DANCE IN THE PARKS

DANCE IN THE PARKS

FREE, OUTDOOR DANCE CONCERTS IN CHICAGO'S NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS

Photo by Topher Alexander, Lakeshore Park 2018

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MEET the company

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Text: Artists - 4 dancers on an outdoor stage wearing blue short tunic tops and loose fitting pants. Their knees are bent and they are reaching both arms far to the side
Text: Shows - 3 dancers in white, blue, and orange costumes runningon an outdoor stage in front of a large audience
Text: Video -2 dancers in loose fitting off-white tshirts and pants are folded together on an outdoor stage

OUR MISSION

Dance in the Parks’ mission is to bring free, professional dance performances to new audiences in the most accessible venues in Chicago—neighborhood parks. We hope to expose audiences unfamiliar with dance to the art form as well as to local performers and choreographers in a relaxed, casual atmosphere in order to build future relationships with the greater Chicago dance community.

Since 2009, Dance in the Parks has partnered with the Chicago Park District and the mayor's Night Out in the Parks' initiative to perform professional dance concerts in Chicago's neighborhood parks. Our company of professional dancers perform works created by Chicago-based choreographers. At each park, we partner with a youth training program from the community to showcase the young talent in each neighborhood.

In our 15 seasons, we have performed in 70 parks in 53 neighborhoods, hired 171 dance artists, and performed 113 dance pieces for over 17,000 audience members.

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Dance in the Parks is supported in part by a CityArts grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Illinois Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Illinois and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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