Professional and Emerging Dancers Perform in Admission Free Dance in the Parks Series July 19-28
The Chicago Park District presents the third season of Dance in the Parks, performances by professional dance companies outdoors on four dates and locations July 19-28. All performances are at 6:30 p.m., rain or shine. All parks have indoor rain venues. Admission is free.
Each show will be preceded by youth performers from studios/programs in the surrounding neighborhoods. Following is the schedule:
Tuesday, July 19
South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr., behind the Cultural Center
Pre-show by Hyde Park School of Dance & Tyego Next Generation and Iona Calhoun School of Classical Ballet
Thursday, July 21
Indian Boundary Park, 2500 W. Lunt Ave.
Pre-show by the Indian Boundary Park Musical Theater Camp and Chicago Ballet Arts
Tuesday, July 26
Humboldt Park Boathouse, 1400 N. Sacramento Ave.
Pre-show by Extensions Dance Company
Thursday, July 28
Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento Blvd., near the field house
Pre-show by the Douglas Park and Elaine Mc Dancers
This year, Chicago-based choreographers will create or re-set existing works with eight dancers. The choreographers include Autumn Eckman, Wade Schaaf, Ronn Stewart, Santo Scavuzzo, Brent Caburnay, Mary Tisa, and Rachel Premo.
Eckman, director for Giordano II, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago’s second company, has recently gained praise for her works set on Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago. Two of Schaaf’s works are currently in the Thodos Dance Chicago repertory, and his new work for Dance in the Parks is a humorous, hipster love story. Stewart, who started his performance career at Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, is setting a new work in collaboration with the Dance in the Parks dancers. This year’s cast of dancers has worked with Giordano Jazz Dance II, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theater, Chicago Ballet, Elements Contemporary Dance, and Thodos Dance Chicago.
Led by founding director Katie McCann, the mission of Dance in the Parks is to bring free, professional dance performances to new audiences in the accessible setting of Chicago’s parks. The aim is to expose audiences unfamiliar with dance to the art form and to local performers and choreographers in a relaxed, casual atmosphere.
For more info and to view the summer program, please visit www.danceintheparks.org.