If you by chance happen to be in the Chicago area next week come check out the Columbia College Chicago (CCC) Department of Creative Arts Therapies 8th Annual Alumni Concert. Below is an outline of the show details and how you can find tickets. Attending the Alumni Concert is a great way to support and connect with the Chicago dance/movement therapy community.
Who: The concert features alumni from CCC’s Department of Creative Arts Therapies. It sounds strange to call the department that due to its recent expansion and name change. All of the dancers in the concert, excluding the guest artist piece, are alumni of the department (formerly known as the Department of Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling). I am performing in the show this year for the first time.
What: The Alumni Concert is a dance concert usually consisting of 8-12 dance pieces ranging in various dance styles like modern, hip hop, jazz, contemporary, etc.
Where: The concert is held at Hamlin Park in Chicago. The space is cozy and intimate. Translation: there aren’t a lot of tickets to the show. You can find tickets here.
When: This year the concert is on March 6th and 7th at 7 pm. The concert falls right before the department faculty interviews prospective students for admittance to the department (good luck to the interviewees). I remember attending the Friday night before my movement interview back in 2010. Personally, I factored the alumni show in to my decision process when choosing a dance/movement therapy program. It was important to me that the program I attended valued performance and gave me an opportunity to express myself as a performer and a choreographer- to know that I could do that as an alumni of the program meant a lot.
Why: The Alumni Show is produced each year to give alumni of the department an opportunity to create, dance and perform. Ticket sales of the show also raise money for the alumni fellowship award. It’s also an opportunity to connect/re-connect with the Chicago dance/movement therapy community.
*Photos above were taken by Chicago dance photographer Bill Frederking. You can find out more information about him and his work here.