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Dance Legend Marge Champion Will Help Queens College Launch Its Lifelong Learning Institute On February 28

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FLUSHING, N.Y., February 19, 2010—Legendary Hollywood star Marge Champion will help kick off the new Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) at Queens College with an appearance on Sunday, February 28 at Keep Dancing: An Afternoon with Marge Champion (3-5 pm, LeFrak Concert Hall). A screening of Keep Dancing—a documentary on the artistic collaboration between Champion and fellow performer Donald Saddler—will be followed by a discussion with Champion, Saddler and the filmmakers.  

The Emmy Award-winning Champion, still dancing at age 90, embodies the mission of the new institute: to foster a passion for learning and lifelong personal development. Classes are geared toward adults who are seeking to learn for the pure enjoyment of it.


The institute, the college’s latest educational initiative for adults, begins its spring term in mid-March with a variety of seven-week workshops covering such topics as photography, ballroom dancing, and current events. Beginning on June 29, LLI will present a summer film series, The Dark Night: Inside Film Noir, a six-week celebration of classic crime dramas from the 1940s and 1950s, with an introduction, screening, and discussion of a different movie every Tuesday afternoon.


Individual memberships—available for $295 under a special introductory plan—cover tuition for up to three workshops and admission to all six films, among other benefits. Taken separately, each workshop costs $150 and the summer film festival costs $60.


“We created the Lifelong Learning Institute to engage the surrounding community and give people an opportunity to participate in stimulating educational and cultural activities at the college,” says LLI Director Douglas Boettner. “We hope to encourage QC faculty, students, and alumni to become active participants by leading workshops and discussion groups and interacting with our members. Our goal is to establish unique intergenerational connections.”


The documentary Keep Dancing reintroduces audiences to Champion and her current dance partner, Tony award-winning choreographer, director, and dance veteran Donald Saddler. Champion began dancing and acting as a teenager when she was hired as the live action model for Snow White in Walt Disney’s 1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and the Blue Fairy in Pinocchio. She went on to star with then-husband Gower Champion in such MGM films as Show Boat, Jupiter’s Darling, and Lovely to Look At. Following celebrated careers, Champion and Saddler became friends in 2001 while performing together on Broadway. Keep Dancing seamlessly blends nine decades of archival film and photographs with present-day footage, using dance to tell the story of their friendship and longevity as performers. Queens College film historian Philip Harwood  will host the screening and a discussion to follow with Champion, Saddler, and filmmakers Douglas Turnbaugh and Greg Vander Veer.

Tickets for Keep Dancing: An Afternoon with Marge Champion are available for $25; $23 for seniors and QC alumni or with a QCID. Orders may be charged online at, by phone at (718) 793-8080, or purchased at the Colden Auditorium Box Office.

For more information on the Lifelong Learning Institute at Queens College, call

(718) 997-5025 or visit


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