We the People Speaker Series with The Silver Room

We The People Speakers Series


For 11 years The Silver Room has hosted the annual Sound System Block Party, an outdoor global explosion of community and creativity. For the first time, The Silver Room honors the creative elements that are staples of the Block Party with We the People Series, five sessions of art engagements honoring music, dacne, fashion, visual art and culture. The series will culminate with the 2014 Block Party on July 19.

June 12 at Links Hall

7pm Discussion – Free
Afterparty – $5 (starting at 9pm)

Dance Matters

Hosted by Sarah Ford Thompson, Chi Arts Dance Department Head
Anthony Nicholson Djing party after the discussion.

Line Up
Boogie McClarin, Hip-Hop (independent artist)
Martin Bronsen, Tap (Chicago Human Rhythm Project)
Joshua Ishmon, African-based Modern (Deeply Rooted Dance Theater)
Brandon DiCriscio, Contemporary (River North)
Ted Seymour, Ballet (Ballet Chicago)

Showcase of African-based modern dance, ballet, hip-hop and tap. Panelist of dancers drawing connections between various dance genres, different historical eras, and popular culture. Discussion will include video segment of various styles of movement.

The Silver Room


Founded in 1997, The Silver Room consistently pushes the parameters of traditional retail operation — building community through social exchange. The Silver Room is located in Wicker Park, an eclectic neighborhood filled with boutiques, restaurants, bars, and music venues. One way the Silver Room seeks to provide an enriching cultural experience is through the annual Sound System Block Party. This years theme is
We the People.

Sarah Ford Thomspon


Originally from Georgetown, Kentucky, Ms. Ford began her dance training at age 8 at the Lexington Ballet under the direction of Karl Kaufman. She went on to earn her B.F.A. in Dance from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. While studying at CCM, she trained with James Truitte and fell in love with the Horton Technique and modern dance. After relocating to Chicago, Ms. Ford danced for 9 years as a company member with Deeply Rooted Dance Theater and self-produced several dance concerts as Nucleus Dance Collective. Currently, Ms. Ford serves as Associate Artistic Director to Hyde Park School of Dance, Tyego Dance Project and Tyego Next Generation. She is the director of Hyde Park School of Dance’s outreach program for the community and director of the modern dance department. She is delighted to be returning to ChiArts for a second year in the dance department. Ms. Ford is also a certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor, certified group fitness instructor and Clinical Exercise Specialist.