Virtual Performing Arts Summer Camps

This year, PPI’s Performing Arts Summer Camp is GOING VIRTUAL! Students take their main, intensive courses in the following genres: ballet, contemporary, stretching/conditioning, leaps/turns, modern (Horton), jazz, hip-hop, tap, musical theater, and choreography. Students also take elective classes: art, music/instrumentation, vocal training, tumbling, creative writing, poetry, and healthy eating/lifestyle. All classes are on a block rotating schedule. Courses are taught by professional artists and instructors from across the country.

Dance in the Parks gets to work with new season of digital premieres

In the shift to virtual dance, many artists look to engage audiences with talk of the innovation and creativity that’s gone into this alternate way of viewing performance. But for Dance in the Parks director Katie McCann, the need for virtual performances is much simpler. At the root of her efforts to move the 2020 Dance in the Parks season online—a season performed any other year outdoors in public parks—is the plain fact that it’s her job to facilitate dance. It’s her job to perform and to use art to comment on the world around us. 

Wine with Wini

Grab a glass of wine and join us on Zoom as we explore a favorite Company work, Bento. A group work from 2011, Bento takes its inspiration and choreographic choices from the works of others (with their permission).  Bento was designed around the concept of the box within a box, and it reveals the dance within the dance.  

2020 Online Premiers

Don't miss our first ever virtual season premiering Friday, July 31st and Saturday, August 1st on Facebook Premiere and IGTV at 5:30pm.

We can't gather in a park together, this summer, but that hasn't stopped us from dancing! Our artists worked together online from home and in our beautiful, outdoor, appropriately distanced park spaces to create dance films for YOU. Piped directly to your favorite web-enabled device. 

We thought the pandemic would be over by now. What potential lies within the possibility that arts organizations might have to start over?

“When there’s a crisis—not that we’ve ever experienced anything like this—we do what we have to do. I refuse to let this be the death of our organization.” 

“30 Feet Together, 6 Feet Apart”

Chicago Tap Theatre (CTT) presents “30 Feet Together, 6 Feet Apart” Sunday, July 26, at 3 p.m. CDT live on its streaming platforms. “30 Feet Together, 6 Feet Apart” is a celebration of the power and necessity of dance and live music, and a vision of how dance performances on a concert stage can be presented at this time. This show includes a live jazz trio featuring funk and soul master JC Brooks as host and vocalist along with tap dancing by CTT.

Wave Wall Moves

Pop-up dance performances every Saturday from July 4 through August 29. Please Note: ALL GUESTS AT NAVY PIER, INCLUDING PERFORMERS, ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR FACE COVERINGS.

Navy Pier introduces a new program Wave Wall Moves, in collaboration with See Chicago Dance, that will feature dance performances from rotating dance companies each Saturday beginning July 4 through August 29 from 3 – 3:15 p.m. at the Wave Wall Platform.

SummerDance in Place

A new citywide, at-home version of the summertime tradition invites Chicagoans to plan smaller, socially-distant dance parties in their homes and backyards, on front porches and elsewhere with up to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors — and connect via the broadcast or social media. Presented by DCASE with the Chicago Park District, the reimagined series is filmed in Millennium Park and at Chicago Park district locations, featuring skyline views and iconic imagery that residents have been missing.