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As I mentioned previously, Red Bull Flying Bach, a performance where classical music and break dancing merge, was coming to Chicago. We had the opportunity to attend yesterday’s opening night performance and we were blown away!


Be prepared to be wowed! Some of the moves are unbelievable – from never-ending headspins to jumps to freezes, you’ll be amazed.

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Live classical music. Not only did we get to see hip hop and break dancing, but listening to live classical music being played by two different pianists was a treat.

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Family friendly. The performance is only 70 minutes long, perfect for our toddlers that have well no attention spans! In fact, a 4-year-old, 3-year-old, and 2-year-old were mesmerized by the break dancing, and stayed content in their seats (most of the time).

Gorgeous setting. Visiting the Civic Opera House is always a treat! It’s absolutely beautiful!

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Now, they are here for a few more performances for this weekend and next weekend. What are you waiting for? Go ahead and get your tickets at Ticketmaster and Goldstar, and be prepared to give a standing ovation!

Here are more details about the show!

Nitty Gritty:
When: Red Bull Flying Bach is performed over two weekends only:  Friday and Saturday evenings, June 20, 21, 27 & 28, at 7:30pm, and Sunday afternoons, June 22 & 29, at 2pm.
Where: The historic Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive, June 20 – 29.
Cost: Tickets, ranging from $24 to $88, are now on sale at or by visiting the Civic Opera House box office.


Performances continue at Civic Opera House through June 29

CHICAGO (June 20, 2014) – Tonight, Red Bull Flying Bach opened in Chicago, making its U.S. debut in an exclusive Chicago engagement after three seasons of sold-out performances around the world.  Over 2,200 people were in the audience, taking place at the historic Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive.  Red Bull Flying Bach runs for five more performances through June 29.

The evening began at 6:30 pm with a Red Carpet where the stars of the show – Berlin-based dance crew The Flying Steps – were greeted by local celebrities including Cheryl Scott, Hebru Brentley, Jordan Lynch, Red Bull athletes Louie Vito, David Colturi and Nico Cabera.  Following the 7:30 pm performance, an exclusive After Party at Paris Club.

In Red Bull Flying Bach, four-time break dance world champions The Flying Steps combine contemporary hip-hop power moves with live classical music.  Berlin-based opera director and pianist extraordinaire Christoph Hagel serves as Music Director, performing Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier live for each show.  In between Bach’s rolling preludes and fugues for solo piano and harpsichord (harpsichordist: Daniel Trumbull), electronic beats created by Ketan and Vivian Bhatti remix the well-known melodies into explosive anthems.

The show itself, 70 minutes in length, features the seven break dancers of The Flying Steps along with contemporary Swedish dancer Anna Holmström in a lively series of vignettes, each showing off the multi-talented dancers’ strengths, including a dazzling array of breaking, popping & locking, flares, head spins, hand spins, footwork, acrobatics and unison work.  A loose storyline follows the dancers in the rehearsal studio as they prepare for a major competition.  The inner conflicts among the group melt away when a new girl enters the studio and the dynamic completely changes.  Note by note and step by step, The Flying Steps bridge the worlds of break dance and classical music with playful rhythms and contagious energy.  Red Bull Flying Bach is choreographed by Flying Steps Artistic Director and dancer, Vartan Bassil.  Red Bull Flying Bach has sold out theaters in Austria, Australia, Canada, Chile, Germany, Iceland, Japan, Russia and Sweden.

About The Flying Steps
The Flying Steps are one of the most successful urban dance crews worldwide with breathtaking shows and one-of-a-kind choreography, appealing to a diverse audience.  The group was founded by Vartan Bassil and Kadir “Amigo” Memis in 1993 in Berlin.  The Flying Steps specialize in urban dance styles like b-boying and popping & locking and have won several world championships, like the Battle of the Year and Red Bull Beat Battle.  In 2007, they opened their own dance school in Berlin, The Flying Steps Academy.  With a mission to guide the next generation of urban dance and offer young prospects an opportunity with social projects, the Academy is how the Flying Steps set the stage for the next generation of dance.  To learn more about The Flying Steps, visit