MARGI COLE

"Our neighbor was a very famous Russian dancer named Adolph Bolm and Adolph Bolm had partnered Anna Pavlova in the original Diaghilev Ballets Russes and he ended up living in Hollywood and he saw me running around... and he said to my mother, 'You get her to a dance studio.'"

"They said, 'You have to study modern. Who do you want to study with, Jose Límon or Martha Graham?' I picked Martha Graham."

Margi Cole earned a BA in dance from Columbia College Chicago and an MFA in dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She created The Dance COLEctive as a way to feature Chicago choreographers and dancers. She has remained connected to the Columbia College community by returning as a faculty member.

April 05, 2018: <Enter Synopsis>

A woman in a beaded costume and headdress performing on stage

"They would come with the entire Ruth St. Denis concert dancers and their notch skirts and their ankle bells and their Uday Shankar records and they would rehearse while they babysat me."

"I spent two years of my life looking at Nureyev – 64 frames a second on old film –taking 22 measurements on his body and graphing it against time by hand. No computers."

"The presence of an almost all-black dance company in this community and in this building opened the doors to having a more diverse group of students here, which was terribly important to me."

"If I haven't taught them anything else, I have taught them a life lesson."

"Denishawn is the ultimate bling trip."