Dance Down at Navy Pier's "Fresh Fest!"
Jul
11
5:30 PM17:30

Dance Down at Navy Pier's "Fresh Fest!"

Open the Circle is teaming up with Navy Pier to present a youth-focused Dance Down featuring some of the top youth dance companies in Chicago. Join us for this special event.

The event is part of Fresh Fest!, a two-day, Pier-wide performance program featuring young performers of Chicago. This free festival is open to the public, and includes multiple performances on July 11th and 12th at various stages and spaces at Navy Pier (Crystal Garden, Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion, Polk Bros Park and Performance Lawns, Wave Wall platform, and Pier Park).  

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Hamilton Park Dance Down
Jul
27
2:00 PM14:00

Hamilton Park Dance Down

Open the Circle presents Chicago-style “dance downs” in three parks across the city. Dance downs showcase black youth dance groups from across the city. Today's dance groups are famous for their performances at the Bud Billiken Parade, and at other parades across the city and beyond. Several groups travel nationally to perform, winning awards and recognition from television programs like Bring It!, while instilling community, leadership and self-confidence in Chicago youth. 

This dance down is presented by Open the Circle and Empiire Dance Company and features the following groups: Tiny Diamonds, Diamonds, Dynasty of the Empiire, Geek Skquad, AFE, MBM Dance Company, Silent Threat, Bringing Out Talent, 2Official Boyz, and more.

Music is provided by "the youngest in charge" DJ Corey, and his father DJ Clent, godfather of footwork music and juke in Chicago.

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Austin Town Hall Park Dance Down
Aug
18
2:00 PM14:00

Austin Town Hall Park Dance Down

Open the Circle presents Chicago-style “dance downs” in three parks across the city. Dance downs showcase black youth dance groups from across the city. Today's dance groups are famous for their performances at the Bud Billiken Parade, and at other parades across the city and beyond. Several groups travel nationally to perform, winning awards and recognition from television programs like Bring It!, while instilling community, leadership and self-confidence in Chicago youth. 

This dance down is presented by Open the Circle and Bringing Out Talent and hosted by Jasmine Walker and features the following groups: Bringing Out Talent, Empiire Dance Company, AFE, Geek Skquad, The Era Footwork Crew, A List, and more.

Music is provided by "the youngest in charge" DJ Corey, and his father DJ Clent, godfather of footwork music and juke in Chicago.

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Millennium Park Dance Down as part of YAS! Fest
Sep
21
12:00 PM12:00

Millennium Park Dance Down as part of YAS! Fest

Open the Circle presents Chicago-style “dance downs” in three parks across the city. Dance downs showcase black youth dance groups from across the city. Today's dance groups are famous for their performances at the Bud Billiken Parade, and at other parades across the city and beyond. Several groups travel nationally to perform, winning awards and recognition from television programs like Bring It!, while instilling community, leadership and self-confidence in Chicago youth. 

This dance down is presented by Open the Circle and The Era Footwork Crew and features the following groups: The Era Footwork Crew , Bringing Out Talent, Empiire Dance Company (Reggae Production), MBM, Silent Threat, Insanity, and 2 Official Boyz.

Music is provided by "the youngest in charge" DJ Corey, and his father DJ Clent, godfather of footwork music and juke in Chicago.

Exact timing and stage to be confirmed. Stay tuned!

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Footwork 4 the Youth @ 4th Annual Chicago House Music Festival
May
25
6:00 PM18:00

Footwork 4 the Youth @ 4th Annual Chicago House Music Festival

OTC and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs are teaming up again to bring two hours of footwork dance and music back to Millennium Park as part of the 4th Annual Chicago House Music Festival. Both performances will take place at Millennium Park at the Fam Jam stage (Wrigley Square).

6:00-7:00pm features a footwork workshop hosted by The Era Footwork Crew featuring live DJing from Teklife DJs.

8:00-9:00pm features a footwork/house music “Dance Down” featuring leading black youth dance troupes such as Bringing Out Talent and Empiire Dance Company as well as music by DJ Corey aka “the youngest DJ in charge” and DJ Clent, godfather of footwork. This hour is hosted by female footwork originator De’One Johnson.

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Film screening + footwork battle at Harper Theater
Apr
24
7:00 PM19:00

Film screening + footwork battle at Harper Theater

Join Open the Circle and The Era Footwork Crew for a film screening from 7-8pm as part of Cinema 53. The screenings will be followed by a footwork battle with music from footwork DJs and performances by The Era Footwork Crew.

The event is oriented towards students and community residents. It's free for all ages.

Cinema 53 is a partnership between the historic Harper Theater in downtown Hyde Park and UChicago’s Gray Center for Arts & Inquiry. The winter series is presented with support from The Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture.

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Aug
25
12:00 PM12:00

Dance Down at Millennium Park

  • Millennium Park - Cloud Gate "The Bean" (map)
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DANCE DOWNS IN THE PARK is a performance series hosted by Shkunna Stewart and The Era Footwork Crew. Each event brings youth dancers to center stage for dance and pom-pom performances, alongside legendary Chicago house DJs, local celebrities and esteemed musician guests. The following youth dance groups are featured: Bringing Out Talent, Third Dimension, Royalty, Silent Threat, Minor Threat, Royal Flush, Insanity, Geek Squad and Empire. This culminating event will happen in front of “the bean” at the Millennium Park Cloud Gate Stage

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Aug
18
2:00 PM14:00

Dance Down in Austin Town Hall Park

DANCE DOWNS IN THE PARK is a performance series hosted by Shkunna Stewart and The Era Footwork Crew. Each event brings youth dancers to center stage for dance and pom-pom performances, alongside legendary Chicago house DJs, local celebrities and esteemed musician guests. The following youth dance groups are featured at each dance down: Bringing Out Talent, Third Dimension, Royalty, Silent Threat, Minor Threat, Royal Flush, Insanity, Geek Squad and Empire.

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Jul
21
2:00 PM14:00

Dance Down in Hamilton Park

DANCE DOWNS IN THE PARK is a performance series hosted by Shkunna Stewart and The Era Footwork Crew. Each event brings youth dancers to center stage for dance and pom-pom performances, alongside legendary Chicago house DJs, local celebrities and esteemed musician guests. The following youth dance groups are featured: Bringing Out Talent, Third Dimension, Royalty, Silent Threat, Minor Threat, Royal Flush, Insanity, Geek Squad and Empire.

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Jun
30
7:00 PM19:00

Footwork night at the MCA's Prime Time Series

Footwork comes to the Museum of Contemporary Art. MCA Prime Time is an after-hours series that taps into the creative pulse of Chicago with an eclectic mix of live music, performance art, film screenings, and interactive programs that transforms the museum in spectacular ways. This evening features a footwork takeover with performances by Suzi Analogue, a special set by Chicago footwork legend RP Boo, and appearances by DJ Spinn of Teklife, Jana Rush, The Era Footwork Crew, and I Am the Queen. Read a writeup of the event here.

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