Board Member Spotlight: Elizabeth A. Liebman

  Elizabeth Liebman is an art historian (PhD University of Chicago and Getty Fellow), following a career in scientific illustration at museums both local and international. Her academic interests and teaching focus on representations of nature and technology in early modern visual culture and performance. Present research pursues the history of sound reproduction in eighteenth-century fine and mechanical arts. She has published articles on motion … Continue reading Board Member Spotlight: Elizabeth A. Liebman

Happy Anniversary, CDHP!

I can hardly believe that today officially marks my one year anniversary of directing the Chicago Dance History Project. We have accomplished so much in a year and yet have barely scratched the surface of investigating, documenting, and presenting Chicago dance histories. I am privileged to share this adventure with the four brilliant individuals on CDHP’s Board: Ginger Farley, Elizabeth A. Liebman, Susan Manning, and … Continue reading Happy Anniversary, CDHP!


On December 5, 2015, CDHP took over several rooms at the Old Town School of Folk Music to host its first-ever transcribing marathon. Attendees brought their laptops and headphones, chose a recorded interview, and got to typing! Typing from Chicago Dance History Project on Vimeo. Bill Frederking brought hundreds of his photos for folks to peruse and help him identify dancers as they went. We nourished … Continue reading Transcript-A-Thon

Board Member Spotlight

Susan Manning is an internationally recognized historian of modern dance whose writings have been translated into French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Polish. A Professor of English, Theatre and Performance Studies at Northwestern University, she has authored Ecstasy and the Demon: the Dances of Mary Wigman (1993, 2nd ed. 2006) and Modern Dance, Negro Dance: Race in Motion (2004); coedited New German Dance Studies (2012); and curated … Continue reading Board Member Spotlight

About Chicago Dance History Project

The Chicago Dance History Project (CDHP) seeks to investigate, preserve, and present the oral and corporeal histories of theatrical dance in Chicago and its vicinity. It aims to honor the vast number of national and international dance artists with roots in the city; to surface lesser-known individuals, organizations, and venues that have anchored Chicago’s strong local dance community; and to link various collections of historical … Continue reading About Chicago Dance History Project

Who We Are

Board of Directors: Susan Manning, Professor of English, Theatre, and Performance Studies at Northwestern University Ginger Farley, Executive Director of Chicago Dancemakers Forum Elizabeth A. Liebman, art and dance historian Zachary Whittenburg, Manager of Communication at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Executive Director: Jenai Cutcher West Research Assistants and Volunteer Crew: Madeleine Kodat (SAIC Intern), Sarah Gonsiorowski, Naïma Hebrail, Ashley Deran, Jessica Seet (Northern States Conservation Center student), William … Continue reading Who We Are