In May, CDHP began a three-year process of conducting in-depth interviews with area dancers, choreographers, educators, advocates, and others associated with the form. These recorded interviews will serve as a platform for establishing a body of original and collected research that examines how Chicago has shaped dance — and how, in turn, dance has shaped Chicago — throughout the 20th century and into the present.
These videos and other materials will be made publicly available through event programming, partnerships with institutions and collections throughout the region, and our own digital archive. This virtual gallery space is the platform from which CDHP will launch multiple narratives on Chicago’s dance history and invite the general public to engage with the materials as they wish.
- CDHP officially launched in April with its first public event, Conversations on Chicago Dance: Tap Over Time. Thanks to all who joined us at the Old Town School of Folk Music for a discussion with Star Dixon of M.A.D.D. Rhythms, Reggio “The Hoofer” McLaughlin, and Mark Yonally of Chicago Tap Theatre.
- In June, CDHP co-hosted Crossing Chicago, a panel on Chicago dance research efforts, as part of the Mellon Summer Seminar in Dance Studies at Northwestern University and held at the Logan Center for the Arts.
- CDHP enjoyed a visit to the Black Cinema House to talk tap again following a screening of No Maps On My Taps hosted by the Chicago Film Archives.
- Since May, CDHP has conducted 13 interviews and gathered 50 hours of footage!