Stephanie Clemens

Stephanie Clemens Keeps Dance History Present in Oak Park

On April 5th, the CDHP crew had the pleasure of conducting an interview with Stephanie Clemens, the Director of the Academy of Movement & Music in Oak Park and the Artistic Director of the Academy’s resident dance company, MOMENTA. Upon arrival, we were given a tour of the Academy, its halls adorned with many photographs carrying histories of their own.   Stephanie points out Doris … Continue reading Stephanie Clemens Keeps Dance History Present in Oak Park

Dance and Design with Margaret Nelson

This week we had the honor of interviewing Chicago production and design luminary, Margaret Nelson, for the CDHP oral histories archive. Margaret recounted for us her many years as a lighting designer in the dance community, working in spaces as distinct as Links Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Navy Pier. While remaining one of the most sought after designers in Chicago dance, she has shared her expertise with students … Continue reading Dance and Design with Margaret Nelson

History in Motion: Deeply Rooted at 20

On February 4, 2017, Chicago Dance History Project and members of the Chicago dance community met to celebrate 20 years of Deeply Rooted Dance Theater (DRDT). Co-founder Kevin Iega Jeff and dance education director Nicole Clarke-Springer reflected on their time with DRDT and looked towards the company’s promising future.   Both Iega Jeff and Nicole Clarke-Springer were eager to share advice from their experience with … Continue reading History in Motion: Deeply Rooted at 20


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