Chicago SummerDance July 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, July 1 - House
Performers: Wired Fridays - Mario Smokin Diaz

Saturday, July 2 - Steppin'
Performers: DJ Eric "ET" Taylor (Chicago Steppin')
Instructors: Dawud and Lura Shareef (Chicago Steppin')

Sunday, July 3 - Country
Performers: Al Scorch and The Country Soul Ensemble (Two-Step, Western Swing)
Instructors: Jeffrey Cannon and Meg Kindelin (Country Two-Step, Waltz)

Friday, July 8 - Hustle and Western Swing
Performers: Chicago Catz (R&B/Top 40)
Instructors: May I Have This Dance (Hustle & Western Swing)

Saturday, July 9 - Salsa and Cha-Cha
Performers: Los Hacheros (Son Montuno, Guaracha and Salsa with Bomba)
Instructors: Dance Academy of Salsa (Salsa and Cha-Cha)

Sunday, July 10 - Romanian Music & Dance
Performers: Bahto Delo Delo (Lautaresc music of Clejani)
Instructors: Louie Stallone and Monica Vachlon (Cajun Two-Step and Waltz)

Friday, July 15 - Baskeda and West African Dance
Performers: Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars (Baskeda)
Instructors: Idy Ciss (Traditional West African Dances)

Saturday, July 16 - Mamo and Cha-Cha
Performers: Angel Melendez and The 911 Mambo Orchestra (Big Band Mambo)
Instructors: Mixed Motion Art (Mambo, Cha-Cha)

Sunday, July 17 - Zydeco
Performers: Jeffery Broussard and The Creole Cowboys (Zydeco)
Instructors: Buddy Bates and Monica Vachlon (Zydeco)

Friday, July 22 - Steppin'
Performers: DJ Mellow Khris (Steppin')
Instructors: Majestic Gents (Steppin')

Saturday, July 23 - Swing
Performers: Joel Paterson and the Modern Sounds ('30s and '40s Swing)
Instructors: Big City Swing (East Coast Swing)

Sunday, July 24 - Bollywood
Performers: DJ Krush (Bollywood)
Instructors: Bollywood Groove (Bollywood)

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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