About The Chicago Catholic Ball Federation
Attendance, volunteering, teaching or providing music or services at a CCBF event does not imply support of the Catholic Church or Theology of Dance's mission to teach the Christian Faith. We work to make sure the events are places any lover of dance will feel welcome.
However, one of the purposes of CCBF events is raise awareness of Theology of Dance and it's mission, and to create a kind of threshold experience for those who may want to enter the church. For those who do want to learn more about how dancing is Christian, information on TOD programs and the sponsor parish or group is available at all CCBF events.
In January of 2017, some very ambitious members of St. John Cantius Parish in Chicago decided to to have a Vienna Ball in the Chicago Cultural Center. It was to have dancing and live music and delicious food. They approached Matt Mordini at Theology of Dance to help. He told them he was on board, but they needed to do more than one lesson. We ended up doing nine free beginner level lessons, and it made all the difference in the world. The ball was held in June near the feast of St. John the Baptist, and it was a heavenly event, and we decided to do it again. In June of 2018 we had the second St. John's Ball, in February of 2019 the first Candlemas Ball, and in August of 2019 we had the first Ave Maria Ball.
These balls exist because we believe that dance is a fundamentally Christian activity, and that our parishes should be taking the lead in teaching dance and hosting dances.
By doing so we will evangelize the wider culture, we will create stronger community in our parishes and we will help our parishioners better understand our Catholic Faith.
Theology of Dance
The CCBF is owned by Theology of Dance. Theology of Dance is dedicated to teaching Christian Theology through the art of couples dance. Our teachings are in conformance with St. John Paul II's works on the Theology of the Body.
The CCBF was formed because after we had done a few of these balls we realized that it was while it was related to Theology of Dance, it had a different mission. We believed it was very important for churches to be involved with and organizing events like these. However, the goal was to not so much to teach the faith, but to have a place to dance, and a place to dance that everyone of all faiths would enjoy very much. For that reason our balls have small but distinct Christian flavor - the celebration of a feast day and and prayer at the beginning. But otherwise they are the kind of event all dance lovers would enjoy attending over and over again.