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May 24, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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STOMPING GROUNDS is a free two-month citywide celebration of authentic, rhythmic dance companies from a variety of world cultures, including American tap, Spanish, Mexican, African, Chinese, and Irish dance. The series culminates with the grand finale at the Studebaker Theater on Friday, June 2.

The series visits Chicago’s Garfield Park neighborhood on Wednesday, May 24 at the Garfield Park Conservatory. This event will feature Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theater, alongside Chicago Human Rhythm Project and the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company.  Like all STOMPING GROUNDS events, it is completely free and open to the public.

Each STOMPING GROUNDS event, known as a “Performalogue”, features the performers and Artistic Directors of selected companies, in a narrated performance and Q&A with the audience. And each event features a different lineup! For a list of locations and lineups, please see below.

The featured Chicago companies are:

–Chicago Human Rhythm Project
–Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theatre
–Mexican Folkloric Dance Company
–Muntu Dance Theatre
–Trinity Irish Dance Company and the Trinity Irish Dance Ensemble

NOTE: Ticket holders are allowed priority entry up to 20 minutes before showtime, otherwise seats will be given to those on the waitlist.

Locations and Lineups for STOMPING GROUNDS events:

Monday, April 3 – 6:00pm  SOLD OUT – WAIT LIST AVAILABLE
Chicago Cultural Center (Kick-Off)
featuring all five Chicago companies

Saturday, April 8 – 7:30pm  SOLD OUT – WAIT LIST AVAILABLE
National Museum of Mexican Art
featuring the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company and more

Saturday, April 15 – 7:30pm  SOLD OUT – WAIT LIST AVAILABLE
DuSable Museum of African-American History
featuring Muntu Dance Theatre and more

Saturday, April 29 – 7:30pm
Irish American Heritage Center
featuring the Trinity Irish Dance Ensemble and more

Tuesday, May 2 – 7:00pm
Studebaker Theater
featuring SPECIAL GUESTS: GuGu Drum Group – Shanghai

Saturday, May 13 – 7:30pm
Beverly Arts Center
featuring Muntu Dance Theatre and more

Saturday, May 24 – 6:00pm
Garfield Park Conservatory
featuring Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theater and more

Friday, June 2 – 7:30pm
Studebaker Theater (Grand Finale)
featuring all five Chicago companies


May 24, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Garfield Park Conservatory
300 North Central Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60624 United States