Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago Alum Kristin Damrow Joins 2017 Pilot Program at ODC in San Francisco

Kristin Damrow

Kristin Damrow

Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago alumna Kristin Damrow ’09, a graduate of the Dance Center’s BA Program in Dance, has been selected into the 2017 Pilot Program at ODC/Dance in San Francisco. This esteemed mentorship program highlights new work by emerging artists who are making an impact in the San Francisco/Bay Area dance community. The mentorship program will culminate in performances of new work by Damrow on April 8 and 9.

Kristin Damrow & Company in "Swallow" (2015)

Kristin Damrow & Company in “Swallow” (2015)

Damrow is the founder and artistic director of Kristin Damrow & Company in San Francisco. Reflecting on how her training at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago prepared her for professional success, Damrow says: “It was extremely valuable to have instructors that were working artists in their field. I able to see what it actually took to run a company or be a performing artist. Having that realistic approach helped to prepare me for what was to come as I stepped outside of the doors of the Dance Center.”

Since moving to California after graduating from Columbia College, Damrow, who grew up on a farm in rural Wisconsin, has since created more than 15 premieres for sold-out audiences throughout Northern California. Her work has been supported by the Zellerbach Family Foundation and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. She also serves on faculty at ODC Dance Commons and Dance Mission Theater, and is the director of Body Language, RoCo Dance’s pre-professional teen company. She guest teaches at the University of San Francisco, Sonoma State University, City College, and LINES Ballet.

ODC (formerly the Oberlin Dance Collective) is a contemporary dance and arts organization founded in 1971 by current artistic director Brenda Way. ODC relocated to San Francisco in 1976 and in 1979 became the first modern dance company in America to build its own facility. ODC/Dance’s programs involve 6,000 artists and students and reach 50,000 audience members annually. The company is noted for its fusion of classical and modern techniques and for its collaborations.