Chicago SummerDance 2015 Complete Schedule

Get out your dancing shoes! The returns for its 19th year to ’s Spirit of Music Garden (601 South Michigan Avenue). From June 26 through September 13 you can learn how to dance with lessons and live music on Friday 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.

This year they're adding SummerDance in the Parks. Five neighborhood parks are hosting the popular series on Thursdays from July 7 through September 3.

As always, SummerDance is free to attend. Just show up and get your groove on!

Dance lessons begin at 6pm on 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.

Chicago SummerDance Schedule


Friday, June 26
Mambo Express (Latin Big Band Mambo)
Mixed Motion Art (Mambo, Cha-Cha)

Saturday, June 27
DJ Herb Kent (Chicago Steppin’)
Majestic Gents (Chicago Steppin')

Sunday, June 28
Steve Anthony Orchestra (Ballroom)
Kasper Dance Studio (Cha-Cha)


Friday, July 3
DJ Eric “ET” Taylor (Chicago Steppin’)
Dawud and Lura Shareef (Chicago Steppin’)

Saturday, July 4
Naborí (Salsa)
Dance Academy of Salsa (Mambo, Cha-Cha)

Sunday, July 5
Redwood Tango Ensemble (Modern, Piazzolla
and Nuevo Tango from San Francisco)
American Tango Institute (Argentine Tango)

Friday, July 10
*Marshall Jefferson, 6 – 9 p.m.

Saturday, July 11
Plena Libre (Puerto Rican Plena and Bomba)
AfriCaribe (Plena and Bomba)

Sunday, July 12
Tangata Ensemble (Tango & Milonga)
Tango 21 (Argentine Tango)

Friday, July 17
*DJ Pierre & PHUTURE, 6 – 9 p.m.

Saturday, July 18
Papo Santiago y Orquesta Infraverde (Afro-Caribbean, Latin Jazz and Salsa)
Chicago Dance (Salsa)

Sunday, July 19
Golden Horse Ranch Band
(Country and Square Dance)
Annie Coleman (Square & Contra Dancing, Line Dancing, Polka, Waltz)

Friday, July 24
Joel Paterson and the Modern Sounds
(‘30s and ‘40s Swing)
Dance Center Chicago (East Coast Swing)

Saturday, July 25
La Dynastia Freddy Kenton, Jr. y Su Orquesta (Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Reggaeton)
Latin Street Dance Academy (Bachata, Merengue)

Sunday, July 26
DJ Lawrence Peters (Country)
The Galaxie (Country Line Dancing)


Friday, August 7
Sons of Susan
(Jazz, Blues, Swing, Western Swing and Hokum)
Big City Swing (‘20s Charleston )

Saturday, August 8
Afinca’o (Salsa, Mambo)
May I Have This Dance (Salsa, Cha-Cha)

Sunday, August 9
Megitza (Polish and Carpathian Folk Music)
Ethnic Dance Chicago (Polish, Carpathian Basin and Romani folk dances)

Friday, August 14
The Fat Babies (‘20s and ‘30s Jazz and Swing)
Big City Swing (East Coast Swing)

Saturday, August 15
Orquesta Charangueo (Afro-Cuban Jazz, Chachachá, Cuban Son and Mambo)
Arthur Murray Dance Center (Salsa)

Sunday, August 16
Weepin’ Willows (Patsy Cline Cover Band)
Jeffrey Cannon and Nicolle Wood
(Country Two-Step, Western Swing)

Friday, August 21
Salonathon:  Smooth Moves with Jyldo

Saturday, August 22
*Derrick Carter, 6 – 9 p.m.

Sunday, August 23
Steve Cooper Orchestra (Ballroom)
Fred Astaire Dance Studio (Rumba, Bolero)

Friday, August 28
Fabulous Ladies of Fitness –
Retro Cardio Dance Party

Saturday, August 29
Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater
40th Anniversary Celebration with guest Flamenco musicians
La Tiranta y El Chiriboga
(Rumba, Nuevo Flamenco)
Irma Suárez Ruíz of Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater (Flamenco Rumba)

Sunday, August 30
Teddy Lee Orchestra (Ballroom)
Tommye Giacchino (Waltz and Fox-Trot)


Friday, September 4
Lake Shore Syncopators (Prohibition Jazz)
Margot Toppen and Riley Wimes, Jr. (Jitterbug)

Saturday, September 5
Los Vicios de Papá Sound System (Cumbia, Ska, Reggae, Punk, Rock en Español)
Latin Rhythms - Academy of Dance and Performance (Cumbia)

Sunday, September 6
Cajun Vagabonds (Cajun)
Louie Stallone and Monica Vachlon
(Cajun Two-Step & Waltz)

Friday, September 11
Planeta Azul
(Forró, Batucada, Musica Popular Brasileira)
Passistas Samba Dance Group
(Samba, Axé, Samba-reggae, Dança toada)

Saturday, September 12
Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta
(Pan-Latin American Cumbia)
Latin Rhythms - Academy of Dance and Performance (Cumbia)

Sunday, September 13
DJ Sunny Singh (Bollywood)
Kalapriya Artist & Dancer, Komal Shah (Bollywood)

*DJ Series in conjunction with Move Your Body: The Evolution of House Music at the Chicago Cultural Center

Chicago SummerDance In The Parks Schedule

Thursday, July 9
Humboldt Park Boathouse (1400 N Sacramento)
Plena Libre (Puerto Rican and Bomba)
AfriCaribe (Plena and Bomba)

Thursday, July 16
Austin Town Hall (5610 W Lake St)
National Steppers Society (Chicago Steppin’)
Ken Watkins (Chicago Steppin’)

Thursday, July 23
Ping Tom Memorial Park (300 W 19th St)
Petra van Nuis Quintet
(‘20s, 30s, and ‘40s Classic Swing
Dancing with Class (East Coast Swing)

Thursday, July 30
Washington Park Refectory (5531 S. Russell Dr)
DJ Calvin (Chicago Steppin’)
Majestic Gents (Chicago Steppin’)

Thursday, August 6
Portage Park (4100 N Long Ave)
Carparcho y Su Super Combo (Salsa)
May I Have This Dance (Salsa)

Thursday, August 13
Humboldt Park Boathouse (1400 N Sacramento)
Rica Obsesion (Salsa)
Dance Academy of Salsa (Salsa)

Thursday, August 20
Austin Town Hall (5610 W Lake St)
DJ Dwight Burr (Salsa, Bachata and Tropical Rhythms)
Latin Street Dance Academy (Salsa, Bachata)

Thursday, August 27
Washington Park Refectory (5531 S. Russell Dr)
DJ Mellow Khris (Chicago Steppin’)
Dawud and Lura Shareef (Chicago Steppin’)

Thursday, September 3
Ping Tom Memorial Park (300 W 19th St)
El Caobo
(Latin DJ – Salsa, Mambo, and Bachata)
Dance Academy of Salsa
(Salsa, Mambo, Cha-Cha)

Grant Park
Columbus & Balbo, Chicago, IL
Proudly referred to as Chicago's "front yard," Grant Park is a public park, 319 acres located in Chicago’s central business district in the Loop Community area.

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