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Are You Ready for Skinner-Palooza?!

March 16, 2015


We have some amazing performers lined up for you and here is a little snapshot of our great program on MARCH 19th @ 4pm.  There will be bagpipes, a sing-a-long, Puerto Rican dance and an Instrument Discovery Center sponsored by Dixon Stein. 

So bring your dancing shoes, voices and instruments to jam/dance/sing with these great performers! 



Molly McGown is a PhD student in Anthropology and Global Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She and her son Rowen moved to Chicago in 2009. She has been doing ballet since she was Rowen’s age, but only started swing dancing about two years ago.

By hosting weekly practices and occasional traveling to dance events, Molly has become one of the best-known faces in Chicago’s balboa scene.

She would like to invite you to try out this simple, elegant and infinitely rewarding style of dance – check out Chicago Balboa Underground on Facebook or ask her for more information!


Jett McWhorter's dad, Eric McWhorter, is a guitarist and the lead singer for Modiviccan.

As a band, Modiviccan has been working together for about five years, though some members have been playing together for as long as 20 years.

With a mix of classical training and self-taught talent, we have an interesting take on rock music.


Award-winning Bulgarian-American pianist Ani Gogova appears in over 40 performances each season throughout Europe and North America including broadcasts on NPR, WBEZ, TEDx Talks, and WFMT Chicago among others.

Some of her concerts and recordings have gathered critical acclaim around the globe and have been selected as top recommendations by Time Out Chicago Magazine and the Chicago Tribune.

Gogova holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and has served as a professor at world-renowned Music Conservatory of Roosevelt University.


Susan Agrawal is a parent of two Skinner North kids and is also a writer, advocate for children with special needs, violist, and music theorist.

She received her doctorate in music theory and musicology from Northwestern University in 2005, and specializes in early modern musical analysis in historical and interdisciplinary context.

While at Northwestern, she also completed a year of Suzuki viola pedagogy. Her kids, Sameer (4th grade) and Neena (kindergarten), both play the violin.

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