On the stage, in the studio and in the classroom, Striding Lion Performance Group
expands the dialogue between artist and audience, breaking down barriers
to make dance theater performance both accessible and meaningful.

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Dance theater by Striding Lion Performance Group

Excerpts of Dada Gert (2013), Remember the...(Alamo) (2011) and The Jenkins Farm Project (2012).

upcoming performances

Peep Show: The Instant Choreography Series
First Monday of the Month, 7 pm
Links Hall at Constellation, 3111 N. Western


American Me
April 18-27, 7 pm
Links Hall at Constellation, 3111 N. Western

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Arts education—dance, theater, music—by Striding Lion educators

"Thank you for bringing the Striding Lion group to West. I thought the performance was great! Funny, witty and really truly interesting for the kids (and me!). Honestly, one of the best school shows I have seen in several years."
—Gina Rodewald, Principal, Gower West School

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Long Lion Days: Summer Camp with Striding Lion

            August @ North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie

            August @ The Marjorie Ward Marshall Dance Center in Evanston

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What is your name, what is your relationship with Striding Lion Performance Group, and what do you do? My name is Calyn Guberman, and I'm a company member and teaching artist.

Why did you choose to go into your field? I've been dancing since I was four years old, and I've known for a long time that it would be part of my life in some capacity. Actually, I've tried to deviate from that path a few times by choosing a major *ahem, several majors* in college, being on the soccer team when I was 10, etc., but I just keep coming back to the performing arts.

What is your background? Do you have any formal training or previous experience in your field? I grew up dancing at a studio in Pittsburgh, PA that did dance competitions and conventions. Yes, like the studio on Dance Moms. In fact, almost exactly like the studio on Dance Moms, as Abby Lee Miller was my teacher's teacher. I trained extensively in as many dance styles as I could, and took every performance opportunity that came my way. I was even a dancing shopping bag for a department store! Then, I went to Northwestern University as a dance major where I learned how to chill out and drop my weight in modern technique classes. One of those classes was with Annie Beserra, and the rest is history!

Do you pursue specific themes or subjects? If so, what are they? I've noticed a trend in my work about youthfulness. I am totally inspired by the uninhibited, imaginative workings of a child's mind, so I often deal with themes of play, exploration, and growth. Another tie-in to Striding Lion's philosophy, I enjoy creating our work out of improvisation and research, and I love being able to share that distinctive practice with the students in our residencies.

What jobs have you done other than being an artist? At Northwestern, I was a work-study at the local public library, in...guess. The children's services section. I got to shelve books, cut construction paper for crafts, and fulfill a childhood dream of mine by (almost) being a librarian.

What is your favorite aspect of your job? My job is multifaceted. It's always changing. I never go into work and it's the "same old scene." Yes, there's some comfort in familiarity, but we're always working on a new show, a new style, or a new concept. I love that I get to wear different hats, as I always say. One minute I'm a teacher, and literally in the next minute I'm performing on stage. There's no room for boredom.

Use four words to describe your art. Analytical, investigative, continual, kooky

What is your biggest challenge in your work? Overcoming the fear of the unknown. I'm the type of person who likes to know exactly what's going on, how it happened, and what's going to happen for the forseeable future. Dance, and dance theater especially, is so in flux that it's impossible to predict the result of any one action. What if I make this choice, and it doesn't work? Will I get hurt? Will the audience like it? Will anyone else understand? It's something that can make this particular art form more exciting, but it can be inhibiting at times.

Art is ___. confusing, in the best possible way.