Chicago Park District

Learn to Dance and Practice the Moves to Live Music for Free at SummerDance in the Parks

6/24/2013

Learn to dance and enjoy live music at SummerDance in the Parks –an admission-free series that is part of Chicago SummerDance – coming to five different Chicago Park District facilities Wednesdays, July 3 – Aug. 28: Theater on the Lake; 63rd St. Beach house in Jackson Park; Ping Tom Memorial Park; Austin Town Hall; and the Humboldt Park Boathouse.  SummerDance in the Parks is supported by Southwest Airlines.

The series offers introductory one-hour dance lessons by professional instructors at 6 p.m. followed by live music and dancing from 7-9 p.m.  The diverse lineup showcases various traditional and modern dance styles from all corners of the globe.

SummerDance in the Parks is presented as part of an ongoing collaboration between the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Chicago Park District.  Arts programming in neighborhoods advances the goals of the Chicago Cultural Plan and the Night Out in the Parks initiative.  For more information, visit chicagoculturalplan.org and  nightoutintheparks.com.

Following is the schedule for SummerDance in the Parks:

July 3
Theater on the Lake, 2401 N. Lake Shore Dr.
312-742-7994
Kid Color spins dance music as part of the opening night of the interdisciplinary Declaration YOUth Arts Festival, four evenings of spoken word, music, dance, theater, and visual art from Chicago teens.  There is no dance instruction for the evening.

July 10
63rd St. Beach house, 6300 S. Lake Shore Dr.
773-256-0903
Dendé & Band play Afro-Brazilian Bloco-Samba Dance music.
Dill Costa teaches Brazilian Samba.

July 17
Ping Tom Memorial Park, 300 W. 19th St.
312-747-6515
El Caobo spins Latin music.
Mixed Motion Art teaches salsa and mambo.

July 24
Austin Town Hall, 5610 W. Lake St.
773-287-7658
The Nu Blu Band plays R&B.
Majestic Gents teaches Chicago steppin’.

July 31
Humboldt Park Boathouse, 1359 N. Sacramento Ave.
312-742-7549
Las Bom Pleneras play bomba and plena.
Ivelisse Diaz of Bombera de Corazonteaches bomba and plena dancing.

Aug. 7
63rd St. Beach house, 6300 S. Lake Shore Dr.
773-256-0903
Chicago Catzplay R&B, soul and funk.
Dawud Shareef and Lura Satterfield teach Chicago bop and steppin’.

Aug. 14
Ping Tom Memorial Park, 300 W. 19th St.
312-747-6515
The Boilermaker Jazz Band play authentic swing and jazz.
Get on the Dance Floor teaches jitterbug.

Aug. 21
Austin Town Hall, 5610 W. Lake St.
773-287-7658
Carpacho y Su Super Combo plays Colombian and salsa music.
Latin Rhythms teaches salsa.

Aug. 28
Humboldt Park Boathouse, 1359 N. Sacramento Ave.
312-742-7549
Angel d’Cuba plays traditional and contemporary Afro-Cuban music.
The Dance Academy of Salsa teaches mambo and cha cha.

About Chicago SummerDance
SummerDance in the Parks is part of Chicago SummerDance, presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.  Chicago SummerDance is the largest annual outdoor live music and dance series in the U.S.  Itreturns for its 17th year in Grant Park’s Spirit of Music Garden, 601 S. Michigan Ave., June 27-Sept. 15, Thursdays-Saturdays, 6- 9:30 p.m., and Sundays, 4-7 p.m.

Updates and announcements (including weather) will be available on Facebook and on Twitter @SummerDanceChi.  For more information, visit chicagosummerdance.org or call the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events at 312.744.3316.

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

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