Mordine & Company begins its 51st season, offstage.  With live performances paused, we're using this time to create The Mordine Legacy Project, preserving the Company's 50+ years of repertoirie and Chicago-based performance and presenting history.  We're sifting through programs and press clippings, digitizing DVD, VHS, reel-to-reel footage, and archiving decades of photographs and other documents.


The Mordine Legacy Project will ensure Shirley and the Company's decades of creative contribution and collaboration including choregraphy, music and production design and dancer alumnus performances are available for future students, dancers, and dance historians.


Partially supported by a grant from The Donnelley Foundation additional funding is welcome for the digitizing effort:


Digitizing Reel to Reel, VHS, and Audio:

$25 for 1 item

$50 for 2 items
$100 for 4 items

$150 for 6 items
$200 for 8 items 
$250 for 10 items

$500 for 20 items

$1,000 for 40 items 


Thank you for your interest in the Mordine Legacy Project. Please be sure to check back for project updates.





The company is proud to include in its mission:

1. A legacy of cutting---edge choreography that is enjoyed by diverse audiences

"Choreographer Shirley Mordine long ago established her reputation as one of the most accomplished craftsmen in Chicago. Her canny manipulation of the raw material of dance...knows no peer." —Chicago Reader

2. A 51-year history of nurturing dance talent, thereby enriching the dance scene as well as the greater community. Mordine & Co. alumni have gone on to become assured choreographers, renowned professors, and accomplished professionals.

3. A vested interest in collaborations with other artists—in dance and in other art forms.  "Though no stranger to pure abstract dance, Shirley Mordine has been an enthusiast of interdisciplinary art for much of the four decades that her Mordine & Co. has been performing in Chicago." ---Sid Smith

4. A commitment to education programs that use the medium of dance to inspire a variety of populations. The company offers open company classes and a celebrated choreographic mentorship program that allows artists to showcase their work in a professional setting.  Mordine & Co. was recognized by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as playing "a flagship role in helping develop a whole generation of promising dancers and choreographers.”  

Secure, tax-deductible donations may be by mail:

Mordine & Company

c/o Ruth Page Foundation  

1016 N. Dearborn St.

Chicago, IL 60610 

Or online: 


Mordine & Company Dance Theater is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization, and your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.