Moving Dialogs: "Cultural Connections" STOMPING GROUNDS

Event Type
Event Description
Chicago Artists:
Lane Alexander, Founder and Artistic Director Chicago Human Rhythm Project
Irma Suarez Ruiz, Associate Artistic Director Ensemble Espanol
Jorge Perez, Executive Director and Associate Artistic Director Ensemble Espanol
Mark Howard, Founder and Artistic Director Trinity Irish Dancers 
Ellen Waller, Associate Artistic Director Trinity Irish Dancers
David Carrillo, Assistant Director Mexican Dance Ensemble
Amaniyea Payne, Artistic Director Muntu Dance Theatre

Babu Atiba
, Assistant Artistic Director Muntu Dance Theatre
Yolanda Cesta Cursach, Associate Director of Performance Programs,
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
"Percussive Dance in the 21st Century – Are ancient traditions still relevant? Is percussive dance “art”? Are the percussive arts still evolving? Are we dancers or musicians or both?
Join the conversation with some of Chicago’s most celebrated practitioners of American Tap, Spanish Flamenco, Mexican folkloric dance, Irish step dancing, and African dance from Chicago’s leading percussive dance repertory ensembles. The panelists will demonstrate a few steps as they discuss the roots of these forms as well as their continued relevance, exploring the challenges to being understood and equally acknowledged alongside contemporary and classical dance forms. This event includes free light refreshments and networking with the artists.

Moving Dialogs: "Cultural Connections" is funded in part by the Chicago Seminar on Dance and Performance. Special Thanks to Producing Partner, The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE.)

Dance Styles
Tap / Rhythm
Traditional/Indigenous Dance


Chicago Cultural Center

78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 744-6630