Chicago SummerDance Complete Schedule

Chicago SummerDance
Friday, May 4, 2018 - 7:18am

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)

 

JUNE/JULY

 

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)

 

AUGUST

 

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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