Rockford Dance Company has been deeply saddened by the passing of Charles "Chuck" Hoenes. Everyone within the RDC Family is forever grateful for his tremendous impact on the Rockford Community and tireless dedication to RDC.
Please take a moment to honor the life of Charles "Chuck" Hoenes by reading his obituary below.
Charles "Chuck" Hoenes
Charles "Chuck" William Hoenes died Saturday, March 31st in Ormond Beach, Florida at the age of 84. He was born 11/28/33 in Ottawa, Illinois to Charles D. Hoenes and Helen W. Bach (Hoenes) and was a graduate of Northern Illinois University in Fine Arts.
Chuck spent his life creating,choreographing, directing and producing. He began his career as a dancer in the 1950's, becoming a choreographer for the Chicago based TV show, "All Time Hit Parade". He went on to Produce/Direct the Sue Charles Dancers and later, an international touring company "The Hit Paraders".
In 1974, he co-founded the Rockford Dance Company with Jayne Poor,which is still thriving today. For over 25 years, he was the Producer of the Clock Tower Dinner Theater in Rockford, Illinois as well as Director/Choreographer at Sea Side Music Theater in Daytona Beach, Florida. In the latter part of his career, he taught Dance Movement at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida.
With over 50 years in "the business", these are but the highlights. Chuck left an enormous legacy as a teacher and mentor for many young dancers and entertainers. Known as a bit of a perfectionist and a true lover of the arts, he will always be remembered for his creativity and ability to bring out the best in his performers.
He is survived by his sister Marilyn J. Parcher, daughter Kirsten D. (Jennifer) Drew, son Charles K. "C.K." (Paula) Hoenes, granddaughters Ava N. Hoenes and Kira M. Hoenes. He is preceeded in death by brother Robert G. Hoenes, brother John D. "Jackie" Hoenes, and both parents. A private family service will be held at the end of the month.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation the Rockford Dance Company (www.rockforddancecompany.com). Now he dances in heaven!
Sue-Charles Dancers Challenge
Chuck was also a ballet teacher and choreographer in the Chicago area where he started his first company, the Sue-Charles dancers. Chuck's passion for dance and theater was contagious and he was instrumental in inspiring and developing so many careers. As one of the Sue-Charles Dancers, Carol Trout, challenges anyone who has ever studied or worked for Chuck to contribute what they can to the Rockford Dance Company. Chuck's daughter, Kirsten, suggests contributions in lieu of flowers and perhaps, this can be a small way we can demonstrate our affection and thank him for years of dedication to this art form. The truth is, where ever Chuck went to share his talents, beauty followed.
Donations can be made in the following ways:
- Credit card: Call 815.963.3341 and make a donation over the phone.
- Check: Send a check made out to Rockford Dance Company or RDC. Please make sure to write "Chuck Hoenes" on the memo line. The check should be sent to Rockford Dance Company, 711 N Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103.
- Credit Card/Check: Stop by the RDC Office and Office Manager Patty Parlee will process your donation.
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