Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Chicago SummerDance Celebration- Saturday, August 24 in Millennium Park (Chicago, IL.)


Saturday, August 24 in Millennium Park

The day-long celebration will feature dancing and music with lessons, workshops and performances by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, Joel Hall Dancers, Rated ‘E’ Chicago Dance Crew and many more!

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) will host the 3rd Annual SummerDance Celebration at Millennium Park on Saturday, August 24, from 1 until 8 p.m. to culminate ten weeks of dancing, music and community during the 2019 Chicago SummerDance Series. Admission is free and the dance jubilee will feature a full day of competitions, social dancing, participatory workshops and performances by local dance companies.

This year the festivities will once again represent music and dance from many different styles and cultures. From line dancing to Lil Nas X 2019 hit, “Old Town Road,” a Bollywood workshop, salsa and urban dance lessons, competitions and a Dance Village in Wrigley Square highlighting dance companies and advocacy groups from across Chicago, there will be something for everyone no matter the age or skill level. The Jay Pritzker Pavilion will feature a Chicago Dance Showcase from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. with performances from Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, Joel Hall Dancers, Rated ‘E’ Chicago Dance Crew and others. The celebration will close with a dance blowout on the Great Lawn at 7:30 p.m. hosted by DJ Selah Say. For the complete schedule, visit

3rd Annual SummerDance Celebration 2019 Schedule
Dance Village with See Chicago Dance
Wrigley Square
16 p.m.
The “Dance Village” will highlight various local dance companies, schools, artists and advocacy groups in an expo-style fair and performance area. The Dance Village is curated by See Chicago Dance, a dance service organization dedicated to building and engaging dance audiences in Chicago and advocating for Chicago dance.

Blanca Aviles of Latin Rhythms Salsa Footwork and Partner Work
Cloud Gate Plaza
1–2 p.m.
Salsa is better when you know the proper footwork and can move with a partner. Learn both Blanca Aviles of Latin Rhythms. After the lesson there will be time to practice your new moves with open dance to rhythmic Latin music. All levels welcome.

Fre2Dance Urban Line Dancing Workshop
(Location TBD)
2–3 p.m.
Learn line dancing with the instructors from Fre2Dance, featuring “Before I Let Go” choreography. Formed by Frieda Carter-Smith in 2011, the Fre2Dance Line Dance group members enjoy line dancing and encourage others to join.

May I Have This Dance “The Most Versatile Dancer Contest”®
Cloud Gate Plaza
3–4 p.m.  
May I Have this Dance hosts “The Most Versatile Dancer Contest” ® competition – a contest for amateurs that tests how well they know and can dance to a variety of styles. To stay alive, couples must perform at least 3 basic steps during a 30-second or less song clip to whatever style is announced by the Emcee. Although this is for amateurs, this contest is not for the unpracticed because couples must demonstrate correct timing and clear knowledge of each dance style.The winner is the last couple not tapped out.

Dance Party with Bollywood Groove
The Great Lawn
3–4 p.m.
Get your BollyGroove on! Dance to the infectious rhythms with fun and upbeat moves by Bollywood Groove. No prior experience needed, just bring a big smile. Bollywood instructors will take you on a rhythmic journey of India as they teach dances from around the country with tidbits of stories behind the dances to make them more meaningful.

Afro Fusion with Imania Detry of Ayodele Drum and Dance
The Great Lawn
4–5 p.m.
Be prepared for 60 minutes of exciting and energetic movements to soulful house music. Movement and vibes are derived from African dance styles, dances of the diaspora and Chicago Footwork.

“Old Town Road” Line Dance
The Great Lawn
5–6 p.m.
How many line dancers want to join us on the Great Lawn for a little two-step? Dance instructor Jasnena Marie will teach new choreography to “Old Town Road,” the 2019 dance hit by Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus. Don’t worry – there will be time to learn the moves before falling in line.

Chicago Dance Showcase
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
6:30–7:30 p.m.
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, Joel Hall Dancers and Rated ‘E’ Chicago Dance Crew, four of Chicago’s most popular and acclaimed dance companies will present signature works on the main stage at the jay Pritzker Pavilion.

  • Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
The famed company will present an excerpt from Decadance/Chicago choreographed by Ohad Naharin, the world-renowned Israeli choreographer and former artistic director of Batsheva Dance Company. The full-length piece has been called “Spectacularly immersive” by the Chicago Tribune and “a journey that you want to experience over and over” by the New York Times. Decadance/Chicago was curated specifically for Hubbard Street in 2018 and features excerpts from Naharin’s most popular pieces.

  • Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre
ROOT: mwanzo wa mwili ni roho was created in 2018 by 3Arts award-winning choreographer Monique Haley and company co-founder and composer Joe Cerqua. Inspired by Monique’s own life and heritage, the work explores a modern African American experience through traditional African modes. In its early debut at the 2018 fall concert series, audiences were entranced by the athletic movement and soulful soundtrack.

  • Joel Hall Dancers
The Joel Hall Dancers will perform Y2 Day, a performance based on the “communal chaos” of New Year’s Eve in 1999. Debuting in 2000 at the Chicago Cultural Center, the work was choreographed by Joel Hall, who envisioned representatives from the world’s nations in colorful and elaborate masks gathered around a table discussing the current state of affairs and how to change them for the better. The award-winning performance incorporates urban jazz, modern, ballet, hip hop and traditional African dance set to a dramatic mix of Japanese Kodo drums.

  • Rated ‘E’ Chicago Dance Crew
The Rated ‘E’ Chicago Dance Crew is a hip hop dance group from Columbia College Chicago. Founded in 2016, the group showcases what hip hop means to them through the positive movement of Dance. Team dancers come from diverse backgrounds and are skilled in many different styles of dance.

DJ Dance Party with live music by Selah Say
The Great Lawn
7:308 p.m.
Selah Say is a Chicago-based DJ, performer, and co-founder of Make Weekdays Great™, a lifestyle brand and creative collective. Selah Say blends music from from 90s R&B to Classic Rock, 60s Nigerian Funk, Soul and more.

SummerDance around Chicago
Chicago SummerDance 2019 officially kicks off tomorrow night at 6 p.m. with a barn dance on while celebrating the Year of Chicago Theatre at Theater on the Lake (2401 N. Lake Shore Dr.). The old-fashioned barn dance will feature live music from the Golden Horse Ranch Band and instruction by third-generation caller Annie Coleman. SummerDance then moves to Grant Park’s Spirit of Music Garden (601 S. Michigan Ave.) on Thursday, June 27, with swing, jitterbug and live music by The Flat Cats.

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

During the 39th Annual Taste of Chicago, July 10 through July 14th, SummerDance will move to Buckingham Fountain Plaza from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dance and music highlights will 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 are on Wednesdays between June 26 and August 21 and feature social 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. Free lessons start at 6 p.m., with live music and dancing from 7 until 9 p.m. 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. Dance Downs in the Park are organized in partnership with 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 YAS! Fest at Cloud Gate in Millennium Park on Saturday, September 21.

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

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

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

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicagos artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicagos non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the Citys future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the Citys cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors. For more information, visit

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