The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago has announced that Bonnie Brooks, associate professor at Columbia College, is taking up a newly created position with The Dance Center’s Presenting Series as lead curator. Effective January 2015, Brooks will be responsible for the series programming and its artists, engagements and residency activities, working closely with the Presenting Series administrative and production staff.  She will continue her teaching responsibilities along with this new role. 
“Bonnie’s considerable experience and skill set are ideally suited to this task,” noted Dance Department Chair Onye Ozuzu. “She and I anticipate a collaborative structure that will make this work open, transparent and integrated as fully as possible into the life of the department and college, while continuing to serve the city of Chicago and the artists we engage for residency activities and performances on our stage.”
Bonnie Brooks is a dance writer, dance educator and arts advocate with an extensive background in dance administration and production. Prior to joining the Columbia faculty as department chair (1999–2011), she was visiting assistant professor in the World Arts & Cultures Department at UCLA, where she taught contemporary dance issues and practice. During her tenure as department chair, she co-curated the Dance Center’s presenting series.  From 1990 to 1998, she was president and executive director of national dance service organization Dance/USA.

The Dance Center’s 2014–15 season continues this winter with David Roussève/REALITY (Feb. 5–7), Chicago Dance Crash (Feb. 19–21), Shantala Shivalingappa (Mar. 5–7) and Urban Bush Women (Mar. 19–21).
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Dance Center Names Associate Professor Bonnie Brooks New Lead Curator for Presenting Series