Free SummerDance Celebration Millennium Park
When: Saturday, August 25, 2018, 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 in Wrigley Square Noon–6pm
The “Dance Village” will highlight various local dance companies and advocacy groups in an expo style fair with a performance area curated by See Chicago Dance.
Dance Downs in the Parks at Cloud Gate Stage Noon–1pm
Finalists from the Dance Downs in the Park series will compete at Cloud Gate. Show your moves or enjoy watching the show in this celebration of the historic black talent showcases that have been happening in Chicago Parks for many years. Youth dance and pom-pom groups perform alongside legendary Chicago house DJs, local celebrities and esteemed musician guests.
“The Most Versatile Dancer Contest” at Cloud Gate Stage 1–2pm
“The Most Versatile Dancer Contest” competition an amateur dance contest that asks 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 winter is the last couple not tapped out.
Line Dancing with The Thomas Twins & DJ Boolumaster at Cloud Gate Stage 2–3pm
The Thomas Twins – a dynamic sister duo – will lead participants through a wide variety of elaborate, choreographed line dances to music supplied by DJ Boolumaster
Bollywood Dance Party with Bollywood Groove on the Great Lawn 3–4pm
Bollywood Groove will lead participants through a wide variety of dances and mudras in this popular style that has emerged from the Indian films and evolved with free-style cross-cultural forms.
Garba 360 featuring Meher Dance and DJ Jeet on the Great Lawn 4–5:30pm
Come one, come all for a communal circle dance that welcomes dancers of all levels. Raas and Garba are typical Gujarati folk dance events that commonly take place before weddings. No experience required.
SummerDance Carnival! with Planeta Azul & Passistas Samba Dance Group 5:30–6:15pm
Passistas Samba Dance Group will lead a Carnival “bloco” street band procession through the park and to the main event at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Traditional “blocos” or street bands mobilize crowds on the streets during Carnival with rousing Brazilian samba music as well as other popular musical styles.
Chicago Dance Showcase at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion 6:30–8pm
Five local dance companies will present signature works on the main stage. Featured companies include Ayodele Drum Dance, Deeply Rooted, Puzzle League, Giordano Dance Chicago and Visceral Dance Chicago.
House DJ Dance Party with White Label DJs at Cloud Gate Stage 8–9pm
Following the performances at Jay Pritzker Pavilion, White Label DJs Sadie Woods & Madrid will close out the night with a house music DJ set for all to let loose beside “the bean.”