The Dance Center Columbia College Chicago

About the Dance Center

Repertory Faculty
Spring 2007 Repertory Performance/Faculty Concert. Photo by William Frederking.

The Academic Program

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The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago features a nationally respected academic program leading to Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Dance. The curriculum focuses on developing skill, personal voice and maturity in the dance artist – as dancer, choreographer and teacher. Challenging technique courses across a range of styles, combined with the study of improvisation, composition, dance history and theory, music and technical theater, provide students with essential learning and practice, preparing them for professional and graduate endeavors in dance. Many of these classes are also open to the public. The Dance Center’s faculty comprises working artists, enhanced by an array of visiting artist-teachers of national and international stature.

For more information, contact Academic Coordinator Chad Wilson at (312) 369-8353 or

Cloud Gate Art Director
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan Artistic Director Lin Hwai-min gives a lecture about the influence of calligraphy in his work, Wild Cursive. Photo by Robert Kusel.

Audience and Community Engagement

The Dance Center’s division of Audience and Community Engagement works to increase understanding and appreciation for contemporary dance with a variety of programs.


Workshops, Lectures & Special Events

Attend special programs with our season artists planned in conjunction with community partners.


Citywide Partnerships

The Dance Center has developed partnerships with the Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and other institutions to provide access to dance programming for the widest possible audience.


Spring 2007 DanceMasters class led by Noism Artistic Director, Jo Kanamori. Photo by Lindsay Schlesser.

DanceMasters Classes

If you love to dance, come learn firsthand from the choreographers and dancers featured during our season. Click here for more information about upcoming classes.

For more information, contact Suzy Grant at ext. 8341 or