Foster Dance Studios Show Connects Environment and Movement, Benefits Evanston Trees

On Saturday, January 31st, Evanston’s Foster Dance Studios will hold an environment-themed dance show called Melt: A Winter Concert. The goal of the show will be to connect the themes of sustainability, climate change, and other environmental challenges to movement and performance. In addition, concertgoers will be encouraged to donate to the “I Heart Evanston Trees” project, with each $250 representing a new tree in Evanston. Donors will be entered in a raffle and eligible to win prizes.

Seventy-six dancers will perform “twelve fluid phrases” in Melt: A Winter Concert, with music ranging from Stevie Wonder and Irma Thomas to much newer electronica. Artistic Director Ronn Stewart described the connection between the environment and dance as a “dilemma” between the brain and the body. Using “both their brain and their body,” Stewart said, “keeps [students] motivated to work hard and grow professionally.” The show will both showcase the connections that the dancers draw between their movements and the modern environment, and help improve Evanston’s trees and broader environment.

Melt: A Winter Concert will be held at the Music Institute, in Nichols Concert Hall (1490 Chicago Ave, Evanston), with performances at 2PM and 7:30PM. Tickets are $15 (adults) and $10 (students), available at Foster Dance Studios (915 Foster Ave, Evanston) or online at

More information on Melt: A Winter Concert and Foster Dance Studios can be found here.

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