The new dance festival presents a full day of dance competitions, social dancing and performances.
Dance Village at Wrigley Square
In collaboration with Audience Architects and SeeChicagoDance, a dance service organization whose mission is to build and engage dance audiences in Chicago and advocate for Chicago dance, the Dance Village will highlight various dance companies, studios and advocacy groups including Ballet Chicago, RE|Dance, MADD Rhythms, Meher Dance Company and more with expo and performance areas.
Explore our all-day Dance Village Expo to learn more about dance in Chicago! Dance companies, businesses, and other arts and culture organizations will be assembled to share ways to get involved. Stop by the tables to learn about classes, performances, and resources available to dance lovers like you! Participating organizations will include:
SummerDance-Off Steppin' Event at Cloud Gate
Learn to ‘step’ by the Bean! Join us for a ½ hour lesson with the Majestic Gents and then an hour of open dance.
SummerDance-Off Footwork Competition Finale
Finalists from footwork neighborhood competitions will battle on the dance floor. The winners will perform at Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion as part of the Mainstage Show later that evening!
Paul Collins, Circle Dance Lesson on the Great Lawn, Jay Pritzker Pavilion
This circle dance lesson, led and DJed by Paul Collins on the Great Lawn of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, will encompass Central and Eastern European folk dances and will be a family-friendly, all-ages experience.
SummerDance Competition at the Cloud Gate Stage
The Most Versatile Dancer Contest® is an all-style dance competition with May I Have This Dance. This is an amateur dance contest where couples must prove that they know the most dance styles by dancing whatever the emcee announces for 20 to 30 seconds song clips. To stay alive they should be able to dance at least 3 basic steps, the correct timing, and clear knowledge of each dance. The winners will be selected after the last couple(s) are tapped out and/or have the most cards left.
Five professional local dance companies have been commissioned to make new works for this event. Featured companies, all making their Jay Pritzker Pavilion stage debut are Chicago Dance Crash, Red Clay Dance, The ERA, Brave Soul Movement and Move Me Soul. The evening will also include spotlight dances by the two winners of the SummerDance-Off competitions.
House DJ Dance Party at Cloud Gate Stage
After the show, the audience will be led back out to the Cloud Gate Stage where house DJ Kenny Ray will spin music alongside voguers and other local dancers, while attendees dance in front of Cloud Gate.
In an effort to spread dancing throughout the city, SummerDance Chicago is the city’s premier dance festival, bringing communities together in a unique, urban dance space all summer long. Chicagoans can take part in dancing and live music every Friday-Sunday, June 23-September 10, in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park and on Thursdays and Saturdays, July 13-September 14 in neighborhood parks throughout the city.