Chicago SummerDance August Schedule

Dance under the stars with this FREE series in Grant Park, every weekend June 24 - September 11, 2016.

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12 weeks. 43 live bands. And a restored 4,900 square foot, 100 percent recycled, open-air dance floor.

Come out to Grant Park for Chicago SummerDance from June 24 to September 11 for dancing and FREE instructional lessons on everything from Bachata to Ballroom. Or simply sit back and enjoy live music under the stars.

Showcasing dance styles from all corners of the globe, this annual event (now in its 20th year) takes place every weekend Friday to Sunday. One hour, introductory lessons led by professional instructors are followed by two hours of live music and dancing:

Fridays & Saturdays

  • Dance Lessons: 6:00-7:00 pm
  • Live Music & Dancing: 7:30-9:30 pm


  • Dance Lessons: 4:00-5:00 pm
  • Live Music & Dancing: 5:00-7:00 pm



Spirit of Music Garden, Grant Park
(601 S. Michigan Ave. betwen Harrison St. and Balbo Dr.)

Friday, August 5 - House
Performers: Wired Fridays - Mickey Oliver

Saturday, August 6 - Swing
Performers: Sons of Susan (Jazz, Blues, Swing, Western Swing and Hokum)
Instructors: Dance Center Chicago (East Coast Swing)

Sunday, August 7 - Ballroom and Big Band
Performers: Alan Gresik Swing Orchestra (Ballroom and Big Band)
Instructors: Kasper Dance Studio (Fox-Trot)

Friday, August 12 - Salsa
Performers: Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca (Soukous and Rumba, Cuban Son and Salsa)
Instructors: Arthur Murray Dance Center (Salsa)

Saturday, August 13 - Steppin'
Performers: DJ Calvin (Steppin')
Instructors: Dawud and Lura Shareef (Steppin')

Sunday, August 14 - Country
Performers: The Hoyle Brothers (Honky-Tonk Country)
Instructors: Jeffrey Cannon and Meg Kindelin (Country Two-Step, Waltz)

Friday, August 19 - Tamburitza Music and Dance
Performers: KGB Band (Tamburitza Music)
Instructors: Ethnic Dance Chicago (Southern and Central European Folk Dances)

Saturday, August 20 - A Purple Party: Tribute to Prince
**Note special time: 6:00-9:00 pm
Performers: Kwest_on

Sunday, August 21 - Tango and Milonga
Performers: Maldito Tango Duo (Argentine Tango)
Instructors: Tango 21 (Argentine Tango)

Friday, August 26 - Salsa
Performers: Nabori with Yoko (Salsa)
Instructors: Latin Rhythms - Academy of Dance and Performance (Salsa)

Saturday, August 27 - Mexican Son
Performers: Sones de Mexico Ensemble (Regional Mexican Folk Dance Music)
Instructors: Lorena Iniguez (Veracruz Folk Dancing and Mexican Polkas)

Sunday, August 28 - Ballroom
Performers: Teddy Lee Orchestra (Ballroom)
Instructors: Fred Astaire Dance Studio - West Loop (Waltz, Rumba)

Please note: Schedule is subject to change. For the very latest on Chicago SummerDance events, visit chicagosummerdance.org or get updates on Facebook and Twitter @SummerDanceChi.

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