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Are you ready to kick off summer, Chicago? Here's a way to celebrate the start of the season: put on your dancing feet and boogie on down to the historic Fine Arts Building (410 S. Michigan Ave., above) for the DANCE Free-4-All, a week of free dance classes, on June 8-14. Presented by the American Rhythm Center (ARC), the innovative, collaborative dance/arts facility operated by the Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP), this week of dancing fun will ensure that your summer begins on the right foot and to the right beat.

Featuring free classes for all ability levels in a range of genres and styles, the DANCE Free-4-All is your chance to find the right dancing fit for you and your family. Choose from tap, modern, ballet, Zumba, flamenco, musical theatre, capoeira, West African, hip hop, Afro-contemporary, break dancing, soul swing, Bollywood, Tai Chi, parent-child classes - or give each and every one a try.

The teachers represent ARC's diverse community partners and other affiliated groups, including Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts, Ayodele Drum & Dance, Calm Chicago, Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA, DMX Dance Company, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, Esoteric Dance Project, Gang of Toes, Natya Dance Theatre, Tamboula Ethnic Dance Company,Mandala Arts,M.A.D.D. Rhythms and Movement Revolution Dance Crew, as well as independent artists including Jimmy Payne Jr., Tammy Mader, Matt Crowle, Charles "Poppin' Chuck" Bledsoe, Sarita Smith Childs and more.

The ARC is Chicago Human Rhythm Project's collaborative initiative to provide a shared, affordable and sustainable education, rehearsal and administrative facility for small and mid-sized Chicago arts organizations, which also serves as an incubator for emerging companies and independent artists. The aim is to offer diverse, high-quality dance and movement classes to the general public while centralizing the education programs, rehearsal space and administrative offices of several core groups. The session of summer classes begins June 8, 2015 with the week-long Free-4-All, then continues through August 16. Also, on June 12, the ARC will host its monthly Tap Jam, which takes place on the second Friday of each month. MADD Rhythms' Bril Barrett hosts the June Tap Jam. Tap Jams are open to the public. No prior experience is necessary.

Chicago Human Rhythm Project's Summer DANCE Free-4-All takes place Monday-Sunday, June 8-14 at the American Rhythm Center at the Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Ave., 3rd floor. For information or an updated class schedule, visit arcchicago.org or call 312-922-1272.