History in Motion on CAN TV

On June 6, 2017, CDHP gathered leaders of Giordano Dance Chicago at the Auditorium Theatre to celebrate and explore the company’s 54-year history and the legacy of its founder, Gus Giordano. Artistic Director Nan Giordano, Executive Director Michael McStraw, and dancer and choreographer Joshua Blake Carter discussed how techniques and traditions are preserved and passed down through generations. CDHP was proud to partner with CAN … Continue reading History in Motion on CAN TV

Conversations on Chicago Dance: Founding and Sustaining a Company

Newberry Library Ruggles Hall Wednesday, April 27, 2016 6:00 – 7:30pm (doors open at 5:30) FREE and OPEN to the public The Chicago Dance History Project is delighted to announce its second public event produced in partnership with the Newberry Library and second in its “Conversations on Chicago Dance” series, following the inaugural “Tap Over Time” panel at the Old Town School of Folk Music … Continue reading Conversations on Chicago Dance: Founding and Sustaining a Company


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

Sybil Shearer: Maverick of the Past, Muse of the Present

Following a reconstruction of Sybil Shearer’s Judgement Seeks Its Own Level (1969), CDHP hosted a panel discussion with Bonnie Brooks, Director of the Dance Center at Columbia College; Carol Doty, Morrison-Shearer Foundation Trustee; Kristina Isabelle, Artistic Director of Kristina Isabelle Dance Company; and Toby Nicholson, Morrison-Shearer Foundation Trustee and former dancer in Sybil Shearer Dance Company. Continue reading Sybil Shearer: Maverick of the Past, Muse of the Present

History in Motion: RNDC

In conjunction with the Auditorium Theatre, CDHP will be producing “History in Motion: Chicago, Past and Present” to accompany the “Made in Chicago” dance performance series. Each event will be tailored to provide historical context for the company being presented. Look for our programming within two weeks prior to each concert, then follow up with us in the Auditorium lobby during the show. October 3, … Continue reading History in Motion: RNDC

Chicago Open Archives

We were honored to be guests in the Newberry’s Midwest Dance Collection for their Chicago Open Archives tour on October 8, 2015. Visitors not only got a peek behind the scenes in the collection’s stacks, but they were also able to see several items – like Anna Pavlova’s pointe shoes – up close and personal. The tour concluded with a short clip from CDHP’s interview with … Continue reading Chicago Open Archives