Free SummerDance Celebration Millennium Park
When: Saturday, August 24, 2019, 12pm-9pm
Where: Millennium Park, Pritzker Pavilion and Wrigley Square, Cloud Gate (The Bean)
FREE. Seating is first come/first serve.
The festival will feature a full day of dance competitions, social dancing, lessons and performances by local dance companies.
Dance Village with See Chicago Dance Wrigley Square 1–6pm
The “Dance Village” will highlight various local dance companies, schools, artists and advocacy groups in an expo style fair with a 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.
May I Have This Dance “The Most Versatile Dancer Contest”® Cloud Gate Plaza 1–2pm, Registration will start at 12:30pm
May I Have this Dance hosts “The Most Versatile Dancer Contest” ® competition – an amateur dance contest that tests who knows how to dance in a variety of styles. To stay alive, couples must dance to a 20 to 30 second song clip in whatever style is announced by the emcee, showing at least 3 basic steps, the correct timing and clear knowledge of each dance style. The winner is the last couple not tapped out.
Blanca Aviles of Latin Rhythms Salsa Footwork and Partner Work Cloud Gate Plaza 1–2pm
Blanca Aviles of Latin Rhythms will teach a Latin dance workshop focusing on salsa footwork and partner work. The workshop will culminate with social dancing to the rhythm of the music. All levels welcome.
Fre2Dance Urban Line Dancing Workshop (Location TBD) 2–3pm
Learn line dancing with the instructors from Fre2Dance, featuring “Before I Let Go” choreography. The Fre2Dance Line Dance group was formed in 2011 by Frieda Carter-Smith. Group members enjoy line dancing and encourage others to join.
Dance Party with Bollywood Groove The Great Lawn 3–4pm
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 4–5pm
Be prepared for 60 minutes of energetic exciting movements to soulful house music. Movement and vibes derived from African dance styles, dances of the diaspora and Chicago Footwork.
Procession with Mucca Pazza Millennium Park 5:30pm
Join Mucca Pazza an intrepid interdisciplinary instrumental music ensemble from Chicago for an unforgettable danceable procession through Millennium Park leading to the Pritzker Stage. From blaring trumpets, slithering saxophones, clarinets, trombones, and tubas, the band boasts a drumline that seems to share a single nervous system, an entire section of disparate instruments that don’t belong anywhere near a marching band (electric guitars, accordion, violin, and yes, a cello), and contains within its multitudes a cheer squad that performs absurdist cheers and asymmetrical, impressively low-to-the-ground pyramids.
“Old Town Road” Line Dance The Great Lawn 5–6pm
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. Fans can learn the line dance moves in advance.
Chicago Dance Showcase Jay Pritzker Pavilion 6:30–7:30pm
Hosted by the Original Fly Girl, Actor and Producer Jossie Thacker local dance companies will present signature works on the main stage. Featured companies include Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, Joel Hall Dancers, Rated ‘E’ Chicago Dance Crew, Urban Vibes Dance Company Chicago, Diosas and The Future Kingz.