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About the Dance Center

The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago is comprised of two integrated components:

The Academic Program

Chicago’s only complete instructional program leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance.

The Dance Department of The School of Fine and Performing Arts at Columbia College Chicago offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in dance. The curriculum focuses on developing skill, personal voice, and maturity in the dance artist—as dancer, choreographer, teacher and scholar. The Dance Center’s faculty is comprised of working artists and guest artist teachers from all over the world.

Public Programming

Chicago’s leading presenter of contemporary dance of national and international significance, augmented by an extensive educational and community outreach program. The integration of these programs provides Dance Center students with opportunities to interact and learn from visiting guest artists, and provides opportunities for the involvement of thousands of Chicago-area residents in Dance Center activities.

Since 1974, the Dance Center has gained national recognition as one of the pre-eminent presenters of contemporary dance in the Midwest. The Dance Center remains committed to bringing the best in dance artistry to an ever-expanding Chicago audience. Public programming at the Dance Center includes:
  • The presentation of the best international, national and Chicago-based dance artists
  • More than 35 performances and approximately 60 educational and community-based activities
  • Partnerships with other presenting organizations including: the Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Dancemakers forum, Old Town School of Folk Music, American Rhythm Center, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago Humanities Festival, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, Links Hall and Chicago Public Schools.

The Dance Center is committed to making a significant contribution to Chicago’s cultural vitality. Artists whose work is presented by the Dance Center participate in residency activities, which engage diverse communities in educational and outreach programs.

Through these programs, the Dance Center seeks to:

  • Expand the appreciation and understanding of contemporary dance
  • Contribute to the health of Chicago communities

To learn more about our programs or request a brochure, contact us

Inside The Dance Center

A recent residency with Philadelphia dance artist Raphael Xavier illustrates the dynamic relationship between our presentations, our academic program, and our community: