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CHICAGO, IL — Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) today announced the full lineup for “SummerDance in Place,” a new citywide, at-home version of the summertime tradition, Chicago SummerDance. Presented by DCASE with the Chicago Park District, the reimagined series is filmed in Millennium Park and at Chicago Park district locations, featuring skyline views and iconic imagery that residents have been missing. Chicagoans are encouraged to plan smaller, socially-distant dance parties in their homes and backyards, on front porches and elsewhere with up to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors — and connect via the broadcast or social media.
Following the traditional SummerDance model, each program will start with a 30-minute dance lesson, followed by 60 minutes of music performed by local artists. Dance and music styles include House, salsa, swing, Bollywood and more every Wednesday in July at 5:30pm. There will be a special Fourth of July edition on Saturday, July 4 at 5pm at youtube.com/ChicagoDCASE.
On July 8, 16, 23 & 30, media partner WTTW will expand access to the program by airing and streaming the same “SummerDance in Place” dance lessons and music on WTTW Prime (11.2), also at 5:30–7pm.
“For more than 20 years, the joy of Chicago SummerDance has united residents and visitors alike — both professional and citizen dancers — to celebrate a diverse range of dance and music styles,” said Mark Kelly, Commissioner of DCASE. “Of course, things are different this summer, but we’re finding new ways to kick up our heels and get our groove on virtually — and in small groups — while prioritizing health and safety.”
The special edition of “SummerDance in Place” on July 4 at 5pm is part of the City of Chicago’s Fourth of July programming. Signature events to celebrate Independence Day also include the Virtual Chosen Few Picnic & House Music Festival (12–9pm at chosenfewdjs.com) and the Grant Park Music Festival’s virtual Independence Day Salute (6:30–7:30pm, gpmf.org). These free special events are presented by the City of Chicago and its partners in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
“SummerDance in Place” is produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in collaboration with the Chicago Park District. Additional support was provided by the Millennium Park Foundation, WTTW and Chicago Transit Authority.
For more information, visit ChicagoSummerDance.org and join the conversation on social media using #ChicagoSummerDance.
Like many other cultural presenters, the City of Chicago and DCASE made the difficult decision to cancel the Chicago SummerDance programs that take place in Grant Park and other Chicago Park District locations out of an abundance of caution related to large public gatherings. Chicago will move into Phase 4 – ‘Gradually Resume’ – of its Protecting Chicago plan on Friday, June 26, allowing for additional businesses and public amenities to open with limited capacities and appropriate safeguards. Although progress has been made in order to move to Phase 4, all residents should continue to abide by important guidance including: physically distancing and wearing a face covering; limiting non-business, social gatherings to 50 persons for indoor events and 100 for outdoors; staying at home if you are considered vulnerable, feel ill or have come into contact with someone with COVID-19; and getting tested if you have symptoms. For more information and updates on the City’s response to COVID-19, text COVID19 to 78015, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit chicago.gov/coronavirus.
Wednesday, July 1, 5:30–7pm
Music: DJ Deeon
Dance Instruction: Imania Detry
Special Fourth of July Edition
Saturday, July 4, 5–6:30pm (Please note the time.)
Dance Instruction: Latin Street
Part of the City of Chicago’s Fourth of July programming including the Virtual Chosen Few Picnic & House Music Festival (12–9pm at chosenfewdjs.com) and the Grant Park Music Festival’s virtual Independence Day Salute (6:30–7:30pm, gpmf.org)
Wednesday, July 8, 5:30–7pm
Bollywood & Bhangra
Music: DJ iLLEST
Dance Instruction: Bollywood Groove
Wednesday, July 15, 5:30–7pm
Music: The Flat Cats
Dance Instruction: May I Have This Dance
Wednesday, July 22, 5:30–7pm
Music: Carpacho y Su Super Combo
Dance Instruction: Latin Rhythms
Wednesday, July 29, 5:30–7pm
Music: DJ Chico (Adrian Kirkland)
Dance Instruction: Fre2Dance
Year of Chicago Music
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) have designated 2020 and 2021 as the Year of Chicago Music. This citywide, year-long focus on music is one of the first of its kind in the U.S. The City of Chicago and its partners working with the local music industry will launch a marketing campaign for Chicago music; provide additional financial grants for musicians and music projects; encourage dialog around inclusion and equity; and call on civic, philanthropic, arts and business leaders to support the music industry. Recognizing that in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the music industry has moved to #dostuffathome, DCASE is partnering with Do312 to highlight local music venues and musicians who are now sharing "Music in the Key of Chicago" on virtual platforms. Start exploring music in the key of Chicago at yearofchicagomusic.org and do312.com/yearofchicagomusic, and join the conversation on social media using #YearofChicagoMusic and #ChicagoMusic.
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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 chicago.gov/dcase.