Ohio State Dance Alumna (MFA 2009) and Chicago Dance History Project Executive and Artistic Director Jenai Cutcher was presented with the 2019 Ruth Page Award at Roosevelt University on Friday, March 8, 2019.
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.