Dancer, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Once a competition kid who danced to Michael
Jackson in his grandmother’s basement, Jeffery
Duffy, 23, has already forged a fairy-tale career.
After training at Dance Theatre of Harlem, the
School of American Ballet and The Juilliard
School, Duffy’s graduation cap had hardly hit the
ground before he signed a contract with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in 2015.;Performing
with a level of maturity unusual to new grads,
Duffy’s liquid-like ;ow complemented his veteran
co-workers in Alejandro Cerrudo’s Second to
Last;and Crystal Pite’s;Solo Echo;last season.
Brilliant ensemble dancing and a captivating duet
with Kellie Epperheimer in Penny Saunders’;Out
of Keeping;attracted the notice of the Princess
Grace Foundation, earning Duffy a Dance Fellowship in 2016. He has a penchant for repertoire
that is less safe, less pretty, less predictable—work
that pushes audiences to the edge of discomfort.
Performances in a trio of William Forsythe pieces
(Quintett,;N.N.N.N. and;One Flat Thing, repro-
duced);might best exemplify this, though Duffy
will easily excel even further left of center.
—Lauren Warnecke ; ;
Duffy in Forsythe’s N.N.N.N.