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!
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