Salsa. Swing. Steppin’ Chicago Summerdance 2017 Schedule with New Contest & Grand Celebration

by Gail Dee

Hot off the presses!  Chicago’s beloved 21st Summerdance announces it’s schedule.  The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will be presenting Swing, Salsa, Zydeco; Tango, Afrobeat and More at SummerDance.   Every Friday–Sunday, June 23–September 10, in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park and on Saturdays and Thursdays, July 13 – September 14, at Eight Neighborhood Parks Throughout the City.

NEW this year to the largest annual outdoor live music and dancing series in the United States, a day -long dancing festival, the Summerdance Celebration, in  Millennium Park on Aug. 26 and a SummerDance-Off.  The SummerDance-Off will search for Chicago’s greatest amateur footwork and steppin’ dancers at a series of competitions held throughout July at Chicago Park District locations, and the SummerDance Celebration will present a day-long dancing festival on August 26 in Millennium Park.

The SummerDance-Off invites residents to show off their footwork and steppin’ skills at a series of city-wide amateur competitions on July 8, 15, 22 and 29 at Chicago Park District locations as part of the SummerDance in the Parks program. The winners of each local contest will then compete at the Dance-Off finale at the SummerDance Celebration in Millennium Park on August 26.

The new SummerDance Celebration on Aug. 26 festival will feature a full day of dance competitions, social dancing and performances from noon to 9:30 p.m. Additional highlights include a DJ Dance Party at Cloud Gate, Circle Dance Lessons on the Great Lawn, professional dance performances at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion and much more.

Admission to all Chicago SummerDance events is free, and more details will be announced in June.

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For We Want Music Without Borders fans some notable shows will be Chicago’s boisterous Mucca Pazza and Underground System contemporary Afrobeat group from NYC coming in Friday, September 8, 6–9:30 p.m. I recently caught Underground System intimate show at Martyr’s –they were definitely a #danceparty.  Recommended. Terrence Simien’s Zydeco is cheerful and fun.  Salsa direct from Puerto Rico includes Orquesta el Macabeo and  Cuban Son and Salsa with Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros.  There’s many Chicago Swing favorites such as Flat Cats and Cash Box Kings; Irish “Bua” and DJ’s galore with a special Tribute to Herb Kent on July 6 on DJ Eric “ET” Taylor (Chicago Steppin’) and the Majestic Gents.  Chicago’s Bomba Con Buya at Humboldt Park Boathouse.  See some of the videos added to whet your appetite. Check back for more updates later.  If you like our recommendations and want to see We Want Music Without Borders continue it’s quest to bring the best to you–please donate today!  See our loveformusic.space for secure donation link:-)   http://www.loveformusic.space/contribute-to-we-want-music-without-borders/

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SummerDance brings people of all ages and skill levels together in Grant Park’s Spirit of Music Garden (601 S. Michigan Ave.) on a 4,900-square-foot, open-air dance floor made of 100% recycled material. The series offers free, introductory one-hour dance lessons by professional instructors followed by live music and dancing. The FREE programs take place each Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoons from 4 to 7 p.m., on most dates between June 23 and September 10 (see schedule below). In 2017, SummerDance events in Grant Park will be part of each evening of Taste of Chicago, July 5–9, and the opening weekend of World Music Festival Chicago, September 8–10.

Chicagoans can also enjoy SummerDance in the Parks, July 13–September 14, at eight different neighborhood parks throughout the city including the Humboldt Park Boathouse and Washington Park Refectory. Unless otherwise noted, dance lessons begin at 6 p.m., with live music and dancing from 7 to 9 p.m. SummerDance in the Parks is presented as part of an ongoing collaboration between the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Chicago Park District at Night Out In the Parks. For more information about the Night Out in the Parks initiative, visit nightoutintheparks.com.

2017 CHICAGO SUMMERDANCE SCHEDULE
Includes Chicago SummerDance, SummerDance in the Parks, SummerDance-Offs, Taste of Chicago Dates and World Music Festival Chicago;

Schedule is Subject to Change

 

 

JUNE

Friday, June 3, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
SummerDance Preview at The 606 Block Party
Humboldt Boulevard and other locations
12:30 p.m. The Volo Bogtrotters (Contra + Square Dance)
2:30 p.m. Sons of Susan (Swing)
5:30 p.m. Mr. Mojo and the Bayou Gypsies (Zydeco)
7:15 p.m. Cumbanchero: A Big Band Tribute to Rafael Hernandez (Salsa + Cumbia)

Friday, June 23, 6–9:30 p.m.
SWING
The Outcast Jazz Band (Big Band Swing)
Margot Toppen and Riley Wimes, Jr. (East Coast Swing)

Saturday, June 24, 6–9:30 p.m.
MOTOWN + R&B
Lynne Jordan + The Shivers (Motown + R&B)
Dawud + Lura Shareef (Chicago Bop)

Sunday, June 25, 4–7 p.m.
AFROBEAT
Alma Afrobeat Ensemble (Afrobeat)
Idy Ciss (Traditional West African Dance)

Friday, June 30, 6–9:30 p.m.

Mucca Pazza (A Little Marching Band)
Mucca Pazza will perform + teach creative marching, freestyle cheerleading and Chicago Dweebstep

JULY

Saturday, July 1, 6–9:30 p.m.
SALSA + MAMBO
Luis Palermo + Brasa All Stars (Salsa)
Dance Academy of Salsa (Mambo)

Sunday, July 2, 4–7 p.m.
ZYDECO

(Zydeco)
Idy Ciss (Traditional West African Dance)

Wednesday, July 5, 6–9 p.m.
IRISH FOLK MUSIC + DANCING
Bua (Irish Folk Music)
Trinity Irish Dance (Irish Folk Dancing)
Part of Taste of Chicago at the regular location in Grant Park’s Spirit of Music Garden

Thursday, July 6, 6–9 p.m.
STEPPIN’ – TRIBUTE TO HERB KENT
DJ Eric “ET” Taylor (Chicago Steppin’)
Majestic Gents (Chicago Steppin’)
Part of Taste of Chicago at the regular location in Grant Park’s Spirit of Music Garden

Friday, July 7, 6–9 p.m.
HOUSE
Steve ‘Miggedy’ Maestro
Part of Taste of Chicago at the regular location in Grant Park’s Spirit of Music Garden

Saturday, July 8, 2–5 p.m.
FOOTWORK SUMMERDANCE-OFF
Part of Chicago SummerDance in the Parks
Garfield Park Golden Dome, 100 Central Park Ave.

Saturday, July 8, 6–9 p.m.
SALSA

Orquesta el Macabeo

(Salsa)
Latin Rhythms (Salsa)

Sunday, July 9, 4–7 p.m.
COUNTRY
Lawrence Peters Outfit (Honky-Tonk Country)
Jeffrey Cannon and Meg Kindelin (Country Two-Step, Waltz)

Thursday, July 13, 6–9 p.m.
BOMBA
Bomba con Buya (Plena + Bomba)
Ivelisse Diaz with La Escuelita Bombera de Corazon (Plena + Bomba)
Part of Chicago SummerDance in the Parks
Humboldt Park Boathouse, 1301 N. Sacramento Ave.

Friday, July 14, 6–9:30 p.m.
FOOTWORK
The ERA (Footwork)
Following a lesson covering basic moves from 6 to 7 p.m., the ERA Footwork Crew will perform as a crew to their mixtape “In the Wurkz”

Saturday, July 15, 2–5 p.m.
STEPPIN’ SUMMERDANCE-OFF
Part of Chicago SummerDance in the Parks
Washington Park Refectory, 5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr.

Saturday, July 15, 6–9:30 p.m.
SALSA
Timba Brava (Timba Salsa)
Chicago Dance (Salsa)

Sunday, July 16, 4–7 p.m.
ITALIAN FOLK MUSIC + DANCING
Newpoli (Italian Folk Music + Dance)
Newpoli will teach Pizzica, a traditional tarantella from Apulia called “Salento”

Thursday, July 20, 6–9 p.m.
SALSA + BACHATA
El Caobo (Salsa, Mambo, Bachata)
Denita Inez & Desueño (Salsa + Bachata)
Part of Chicago SummerDance in the Parks
Ping Tom Memorial Park, 300 W. 19th St.

Friday, July 21, 6–9:30 p.m.
SWING
The Fat Babies (‘20s and ‘30s Jazz and Swing)
Big City Swing (East Coast Swing)

Saturday, July 22, 2–5 p.m.
FOOTWORK SUMMERDANCE-OFF
Part of Chicago SummerDance in the Parks
Hamilton Park Cultural Center, 513 W. 72nd St.

Saturday, July 22, 6–9:30 p.m.
SALSA, MAMBO + CHA-CHA
Charanga Tropical (Salsa with Strings)
Mixed Motion Art (Mambo, Cha-cha)

Sunday, July 23, 4–7 p.m.
BALLROOM
May I Have this Dance Presents Ballroom + more!
Nino DiGiulio (Cha-cha + Waltz)

Thursday, July 27, 6–9 p.m.
SALSA
Aguzate (Vintage Salsa DJ set)
Dance Academy of Salsa (Salsa, Cha-cha)
Part of Chicago SummerDance in the Parks
Humboldt Park Boathouse, 1301 N. Sacramento Ave.

Friday, July 28, 6–9:30 p.m.
BLUES + WEST COAST SWING
The Cash Box Kings (Chicago Blues)
May I Have This Dance (West Coast Swing)

Saturday, July 29, 2–5 p.m.
STEPPIN’ SUMMERDANCE-OFF
Part of Chicago SummerDance in the Parks
Hamilton Park Cultural Center, 513 W. 72nd St.

Saturday, July 29, 6–9:30 p.m.
SALSA  Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros

(Cuban Son, Salsa)
Arthur Murray Dance Center (Salsa)

Sunday, July 30, 4–7 p.m.
BALLROOM
Teddy Lee Orchestra (Ballroom)
Fred Astaire Dance Studio – West Loop (Fox-Trot, Rumba)

AUGUST

Thursday, August 3, 6–9 p.m.
SALSA
Carpacho y Su Super Combo (Colombian, Salsa)
Denita Inez & Desueño (Salsa)
Part of Chicago SummerDance in the Parks
Portage Park, 4100 N. Long Ave.

Thursday, August 10, 6–9:30 p.m.
SWING
Petra van Nuis Quintet (‘20s, ‘30s and ‘40s Classic Swing)
Dancing with Class (East Coast Swing)
Part of Chicago SummerDance in the Parks
Jackson Park Grove 6B, 1971 E. Hayes Dr.

Friday, August 11, 6–9 p.m.
HOUSE
Tyree Cooper

Saturday, August 12, 6–9:30 p.m.
STEPPIN’
National Steppers Society (Steppin’)
Kenneth Watkins (Steppin’)

Sunday, August 13, 4–7 p.m.
SWING
The Main Stem Orchestra (‘30s & ‘40s Pre-Bop era Swing)
Kasper Dance Studio (Swing/Jive)

Thursday, August 17, 6–9 p.m.
SALSA
Orquesta Charangueo (Afro-Cuban Jazz, ChaChachá, Cuban Son and Mambo)
May I Have This Dance (Salsa)
Part of Chicago SummerDance in the Parks
Portage Park, 4100 N. Long Ave.

Friday, August 18, 6–9:30 p.m.
KIZOMBA + BACHATA
DJ Just Jacob (Kizomba, Modern Bachata)
Latin Street Dancing (Kizomba, Bachata)

Saturday, August 19, 6–9:30 p.m.
CUMBIA
SONORAMA DJ Collective (Cumbia)
Latin Rhythms (Cumbia)

Sunday, August 20, 4–7 p.m.
CAJUN
The Revelers (Cajun, Zydeco + Swamp Pop)
Louie Stallone + Monica Vachlon (Cajun Two-Step + Waltz)

Thursday, August 24, 6–9 p.m.
SALSA + CHA-CHA
Angel d’Cuba (Salsa)
Latin Street Dance (Salsa)
Part of Chicago SummerDance in the Parks
Willye B. White Park, 1610 Howard St.

Friday, August 25, 6–9:30 p.m.
LINE DANCING
DJ Boolumaster (Classic House, Disco)
The Thomas Twins (Line Dancing)

Saturday, August 26, noon–10 p.m.
SUMMERDANCE CELEBRATION
Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St.

Sunday, August 27, 4–7 p.m.
BOLLYWOOD
DJ Naveen Kumar (Bollywood)
Bollywood Groove (Bollywood)

SEPTEMBER

Friday, September 1, 6–9 p.m.
HOUSE
Dwayne “Diz” Washington

Saturday, September 2, 6–9:30 p.m.
ARGENTINE TANGO
Redwood Tango Trio (Argentine Tango)
Tango 21 (Argentine Tango)

Sunday, September 3, 6–9:30 p.m.
CONTRA + SQUARE DANCE
Volo Bogtrotters (Country and Square Dance)
Paul Tyler (Caller)

Thursday, September 7, 6–9 p.m.
SWING
The Flat Cats (Jump Blues, Swing)
Fred Astaire Dance Studio – West Loop (Jitterbug)
Part of Chicago SummerDance in the Parks
Ping Tom Memorial Park, 300 W. 19th St.

Friday, September 8, 6–9:30 p.m.
AFROBEAT
Underground System (Afrobeat)
Kimosha P. Murphy (Dances from the African Diaspora)
Part of World Music Festival Chicago

Saturday, September 9, 6–9:30 p.m.
ARGENTINE TANGO
Duo Scofano-Minetti (Argentine Tango)
American Tango Institute (Argentine Tango)
Part of World Music Festival Chicago

Sunday, September 10, 4–7 p.m.
CAJUN
Feufollet (Cajun)
Louie Stallone + Monica Vachlon (Cajun Two-Step + Waltz)
Part of World Music Festival Chicago

Thursday, September 14, 6–9 p.m.
BHANGRA
Kalapriya presents Bhangra Blowout with DJ + Live Dhol
Kalapriya (Bhangra)
Part of World Music Festival Chicago + Chicago SummerDance in the Parks
Willye B. White Park, 1610 Howard St.

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