This is a past event.
When: Sat., Sept. 25, 10 a.m. 2010
Phone: 312-369-8330
colum.edu/dancecenter
If we were counting from when Shirley Mordine actually founded the Dance Center of Columbia College, Chicago's premier training and performance venue, it would be "41 years later." But this event celebrates the center's decade in its space at 1306 S. Michigan. On Saturday, 50-plus members of Chicago's dance community take over the building for 13 hours of performing and teaching--all free, with no reservations required. Family-oriented workshops at 2:15 PM segue into a 3 PM matinee featuring Jessie Gutierrez, Bam!, and the Busa Family Afrikan Drum & Dance Troupe. Also at 3 PM, Muntu Dance Theatre company member Amansu Eason offers a master class on choreography from Michael Jackson's classic music video Thriller. A performance highlight is the Chicago Dancemakers Forum sampler, running in three separate segments from 5:30 to 9:30 PM and showing off work by a baker's dozen of the forum's lab artists (including Mordine). Composer Richard Woodbury has created a sound installation, Box Death Hollow, for the northwest stairwell, and dance photography by William Frederking will be displayed in a digital exhibit. A special edition of Links Hall's adults-only Poonie's Cabaret closes the day with appearances by Mattrick Swayze, Jyldo, and the Amazing Bendable Posable Dolls of Doom, among others. Full schedule at colum.edu/dance_center. --Laura Molzahn

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