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Dance Center reinvents itself remotely while celebrating Chicago artists

Dance Center reinvents itself remotely while celebrating Chicago artists

August 14, 2020

From virtual residencies to online classes and livestreamed performances, the Dance Center is embracing what it means to adapt and create during the coronavirus pandemic. “This season it feel...

Online dance classes pose a ‘creative challenge’ for students and faculty

April 22, 2020

A 600-square-foot apartment with carpeted floors is not an ideal environment for any dancer, but that is where Maddi Keaton, a senior musical theatre major, and dance minor, will be taking her dance classes...

Artistic Director Blanca Acevedo walks junior dancers, dressed in blue and red practice skirts, through a choreography step for a dance originating in the Jalisco region of Mexico.

Junior ensemble helps young dancers tap into their Mexican heritage

February 14, 2020

On any given weeknight, a small dance studio on the edge of Chicago’s Austin neighborhood is filled with the chorus of tapping Folklorico shoes and the sounds of shouted eight-counts. Located at 5824 W...

Founders of the Columbia Renegades Steppers Sean Studivant and Jade Rice

5, 6, 7, 8 … Renegades step onto campus

November 29, 2019

Drawing inspiration from African song and dance, stepping is a rhythmic, percussive form of dance that uses the body as an instrument. Developed chiefly in black fraternities and sororities at hi...

Courtesy Edward Mulvihill

Bangarra Dance Theatre brings 65,000 years of indigenous Australian peoples’ culture to Chicago

November 26, 2019

Raised on Thursday Island of the Torres Strait, Elma Kris has been dancing with the Bangarra Dance Theatre for two decades and exemplifies the theatre’s mission of sharing 65,000 years of Australian i...

The first dance and performance Between Gestures festival, which connects European dance to the Midwest, takes place Oct. 24 through Nov. 2, with two performances at Columbia’s Dance Center, Oct.24-25.

Dance Center begins to intertwine cultural dance and performance

October 7, 2019

Tanguy Accart moved to Chicago two years ago with one goal in mind—to build cultural connections between the Midwest and Europe, particularly France. Accart said there was barely any connection between them regarding contemp...

Emily Johnson's

‘Be open to being surprised’: 46th Dance Presenting Series kicks-off

August 26, 2019

With its diverse mix of dance styles, Emily Johnson's production was exactly what Ellen Chenoweth was looking for to start the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago's 46th season. Johnson's "Then a Cunn...

Dance Department students support each other

March 14, 2019

A student-run organization in Columbia's Dance Department has created an opportunity for dance students to serve as mentors for their peers. ...

Spectrum Dance gracefully leaps its way to Columbia

REVIEW: Spectrum Dance gracefully leaps its way to Columbia

February 13, 2019

Bold lights, striking movements and bright colors spun their way into Columbia and  amazed the audience during a stunning performance by the Spectrum Dance Theater."The Rambunctious Iteration #3 -  ...

Kevin Grimmett (left), Jason Yarger (center), and Jake Goldstein (right) from Hunny performing their sold-out show on Feb. 1 at Subterranean on 2011 W North Ave. 

HUNNY sweetens up Chicago during sold-out show

February 10, 2019

Eager audience members herded to the middle of the main floor as HUNNY frontman Jason Yarger ascended from the balcony into their hands during the band's final song. The pop-punk group made a name fo...

The 3Arts Award is given annually to Chicago women artists, artists of color and artists with disabilities. Adjunct Professor Tosha Alston (far left) is a 2018 recipent.  

Dance Department faculty member Tosha Alston receives 3Arts grant

November 13, 2018

The dance world may emphasize classical styles such as ballet, but Dance Department adjunct professor Tosha Alston teaches young dancers the West African style. Alston’s artistry has earned her a $25,000 grant. Alston received a 2018 3Arts Award and the cash grant for achievem...

Director Sean Anders, Tig Notaro and Octavia Spencer on the set of Instant Family from Paramount Pictures.

Sean Anders brings instant humor to ‘Instant Family’

November 10, 2018

A husband and wife make the big decision to foster a child. What they do not expect is to end up with three, especially when one is a sassy, strong-willed teenager.“Instant Family” is a comedy abo...

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