Chicago has a rich dance culture, and you can sample its rhythm at the Chicago Dancing Festival.
Celebrating it’s 10th birthday, the Chicago Dancing Festival has always been about reaching the masses. While some of their performances are ticketed you can catch these two performances for free.
Friday, Aug. 26, 5:30 p.m.
Three hours long
Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.
The Chicago Dancing Festival makes its debut at Navy Pier this year with four Chicago-based dance companies. Performances will take place in Polk Bros. Park, Polk Bros. Fountain, and an East and Central performance stage. Forward Momentum Chicago will bring 80 of their young dancers to perform a traditional South African Gumboot Dance, which they will then ask the audience to participate in an encore performance later that evening. Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago will show off their ancient and contemporary African, African-American and Caribbean dance moves. Chicago Human Rhythm Project will perform a tap piece. Natya Dance Theatre will do a contemporary performance of Bharata Natyam.
Saturday Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m.
Two hours long
Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St.
The Chicago Dancing Festival ends where it started 10 years ago at Millennium Park. “Dancing Under the Stars” brings together new artists and those who have been mainstays at the festival. Enjoy performances from Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Joffrey Ballet, Dance for Life, Pennsylvania Ballet, Guest Artists of The Royal Ballet, and Rennie Harris Puremovement.
The Chicago Dancing Festival runs until Aug. 27. For more information visit chicagodancingfestival.com.