Dance Residency Open Studio Series

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Event Description

February—June 2023, Second Tuesday of each month
Chicago Cultural Center, Dance Studio, 1st Floor North (78 E Washington St)

During 2022’s Year of Chicago Dance, a new dance floor was installed in the Chicago Cultural Center’s Dance Studio and an application was opened to provide space, time and funding for Chicago dancemakers to create new work. The first cohort of six dynamic dance artists offer Open Studio public events each month, February through June 2023. Enjoy informal works-in-progress, artist talks or other creative activities. Free and open to the public. All programs include ASL interpretation. More at  The Chicago Cultural Center Dance Studio Residency is a program of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and is made possible in part by the generous support of the Walder Foundation.

See Open Studio schedule below (visit for new additions and up to date information):

Tuesday, February 14, 6pm - Silvita Diaz Brown

Silvita Diaz Brown and her collaborators offer an early look at Ellas Y Yo Mexicanas through the character of Frida Kahlo. This event will include live music and an excerpt of the work. Audience is invited to participate in the dancer warm-up and ask questions at the end of the program.


Tuesday, March 14, 6pm - Christopher Knowlton

Christopher Knowlton and his team will be showing some early experiments with three-dimensional multisensory tools for networking dancers together through digital means. A talkback will follow.

A live-streaming option (with captions) will also be available on Chris's YouTube channel.


Tuesday, April 11, 6pm - Robyn Mineko Williams

Robyn Mineko Williams and collaborators present material from her new interdisciplinary work-in-progress rooted in the Japanese American experience surrounding the incarcerations of WWII and the intergenerational ripples of trauma, love, and resilience that followed. A Q&A session with Robyn and artists will follow the showing.


Friday, May 5, 12-1pm - Tango 21 Dance Theater

Saturday, May 6, 3-5pm - Christopher “Mad Dog” Thomas

Tuesday, May 9, 6pm - Tango 21 Dance Theater

Saturday, May 27, 3-4pm - Silvita Diaz Brown

Saturday, June 3, 11am-1pm - Tango 21 Dance Theater

Monday, June 5, 6pm - Robyn Mineko Williams

Monday, June 12, 6pm - Jean Wildest

Tuesday, June 13, 6pm - Christopher “Mad Dog” Thomas

Saturday, June 24, 11am-1pm - Tango 21 Dance Theater

Sunday, June 25, 1-3pm - Christopher Knowlton

Monday, June 26, 6pm - Silvita Diaz Brown


Running Time
60-75 minutes
Dance Styles
Circus Arts
Hip Hop
Modern / Contemporary


Chicago Cultural Center

78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602