Susan Lee on Crafting Compassionate Curricula

Susan Lee began her teaching career working with high school students, which led her to pursuing a PhD in developmental psychology as she sought to better understand her students’ struggles. Susan’s interest in combining dance and psychology drew the attention of Northwestern University and an offer to design its dance program. Her experience in both fields helped her relate dance to the conventions of academia … Continue reading Susan Lee on Crafting Compassionate Curricula

Patti Vickerman, In Her Father’s Footsteps

For Patti Vickerman, performance is a family business.  Her mother performed in New York City as a singer before Patti and her sister were born. Her father, Jim Byrnes, taught Patti to dance and the two of them performed as a duo for fifteen years. Their act, in vaudeville tradition, incorporated tap dance and comedic bits which featured Patti’s signature “deadpan” punch lines. Jimmy Byrnes … Continue reading Patti Vickerman, In Her Father’s Footsteps

Reggio “The Hoofer” McLaughlin

On August 1, the CDHP interview team met with Reggio “The Hoofer” McLaughlin at Old Town School of Folk Music, where he has taught tap since the 1990s. A proud Chicago native, he was introduced to tap dance at Jackson Park, where his sister was taking lessons. “It was love at first sight.” As a teenager, he paid for his own lessons with Jimmy Payne … Continue reading Reggio “The Hoofer” McLaughlin

CDHP’s Summer Interview Tour

This summer the CDHP production team worked hard to conduct at least one interview a week. In our quest for fascinating tales of dance, we criss-crossed the city, from the Newberry Library to the distant suburbs. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing profiles of all nine of our interview subjects, along with pictures from our interviews and the archives. We’re very excited to introduce … Continue reading CDHP’s Summer Interview Tour