The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago’s Audience and Community Engagement (ACE) program is dedicated to engaging the public through dynamic programs that deepen the experience of contemporary dance. We partner with diverse cultural and community-based organizations to develop programs that explore national and international dancemakers’ work, process, and technique. Our Audience and Community Engagement programs range from master classes and family dance matinees, to interactive workshops, discussions, and public forums.
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The Dance Center believes in opening up the world of contemporary dance to the whole family. During our FamilyDance matinee series, families can spend a Saturday afternoon at The Dance Center enjoying an hour-long family-oriented program by top contemporary dance companies. A free hands-on movement workshop followed by a matinee performance, gives families a chance to experience the art of dance on the main stage with world class artistic directors and dancers, before sitting down to watch an excerpt from the presenting companies’ performance.
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The Dance Center’s Audience and Community Engagement department develops programs to provide the public with opportunities for deeper engagement with dance and contextualization of dance artists’ works. Community Outreach Events range from panel discussions to interactive workshops with Artistic Directors and dancers of our presenting companies. Events take place throughout the city in community centers, city parks, schools, alternative spaces, and other places throughout Chicago’s neighborhoods. The Audience and Community Engagement program partners with Columbia College Chicago departments and programs as well as other schools and universities to bring experiences with world-class contemporary dance artists to students in classrooms throughout Chicago.