STOMPING GROUNDS - Chicago Cultural Center (Kick-Off)

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Event Description

STOMPING GROUNDS is a free two-month citywide celebration of authentic, rhythmic dance companies from a variety of world cultures, including American tap, Spanish, Mexican, African, Chinese, and Irish dance. The series culminates with the grand finale at the Studebaker Theater on Friday, June 2.

The program kicks off its third year on Monday, April 3 at the Chicago Cultural Center's Claudia Cassidy Theater. This opening event will feature all of the companies participating in 2017 (see below for a list), and like all STOMPING GROUNDS events, is completely free and open to the public. Advanced registration is required.

Each STOMPING GROUNDS event, known as a "Performalogue," features the performers and Artistic Directors of selected companies, in a narrated performance and Q&A with the audience. And each event features a different lineup! For a list of locations and lineups, please see below.

The featured Chicago companies are:

--Chicago Human Rhythm Project
--Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theatre 
--Mexican Folkloric Dance Company
--Muntu Dance Theatre
--Trinity Irish Dance Company

NOTE: Ticket holders are allowed priority entry up to 20 minutes before showtime, otherwise seats will be given to those on the waitlist.

Locations and Lineups for STOMPING GROUNDS events:

Monday, April 3 - 6:00pm
Chicago Cultural Center (Kick-Off)
featuring all five Chicago companies

Saturday, April 8 - 7:30pm
National Museum of Mexican Art
featuring the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company and more

Saturday, April 15 - 7:30pm
DuSable Museum of African-American History
featuring Muntu Dance Theatre and more

Saturday, April 29 - 7:30pm
Irish American Heritage Center
featuring the Trinity Irish Dance Company and more

Tuesday, May 2 - 7:00pm
Studebaker Theater
featuring SPECIAL GUESTS: GuGu Drum Group - Shanghai
(tickets will be available for purchase soon)

Saturday, May 13 - 7:30pm
Beverly Arts Center
featuring Muntu Dance Theatre and more

Saturday, May 24 - TBD
Garfield Park Conservatory
featuring Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theater and more

Friday, June 2 - 7:30pm
Studebaker Theater (Grand Finale)
featuring all five Chicago companies


Dance Styles
Tap / Rhythm
Traditional/Indigenous Dance


Chicago Cultural Center

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