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Chicago Summerdance Festival

View Map601 S. Michigan Ave. , Chicago
Tel: (312) 742-4007
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Editorial Review of Chicago Summerdance Festival

Date: June 17-August 29, 2010

Cost: Free

Organizer: Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs

What to expect: Group dance instruction in everything from ballroom to country line dancing on a 3,500-square-foot open-air floor at the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park. Visit the official website for the full schedule.

Why to go: It's better than embarrassing yourself at the next wedding you attend. A diverse crowd dives into each lesson, so be prepared to meet some new people while you learn.

Additional info: Don't worry, it's not all about class. After the lessons, live bands play until the wee hours (10 p.m.!) so you can practice what you've learned. Food and beverages are available for purchase at the SummerDance Grill, and if you need to take a rest, there's seating, too.

Can't get to Grant Park for some reason? Summerdance will be at Navy Pier and at a few other parks on certain dates (see schedule below).

The full schedule:

Lessons: 6-7 p.m.
Live music: 7:30-9:30 p.m.

June 17: Raul Jaurena & Tangata feat. Eduardo Nijensohn (Argentine Tango)
June 24: Omar Souleyman (Middle Eastern bellydance)
July 1: Orpheus Hellenic Folklore Society Ensemble (Greek Folk Dance)
July 8: Banda Manzanera (Tambora)
July 15: Red Baraat (Bhangra)
July 22: Chicago Afrobeat Project (African)
July 29: Tum Balalaika Klezmer Band (Klezmer)
August 5: Eddie Korosa, Jr. & His Boys from Illinois (Polka)
August 12: Chicago Samba (Samba)
August 19: Kabile (Horo, Rachenitsa)
August 26: Argentina Tango On Stage Ensemble (Argentine Tango)

Lessons: 6-7 p.m.
Live music: 7:30-9:30 p.m.

June 18: Carpacho y su Super Combo (Salsa)
June 25: Thomas Gunther Jazz Band (Swing)
July 2: NarcoTango (Argentine Tango)
July 9: Red Stick Ramblers (Cajun, Two-Step)
July 16: The Flat Cats (Swing)
July 23: The Etcetera Band (Steppin')
July 30: The Boilermaker Jazz Band (Swing, Jitterbug)
August 13: Samuel del Real y su Orquestra (Salsa, Cha-Cha)
August 20: Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan (Swing)
August 27: The Ragtops (Oldies)

Lessons: 6-7 p.m.
Live music: 7:30-9:30 p.m.

June 19: Outcast Jazz Band (Swing, Jitterbug)
June 26: DJ Mellow Khris (Steppin')
July 10: Jeffrey Broussard & the Creole Cowboys (Zydeco)
July 17: Grupo Rebolu (Salsa)
July 24: Angel Melendez & The 911 Mambo Orchestra Tribute to El Cantate (Salsa)
July 31: The Western Elstons (Western Swing)
August 14: Charanga Tropical (Mambo)
August 21: Orquestra La Inspiracion (Bachata, Cha-Cha, Salsa)
August 28: Nabori (Salsa, Merengue)

Lessons: 4-5 p.m.
Live music: 5-7 p.m.

June 20: Teddy Lee Orchestra (Rumba, Ballroom)
June 27: Afinca'o (Salsa, Mambo, Merengue, Bachata)
July 11: John Burnett Orchestra (Big Band, Ballroom, Mambo)
July 18: Steve Cooper Orchestra (Fox Trot)
July 25: The Weiss Brothers (Waltz)
August 1: Nancy Hays & The Romance of Dance Orchestra (Cha-Cha)
August 15: Lonny Lynn Orchestra (Jive)
August 22: Chicago Grandstand Big Band (East Coast Swing, Big Band)
August 29: Sam Burckhardt Nonet (Swing, Jitterbug)

SummerDance in the Parks
Lessons: 6-7 p.m.
Live music: 7-9 p.m.

Humboldt Park Boathouse (1359 N. Sacramento)
June 23: Willie Gomez con Cache Orchestra, DJ Henry Knowles (Salsa, Cha-Cha)
July 21: Bombazo: AfriCaribe, Grupo Yuba & Nuestro Tambo (Puerto Rican Bomba)
August 11: CALJE Salsa feat. Papo Santiago and Nythia Martinez (Mambo, Cha-Cha)

Athletic Field Park (3546 W. Addison)
July 7: Angel d'Cuba (Salsa, Merengue)
July 28: The Boilermaker Jazz Band (Jitterbug, Swing)
August 18: Krilich Brothers Tamburitza Orchestra (Balkan Folk Dance)

Jackson Park 63rd Street Beach (6300 S. Lake Shore)
July 14: Orquesta Ponson: Tribute to Classic Salsera Vocalists (Salsa, Merengue)
August 4: Chicago Catz (Chicago Bop)
New Millennium Swing Collective (Swing, Big Band)

SummerDance at Navy Pier
Lessons: 6-6:45 p.m.
Live music: 7:30-10 p.m.
Fireworks: 9:30 p.m.

July 14: The Nu Blu Band (Steppin')
August 11: Lesley Byers & the Jazz Cats (Swing)

Centerstage Reviewer: Ben Rubenstein

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