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STOMPING GROUNDS kick-off (featuring Natya Dance Theatre)

  • Claudia Cassidy Theater Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St Chicago, IL 60602 (map)

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 program kicks off its fourth year on Monday, April 2nd at the Chicago Cultural Center's Claudia Cassidy Theater. This opening event will feature all of the companies participating in 2018 (see below for a list). 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 beginning Feb 14).

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. 

The featured Chicago companies at the kick-off event are:

-- 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

NOTE: Ticket holders are allowed priority entry up to 10 minutes before showtime, otherwise seats will be given to those on the waitlist.
-- The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) of the City of Chicago
-- Chicago Free For All Fund
-- Doris Duke Foundation
-- Dance USA

-- Beverly Arts Center
-- Chicago Cultural Center
-- DuSable Museum of African American History
-- Garfield Park Conservatory
-- Irish American Heritage Center
-- National Museum of Mexican Art
-- Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park