Small and nimble Links Hall takes an extraordinary year in stride

Links Hall is a space that champions artists’ potential. The people who work at Links both respect and recognize individuals with innovative ideas and hold equity and inclusivity in high regard. From affordable studio rentals to the venue's ever-important fellowship programs, Links Hall has proved itself to be of great value to the arts community in Chicago. And in the face of everything that’s been thrown their way in the last year, they’re maintaining and improving on their value.  

New Dances 2020

New Dances 2020 is bringing dance to a whole new stage, coming to a screen near you! Celebrating twenty years under Thodos Dance Chicago and three years in partnership with DanceWorks Chicago, we are gathering in the spirit of creativity and in support of our commUNITY, celebrating ALL of Chicago's gifted movers and makers.

Mandala Makers Festival takes a contemporary approach to classical traditions, bringing awareness to new and emerging South Asian artists

If you’re looking to tap into the flavors of South Asian dance and music, Mandala South Asian Performing Arts delivers, and then some, by pushing beyond tradition to explore fusion forms of folk, contemporary and popular dance and music.

The Mandala Makers Festival was originally conceived as a way to promote the live interaction of South Asian arts practitioners through interdisciplinary collaboration. Forced by the COVID-19 pandemic to re-invent itself digitally, the festival adapted to a live-streaming format, called “Streamyard,” which will air June 13 and 14.

Dance for Hope

Five Master Teachers, Five Classes - Making a Difference

Ballet 5:8 is hosting a special series on Zoom featuring five master classes by Master Teachers from Pacific Northwest Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, and others. Learn from the best from wherever you are, and make a difference in our hurting world!

All proceeds will benefit nonprofit World Relief and their assistance to the most vulnerable affected by COVID-19 in the U.S. Recommended for dancers of intermediate-advanced level of ability, all ages welcome.

$15/class or $40/full series.

BPP Drive for Change

Banks Performance Project is hosting a Drive For Change to support the Black Community in Chicago. It is up to us to recognize the need in the community and take action!

Items needed:
- Canned Goods
- Pasta
- Rice
- Fruit/Vegetables
- Snacks
- Bottled Water
- Baby Formula/Baby Food
- Diapers/Wipes
- Feminine Products
- Hand Soap/Sanitizer
- Gloves
- Face Masks

Or any non-perishable / convenient store items that are considered a necessity.


Mandala Makers Festival

An all-new virtual festival showcasing emerging South Asian artists based in Chicago launching Saturday, June 13th. The festival is dedicated to showing the resilience and perspectives of creatives working critically through South Asian traditions and identities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mandala Makers Festival is a celebration of a range of voices and is an opportunity to increase the reach of individual work through solidarity and community."

Kathak Dance Classes

Dance to feel your Power. Grace. Resilience

During the self-isolation period, we are still working tirelessly to enable students to continue to learn to dance their stories. So, on Saturdays mornings, we are streaming our Kathak dance classes to the comfort of your home. Keep busy, stay healthy, and continue to express yourself. In times such as these, it is more important than ever we remember our connections to each other, and work together, body and spirit, to get through it to a better tomorrow and a better self.

Pivot Arts to shift festival online in support of artistic discourse and virtual experimentation


Pivot Arts—an organization focused on creating and presenting bold, multidisciplinary performance in unusual spaces—keeps their mission at heart as they move forward with the 2020 Pivot Arts Festival online. The annual festival, this year titled “This Is How We Pivot,” exhibits programming artfully curated to exist on a virtual platform, both in how the works are created and documented and in how they address the circumstances of this time. 

We commit to turning our anguish into action.


See Chicago Dance stands in solidarity with black Americans who are justifiably outraged and exhausted by a society that does not value their lives.

We know we have more work to do as an organization whose mission is to advocate for the dance field in Chicago.

We want to be more than allies. We want to have hard conversations and do our part to dismantle systemic racism and oppression, which harm all parts of our society, including the arts.

We are taking steps as an organization to understand what that really means and know this work is never done.