We’ve just wrapped a new short film which will premiere as part of Thodos Dance Chicago’s 2015 winter concert beginning Saturday, February 20th at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, and continuing March 7th at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance.  The film features  seven choreographers whose works will appear in this […]

Chicago Sun Times – Thodos Dance Chicago program runs the gamut of styles

Wonderful Review of the November 29th, 2014 Thodos Dance Chicago performances of WHITE CITY and more at the Auditorium Theater!! (Written by: Hedy Weiss, Published 12/2/2014) “Thodos Dance Chicago program runs the gamut of styles”

Mearra: Selkie from the Sea @ Old Town School of Music

Experience Linda Marie Smith’s latest live music show, “Mearra – Selkie From the Sea” Sunday, December 7th at 3pm, at the famed Old Town School of Music in Chicago. This family-friendly performance features an original adaptation of a classic Celtic tale told with original songs and performed with a eight piece ensemble, playing along to […]

The White City @ the Auditorium Theater!

You may have seen our recently created 3o second commercial broadcast spot on television this month (shown below), but in case you missed it, make sure to check out Thodos Dance Chicago’s critically acclaimed dance performance of THE WHITE CITY (featuring nearly an hour of original film projections created by filmmaker Chris Olsen and produced […]


We’re less than a week from the broadcast premiere of TWO new films  from filmmaker Chris Olsen ! The first film, SHINE, is a half-hour documentary which captures a visceral portrait of the creativity and choreographic process that gave rise to the Thodos Dance Chicago story ballet by Melissa Thodos and Ann Reinking called A […]


Big Thanks to Vicki Crain of ROGUE BALLERINA for the mention! (Written by: Vicki Crain, Published on 2/7/2013) (2/7/2013) Vicki Crain of ROGUE BALLERINA “B. T. Dubs”


We’re thrilled to announce that Kai Harding filmmaker Chris Olsen has just been nominated for his third MIDWEST EMMY®-Award… this time for the dance documentary BENEATH THE WHITE CITY LIGHTS!  The film, which documents the creative process behind the Thodos Dance Chicago story ballet “THE WHITE CITY”, was recently nominated by the Chicago/Midwest chapter of the […]


BENEATH THE WHITE CITY LIGHTS will air THREE TIMES during the month of October (2012) on Indiana’s PBS-WIPB (channel 49.1), to support the Indiana debut of the the Ann Reinking / Melissa Thodos story ballet THE WHITE CITY, appearing at Ball State’s Emens Auditorium on Nov 9th, 2012. The film, which presents an artistic insider’s […]

BENEATH THE WHITE CITY LIGHTS at the Little Rock Film Festival!

CHRIS OLSEN’S BENEATH THE WHITE CITY LIGHTS TO SCREEN AT 2012 LITTLE ROCK FILM FEST Emmy Award®-winning filmmaker Chris Olsen‘s documentary on the making of  the critically acclaimed story ballet The White City: The Columbian Exposition of 1893 ( featuring co-creators Ann Reinking, Melissa Thodos and the company of  Thodos Dance Chicago) will make its Film Festival Premiere this […]


Dancer Natalie Tursi’s on a mission … TURSI * Featuring: Natalie Tursi * * Photography/Direction/Editorial: CK Olsen * * Production Company: Kai Harding * * Music: Kenya Nelson & Thomas Coster Jr. * * Wardrobe: Beth Laske-Miller * Hair/Makeup: Paula Weese * Tech Notes: Filmed in 5K with Red Epic-X & Nikon Lenses ©2012 Kai […]