May 9, 2019

23rd Annual Chicago Summerdance Brings Communities Together to Swing, Cha-Cha, Salsa, Footwork, House and More, June 26–August 24, for Free in Grant Park, Millennium Park and Neighborhood Parks Throughout the City

Mary May    mary.may@cityofchicago.org, 312.744.0576

Christine Carrino    christine.carrino@cityofchicago.org, 312.744.0573

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The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Event is pleased to announce the lineup for the 23rd Annual Chicago SummerDance, the largest annual outdoor live music and dancing series in the United States. Dancers of all ages and experience levels are invited to the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park, Taste of Chicago, Millennium Park and Chicago Park District locations throughout the city for Chicago’s premier dance festival. The diverse lineup showcases various traditional and modern dance styles from all corners of the globe and brings communities together in a unique, urban dance space all summer long.

The official start of Chicago SummerDance on Wednesday, June 26, will celebrate the Year of Chicago Theatre with square dances, polkas, waltzes, contra and swing at Theater on the Lake (2401 N. Lakeshore Dr.). The old-fashioned barn dance will feature live music from the Golden Horse Ranch Band and instruction by third-generation caller Annie Coleman.

The final weekend will culminate at the SummerDance Celebration in Millennium Park on Saturday, August 24, featuring a full day of social dancing and performances from 1 to 8pm throughout the park. Highlights include: the Wrigley Square Dance Village, participatory dancing on the Great Lawn and at Cloud Gate, professional dance performances at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion and much more. A full schedule will be announced in a June.

The Chicago SummerDance series offers free, introductory one-hour dance lessons by professional instructors followed by live music and dancing in Grant Park on Thursdays, Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 to 9:30pm and Sunday afternoons from 4 to 7pm, on most dates between June 27 and August 23 (schedule below). The long-time home of the event in Grant Park’s Spirit of Music Garden (601 S. Michigan Ave.) features a 4,900-square-foot, open-air dance floor designed by Chicago artist Dan Peterman and made of 100% recycled material. It is part of the City of Chicago’s public art collection.

SummerDance will move to Buckingham Fountain Plaza during Taste of Chicago, happening Wednesday, July 10, through Sunday, July 14, from 5:30 to 8:30pm. Dances and music highlights include: Steppin’ with DJ Calvin, Motown with Lynne Jordan & The Shivers, Salsa with Willito Otero y su Orquesta, House with DJ Chip E. and Country Two-step with The Lawrence Peters Outfit.

SummerDance in the Parks, happening Wednesdays, June 26–August 21, will feature dancing at seven different neighborhood parks throughout the city including Douglas Park, Humboldt Park Boathouse, Jackson Park Grove 6B, Ping Tom Memorial Park, Portage Park, Theater on the Lake and Willye B. White Park. Unless otherwise noted, the free dance lessons begin at 6 p.m., with live music and dancing from 7 to 9pm. SummerDance in the Parks is presented as part of an ongoing collaboration between the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Chicago Park District.

SummerDance Downs in the Park will return to Chicago Park District locations this summer, co-presented with Open the Circle. Dance downs showcase black youth dance groups from across the city. Today's dance groups are famous for their performances at the Bud Billiken Parade and other parades across the city and beyond. Several groups travel nationally to perform, winning awards and recognition from television programs like Bring It!, while instilling community, leadership and self-confidence in Chicago youth. Dance Downs in the Park are organized in partnership with leading companies The Era Footwork Crew, Empiire and Bringing Out Talent. Music is provided by "the youngest in charge" DJ Corey and his father DJ Clent, godfather of footwork music and juke in Chicago. SummerDance will feature three Dance Downs at Hamilton Park Cultural Center on Saturday, July 27, Austin Town Hall Park on Saturday, August 17, and at Cloud Gate in Millennium Park on Saturday, September 21, at YAS! Fest, a celebration of Chicago’s creative youth.

Presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and sponsored by the Chicago Transit Authority, SummerDance brings people of all ages and experience levels together. Admission to all programs is free.

Updates and announcements (including weather-related announcements) will be shared on Facebook and on Twitter @SummerDanceChi, #ChicagoSummerDance. For more information, visit chicagosummerdance.org or call the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events at 312.744.3316.

 

2019 Chicago SummerDance Schedule

Includes Chicago SummerDance, SummerDance in the Parks, Dance–Downs,

Taste of Chicago and SummerDance Celebration

Admission to All Programs is FREE

Schedule is Subject to Change

 

SummerDance at Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

Thursdays–Saturdays

Dance Lesson: 6–7pm

Music & Dancing: 7:30–9:30pm

 

Sundays

Dance Lesson: 4–5pm

Music & Dancing: 5–7pm

 

SummerDance in the Parks

Citywide Chicago Park District locations

Wednesdays

Dance Lesson: 6–7pm

Music & Dancing: 7–9pm

 

SummerDance at the Taste of Chicago

Buckingham Fountain, 301 S. Columbus Dr.

July 10–July 14

Dance Lesson: 5:30–6:30pm

Music & Dancing: 6:30–8:30pm


Dance Downs in the Park

Saturday, July 27, 2–5pm

Hamilton Park Cultural Center

513 W. 72nd St.

Saturday, August 17, 2–5pm

Austin Town Hall Park

5610 W. Lake St.


SummerDance Celebration

Saturday, August 24, 1–8pm

Millennium Park

201 E. Randolph St.

Full Schedule

(Band/DJ is listed first with the Dance Studio/Instructor(s) listed underneath)

 

June

Wednesday, June 26, 6–9pm

SummerDance in the Parks

Theater on the Lake, 2401 N. Lakeshore Dr.

Contra & Square Dance

SummerDance celebrates the Year of Chicago Theatre with Theater on the Lake

  • Golden Horse Ranch Band (Contra & Square Dance)
  • Annie Coleman (Square & Contra Dancing, Line Dancing, Polka, Waltz)

 

Thursday, June 27, 6–9:30pm

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

Swing

  • The Flat Cats (Jump Blues, Swing)
  • May I Have This Dance (Swing, Jitterbug)   

 

Friday, June 28, 6–9pm

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

House

  • EXCURSIONS: DJs Cordell Johnson & James “JV” Vincent (House DJ set)

 

Saturday, June 29, 6–9:30pm

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

Salsa

  • Charangueo  (Salsa)
  • Andres Meneses from Latin Street (Salsa)

 

Sunday, June 30, 4–7pm

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

Folk Dances & Music from India

  • Ishti presents Pulse of India: An Evening of Folk Dance and Music
  • Ishti Dance (Bhangra, Raas-Garba, Kalbelia, Ghoomar, Sambalpuri)

 

July

Wednesday, July 3, 6–9pm

SummerDance in the Parks

Portage Park, 4100 N. Long Ave.

Salsa, Cha-Cha & Merengue

  • Yambeque (Salsa, Cha-cha, Latin Jazz)
  • Latin Rhythms (Salsa, Cha-cha)

 

Thursday, July 4, 6–9:30pm

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

Zydeco

  • Terrance Simien and The Zydeco Experience (Zydeco)
  • Buddy Bates and Susan Kaufman (Zydeco Two-step)

 

Friday, July 5, 6–9:30pm

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

Salsa

  • Afinca'o (Salsa, Mambo)
  • Mixed Motion Art Dance Academy (Salsa)

 

Saturday, July 6, 6–9:30pm

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

Cumbia

  • Son Monarcas (Cumbia, Son)
  • Latin Rhythms (Cumbia)

 

Sunday, July 7, 4–7pm

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

Eastern European Folk Dancing

  • Dardania (Albanian Folk Music)
  • Altin Naska (Balkan & Eastern European Folk Dances)

 

Wednesday, July 10, 5:30–8:30pm

SummerDance at Taste of Chicago

Buckingham Fountain, 301 S. Columbus Dr.

Steppin'

  • DJ Calvin (Chicago Steppin')
  • Majestic Gents (Chicago Steppin')

 

Thursday, July 11, 5:30–8:30pm

SummerDance at Taste of Chicago

Buckingham Fountain, 301 S. Columbus Dr.

Motown & R&B

  • Lynne Jordan & The Shivers (Motown & R&B)
  • Dawud and Lura Shareef  (Chicago Bop)

 

Friday, July 12, 5:30–8:30pm

SummerDance at Taste of Chicago

Buckingham Fountain, 301 S. Columbus Dr.

Salsa

  • Willito Otero y su Orquesta (Salsa)
  • Dance Academy of Salsa (Salsa)    

 

Saturday, July 13, 5:30–8:30pm

SummerDance at Taste of Chicago

Buckingham Fountain, 301 S. Columbus Dr.

House

  • DJ Chip E. (House DJ set)    

 

Sunday, July 14, 5:30–8:30pm

SummerDance at Taste of Chicago

Buckingham Fountain, 301 S. Columbus Dr.

Country

  • The Lawrence Peters Outfit (Honky-tonk Country)
  • Jeffrey Cannon (Country Two-step, Waltz)

 

Wednesday, July 17, 6–9pm

SummerDance in the Parks

Humboldt Park Boathouse, 1301 N. Sacramento Ave.

Bomba

  • Leró Martínez and Bomba con Buya (Bomba)
  • La Escuelita Bombera de Corazón at SRBCC (Bomba)

 

Thursday, July 18, 6–9:30pm

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

Swing

  • Outcast Jazz Band (Big Band Swing)
  • Big City Swing (East Coast Swing)

 

Friday, July 19, 6–9:30pm

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

Salsa

  • Angel d’Cuba (Salsa)
  • Denita Inez & Desueño Dance (Salsa)

 

Saturday, July 20, 6–9:30pm

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

Brazilian Samba

  • Casuarina (Samba)
  • Edilson Lima (Samba)

 

Sunday, July 21, 4–7pm

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

Ballroom

  • Teddy Lee Orchestra (Ballroom)
  • Arthur Murray Dance Center (Foxtrot, Rhumba)

 

Wednesday, July 24, 6–9pm

SummerDance in the Parks

Jackson Park Grove 6B, 1700 Columbia Dr.

Steppin'

  • DJ Eric "ET" Taylor (Chicago Steppin')
  • Black Diamond Elite Steppers (Chicago Steppin')

 

Thursday, July 25, 6–9:30pm

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

Cumbia

  • (((Sonorama))) DJ Collective (Cumbia)
  • Latin Rhythms (Cumbia)      

 

Friday, July 26, 6–9pm

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

House (6–9pm)

  • DJ Duane Powell (House DJ set)

 

Saturday, July 27, 2–5pm

SummerDance Downs in the Park

Hamilton Park Cultural Center, 513 W. 72nd St.

 

Saturday, July 27, 6–9:30pm

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

Argentine Tango

  • Tango 21 presents: An Evening of Tango Dance and Theatre
  • Tango 21 (Tango)

 

Sunday, July 28, 4–7pm

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

Bachata

  • Reverie DJs Papi & Just Jacob (Bachata DJ set)
  • Jonathan Rivera from Latin Street (Bachata)

 

Wednesday, July 31, 6–9pm

SummerDance in the Parks

Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento Ave.

Salsa

  • DJ El Caobo Internacional (Salsa DJ set)
  • Denita Inez & Desueño Dance (Salsa)

 

August

Wednesday, August 7, 6–9pm

SummerDance in the Parks

Willye B. White Park, 1610 Howard St.

Kizomba& Brazilian Zouk

  • Kizomba Chicago (DJ set)
  • Kizomba Chicago (Kizomba) and Urbanity Dance Chicago (Brazilian Zouk)

 

Friday, August 9, 6–9:30pm

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

Ballroom

  • May I Have This Dance presents Ballroom and More! (DJ set)
  • May I Have This Dance (Waltz, Tango)

 

Saturday, August 10, 6–9:30pm

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

Blues

  • The Cash Box Kings (Chicago Blues)
  • May I Have This Dance (West Coast Swing, Hustle)

 

Sunday, August 11, 4–7pm

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

Salsa

  • Carpacho y su Super Combo (Salsa)
  • Dance Academy of Salsa (Salsa, Cha-cha)

 

Wednesday, August 14, 6–9pm

SummerDance in the Parks

Jackson Park Grove 6B, 1700 Columbia Dr.

Swing

  • Petra van Nuis Quintet (‘20s, ‘30s & ‘40s Classic Swing )
  • Louie Stallone (East Coast Swing)

 

Friday, August 16, 6–9:30pm

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

Blues

  • Morry Sochat and The Special 20s (Chicago Blues with Swing & Rock-n-Roll)
  • Big City Blues (Blues Dance)

 

Saturday, August 17, 2–5pm

SummerDance Downs in the Park

Austin Town Hall Park, 5610 W. Lake St.

 

Saturday, August 17, 6–9:30pm

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

Steppin'

  • National Steppers Society (Chicago Steppin')
  • Ken Watkins (Chicago Steppin')

 

Sunday, August 18, 4–7pm

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

Flamenco

  • Clinard Dance's Flamenco Quartet Project (Flamenco)
  • Wendy Clinard (Flamenco)

 

Wednesday, August 21, 6–9pm

SummerDance in the Parks

Ping Tom Memorial Park, 1700 S. Wentworth Ave.

Salsa

  • Agúzate DJ Crew (Vintage Salsa DJ set)
  • Chicago Dance (Salsa)         

 

Friday, August 23, 6–9pm

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

House

  • Dee Jay Alicia (House DJ set)

 

Saturday, August 24, 1–8pm

SummerDance Celebration–The Grand Finale!

Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St.

A full day of participatory and professional dancing throughout Millennium Park on the Great Lawn, Cloud Gate, Wrigley Square and the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. The full schedule will be announced in June.

 

2019 Year of Chicago Theatre

The City of Chicago and the League of Chicago Theatres have designated 2019 as the ‘Year of Chicago Theatre.’ This citywide, year-long focus on theatre is the first of its kind in the U.S. The initiative includes performances and special events throughout the city – including theatre-themed events in all 77 community areas, as part of the Chicago Park District’s ‘Night Out in the Parks’ series. The City of Chicago and its partners will also launch a marketing campaign; provide additional financial grants to theatre projects; encourage dialog around inclusion and equity; and call on civic, philanthropic, arts and business leaders to support the theatre community. To truly fall in love with Chicago, you must go to our theatres. This is where the city bares its fearless soul. From Broadway musicals to storefront plays and improv, there’s a seat waiting for you at one of our 200+ theatres. Book your next show today at ChicagoPlays.com.

 

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

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. For more information, visit cityofchicago.org/dcase.

 

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