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STOMPING GROUNDS - Chicago Cultural Center KICK-OFF!

  • Chicago Cultural Center 78 East Washington Street Chicago, IL, 60602 United States (map)

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:


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.

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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

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Earlier Event: March 16
Spring Adult Class Session