Chicago Dance History through the City | Newberry

Chicago Dance History through the City

Led by Lin Batsheva Kahn.
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Six sessions. Thursdays, September 30-November 4



For the Fall 2021 term, we’re offering a mix of virtual and in-person classes. Although we are still primarily virtual, you will find a smaller selection of in-person seminars in the schedule. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. Registration opens on September 1st at 9am (Central time). Registration will take place through our online platform, Learning Stream.

Please note: classes that are currently scheduled to take place in the building may switch to virtual in accordance with public health and safety guidelines. Additionally, masks are required for all attendees, regardless of vaccination status. We will email participants with any changes the week before seminars begin.

Seminar Description

Students will take a historical trip through time to learn about the important contributions of choreographers and dance companies in our cultural city. We’ll study, understand, and appreciate the work of Ruth Page, Nana Shineflug, Joel Hall, Homer Bryant, Lou Conte and his world known Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. This seminar will also relate to the Chicago Avant Garde: Five Women Before Their Time exhibition in the Newberry.

Six sessions. Registration – $210

Lin Batsheva Kahn is an innovative dance educator and productive choreographer from Chicago. On the faculty in The Theatre School at DePaul University, Kahn has received the DePaul Excellence in Teaching Award and an Innovation in Teaching Award from the Art Institute/DePaul Partnership committee.

Materials List


  • Instructor-Distributed Materials.

First Reading:

  • There is no first reading assignment.

Cost and Registration Information 

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, September 1st . Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning August 25th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

Please note: The Newberry is moving to a new registration system called Learning Stream. This will simplify the registration process for participants, instructors, and staff. For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.