SummerDance Celebration in Millennium Park - Jay Pritzker Pavilion

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Event Description

The largest annual outdoor live music and dancing series in the United States will culminate with an all day-long celebration August 26th at Chicago’s town square, Millennium Park! 
The day will include interactive “citizen dancer” options such as circle dance lessons and the amateur Most Versatile Dancer Contest®, complimented with performances from some of the City’s most inspiring professional troupes, crews and companies at the Wrigley Square “Dance Village” and Jay Pritzker Pavilion. The night will crescendo as professionals, amateurs, and patrons alike can all enjoy a house DJ dance party at Cloud Gate. The event is FREE and is the FIRST of an annual Chicago dance celebration! 

To view Chicago SummerDance Celebration's full schedule, click here


Paul Collins, Circle Dance Lesson on the Great Lawn, Jay Pritzker Pavilion


This circle dance lesson, led and DJed by Paul Collins on the Great Lawn of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, will encompass Central and Eastern European folk dances and will be a family-friendly, all-ages experience.


Mainstage Show at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion


Five professional local dance companies have been commissioned to make new works for this event. Featured companies, all making their Jay Pritzker Pavilion stage debut are Chicago Dance CrashRed Clay DanceThe ERABrave Soul Movement and Move Me Soul. The evening will also include spotlight dances by the two winners of the SummerDance-Off competitions. 


In an effort to spread dancing throughout the city, SummerDance Chicago is the city’s premier dance festival, bringing communities together in a unique, urban dance space all summer long. Chicagoans can take part in dancing and live music every Friday-SundayJune 23-September 10, in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park and on Thursdays and SaturdaysJuly 13-September 14 in neighborhood parks throughout the city.


Dance Styles
Tap / Rhythm
Musical Theater
Modern / Contemporary
Circus Arts
Ballroom / Social Dance
Traditional/Indigenous Dance
Hip Hop
Aerial Dance


Jay Pritzker Pavilion

55 N. Michigan Ave, Millenium Park
Chicago, IL