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

Barbara Atkins Ruhman: “With crisis comes opportunity.”

The CDHP interview team met with Barbara Atkins Ruhman in her home on July 18. Having found news clippings about her in the Midwest Dance Collection at the Newberry Library, we were eager to ask about her unique story of spectacular early success and tragic injury. Barbara studied ballet for 10 years winning competitive scholarships Edna McRae at the Fine Arts Building. She described her teacher as “extremely … Continue reading Barbara Atkins Ruhman: “With crisis comes opportunity.”

Patti Eylar: Ballet in Chicago

Patti Eylar kickstarted our summer interview series with a tour of her extensive archives, meticulously catalogued in photo albums and binders and arranged chronologically around her dining room table. Patti entered Chicago’s dance scene in 1977 when she joined the Chicago City Ballet under the instruction of ballet legend Maria Tallchief. Nineteen at the time, Patti lived at the 3Arts Club with other female artists. … Continue reading Patti Eylar: Ballet in Chicago