Rahm Emanuel named honorary chairman at Joffrey ballet

June 16, 2011
Chicago Sun-Times

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The Joffrey Ballet announced today that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been named the honorary chairman of the Joffrey Ballet board of directors. Mayor Emanuel, a former dancer, has a history with the Joffrey beginning at age 17 when he was offered a scholarship to study with the troupe. He opted to pursue dance at Sarah Lawrence College. The board also elected Jason Tyler, a senior vice president at Ariel Investments, LLC, as the dance company’s working chairman. Past board chairmen of the Joffrey Ballet included current White House chief of staff Bill Daley.