Photo by Topher Alexander, Lakeshore Park 2018
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 14 seasons, we have performed in 63 parks in 43 neighborhoods, hired 164 dance artists, and performed 108 dance pieces for over 14,000 audience members.
Dance in the Parks' 2022 season is supported by funding from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the National Endowment for the Arts