Winter Adult Class Session
Jan
19
to Mar 9

Winter Adult Class Session

Natya is excited to offer NEW Adult beginner classes in Chicago - Saturdays at 10AM at the Menomonee Club! Our Fall Adult Session runs from January 19th - March 9th, 2019! Register TODAY by calling our office 312-212-1240, or email us at info@natya.com.

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Lecture and Demonstration - Rajika Puri on the Ballet La Bayadere
Mar
3
11:00 AM11:00

Lecture and Demonstration - Rajika Puri on the Ballet La Bayadere

Choreographed by the great Marius Petipa in 1877, La Bayadere represents a European fascination with Indian temple dancers that dates back to Marco Polo, and reached its height in the mid-19th C with the visit of real devadasis. Join us for a special lecture/demonstration by Rajika Puri--acclaimed Bharatanatyam and Odissi dancer and scholar. Through video and photography, Ms. Puri--who was recently invited to consult on the Berlin reconstruction of La Bayadere due to her knowledge in Indian mime--will examine the portrayal of the Indian temple dancer in Western travel tales.

FREE and open to the public. Limited seating. RSVP required.

Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lecturedemonstration-rajika-puri-on-the-ballet-la-bayadere-the-temple-dancer-and-ballet-mime-tickets-56146451548

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Studio Series #1
Mar
9
4:30 PM16:30

Studio Series #1

Introducing Natya's Studio Series - a new informal, works-in-progress performance series featuring performances by Natya Dance Theatre students and alumni. Join us for our first performance of the Series, Saturday, March 9th, 2019, 4:30PM at the Academy of Dance Arts!

FREE and open to the public. Limited seating. RSVP required.

Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/studio-series-tickets-55779468893)

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Spring Adult Class Session
Mar
16
to May 4

Spring Adult Class Session

Natya is excited to offer Adult beginner classes in Chicago - Saturdays at 10AM at the Menomonee Club! Our Spring Adult Class Session runs March 16th - May 4th, 2019! Register TODAY by calling our office 312-212-1240, or email us at info@natya.com.

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STOMPING GROUNDS - Chicago Cultural Center KICK-OFF!
Mar
18
6:00 PM18:00

STOMPING GROUNDS - Chicago Cultural Center KICK-OFF!

STOMPING GROUNDS is a free and affordable two-month citywide celebration of authentic, rhythmic dance companies from a variety of world cultures, including American tap, Spanish, Mexican, African, Indian, Native, and Irish dance. The series culminates with the grand finale at the Harris Theater on Friday, May 31.

The program kicks off its FIFTH year on Monday, March 18 at the Chicago Cultural Center's Claudia Cassidy Theater. This opening event will feature all of the companies participating in 2019 (see below for a list). Our events offer a mix of free and affordable seats for the entire family. Reservations for free seats will be honored on a first come, first serve basis starting 30 minutes prior to each event's starting time. The $5 seats are held until each event starts. Unclaimed reservations are released to people on the waiting list.

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:

NOTE:

Free Tickets: Reservations for free seats will be honored on a first come, first served basis starting 30 minutes prior to each event’s starting time. At 10 minutes before showtime, all unclaimed free reservations will be released to people on the waiting list.

Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stomping-grounds-chicago-cultural-center-kick-off-tickets-55177442215?aff=eac2

Seating capacity is limited and guests and patrons will be seated in the order in which they arrive. The box office will open one hour before showtime; the auditorium will open for general admission seating approximately 30 minutes before showtime.



Locations and Lineups for STOMPING GROUNDS events:

Monday, March 18 - 6:00 PM
Chicago Cultural Center (Kick-Off!) -- 
featuring all Chicago companies

Wednesday, March 20 - 7:30 PM
Harris Theatre - Opening Night!
MAYUMANA - direct from Israel! With guest appearance by Stone Soup Rhythms

Saturday, April 13 - 7:30 PM 
Beverly Arts Center

Saturday, April 27 - 7:30 PM
National Museum of Mexican Art

Saturday, May 11 - 7:30 PM 
DuSable Museum of African American History

Saturday, May 18 - 7:30 PM
Irish American Heritage Center

Friday, May 31 - 7:30 PM 
Harris Theater (Grand Finale!)
featuring all Chicago companies

To support world-class, free and affordable cultural programs throughout Chicago throughout the year, please visit https://chicagotap.org/support/donate-now/.

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Studio Series #2
Apr
20
4:30 PM16:30

Studio Series #2

Introducing Natya's Studio Series - a new informal, works-in-progress performance series featuring performances by Natya Dance Theatre students, alumni, and company members. Get an inside scoop on what our students are learning in class, learn more about the Natya community! Join us for our first performance of the Series, Saturday, March 9th, 2019, 4:30PM at the Academy of Dance Arts!

FREE and open to the public! Limited seating. RSVP required.

RSVP Here: https://www.artful.ly/store/events/17301

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Studio Series #3
Jun
15
4:30 PM16:30

Studio Series #3

Introducing Natya's Studio Series - a new informal, works-in-progress performance series featuring performances by Natya Dance Theatre students, alumni, and company members. Get an inside scoop on what our students are learning in class, learn more about the Natya community! Join us for our first performance of the Series, Saturday, March 9th, 2019, 4:30PM at the Academy of Dance Arts!

FREE and open to the public! Limited seating. RSVP required.

RSVP Here: https://www.artful.ly/store/events/17302

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Studio Series/Open House
Aug
17
to Aug 18

Studio Series/Open House

Join us for our last Studio Series performance of the year, which doubles as an Open House for you to learn more about our school, meet our teachers, take a mini-class, talk to current students and alumni, and register for classes in the Fall!

Hope to see you on the dance floor throughout this major day of dance and fun!

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Chicago Kali Bari: Saraswati Puja Celebration
Feb
9
3:00 PM15:00

Chicago Kali Bari: Saraswati Puja Celebration

Join for a special performance by our Junior Company at Chicago Kali Bari’s SARASWATI PUJA CELEBRATION, Saturday, February 9th, 2019!

ADMISSION IS FREE! | FREE VALET PARKING AT THE TEMPLE!

Puja begins 10:00 AM, followed by Anjali, Haate Khari, Arati 'til 1:00 pm, and Prasad 'til 2:30 pm. The Cultural program begins at 3:00 pm at Abbington Distinctive Banquets (3S002 IL Route 53, Glen Ellyn IL 60137).

For more information visit: http://www.chicagokalibari.com/#/

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Sharanagathi: Total Surrender a solo by Vinay Srinivasan
Dec
22
5:00 PM17:00

Sharanagathi: Total Surrender a solo by Vinay Srinivasan

As part of the annual "Adhyayana Utsavam" celebrations, Natya Dance Theatre is pleased to present 2 back-to-back dance performances during Nammazhwar Moksham on Saturday, December 22nd, 2018 at 5:00 PM titled "Sharanagathi" by Sri. Vinay Srinivasan and on Sunday, December 23rd, 2018 at 3:00 PM titled "Om Namo Narayana" by Kumari. Veena Murali.

Both the dance programs are scheduled to be performed at Veluchamy Auditorium at the SVS Balaji Temple, Aurora. The admission is free for both dance events. The program brochure is attached with this email for your ready reference. 

Please attend the program with your family and friends and support this year's "Adhyayana Utsavam" at SVS Balaji Temple.

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Om Namo Narayana
Dec
13
6:30 PM18:30

Om Namo Narayana

As part of the annual "Adhyayana Utsavam" celebrations, Natya Dance Theatre is pleased to present 2 back-to-back dance performances during Nammazhwar Moksham on Saturday, December 22nd, 2018 at 5:00 PM titled "Sharanagathi" by Sri. Vinay Srinivasan and on Sunday, December 23rd, 2018 at 3:00 PM titled "Om Namo Narayana" by Kumari. Veena Murali.

Both the dance programs are scheduled to be performed at Veluchamy Auditorium at the SVS Balaji Temple, Aurora. The admission is free for both dance events. The program brochure is attached with this email for your ready reference. 

Please attend the program with your family and friends and support this year's "Adhyayana Utsavam" at SVS Balaji Temple.

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44th Annual Day - "Teruvil Varano: Will He Walk on My Street?"
Nov
11
2:00 PM14:00

44th Annual Day - "Teruvil Varano: Will He Walk on My Street?"

Join us in celebrating the artistic accomplishments of our students at the School of Natya Dance Theatre’s 44th Annual Day 2018! Annual Day is one of our annual student performances, showcasing our student’s hard work over the year, featuring original choreography by Hema Rajagopalan!

FREE and open to the public!

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A-Squared Asian American Performing Arts Festival
Nov
9
7:30 PM19:30

A-Squared Asian American Performing Arts Festival

Join us for a performance at the A-Squared Asian American Performing Arts Festival - November 9th, 2018, 7:00PM!

Be sure to check out the entire Festival which runs November 8th - 10th, 2018!

To purchase tickets to the Festival visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-squared-asian-american-performing-arts-festival-2018-tickets-47603372970

Co-presented by A-Squared Theatre, Asian Improv Arts Midwest and Links Hall, the A-Squared Asian American Performing Arts Festival 2018features three evenings of the art of contemporary performance by American artists descended from the Asian diaspora, including dance, music, performance art, theatre, and more! Plus, the annual sight/sound and taste installation, "Borders"-- a pop-up dining experience featuring a delectable fusion of Southeast Asian cuisines. Featured performers/works include:

-Irene Hsiao ("After Tang Chang"): Ethnically Chinese, nationally Thai poet and painter Tang Chang distilled writing to its emotional and physical impulses, ritualistically copying over words until they formed landscapes and geometric forms, stripping calligraphy down to the abstract trace of the body on canvas. Dancer Irene Hsiao takes the energetic impulses he leaves behind in his work and reads them as a score for movement, embodying these traces in our space and time, considering questions such as, what is the difference between writing and painting? When does the mark erase? How Chinese is this work? What does it mean to write, again and again, "person"?

-Stir Friday Night! (TBA)

-A-Squared Theatre featuring Preston Choi, Carol Ann Tan (title and other performers, TBA)

-Helen Lee (TBA)

-Mai Sugimoto (TBA)

-Natya Dance Theatre (TBA)

Curated by Hope Kim and Cary Shoda. "Borders" sight/sound and taste installation curated by Giau Truong.

Company Info: A-Squared Theatre was founded in December 2006 by a collective of Asian American theatre artists based in Chicago. As an Asian American theatre company, A-Squared Theatre provides opportunities for Asian American theatre artists to develop and showcase their work and talent by staging stories that accurately depict the Asian American cultural identity and experience. A-Squared’s productions and readings also educate the general public on issues relevant to the Asian American community, such as family, immigration, assimilation, social justice, sexuality, mental health, and other pertinent themes. By addressing these important issues, A-Squared creates theatre that reflects the diversity of Asian cultures present in the Chicago area. Previous A-Squared productions include the 2016 and 2017 editions of the A-Squared Asian American Performing Arts Festival (co-presented with Links Hall and Asian Improv Arts Midwest), American Hwangap (co-produced with Halcyon Theatre), Cowboy Versus Samurai, Ching Chong Chinaman, the My Asian Mom series of short plays, Really Rosie, The Other Shore (co-produced with CIRCA Pintig), The Wind Cries Mary, and Trial By Water.

Artist Bios:

Irene Hsiao is a dancer, writer, and art enthusiast. In addition to this piece, inspired by The Painting That Is Painted With Poetry Is Profoundly Beautiful, the first American solo exhibition of Thai artist Tang Chang at the Smart Museum of Art, Irene's recent work includes Dialogo Dialogo, in/on/at/with Virginio Ferrari's sculpture Dialogo, accompanied by composer and carillonneur Joey Brink, and The Radiant and the Dead, a site-specific collaboration with Connor Plunkett and India Weston on Emmanuel Pratt's Radical (Re)Constructionsinstallation, both presented by the Smart. She has also danced with the fish in Philippe Parreno's My Room Is Another Fish Bowl at the Art Institute, with the monsters in the Smart's Monster Roster.As a dancer, she has worked with Kinetech Arts, Alma Esperanza Cunningham Movement, Labayen Dance/SF, Lenora Lee Dance, Winifred Haun & Dancers, Erica Mott Productions, South Chicago Dance Theatre, Yin He Dance, and projects by Carole McCurdy, Nejla Yatkin, and others. Her writing has appeared in Los Angeles Review of Books, SF Weekly, Chicago Reader, KQED Arts, Bay Area Reporter, Newcity, Cambridge Quarterly, Victorian Poetry, Multi-Ethnic Literature of the US, Literary Imagination, Modern Philology, Word Riot, elimae, A Clean Well-Lighted Place, and Sweet, as well as in the book Peter Pan In and Out of Time. Her picture book Letter from Taipei was published in 2014. Irene is on staff in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Chicago. Special thanks to Orianna Cacchione, Curator of Global Contemporary Art at the Smart Museum of Art, Erik L. Peterson, Manager of Family Programs and Student Engagement at the Smart Museum of Art, Amy Ruehl, Assistant Registrar at the Smart Museum of Art, Cary Shoda, Artistic Director of A-Squared Theatre Workshop, Doremi Feng, Angela Tam, and Urs Schmidt-Ott.

A-Squared Theatre Special Thanks: Links Hall and Asian Improv Arts Midwest

Sponsored / Funded By: This program is sponsored in part by Asian Improv Arts Midwest: AA Arts Incubator and Lunar Ball 2017. This program is also partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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Vijayadasami Day
Oct
20
3:00 PM15:00

Vijayadasami Day

Join us for Vijayadasami Day - Saturday, October 20th, 2018, 3PM - 5PM!

Vijayadasami is an auspicious day which is celebrated to invoke the blessings of Goddess Saraswathi, the source of all knowledge. Traditionally, many Indian communities will celebrate this day by placing their books, instruments, tools, etc at the altar and pray, as knowledge is a very important aspect of life to be revered and cherished. It is also a customary belief that any new ventures started on this day will bound to be successful.

Natya looks forward to celebrating Vijayadasami Day with all of our students! On this day, it is a tradition followed by Natya students to offer their respect to their Gurus and take their blessings. We hope to see you there!

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Fall Adult Class Session
Oct
20
to Dec 15

Fall Adult Class Session

Natya is excited to offer NEW Adult beginner classes in Chicago - Saturdays at 10AM at the Menomonee Club! Our Fall Adult Session runs from October 20th - December 15th! Register TODAY by calling our office 312-212-1240, or email us at info@natya.com.

*SPECIAL OFFER*

Purchase the last two adult classes of 2018, and receive $15 off the Winter Adult class session pack! Email or call us today for more information!

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Natya Presents: Anita Ratnam's "A Million Sitas"
Sep
29
5:00 PM17:00

Natya Presents: Anita Ratnam's "A Million Sitas"

To purchase tickets: https://www.artful.ly/store/events/15870 Purchase two (2) or more General Admission tickets, and receive a $3 discount, using the code: NATYA45

The RAMAYANA is echoed through the DNA of India as an epic, a text, a sacred book, an opera - interpreted through painting, dance, theatre, song, animation, television and film. This ADI KAVYA ( eternal story) has seen more debate, discussion and discourse than any other writing in Indian society.

In A MILLION SITAS, the heroine of this time honoured tale stands at the centre of a power tussle as two men battle with their egos and divergent ideas of duty and honour. It is the women in this retelling who emerge from the shadows and pages of history to braid the multiple narratives of this riveting story.

Anita Ratnam uses every weapon in her creative arsenal. Voice, movement, song, dance, theatrical improvisations and story telling to illuminate the character of SITA. Daughter of Janaka or Ravana? Princess of Mithila or Lanka?. As bride of Rama, Queen of Ayodhya, mother of Lava and Kusa she reveals her many avatars and the numerous lines she has to cross to finally become every woman and yet remain  her true self. Admired, adored, pitied, invoked, worshipped, SITA is the four letter word that shadows every Indian woman until today. A MILLION SITAS puts her front and centre of the onging debate for the recovery of a woman's voice in society.

Concept and Performance: ANITA R RATNAM
Choreography: Hari Krishnan in collaboration with Anita Ratnam
Research and Text: Rex and Anita Ratnam
Costumes: Sandhya Raman
Music and Sound Design: Vedanth Bharadwaj and Bindhu Malini
Recorded music by: NK Kesavan, Bindhu Malini, L Subhasri, Subhiksha Rangarajan, and Viji Krishnan
Singer/Actor: Snigdha Venkatramani

Copyright Anita Ratnam and Arangham Trust 2010

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Vedanta Desikar 750th Year Tiru Nakshatram (Jayanthi Celebrations)
Sep
22
5:30 PM17:30

Vedanta Desikar 750th Year Tiru Nakshatram (Jayanthi Celebrations)

  • Sri Venkateswara Swami (Balaji) Temple (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us as Natya presents a new work “Splendor of Satya Vrata” for Acharya Sri Vedanta Desikar 750th Year Tiru Nakshatram (Jayanthi Celebrations)! Performance - Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 5:30pm

Religious and cultural progams - September 21 - 22, 2018 - Sri Venkateswara Swami (Balaji) Temple, Aurora, IL

Visit www.balaji.org for more information!

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Kalautsav - Consulate General of India, Chicago
Jul
29
2:00 PM14:00

Kalautsav - Consulate General of India, Chicago

Natya Dance Theatre will be performing at Kalautsav hosted by CGI, Chicago, Sunday, July 29th, 2018 at 2:00pm.

CGI Chicago, Cordially invites you to attend KalaUtsav 2018 on Sunday 29th July 2018 at the Harris Theater, 205 East Randolph, Chicago, IL 60601 from 2.00 PM onwards. Please join us with your family and friends in this Spectacular show. 
Looking forward to welcoming you all.

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Evanston World Arts & Music Festival
Jul
22
12:30 PM12:30

Evanston World Arts & Music Festival

Natya Dance Theatre presents: Avatar – transformations interpreting the myths and meanings through dance, drama and poetry from India!

2018 World Arts + Music Festival is a FREE, family-friendly event showcasing arts, crafts, food and music from around the world! Join us Sat & Sunday, July 21 & 22 at the Arrington Lagoon, Dawes Park, Evanston, IL

Check out the full schedule: https://www.cityofevanston.org/worldarts

All music is programmed by Dayna Calderon, Independent Arts Professional

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STOMPING GROUNDS finale (featuring Natya Dance Theatre)
Jun
7
6:30 PM18:30

STOMPING GROUNDS finale (featuring Natya Dance Theatre)

  • Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park (map)
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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, Indian, Native American, Hip-hop, and Irish dance. The series completes its fourth year with the grand finale on Thursday, June 7th at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park (start time subject to change). This event will feature:
-- Black Hawk Performance Company
-- Chicago Human Rhythm Project
-- Chicago Dance Crash
-- Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater
-- Mexican Folk Dance Company of Chicago
-- Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago
-- Natya Dance Theatre
-- Trinity Irish Dance Company
-- Trinity Irish Dance Ensemble

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STOMPING GROUNDS featuring Natya Dance Theatre, Chicago Dance Crash, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, & the Chicago Human Rhythm Project
May
23
6:00 PM18:00

STOMPING GROUNDS featuring Natya Dance Theatre, Chicago Dance Crash, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, & the Chicago Human Rhythm Project

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, Indian, Native American, Hip-hop, and Irish dance. The series culminates with the grand finale at the Pritzker Pavilion in Milennium Park on Thursday, June 7.

The series visits Chicago's west side neighborhood on Wednesday, May 23rd at the Garfield Park Conservatory. This event will feature the Chicago Dance Crash and Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater alongside Natya Dance Theatre and the Chicago Human Rhythm Project in a narrated performance and Q&A with the audience. Our events are free and open to the public, but if you would like to support the arts and STOMPING GROUNDS, you may reserve a supporter ticket (available March 17).

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Natya Presents: Rama Vaidyanathan's "VIVARTANA"
Apr
29
5:00 PM17:00

Natya Presents: Rama Vaidyanathan's "VIVARTANA"

  • Pfeiffer Hall at North Central College (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Dance transforms my pulse to pace with rhythm and I become one with rhythm
Dance transforms the space around me and I become one with space
Dance transforms my body from stillness to motion and I become one with movement
Dance transforms my soul from singular to plural and I become one with the world

Rama Vaidyanathan and Ensemble perform VIVARTANA - Dance Transforms
Concept, Script, and Choreography for all pieces by Rama Vaidyanathan

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE: $20 presale general admission/$25 at-door general admission, $15 presale student or senior/$20 at-door student or senior admission.

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STOMPING GROUNDS featuring Natya Dance Theatre and Trinity Irish Dance Company
Apr
28
7:30 PM19:30

STOMPING GROUNDS featuring Natya Dance Theatre and Trinity Irish Dance Company

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, Indian, Native American, Hip-hop, and Irish dance. The series culminates with the grand finale at the Pritzker Pavilion in Milennium Park on Thursday, June 7.

The series visits Pilsen on Saturday, April 28th at the National Museum of Mexican Art. This event will feature the Mexican Folk Dance Company of Chicago alongside Natya Dance Theatre and Trinity Irish Dance Company in a narrated performance and Q&A with the audience. Our events are free and open to the public, but if you would like to support the arts and STOMPING GROUNDS, you may reserve a supporter ticket (available for purchase beginning Feb 14).

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STOMPING GROUNDS kick-off (featuring Natya Dance Theatre)
Apr
2
6:00 PM18:00

STOMPING GROUNDS kick-off (featuring Natya Dance Theatre)

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, Indian, Native American, Hip-hop, and Irish dance. The program kicks off its fourth year on Monday, April 2nd at the Chicago Cultural Center's Claudia Cassidy Theater, featuring: 
-- Black Hawk Performance Company
-- Chicago Human Rhythm Project
-- Chicago Dance Crash
-- Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater
-- Mexican Folk Dance Company of Chicago
-- Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago
-- Natya Dance Theatre
-- Trinity Irish Dance Company
-- Trinity Irish Dance Ensemble

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