Step by Step

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As early as 1866, the Northwestern Female College offered calisthenics to its students “for a small extra charge." As the University grew, dance and movement evolved with it, and in 1979, Professor Susan Lee created a Program in Dance in the Department of Theatre that would honor dance as a distinct discipline and support the artistic nature of the field, while encouraging emerging scholarly activity. Step by Step illuminates the way dance came of age, with a fascinating selection of archival materials as well as unique figurines from Lee’s private collection.

Step by Step opens Monday, March 26 and runs through Friday, May 11. The exhibit is open to the public Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 10:00 pm, Saturdays 8:30 am - 12:00 pm.

Special Events

Opening reception
Tuesday, April 3 at 5pm
Northwestern University Library, first floor

Curator's Tour
Monday, April 9 at 12pm
Northwestern University Library, first floor

Film Screening of "Jump Rhythm Jazz Project: Getting There"
2007 Emmy Award-winning documentary
Tuesday, April 10 at 7pm
Northwestern University Library, Forum Room, second floor