The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago is comprised of two integrated components -- its academic program and its public programming. Its academic program is Chicago's only complete instructional program leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance. The Dance Center is also Chicago's leading presenter of international and national contemporary dance. Augmented by extensive educational and community outreach programs, the Dance Center provides students with opportunities to interact with and learn from visiting guest artists, and provides opportunities for involvement for thousands of Chicago-area residents in Dance Center activities. Since 1974, the Dance Center has gained national recognition as one of the pre-eminent presenters of contemporary dance in the Midwest. Its program includes the presentation of the best international, national and Chicago-based dance artists. Partnerships with other presenting organizations inlcude the Chicago Cultural Center, The Old Town School of Folk Music, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Links Hall, the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, and others.