Margi Cole, founder and Artistic Director of The Dance COLEctive, received a BA in dance from Columbia College Chicago and an MFA in dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As a teacher, she has taught for many educational and professional organizations nationally and internationally. As a performer, Margi has danced with many well-known choreographers and companies. In 2011, Cole traveled to Findhorn, Scotland to join 19 international performers participating in the Deborah Hay Solo Commissioning Project. Margi has received two Illinois Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowships, a 2005 Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist Award, a 2015 Individual Arts Program Creative Project Grant and a 2017 Professional Development Grant from the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Grants Department and an American Marshall Memorial Fellowship. She was named one of The Players in New City’s “Fifty People Who Really Perform in Chicago” in 2012 and recognized by Today’s Chicago Woman among its 2014 “100 Women of Inspiration.” Margi is active in the Chicago dance community, having served as a Chicago Dancemakers Forum Consortium Member, on grant panels and in public forums as an arts administrator, dancer and choreographer. Currently Cole is on faculty at Columbia College Chicago, where she has served as a Lecturer and Associate Chair. She is also the Series Program Manager of the Dance Center Presenting Series.