Sunday, March 10, 2013: 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Old Town School of Folk Music; 4545 N. Lincoln Ave;
Myron R. Szold Music and Dance Hall
In developing a discussion on diversity within Chicago, issues of ‘then and now’ are unretractable from the conversation. This kickoff reflects on Chicago’s history within the past decade and juxtaposes present issues regarding the diverse landscape of dance being produced and consumed locally and nationally. Old Town School of Folk Music serves as the host space for a thoughtful dialog that is about ‘more than just race’; adding even more layers to this vital conversation, given the institution’s rich legacy of educating inter-generational communities in dance as well as exploring and cultivating diversity within its audiences for more than 50 years.
Led and facilitated by innovative practitioners from national and local stage including:
Robert Battle, Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey Dance Theater;
Onye Ozuzu, Chair of Columbia College Chicago
Sarah Dandelles, director of dance education at
Old Town School of Folk Music;
Wilfredo Rivera, artistic director of
Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre;
Julie Nakagawa, artistic director of DanceWorks Chicago;
emerging artists, Nic K and Dorian Rhea;
and Zachary Whittenburg, blog contributor and director of communications,
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.