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Pole Dancing Fitness

By Cristina Aguirre

February 21, 2011

Women straddle and spin around ‘stripper’ poles, roll their bodies and flip their hair, following an instructor, who leads the class in a heart-pounding cardio workout. Pole dancing is not just for strippers anymore. New studios are appearing around Chicago, and more women are discovering pole dance as a way to express their sexuality, make new friends and get in shape.The Chronicle takes you inside the lessons at Flirty Gi...

Krispy Fringe, Vintage Bazaar and more put spin on vintage shopping

By Cristina Aguirre

February 14, 2011

In a Lincoln Square boutique, a customer admires a vintage dress with a modern industrial zipper up the side. Holding the garment against her frame, she wants a few adjustments and an antique handbag to complete the outfit. Instead of simply wishing, she asks for specific requests on the boutique’s customer wish list, covered with handwritten desires for typewriters and 1960s Chanel. Kristy Kladzyk and Sara McIntosh, owners of Kri...

Northwestern, Illinois, not reaching high bar set at beginning of season

By Cristina Aguirre

February 14, 2011

During Big Ten Media Day on Oct. 28, 2010, expectations were high that seven conference teams could play in the NCAA tournament. The University of Illinois was hailed as a team with Final Four potential, Michigan State University was looking to claim a national championship and Northwestern University was on the verge of making its first tournament appearance.A month before the tournament begins, the outlook for these teams h...

Bellydance fitness

By Cristina Aguirre

February 11, 2011

Scarves embroidered with coins and beads clink together on women's hips, their arms float gracefully and their bodies move in trance-like waves. These women are taking belly dance classes, and according to students, this is a way for them to express their sexuality, feel empowered, build confidence and improve their physical fitness.Belly dance may seem like an unusual, foreign technique, but Chicago women with typical day jobs are d...

Chicagoans join protests in Madison

By Cristina Aguirre

February 8, 2011

Tens of thousands of people braved the snow and freezing rain, packed inside the Wisconsin state capitol building, surrounding Gov. Scott Walker’s office, banging drums and shouting chants like, “Talk to us” and “We are Wisconsin” over potential union rights changes.The protests, which have been ongoing for more than two weeks, began when Walker introduced his budget repair bill that would limit unions’ collec...

‘The Housemaid’ film review

By Cristina Aguirre

February 7, 2011

South Korean director Im Sang-Soo's newest film, "The Housemaid," is a re-imagining of a classic melodrama that falls right into place among the countries latest cinematic output. A film of many moods and tones, "The Housemaid" is a thrilling and seductive experience that wowed audiences at this year's Cannes Film Festival. The film made it's Chicago premiere at the Music Box Theatre on Feb. 4. The Chronicle's film critic Dre...

Study finds music can be addictive

By Cristina Aguirre

February 7, 2011

Throughout recorded history in every culture around the globe, music has existed in one form or another. Listening to favorite music has been universally accepted as a pleasurable and often relaxing experience. For years, scientists have pondered why music plays such a large and important role in life. But recently, a group of neuroscientists, led by Canadian researcher Valorie Salimpoor, discovered music elicits the same reaction ...

Columbia improv group Droppin’ $cience going to Nationals

By Cristina Aguirre

January 31, 2011

With a motto like “We make your tummies hurt,” it’s no surprise Droppin’ $cience, a student comedy group, made it to the finals of the Chicago Regional for the National College Improv Tournament. The group of 10 Columbia students beat out 11 other teams, including last year’s winner, Northwestern’s Titanic Players, for the chance to compete at the February nationals in Chicago.The competition took place at Come...

FBI investigations on the rise

By Cristina Aguirre

January 31, 2011

A protest was held on Jan. 25 in front of the Dirksen Federal Building, 219 S. Dearborn St., in which an estimated 250 people demanded the FBI cease unsubstantiated investigations into the lives of the subpoenaed activists as well as the millions of U.S. residents of which it has demanded information.“We fear the government may be seeking to use the recent Supreme Court decision Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project to attack...

Circus meets fitness

By Cristina Aguirre

January 31, 2011

They brave tightropes, swing upside down on the trapeze and twirl around long chiffon fabric, but these are not circus performers; these are everyday people working out in aerial arts fitness classes—a new exercise trend that combines physical strength, flexibility and mental reasoning in a class environment. With classes titled Aerial Conditioning and Technique and Aerial Fitness, people with normal day jobs are discoverin...

Windy City Rollers take it to the tracks

By Cristina Aguirre

January 24, 2011

In a blur of spandex, fishnet tights, shin-high socks and helmets, the Windy City Rollers raced around the track fighting for position and points. The organization began its sixth year at the home opener on Jan. 15 at the University of Illinois at Chicago Pavilion, 525 S. Racine Ave., for a crowd of more than 4,000 people.Chicago’s WCR league consists of four home teams: Hell’s Belles was up against Manic Attackers and The F...

Revival of athletics at Roosevelt University

By Cristina Aguirre

January 24, 2011

Students attending Roosevelt University were surveyed by administration and asked what the college needed most on campus. Overwhelmingly, they concluded athletics was missing from a formerly commuter-based school. With more students living on campus at University Center, 525 S. State St., and the college needing a great identity, athletics being reinstated was a no-brainer for Roosevelt. After a 22-year absence, athletics retur...

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