Board Member Spotlight

Jenai Cutcher West, Executive Director

Photo by William Frederking
Photo by William Frederking

Jenai recently moved from New Haven, CT to Chicago to direct CDHP. In addition to working with tap dance artists such as Brenda Bufalino, Michelle Dorrance, Barbara Duffy, Savion Glover, Derick Grant, Max Pollak, and Lynn Schwab, Jenai researches and documents dance in various formats and capacities. She has written articles for several dance publications, papers for presentation, three dance books for children, and Columbus Moves: A Brief History of Contemporary Dance. Her first feature-length documentary, Thinking On Their Feet: Women of the Tap Renaissance, explores the work of the women who resurrected and revolutionized the art of American tap dance and continue to pioneer the field. Cutcher West has a BA in English and MFA in Dance, both from The Ohio State University. She teaches tap dance at Northwestern University.

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