Conversations on Chicago Dance: Founding and Sustaining a Company

On April 27, 2016, CDHP and many members of the community gathered at the Newberry Library to hear from three founding artistic directors – Joel Hall, Dame Libby Komaiko, and Hema Rajagopalan – about what it takes to sustain a dance company in Chicago. Why start a company? “I craved dance,” Joel Hall simply stated. He started Joel Hall & Dancers in 1974. That same … Continue reading Conversations on Chicago Dance: Founding and Sustaining a Company

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

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

Board Member Spotlight

Jenai Cutcher West, Executive Director Jenai recently moved from New Haven, CT to Chicago to direct CDHP. In addition to working with tap dance artists such as Brenda Bufalino, Michelle Dorrance, Barbara Duffy, Savion Glover, Derick Grant, Max Pollak, and Lynn Schwab, Jenai researches and documents dance in various formats and capacities. She has written articles for several dance publications, papers for presentation, three dance … Continue reading Board Member Spotlight