To me, the basic concept of iLuminate is very simple. It’s a mix of several styles of dance and pretty lights. And while that’s the tell-it-to-me-like-I’m-five explanation, iLuminate is so much more than that. The show has been traveling all over the U.S. and this week it’s all about Pennsylvania. This Thursday, September 20th, it’s hitting the stage at the Byham Theater in Pittsburgh– for one night only. With tickets still available and very affordable, here’s what you need to know before you see iLuminate in Pittsburgh.
There’s a Performer from Pittsburgh in the Cast
I had a chance to chat with Daphne Driscoll, Pittsburgh native and performer in iLuminate, yesterday and I learned a ton about the touring show. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Dance from Point Park University, she was at a yoga retreat in Thailand when she got a call from a friend letting her know about the iLuminate auditions. An even cooler story is that she learned the choreography for her audition via text message!
Fast forward to present day where she’s going on two years as a performer and loving every minute. Her contemporary & ballet background has proven itself very worthy as the show combines several dance styles including popping, locking, and break dancers.
Daphne also loves the pre-show ritual that includes all of the performers. As soon as Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” begins, she knows the show’s about to, too. There’s a quick prayer around a glow-in-the-dark ball to wish everyone safety and luck, then it’s to the stage!
The Soundtrack Appeals to Our Inner Dancer
It features popular and classic music by artists like Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, James Brown, Janet Jackson, Chris Brown, LMFAO, The Wanted, and Sam Smith. So, whether you dig music from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, or current, there’s something for everyone.
Tickets Start at $35
I think that’s a very affordable price for a full show. If you want to boost your experience, you can purchase meet and greet tickets for $50 each that include a post-show opportunity to chat and take photos. Here’s the link to the Byham Theater’s tickets.
There’s No Seating Once the Show Begins
Compliments of the nature of the show, no late seating will be permitted. So, make sure you’ve given yourself plenty of time to park and get your tickets scanned before the 7:30pm curtain.
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