Urban Bush Women

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“Urban Bush Women are a noisy, outspoken bunch.”  --Chicago Tribune

“...the company brings us to our feet with joy and recognition. UBW has a long and wonderful history at the Dance Center and it looks like their streak will continue...”   -- Chicago Stage Standard

Urban Bush Women has enthralled Dance Center audiences since 1984. Under the direction of Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Urban Bush Women brings the untold and under-told histories and stories of disenfranchised people to light through dance from a woman-centered perspective and as members of the African Diaspora. The company returns following its spring 2015 30th season performances at The Dance Center with Walking with ’Trane, a suite of works, co-commissioned by The Dance Center, based on the life and artistic imprint of jazz pioneer John Coltrane whose “sheets of sound” redefined improvisation and led to Ornette Coleman’s and Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians’ (AACM) free jazz breakthroughs. Grammy-award winning pianist George Caldwell provides live accompaniment with a reinterpretation of Coltrane’s A Love Supreme (1964). 

Dance Styles
Modern / Contemporary


The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago

1306 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 369-8330