Jenai Cutcher, tap dance, red shirt, william frederking

Jenai is the founding director of 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, she 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. Jenai has a BA in English and MFA in Dance, both from The Ohio State University. She teaches tap dance at Northwestern University and is an artist-in-residence with Chicago Park District. Sometimes she brings her tap shoes to her CDHP interviews.

Jenai Cutcher

 Executive & Artistic Director

Sean Rafferty

Digital Media Specialist

In addition to editing video for CDHP, Sean Rafferty films and edits videos for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Midwest Event Solutions. He has produced videos for arts organizations including the Brevard Music Center, Winifred Haun & Dancers, Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project, and South Chicago Dance Theatre. In his free time, he enjoys taking in as much wonderful Chicago performing art as he can and relaxing at home with his wife, dancer Mandy Milligan, and his two cats, Berlioz and Cleo.

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Full interview videos and transcripts also available upon request.

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