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Thursdays, July 9 – September 3, 2015
Five Neighborhood Parks Throughout the City
The largest annual outdoor live music and dance series in the United States Chicago SummerDance invites fanciful feet to flock to the Spirit of Music Garden as it blossoms into a unique, urban dance space all summer long. With interactive dance lessons spanning diverse genres of dance, a dynamic DJ series celebrating house music, and the kick-off of the World Music Festival Chicago 2015, the line-up includes something for everybody to enjoy. Chicago SummerDance takes place in Grant Park’s Spirit of Music Garden (601 South Michigan Avenue) Friday and Saturday evenings, from 6 to 9:30pm and Sunday afternoon from 4 to 7pm between June 26 and September 13.
Presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), SummerDance brings people of all ages and skill levels together on a 4,900-square-foot, open-air dance floor made of 100% recycled material. The series offers free, introductory one-hour dance lessons by professional instructors followed by music and dancing. The diverse lineup showcases various traditional and modern dance styles from all corners of the globe.
SummerDance highlights include legendary radio personality DJ Herb Kent on Saturday, June 27 who will be spinning Chicago Steppin’ sets. On Friday, August 21, the popular Chicago underground art series Salonathon: Smooth Moves with Jyldo leads an interactive dance session featuring smooth moves and soft grooves for all ages, while DJ Danny LeRoy provides a creamy soundtrack of soft rock, smooth jamz, Hip-Hop and R&B classics. On Friday, August 28, the Fabulous Ladies of Fitness host a Retro Cardio Dance Party. Dancers will be led through a comedic cardio dance routine to a blend of ’70s lite rock, ’80s and ’90s R&B/Hip-Hop and hits of the last decade.
Additionally, throughout the summer, a DJ series will be presented in conjunction with the Move Your Body: The Evolution of House Music exhibition on view at the Chicago Cultural Center through August 16. Marshall Jefferson will appear at SummerDance on July 19, DJ Pierre and PHUTURE on July 17 and Derrick Carter on August 22.
The weekend of September 11-13, Chicago SummerDance kicks-off the World Music Festival Chicago 2015 with a lineup that includes a performance of Bollywood Dhamaka! presented by the Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts. Inspired by the Big Indian Wedding, Komal Shah teaches Bollywood moves to music provided by DJ Sunny Singh. These events will follow the Chicago SummerDance format with dance lessons and music. The World Music Festival runs Friday, September 11 – Sunday, September 22. The complete schedule will be available at a later date at worldmusicfestivalchicago.org.
Chicagoans can also enjoy SummerDance in the Parks every Thursday, July 9 – September 3, presented at five different neighborhood parks throughout the city including the Humboldt Park Boathouse and Washington Park Refectory. SummerDance in the Parks is presented as part of an ongoing collaboration between the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Chicago Park District. Arts programming in the city’s neighborhoods advances the goals of the Chicago Cultural Plan and the Night Out in the Parks initiative. For more information about these initiatives, visit nightoutintheparks.com and chicagoculturalplan.org.
Updates and announcements (including weather-related announcements) will be shared on Facebook and on Twitter @SummerDanceChi. For more information, visit chicagosummerdance.org or call the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events at 312.744.3316.
Chicago SummerDance Schedule
Except where noted, Chicago SummerDance takes place each Friday and Saturday evening – dance lessons begin at 6pm with live music and dancing from 7:30pm to 9:30pm; and every Sunday afternoon – dance lessons begin at 4pm with live music from 5pm to 7pm. Below is the complete 2015 schedule.
|Friday, June 26
Mambo Express (Latin Big Band Mambo)
Mixed Motion Art (Mambo, Cha-Cha)
Saturday, June 27
Sunday, June 28
Friday, July 3
Saturday, July 4
Sunday, July 5
Friday, July 10
Saturday, July 11
Sunday, July 12
Friday, July 17
Saturday, July 18
Sunday, July 19
Friday, July 24
Saturday, July 25
Sunday, July 26
Friday, August 7
Saturday, August 8
Sunday, August 9
|Friday, August 14
The Fat Babies (‘20s and ‘30s Jazz and Swing)
Big City Swing (East Coast Swing)
Saturday, August 15
Sunday, August 16
Friday, August 21
Saturday, August 22
Sunday, August 23
Friday, August 28
Saturday, August 29
Sunday, August 30
Friday, September 4
Saturday, September 5
Sunday, September 6
Friday, September 11
Saturday, September 12
Sunday, September 13
*DJ Series in conjunction with Move Your Body: The Evolution of House Music at the Chicago Cultural Center
SummerDance in the Parks Schedule
Every Thursday, July 9 – September 3, the Chicago Park District hosts free SummerDance in the Parks at five neighborhood parks throughout the city. Dance lessons begin at 6pm, with live music and dancing from 7 to 9pm. Below is the complete 2015 schedule.
|Thursday, July 9
Humboldt Park Boathouse
Plena Libre (Puerto Rican and Bomba)
AfriCaribe (Plena and Bomba)
Thursday, July 16
Thursday, July 23
Thursday, August 20
|Thursday, July 30
Washington Park Refectory
DJ Calvin (Chicago Steppin’)
Majestic Gents (Chicago Steppin’)
Thursday, August 6
Thursday, August 13
Thursday, August 27
Thursday, September 3
Chicago SummerDance is presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Additional support provided by the Chicago Park District, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Police Department – 1st District, 42nd Ward Aldermanic Office, Ald. Brendan Reilly, Chicago Department of Transportation and the Department of Fleet and Facility Management.
Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park
The Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park was developed and landscaped especially for Chicago SummerDance and received a Gold Award from the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association. The Chicago Park District worked with Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Department of General Services and the Mayor's Office of Special Events to create a garden that fulfilled program needs as well as a destination garden. Using a combination of annuals and perennials to create the spectacular splash of color throughout the summer, the garden’s layout incorporates a geometric design that pulls the visitor into the center of the garden. Classic-looking wooden umbrellas, tables, and chairs circle the center of the garden, allowing visitors to sit and enjoy their surroundings. A variety of food and drinks are available for purchase at the SummerDance Grill. Outside alcohol is strictly prohibited at all Summer Dance events.
Chicago SummerDance Dance Floor
The open-air dance floor for Chicago SummerDance was designed by Chicago artist Dan Peterman out of recycled plastic. Titled Chicago Ground Cover, the floor was first installed in 1997 at the original Chicago SummerDance site in Grant Park along Michigan Avenue at Washington Street (now Millennium Park). Originally 2,500 square feet, it was first expanded to 3,500 square feet in 1999, and was then expanded to 4,600 square feet in 2008. In 2011, it was renovated and further expanded to 4,900 square-feet to accommodate the increasing number of SummerDance visitors.
Chicago SummerDance is presented as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks series, supported by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Arts programming in neighborhoods across the city advances the goals of the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Cultural Plan. Now in its third year, the 2015 Night Out in the Parks series will host more than 1,000 events and programs at more than 250 neighborhood parks throughout the city, making community parks safe havens and hubs of activity. Projects will vary from traditional performances and concerts, to movies, peace rallies, community workshops, nature based programs, dance pieces, festivals, and more. The Chicago Park District has partnered with more than 80 arts and community organizations to expand and produce this successful initiative.
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.
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