This summer, magic happened– Women from all walks of life, dancers, non dancers, young and younger, tall and taller, all came together to join arms, join in the sounds of laughter, challenge themselves, encourage each other, talk footwear and fashion, and become a chorus girl for a day.
Born out of a sincere desire to include every gal in the joys of chorus girl living, as experienced by The Galaxie Girls, and to create a community of like minded women, choreographer and Director Nicolle Wood set her sights to creating the Chicago Chorus Girl Project 2015, a 100 gal Chorus girl crash.
It was a classic case of “she told 2 friends, and they told 2 friends and so on, and so on….”, and before you knew it well over 100 women were spending hours every week learning the finer points of a high kick and details as to why 20s fashion was so scandalous “skirt lengths raised above the knee, and there was NOTHING as alluring as the back of a woman’s knee…” among other things, and working really hard not to let the cat out of the bag.
Rehearsals were scheduled on a weekly basis, with pop up rehearsals being organized by participants, as their work colleagues were tipped off with quiet conversations in the office, their fellow students were invited while walking out of class, and neighbors were encouraged after conversations were begun in the street, starting off with “What have you been doing this summer?”. Rehearsals included numbers of participants ranging from 6-45, and a $5 fee to cover formal rehearsal space costs for each 2 hour meeting was requested by participants, with the disclaimer that fees could be negated in the event that paying would be considered a hardship. Nobody was excluded, everyone was encouraged to join. The candidates were also invited to learn from the collection of instructional videos posted in the secret Facebook page and just show up on show day, if that worked best for anyone involved.
The collection of dedicated women traveled to rehearsal spaces near and far, and as the group grew in size, resorted to parking lots and city parks, where the ladies caused quite a stir. After all, city parks didn’t charge for 4000 sq. ft. of dance floor space.
The first flash mob was scheduled for August 14th, working with arguably the countries finest hot Jazz band, the Fat Babies. This band is packed full of supremely talented musicians who regularly perform at venues across the country, accustomed to playing to and for dancers.
Preparations ran all summer long, and the Chicago Chorus Girl Project was born.
Appearances by the Chicago Chorus Girl Project Summer 2015:
Sunday September 20, 2015, St. Charles IL (more information)
And a very special presentation by a select group of the Chicago Chorus Girl Project doing 3 brand new numbers- (more information)
Cocktails with the Crooner, featuring the legendary Johnny Boyd
Friday September 11, 2015 at Fizz Bar and Grill 3220 N Lincoln Ave