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Maggie Kast/Kast & Company

09/15/2009

MaggieKast

Maggie Kast is a dancer, teacher, writer, and community activist. Trained in Graham, Cunningham, and ballet techniques, she has performed for a number of troupes including Robin Lakes/Rough Dance and Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. She founded, developed, and directed Chicago Contemporary Dance Theatre (1963-1980), serving as director, principal choreographer, teacher, and performer. She has a strong interest in dance within the context of worship, and has extensive experience in choreographing liturgical dance. Maggie has served on several boards, including St. Basil’s Free Peoples’ Clinic and Esperanza Community services. Maggie received her B.A. from the University of Chicago, and earned a Masters of Theological Studies from the Catholic Theological Union, Chicago. She has taught at Valparaiso University and Columbia College. The recipient of several grants from the Illinois Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, Maggie has also been recognized by the Chicago Dance Coalition, which gave her the Ruth Page Award for “Outstanding Contribution to the Dance Community.”

Maggie’s new book, The Crack Between the Worlds: A Dancer’s Memoir of Loss, Faith and Family, will be launched at 7:30pm on September 24 at Women and Children First Bookstore in Andersonville. A reception will follow — for more information please visit www.maggiekast.com

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  1. Lauri Macklin permalink
    09/26/2009 12:11 am

    Hi Maggie,

    Loved the reading! and seeing you. You can contact me at the email above, but I will be out of town until mid Oct.
    Lauri

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