Chicago Rhythm Fest

Tune into June!  This month, the official herald of summer breathes its balmy spirit of fun and frolic into the heart of Chicago dance. From a dance/comedy mashup to a one-night only tap performance featuring the music of legendary Queen, here are 5 dance shows in Chicago to see this June.  


The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) returns to the Auditorium Theatre June 4 with some of Chicago's best percussive dance companies in "The Chicago Rhythm Fest," the finale performance of the citywide celebration, STOMPING GROUNDS. CHRP's resident ensemble BAM!, alongside the Trinity Irish Dance Company, Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago, Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago, and Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater perform original choreography that showcases each company's unique cultural traditions.  This exceptional collaboration is part of the Auditorium Theatre's "Made in Chicago" Dance Series. 

Treat yourself to something new and different. If you didn't catch Hubbard Street and The Second City's grand experiment in dance and sketch comedy last year, don't miss the reprise of their hilarious "The Art Of Falling," at the Harris Theater June 9-19.

"Hugely entertaining and strikingly emotional," 'The Art of Falling' returns June 9th! @hubbardstreet

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Giordano Dance Chicago returns to the Auditorium Theatre June 11 for the final performance of the season's "Made in Chicago" Dance Series. Led by Artistic Director Nan Giordano, the company will perform five works from the company's 157-piece repertory, including Crossing/Lines, Feelin' Good Sweet, Can't Take This Away, Sneaky Pete, and Sing, Sing, Sing.

Check out Pivot Arts Festival, an annual celebration of innovative performance throughout Chicago's Uptown & Edgewater neighborhoods. Over the course of two weeks, audiences have the opportunity to see and hear unique music, theater, dance, puppetry, all ages shows, comedy and more. Featured dance events include Peter Carpenter at 7:30 PM June 3 at Loyola University's Mundelein Center as part of the "Festival Tapas Night," and at 10 PM, "Hip Hop Celebration" curated by Drunken Monkee. Kristina Isabelle Dance Company will Perform "And The Spirit Moved Me" June 4-5. "Revival" Performance Art Dance Party takes place June 11 at Preston Bradley Center. Pivot Dance

Chicago Tap Theatre presents "We Will Tap You," a night of rock and tap June 25 at the Athenaeum Theatre, exclusively featuring the music of the legendary Queen. Freddie Mercury, lead vocalist and songwriter, and Queen entertained fans for more than four decades with their powerful vocals and musical fusion of hard rock and glam rock. This one night only event will be a bright, heartfelt and over the top celebration of this iconic band, as interpreted by Music Director Schweitz and Chicago Tap Theatre.

Playing during Pride Week in Chicago, this is the perfect time to recognize and honor Queen's contribution to the music world. In addition, guest artists including Chicago Gay Men's Chorus, Lakeside Pride Freedom Marching Band and Chicago Spirit Brigade join CTT on stage and the performance marks the debut of an unprecedented concert aerial tap piece, in collaboration with C5, in this large-scale extravaganza.


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