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Forum on legacy of Shirley Hall-Bass slated for Saturday

Do you remember dance teacher and choreographer Shirley Hall-Bass? Did you perform in the 1974 Independence Extravaganza? Were you in the 1976 Government High School version of West Side Story, performed at the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts? Do you have photos and artifacts to share?

The Chicago Dance History Project (CDHP) in collaboration with Dr. Faith Butler from the School of Education, will be hosting an on-camera forum this Saturday at the University of The Bahamas to discuss the amazing legacy of Chicago-born Shirley Hall-Bass and her contributions to dance, education and entertainment in The Bahamas. Shirley began working with Freddie Munnings Sr. at the Cat n’ Fiddle in the 1950s and went on to impact dance more broadly via her dynamic work with Miss Bahamas competitions, the national dance school, the independence celebrations in 1974, the national dance company, Government High School, Bahamas Dance Theatre, Playboy Casino, Zanzibar, the Cat n’ Fiddle and other venues.

The Chicago Dance History Project seeks to investigate, preserve and present the oral and corporeal histories of theatrical dance in Chicago. It honors the vast number of national and international dance artists with roots in the city; recovers the untold stories of individuals, organizations, and venues that have anchored Chicago’s strong local dance community; and links various collections of historical knowledge and traditions with present and future generations.

The foundational work of CDHP involves exploring Chicago dance histories through three primary modes of research: in-depth, on-camera interviews with area dancers, choreographers, educators, advocates, and others associated with the form; recorded panel discussions, exhibitions, and other public events that facilitate collaborative explorations of specific historical topics; and establishing partnerships with area institutions.

These recorded interviews and events, along with various supplemental materials, will serve as a public platform for establishing a body of original and collected research for Americans and Bahamians alike.

Persons interested in joining the conversation on camera should come to the Michael Eldon Building’s third floor boardroom at the University of The Bahamas this Saturday, July 6th anytime between 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. For more information please contact Christine Wallace-Whitfield at 242-357-9798, email or go online to

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