Claire Bataille, 66, died on Dec. 30, 2018 at her Oak Park home. Born on Nov. 6, 1952 in Elmhurst to Joseph and Marie (Bolvin) Bataille, she was a dancer, teacher, choreographer, Pilates instructor and studio director. She was at the forefront of the Chicago dance scene for more than 40 years. A founding member of the Hubbard Street Dance Company where she graced the stage from 1977-1992, after which she directed the Lou Conte Dance Studio until late 2018. Living as she danced, with grace, high standards, and generosity, she is mourned by a large multigenerational community of artists, friends, family, and others who learned from her and loved her dearly.
Claire Bataille is survived by her sons, Isaac Sorsa and Jack Sorsa; their father, Don Sorsa; and her brothers, Abbot Vincent P. Bataille and retired Army Major General Emile Bataille (Carol).
A memorial will be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be sent to the "Claire Bataille Memorial Fund" at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, 1147 Jackson, in Chicago 60607. The fund will support free training for dancers ages 17-23 who are on the cusp of professional careers. Recipients of these funds will also receive career counseling and mentorship from Hubbard Street dancers and staff.
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