Emanuel named honorary Joffrey Ballet chairman

June 16, 2011
Chicago Tribune
Sid Smith

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It was probably inevitable: Onetime ballet student and now Mayor Rahm Emanuel is now honorary chairman of the board of directors of the Joffrey Ballet, the city's premiere classical company.

Emanuel, back when he was 17, was offered a scholarship to study with the company.

The Joffrey, by the way, has also revised its plans for its full-length production of "Don Quixote" this fall at the Auditorium Theatre. Instead of a revival, former Bolshoi Ballet principal dancer Yuri Possokhov will mount his own original version of the ballet, the Joffrey's first full-length commission in 60 years.