Celebrate National Dance Day at the Chicago SummerDance Celebration in Millennium Park on September 17, 2022, for a day full of dance shows and performances.
This free event marks the end of Chicago’s SummerDance series, two months of pop-up dance programs, shows and lessons across the City. This final celebratory event invites dancers of all ages and experiences to take to Millennium Park.
A round dance by the Black Hawk Performance Company to honor the song and dance of Chicago’s tribal people will kick off the event at noon. Audience members are encouraged to join in on demonstrations of these cultural movements.
Continuing on, dance companies across the Chicago area, including Chicago Rueda, Dance Force Elite and Tango 21 Dance Theater, are to perform flash mobs throughout the duration of the event. Meanwhile, community partners will gather in the North Promenade to display appreciation for Chicago’s dance and cultural communities. Here, professional dancers will provide dance lessons in several styles: Bollywood, swing, samba and Peruvian Folk Music.
Furthermore, 2022 is the dedicated “Year of Chicago Dance.” This year, the City of Chicago focuses on addressing the Chicago dance community’s concerns. The City aims to promote growth in artistic expression in the form of dance through this initiative. Thus, social impact and public voices are vital to this year’s SummerDance Celebration. Head to Teen Village in the South Promenade to experience the promotion of youth empowerment via arts and education. Accompanied by food, performances and dance instruction, SocialWorks will host its 60th OpenMike. This act of community engagement encourages youth to showcase their talents with brief performances and discussions surrounding the creative process.
Additional performances that feature diverse cultures to represent the melting pot that is Chicago will occur throughout the day. So, join fellow dancers across the City this Saturday to celebrate the art of dance and movement.