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.

Your mesmerizing eye candy for the night:Jinx06 copy

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.


Summer Dance Bootcamps!

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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.

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Sunday June 29, 11am-2pm

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Join us for this great Intermediate Balboa Bootcamp- July Edition!

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