Chicago SummerDance at Portage Park

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Event Description

The Chicago SummerDance in the Parks series returns this summer, presented with the Chicago Park District. Dancers of all ages and skill levels are invited to take part in family and creative activities from 4:30–5:30pm and introductory dance lessons by professional instructors followed by live music and dancing from 5:30–7:30pm. Salsa in the Park with music by Chicago Latin Groove, dance instruction by Latin Street


Pop Up Performances:
4:30 – 4:45: Open Jazz dance class for all ages with Melissa Metro from the Joel Hall Dancers and Center
4:50 – 5:05: Korean Drumming and Dance by The Korean Cultural Performing Arts Institute of Chicago
5:10 – 5:25: Contemporary Dance Performance by re|dance group

Activity Tables:
Helen Lee: Momentum Sensorium
Weaving Cocoons; Colliding Monarchs
Hold a butterfly wing in your hand or kiss milkweed fluff to your delicate ear as you open your hearts tenderly in remembrance of Black and Asian lives that have taken tragically. In our time inside this pandemic cocoon, let us honor the living, the dead, the butterfly migrators and celebrate how we will transform. 

Lanialoha and the Aloha Center Chicago
Join Lani for a mini Uke sing along or try your hand at dancing with Poi. Learn about Hawaii culture and the program at the Aloha Center of Chicago.

Ishti Collective
Ishti Collective invites all to participate in an interactive art installation of Rangoli.  Rangoli is a colorful and creative expression of Indian Folk Art popular where colorful designs are drawn on the floor or the entrances of homes. It is thought to bring good luck, prosperity to the house, and to welcome guests. Families can stop by to try their hand at making different types of Rangolis from all around the Indian subcontinent using everything from chalk to lentils!


Info Tables:
See Chicago Dance
Chicago Cultural Alliance
Links Hall
Joel Hall Dancers and Center
National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian


In collaboration with DCASE, See Chicago Dance and the Chicago Cultural Alliance

Running Time
3 hours


Portage Park

4100 N. Long Ave.
Chicago, IL 60641
(773) 685-7235