DCASE Presents 23rd Annual CHICAGO SUMMERDANCE– Preview

When and Where:
June 26 – August 24

Grant Park
Thursdays, Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 to 9:30 p.m.
Sunday afternoons from 4 to 7 p.m.

Buckingham Fountain Plaza
July 10 – July 14 5:30 – 8:30 PM

Neighborhood Parks Throughout Chicago
Wednesdays – usually 6 – 9 p.m.

SummerDance June 29 Salsa! Preview – Meet Charanga

SummerDance June 29 SALSA! Preview – Meet Andres Meneses of Latin Street Music

SummerDance July 4 Preview - Zydeco!

SummerDance July 5 SALSA Preview – Meet the Musicians of Afinca’o

SummerDance JULY 14 COUNTRY DANCE Preview – Meet the Musicians of Lawrence Peters Outfit

SummerDance July 18 SWING BIG BAND STYLE – Meet Outcast Jazz

SummerDance July 25 Cumbia! Preview – More About Dance Instructors from Latin Rhythms

SummerDance August 9 and 10 Preview- MAY I HAVE THIS DANCE

SummerDance HOUSE MUSIC August 23 Preview – Meet Dee Jay Alicia

 

SWING, CHA-CHA, SALSA, FOOTWORK, HOUSE AND MORE

Chicago SummerDance series offers free, introductory one-hour dance lessons by professional instructors followed by live music and dancing.

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.

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.

SUMMERDANCE AT SPIRIT OF MUSIC GARDEN
Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

Thursdays–Saturdays
Dance Lesson: 6–7 p.m.
Music & Dancing: 7:30–9:30 p.m.

Sundays
Dance Lesson: 4–5 p.m.
Music & Dancing: 5–7 p.m.

SUMMERDANCE IN THE PARKS
Citywide Chicago Park District locations

Wednesdays
Dance Lesson: 6–7 p.m.
Music & Dancing: 7–9 p.m.

SUMMERDANCE AT TASTE OF CHICAGO
Buckingham Fountain, 301 S. Columbus Dr.

July 10–July 14

Dance Lesson: 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Music & Dancing: 6:30–8:30 p.m.

DANCE DOWNS IN THE PARK
Hamilton Park Cultural Center, 513 W. 72nd St.

Saturday, July 27, 2–5 p.m.

Austin Town Hall Park,5610 W. Lake St.

Saturday, August 17, 2–5 p.m.

SUMMERDANCE CELEBRATION
Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St.

Saturday, August 24, 1–8 p.m.

UPCOMING  SCHEDULE

(BAND/DJ is listed first with the DANCE STUDIO/INSTRUCTOR(S) listed underneath)

DCASE SUMMERDANCE

AUGUST

Friday, August 16, 6–9:30 p.m.

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, 2–5 p.m.

SummerDance Downs in the Park
Austin Town Hall Park, 5610 W. Lake St.

 

Saturday, August 17, 6–9:30 p.m.

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, 4–7 p.m.

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, 6–9 p.m.

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, 6–9 p.m.

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden
Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

HOUSE

  • Dee Jay Alicia (House DJ set)

 

Saturday, August 24, 1–8 p.m.

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.

 

Photos courtesy of DCASE

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