Building off of the success of the Chicago SummerDance and SummerDance in The Parks brand, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) will debut a new component, SummerDance-Off. SummerDance-Off events will highlight various genres and forms of dance through neighborhood competitions which will lead to finale performances at a day-long dance festival in Millennium Park. This initiative brings together several ideas: the importance of pushing more cultural life out into the neighborhoods and then bringing together those diverse communities in our town square, Millennium Park; not just edifying, but activating residents and visitors as citizen dancers; connecting citizen dancers with professional dance companies; and, introducing dance companies and different dance genres to a much larger audience.
Summer Dance-Off Celebration in Millennium Park
Dance Village at Wrigley Square – Saturday, August 26th, 12-6pm
In collaboration with DCASE Audience Architects is programming a full day of dance activities in Wrigley Square, the Dance Village will highlight various dance companies and advocacy groups in Chicago in an expo style and have a performance area showcasing various dance companies and styles.
There is no fee to apply to be part of Dance Village, there will not be any stipends available for companies participating in the event. Various promotional avenues will be available for participating artists or companies.
Ways to participate:
Expo – Sign up for a table; Talk to the public about your programs, performances, classes, or workshops (Tables, tents and power will be provided).
Stage – Audience Architects will be providing our portable dance floor as a stage in the north end of Wrigley Square (by the fountain). The floor is a 25×20 sprung wooden floor with Marley, suitable for a variety of dance styles and classes. A sound system will be provided, as well as a Green room (tent onsite) and the dance studio at the Chicago Cultural Center. Please note that this is an outdoor venue and at time may be hot and sunny.
We are looking for artists, companies, studios and arts organizations in the dance field to participate in the expo or to perform / teach on the stage. Time slots for stage performances are 30 min including any change over.
Click HERE to sign up to participate.
Contact Surinder Martignetti for more information.