Get out your dancing shoes! The Chicago SummerDance Festival, the largest annual outdoor live music and dancing series in the United States, returns for its 23rd year to Grant Park’s Spirit of Music Garden (601 South Michigan Avenue). On most dates from June 27 through August 24, 2019, you can learn how to dance with lessons and live music on Wednesday through Sunday evenings. They cover styles from all over the world, and even the floor is earth-friendly since it's made of 100% recycled materials.
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SummerDance in the Parks returns. Seven neighborhood parks are hosting the popular series on Wednesdays from July 11 through August 22. New in 2018 is Dance Downs in the Park, a performance series hosted by Shkunna Stewart and The Era Footwork Crew. Dance downs are historic black Chicago talent showcase and today are inspired by modern dance styles like bopping, Chicago footwork, online dance challenges and TV shows like Bring It and America’s Got Talent. SummerDance will feature three dance downs at Hamilton Park Cultural Center on Saturday, July 21, Austin Town Hall Park on Saturday, August 18, and culminating at Cloud Gate in Millennium Park on Sunday, August 25, at the SummerDance Celebration.
As always, SummerDance is free to attend. Just show up and get your groove on!
Dance lessons begin at 6pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 4pm on Sundays. Lessons are followed by live music and dancing from 7:30pm to 9:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 5pm to 7pm on Sundays. SummerDance in the Parks on Thursdays begin with lessons at 6pm followed by dancing to live music from 7pm to 9pm.
Updates and announcements (including weather-related announcements) will be shared onFacebook and on Twitter @SummerDanceChi, #ChicagoSummerDance. For moreinformation, visit chicagosummerdance.org or call the Department of Cultural Affairs andSpecial Events at 312.744.3316.
2019 CHICAGO SUMMERDANCE SCHEDULE
2019 Schedule TBD
Includes Chicago SummerDance, SummerDance in the Parks, Dance-Downs, Taste of Chicago and SummerDance Celebration Schedule is Subject to Change
SUMMERDANCE AT SPIRIT OF MUSIC GARDEN
Thursdays - Saturdays Dance Lesson: 6–7 p.m. Music & Dancing: 7:30–9:30 p.m.
Sundays Dance Lesson: 4–5 p.m. Music & Dancing: 5–7 p.m.
SUMMERDANCE IN THE PARKS Wednesdays Dance Lesson: 6–7 p.m. Music & Dancing: 7–9 p.m.
DANCE DOWNS IN THE PARK
Saturday, July 21 Hamilton Park Cultural Center 513 W. 72nd Street 2–5 p.m. Saturday, August 18 Austin Town Hall Park 5610 W. Lake Street 2–5 p.m.
SUMMERDANCE AT TASTE OF CHICAGO
July 11–July 14 Dance Lesson: 6–7 p.m. Music & Dancing: 7–9 p.m. July 15 Dance Lesson: 4–5 p.m. Music & Dancing: 5–7 p.m.
FULL SCHEDULE (BAND/DJ is listed first with the DANCE STUDIO/INSTRUCTOR(S) listed underneath)
SUMMERDANCE AT THE SPIRIT OF MUSIC GARDEN Thursday, June 28 - BRAZILIAN SAMBA Swing Brasileiro (Samba) Passistas Samba Dance Group (Samba, Axé, Samba-reggae)
Friday, June 29 - SWING Joel Paterson & The Modern Sounds (30s & 40s Swing) Big City Swing (East Coast Swing)
Saturday, June 30 - SALSA Son Veteranos (Salsa) Dance Academy of Salsa (Salsa)
Sunday, July 1 - ARGENTINE TANGO Duo Scofano-Minetti (Argentine Tango) Tango 21 (Argentine Tango)
SUMMERDANCE AT THE SPIRIT OF MUSIC GARDEN Thursday, July 5 - DABKE Ahmed Hamad and Turath Ensemble present: Dabke is Life Ahmed Hamad (Palestinian Traditional Dances)
Friday, July 6 – HOUSE (6-9 p.m. – no break) DJ Jesse de la Peña
Saturday, July 7 - SWING The Fat Babies (‘20s & 30s Jazz and Swing) Margot Toppen & Riley Wimes, Jr. (Jitterbug)
Sunday, July 8 - ARGENTINE TANGO Mariano Barreriro Tango Duo (Argentine Tango) Tango 21 (Argentine Tango)
CHICAGO SUMMERDANCE IN THE PARKS Wednesday, July 11 - CUMBIA Ping Tom Memorial Park (((Sonorama))) DJ Collective (Cumbia) Latin Rhythms (Cumbia)
TASTE OF CHICAGO - BUCKINGHAM FOUNTAIN Wednesday, July 11 - STEPPIN’ DJ Eric “ET” Taylor (Chicago Steppin’) Majestic Gents (Chicago Steppin’)
TASTE OF CHICAGO - BUCKINGHAM FOUNTAIN Thursday, July 12 - CAJUN Les Rôdailleurs (Cajun) Louie Stallone & Monica Vachlon (Cajun)
TASTE OF CHICAGO - BUCKINGHAM FOUNTAIN Friday, July 13 - HOUSE Queens of House Music
TASTE OF CHICAGO - BUCKINGHAM FOUNTAIN Saturday, July 14 - CUMBIA Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto (Cumbia) Tierra Colombiana Folkloric Dance Company (Cumbia)
TASTE OF CHICAGO - BUCKINGHAM FOUNTAIN Sunday, July 15 - SALSA Luis Palermo & The Brasa All Stars (Salsa) Latin Street Dance (Salsa)
CHICAGO SUMMERDANCE IN THE PARKS Wednesday, July 18 - SALSA & MAMBO Humboldt Park Boathouse Afinca’o (Salsa, Mambo) Denita Inez (Salsa, Mambo)
SUMMERDANCE AT THE SPIRIT OF MUSIC GARDEN Thursday, July 19 - AFROBEAT Alma Afrobeat Ensemble (Afrobeat from Barcelona) Idy Ciss (Traditional West African Dance)
Friday, July 20 - STEPPIN’ & KIZOMBA DJ Eclipse (Steppin’ & Kizomba) Black Diamond Elite Steppers (Steppin’ & Kizomba)
Saturday, July 21 - SALSA Juan Pablo Díaz y su Orquesta (Salsa) Latin Rhythms (Salsa)
Sunday, July 22 - ROMANIAN FOLK MUSIC & DANCES Lorenzo Feraru and his Gypsy Band (Romanian Folk Music) Ethnic Dance Chicago (Eastern European & Balkan Folk Dances)
CHICAGO SUMMERDANCE IN THE PARKS SUMMERDANCE DANCE DOWNS IN THE PARK Saturday, July 21 Hamilton Park Cultural Center 2–5 p.m.
CHICAGO SUMMERDANCE IN THE PARKS Wednesday, July 25 - MOTOWN & R&B Jackson Park Grove 6b Lynne Jordan & The Shivers (Motown & R&B) Dawud and Lura Shareef (Chicago Bop)
SUMMERDANCE AT THE SPIRIT OF MUSIC GARDEN Thursday, July 26 - AFRICAN HIGHLIFE & SOUKOUS Occidental Brothers Dance Band Int'l (African Highlife, Soukous) Kimosha P. Murphy (African Expressions)
Friday, July 27 - BLUES, WEST COAST SWING & HUSTLE The Cash Box Kings (Chicago Blues) May I Have This Dance (West Coast Swing & Hustle)
Saturday, July 28 - STEPPIN’ DJ Mellow Khris (Chicago Steppin’) Dawud and Lura Shareef (Chicago Steppin’)
Sunday, July 29 - SWING Sons of Susan (Jazz, Blues, Swing, Western Swing & Hokum) Kasper Dance Studio (Swing, Jive)
CHICAGO SUMMERDANCE IN THE PARKS Wednesday, August 1 - FOLK DANCES & MUSIC FROM INDIA Willye B. White Park Ishti presents Pulse of India: An Evening of Folk Dance & Music Ishti Dance (Bhangra and Giddha of Punjab, Raas-Garba of Gujarat, Kalbelia and Ghoomar of Rajasthan, Sambalpuri from Odisha)
August 2 - 5 No Summerdance programming in the Spirit of Music Garden due to Lollapalooza.
CHICAGO SUMMERDANCE IN THE PARKS Wednesday, Aug 8 - SALSA Portage Park Carpacho y Su Super Combo (Colombia, Salsa) Denita Inez (Salsa, Cha-cha)
SUMMERDANCE AT THE SPIRIT OF MUSIC GARDEN Thursday, August 9 - BOMBA Bomba con Buya (Bomba) Ivelisse Diaz with La Escuelita Bombera de Corazon (Bomba)
Friday, August 10 – HOUSE (6-9 p.m. – no break) Forever Monna
Saturday, August 11 - BACHATA El Caobo Internacional (Bachata DJ Set) Stephanie “La Lobita” Wolfson (Bachata)
Sunday, August 12 - COUNTRY The Hoyle Brothers (Honky-Tonk Country) Jeffrey Cannon (Country Two-Step)
CHICAGO SUMMERDANCE IN THE PARKS Wednesday, August 15 - STEPPIN’ Jackson Park Grove 6b National Steppers Society (Chicago Steppin’) Ken Watkins (Chicago Steppin’)
SUMMERDANCE AT THE SPIRIT OF MUSIC GARDEN Thursday, August 16 - WORLD MUSIC & BOLLYWOOD Funkadesi (Bollywood, Bhangra, Reggae & Funk) Bollywood Groove (Bollywood)
Friday, August 17 - CONTRA & SQUARE DANCE Golden Horse Ranch Band (Country & Square Dance) Annie Coleman (Square and Contra Dancing, Line Dancing, Polka, Waltz)
Saturday, August 18 - SALSA & MAMBO Mannix Martinez: A Tribute to the Legends featuring Yvonne Curet & Jeffrey Martinez (Salsa) Mixed Motion Art (Mambo)
Sunday, August 19 - BALLROOM Teddy Lee Orchestra (Ballroom) Fred Astaire Dance Studio - West Loop (Waltz, Bolero)
CHICAGO SUMMERDANCE IN THE PARKS SUMMERDANCE DOWN Saturday, August 18 Austin Town Hall Park 2–5 p.m.
CHICAGO SUMMERDANCE IN THE PARKS Wednesday, August 22 - SALSA, MAMBO & CHA-CHA Humboldt Park Boathouse Agúzate DJ Crew (Vintage Salsa DJ Set) Dance Academy of Salsa (Mambo & Cha-cha)
SUMMERDANCE AT THE SPIRIT OF MUSIC GARDEN Thursday, August 23 - ARGENTINE TANGO Redwood Tango Trio (Argentine Tango) American Tango Institute (Argentine Tango)
Friday, August 24 - SALSA, MAMBO & CHA-CHA Charanga Tropical (Salsa with Strings) Arthur Murray Dance Center (Salsa)
SUMMERDANCE CELEBRATION Millennium Park Saturday, August 25 12–9 p.m. Highlights include Chicago-based dance groups presenting debut performances of original work at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Along with lessons and dancing at the Dance Village at Wrigley Square, DJs and Footwork DanceDown at Cloud Gate, dancing on the Great Lawn and much more. Full schedule will be released in June.
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