March to a Different Beat

There is enough wonderful dance happening in Chicago to keep you on your toes almost every night throughout the month of March. Local and touring companies from out of town grace stages small and large throughout the city. The town is fairly bursting with new, creative collaborations between choreographers, dancers, musicians, filmmakers, videographers, actors, poets and more.


Heart and Soul of Chicago Dance





August rallies the Chicago dance community in two of the year’s most inspiring cultural events: “Dance For Life” and “The Chicago Dancing Festival,” each one a stunning effort of its founders, Chicago-born dance artists with vision, purpose, and dedication that overflows with heart, soul, and some of the best choreography and dancing on the continent.

The Merry Month Of May



Bras, broomsticks, and triple time steps sweep across the Chicago dance landscape in  the merry month of May!  Chicago Dance Month continues into the coming month with a bursting bouquet of exciting dance events you won’t want to miss.







Fasten your seat belts! April takes off with Chicago Dance Month, jam-packed with site-specific happenings and performances in public venues and neighborhoods throughout the city. 


Chicago Dance Month offers many ways to discover our city’s energetic and varied dance scene with more than 50 performances, events, and classes, 

November: Premieres Abound





Twyla Tharp has come a long way from the steam box studio above an automotive garage near City Center where she and her band of rogue ballerinas took Richard Thomas’s daily ballet class in the late 1960’s. 


This month, Tharp and her company of twelve dancers launch  the company’s 50th Anniversary Tour at the Auditorium Theatre (November 5-8). 


Tales In Human Rhythm

The packed Museum of Contemporary Art’s Edlis Neeson Theatre buzzed with anticipation as ardent tap dance devotees, dancers of all stripes, and a veritable who’s who of Chicago dance philanthropy awaited Tommy Tune’s performance of “Taps, Tunes, and Tall Tales,” his memoir in song and dance.

July Fireworks: Mid-Summer Samplers, New Works, and More



July brings a month of concerts that showcase new works by multiple choreographers, including Thodos Dance Chicago, Dance In The Parks, Hyde Park School of Dance, Dance Chance, and JUBA. Add to that concerts by solo artists Mitsu Salmon, Ahmad Simmons, and Tommy Tune, and full-company performances from Joel Hall Dancers, Muntu Dance Theatre, Natya Dance Theatre, Ayodele, Red Clay Dance, and The Chicago Human Rhythm Project, and you have a July that’s shaping up to be a great month to explore a diversity of dance styles, genres and cultures across Chicagoland.