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4 Chicagoland Must-See Dance Performances This Summer!

Curated by Skunkworks Founder and Director Jana Bennett

While Skunkworks is taking a break this summer, your dance journey doesn’t have to stop! Our Founder and Director, Jana Bennett, has curated an exciting list of must-see Chicagoland dance performances for the season. Dive into the vibrant dance scene and stay inspired all summer long! Keep reading below.

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Important Note: These performances do not include audience age recommendations. If you plan to bring dancers under the age of 13, please check with the box office or the performance company to ensure the content is appropriate for younger audiences.

Joffrey Ballet For All Free Performance

Date: June 16, 5:30pm - Free

Location: Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 55 N. Michigan Ave, Millenium Park, Chicago, IL

Cost: Free!!!

Event Description

Bring your family, friends, and a picnic basket to the great lawn of Millennium Park on Sunday, June 16, for the return of the Joffrey for All free public performance. Experience a series of fan favorites from all three pillars of our organization, featuring Company Artists, Academy, and Community Engagement students. Truly embodying Joffrey for All, we are ecstatic to revive this meaningful performance for a second time and honor the vibrant spirit of our city with a gift to all Chicagoans.

Running Time: 2 hours

New Dances 2024

Dates: June 20, 7:00pm, June 21, 7:00pm, June 22, 7:00pm

Buy Tickets: $20-$40

The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60610

Event Description

Thodos Dance Chicago and DanceWorks Chicago are excited to collaborate on New Dances 2024 and continue a shared tradition of developing choreographic talent and serving Chicago’s dance community. Originating with The Chicago Repertory Dance Ensemble, New Dances has been part of Chicago’s dance history for over 40 years, offering a platform for early career choreographers to create new work with artistic, logistic, and financial support.

Be the first to see World Premieres by Chicago-based choreographers Sophie Minouche Allen, Mark Gonzalez, Joey Martinez, Alix Schillaci, Jessi Stegall, and Sophia Vangelatos.

Performances will be held at The Ruth Page Center Theater, the very theater where New Dances began in 1983, 1016 North Dearborn, June 20-22, 2024, during Chicago Dance Month. Curtain time is 7pm, and each performance includes a post-show Q & A with the choreographers. #SupportLocal

Running Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes


Dates: July 12, 7:30pm and Jul 13, 7:30pm

Buy Tickets: $15-50

Save 20% with code "Cycles"

Location: Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Parkway, Chicago, IL 60610

Event Description

Cycles experiments with nowness and the passages of times and spaces, by choreographers at different stages of their careers and artistic journeys.

The Seldoms Artistic Director, Carrie Hanson, presents All at Once, a cubism-inspired solo performed by ensemble member Haley Marcin. Premiering her new duet, ciclos, TS member Gabriela Chavez delivers a virtuosic and vulnerable duet made with Marcin and Associate Director Damon Green. The event marks the return of Ginger Farley's artistic work to the stage after 19 years and her leadership of Chicago Dancemaker's Forum. Finally, with his solo presentation, Rigo Saura (pictured) gives his final Chicago performance before his move to Germany.

Presented by The Seldoms with Ginger Farley and Hedwig Dances.

Running Time: 90 minutes

Dance for Life 2024

Dates: August 10, 6:00pm

Location: Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Parkway, Chicago, IL 60610

Event Description

Chicago Dance Health Fund, formerly Chicago Dancers United, strives to improve the lives of dance professionals by cultivating pathways to holistic wellness of the body, mind, and spirit and providing meaningful financial support to Chicago’s dance community. Since 1992, we have come together to raise critical funding and awareness to secure our community’s future. In our 33rd year, Dance For Life’s one-of-a-kind annual performance and benefit presents ten dance companies together in one night. The complete lineup of artists includes Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, Giordano Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Joffrey Ballet, Trinity Irish Dance Company, and Visceral Dance Chicago, and making their debuts, Ballet 5:8, Praize Productions, and Winifred Haun & Dancers. The finale will be performed by dancers from throughout the Chicago area, choreographed by Jonathan Alsberry, and featuring original music by Ira Antelis.

Dance for Life raises money for The Fund, which provides Chicago dance industry professionals with financial support for preventative health care and critical medical needs. Anyone working in or retired from a professional capacity within Chicago’s dance community—dancers, technical staff, administrators, choreographers, instructors, accompanists, and more—is eligible.

Dance for Life showcases the city’s unique variety of dance traditions and styles by bringing together professional dance companies and dancers from throughout Chicago, who unite to support their peers by generously donating their time, energy, and artistry. Throughout its history, Dance for Life has presented more than 50 Chicago-based professional dance companies representing a variety of genres, sizes, and histories and numerous choreographers, artists, and designers.

Running Time: 2 hours

Information in this article came from See Chicago Dance. You can find more Summer 2024 Chicagoland Dance Performances and Offerings here:

Happy Summer Dance Adventuring!



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