No matter what style of dance make your eyes shine, Chicago is sure to have it at one of its many entertainment venues. Offerings range from contemporary and hip hop to tap and ballet. And don’t just limit the fun to one event. Suggestions are for July through October of 2016, and the Chicago Dancing Festival alone has four terrific programs in August. Just know that as you surf through the events suggested, you might need to get tickets ahead of time or arrive early for entry or a good seat.
(Photo Credit: vittumtheater.org)

(Photo Credit: vittumtheater.org)


Evil & Good
Chicago Dance Crash
Vittum Theater
1012 N. Noble St.
Chicago, IL 60642
(773) 342-4141
vittumtheater.org
Date: July 15-16, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Picture innovative street dance done professionally, but with a theme and performed inside a theater. The Chicago Dance Company, which often blends acrobatics, breakdance, ballet and contemporary movements, is doing an exciting, full-length, street-dance style production that pits opposing forces against each other. Primarily choreographed by CDC staff member Jessica Deahr, the performance also has sections choreographed by senior dance member Katlin Webster and Culture Shock Chicago artistic director Christopher Courtney. Deahr also directs the show. The Vittum Theater is in the West Town neighborhood. Tickets are $25.

Chicago Human Rhythm Project JUBA: Masters Of Tap And Percussive Dance
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 280-2660
mcachicago.org

Date: July 20, 2016 at 7 p.m., July 21-23, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.You may walk into MCA’s theater tired, but after tapping the feet to the Chicago Human Rhythm Project program you are likely to leave with a bounce in your step or the urge to take up tap dance. The event opens July 20, with a benefit program featuring the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble, Footprints Tap and Northwest Tap Exchange. Tickets are $50-$100. Jumaane Taylor and M.A.D.D Rhythms perform July 21 and July 23, accompanied by the Universal Zulu Nation of Afrika Bambaataa and the music of John Coltrane. On July 22, Groundhog pays tribute to Earl “Groundhog” Basie and other past hoofers. The program also includes a performance by Linda Sohl Elllison with accompaniment by the Eric Hochberg Trio and Monti Ellison. Ticket prices for July 21-23 events are $35, with MCA members paying $25.

Chicago Dancing Festival
Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
50 E. Congress Parkway
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 341-2300
www.chicagodancingfestival.com

Date: Aug. 23, 2016 at 7 p.m., Aug. 24, 2016 at 6 and 8 p.m., Aug. 25, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 27, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Chicago Dancing Festival has an amazing line-up of companies to celebrate its tenth anniversary, and all the programs are free, taking place in various venues across the city. The programs feature dancers from the Joffrey Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Royal Ballet and American Ballet. The week starts out with “Opening Night Celebration -2016” at the Auditorium Theatre on August 23. It’s followed by “Modern Men” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago on August 24. Next is “Dancing at the Harris” on August 25. The week ends August 27 at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion with “Dancing Under the Stars.” It showcases Randy Duncan’s “Dance for Life.” The programs are free, however tickets are needed.

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Flamenco Passion
Auditorium Theatre
Roosevelt University
50 E. Congress Parkway
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 341-2300
www.auditoriumtheatre.orgDate: Sept. 29,2016 at 7:30 p.m.

See the stirring Bolero, an extraordinary work by Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theater founder, Dame Libby Komaiko. The Ensemble will also present contemporary interpretations of traditional Spanish movements, including Mil Clavos. The Auditorium appearance is part of a “Made in Chicago” series and the company’s 2015-2016 tour 40th anniversary tour.

Black Diamond
Danish Dance Theater
Harris Theater at Millennium Park
205 E. Randolph Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 334-7777
www.harristheaterchicago.org

Date: Oct. 21-22, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

A two-act piece by choreographer Tim Rushton, Black Diamond is futuristic. Danish Dance Theater members encounter a dark world of volcanoes and obstructions before finding shining hope. Along the journey, they find a goddess who spins their fate. The music fits the contemporary scenery with violin accompaniment by Alexander Balanescu, sounds by Trentemoller and classical notes by Philip Glass..

Jodie Jacobs is a veteran journalist who loves writing about Chicago, art, theater, museums and travel. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.
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