Stomping Grounds for Chicago Dance Month

Spring has arrived in Chicago and there's so much to celebrate, from blooming flowers to the sunshine and blue skies peeping out from behind the clouds. Chicago Dance Month — which kicked off April 1 — ushers in spring with over 50 performances, classes, open rehearsals and more. Here are five ways to literally leap into spring during Chicago Dance Month.


Catch a free or budget-friendly performance

There are so many free or low-cost performances on the menu for Chicago Dance Month, there's no excuse not to catch a show or two, or three. Check out the Hot Deals, which will be updating daily throughout the month, for promo codes that will save you even more money as you book tickets. 

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STOMP your way through a 6-part showcase.

The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP), the nation's premier presenter of American tap dance and international contemporary percussive arts, presents its 2nd annual citywide STOMPING GROUNDS series. Showcasing African, Irish, Mexican, Spanish, Japanese and American cultural traditions, this multi-performance event celebrates the rhythmic arts with six free events in six distinct communities. Each features a host company, a guest company and featured artists, along with a Q&A with the artists, food trucks and costume exhibitions. Coming up:

  • Saturday, April 16 at 7:30 pm, Irish American Heritage Center (4626 N. Knox Avenue): Trinity Irish Dance Company, host company; Muntu Dance Theatre, guest company; Mexican Folkloric Dance Company, featured artists
  • Wednesday, April 27, 5:00 pm, Garfield Park Conservatory (300 N. Central Park Avenue): special guest Tsukasa Taiko in a solo performance of Japanese percussion


Explore the diversity and magic of female artistry.

Audience Architects will host a special Moving Dialogs event Tuesday, April 26 at ARTSPACE 8. "Women in the Director's Chair Featuring Virginia Johnson" explores how the diversity of female artistry and more equitable representation of the female voice in dance leads to tremendous discovery. Moderated by choreographer and former Artistic Director of Kansas City Ballet William Whitener, panelists include Artistic Director of Dance Theatre of HarlemVirginia Johnson, Founder and Artistic Director of Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater Dame Libby Komaiko, Artistic Director of Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater Irma Suarez Ruiz and, via skype, New Artistic Director of the Washington Ballet Julie Kent.


Take a class or workshop.

Chicago Dance Month is the perfect opportunity to dust off your dance shoes and get moving again, or explore a style of dance that you've never dared to try. From tap to jazz to hip hop to aerial dance, there's a class for every interest on the workshop menu, many free and all taught by some of Chicago's most incredible dancers. Check out for the full list of classes. 

Celebrate spring.

Duncan Dance Chicago / Classical Modern will present a free performance of Dancing into Spring on Saturday April 23, 6:30 pm at Joffrey Academy of Dance. Collaborating performing artists are Meg Brooker, Valerie Durham, Jennifer Sprowl, Tristan Bruns, Sandra Kaufmann, Kate O'Hanlon will bring spring into step at the renown Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet

Get more Chicago Dance Month recommendations from our resident dance expert; or find the full list of performances and events at