person for a 2 hour class*
  • 7-10 people $35 per person for a 2 hour class (2 instructors will be present)*

*additional fees apply to home/outside studio visits

Group privates, pairs or solo…they all have their charm

We offer solo, couple and small group privates and specialize in early American social forms including:

Swing ~Lindy Hop~Balboa~Blues~Collegiate Shag~1940s Charleston~1920s Solo and Partner Charleston~Aerials~Choreography