April is Chicago Dance Month

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Top-notch dance performances are on the horizon as this year’s Chicago Dance Month kicks off. The theme of “Open Doors, Open Spaces” highlights Chicago’s rich dance scene and features all styles of dance. With many free and discounted shows and events, you’ll want to take advantage. Here’s the breakdown.

Free & discounted events

  • Open Doors events: artists and companies host FREE behind-the-scenes access to rehearsals at various downtown locations including hotels, furniture stores and churches
  • Open Spaces events: FREE dance concerts featuring three to five different companies each Friday at 4 p.m. in Pritzker Park
  • Find full list of free events and “hot deals” here

Featured performances 

  • What Dreams May Come: an evening length multimedia dance-theatre solo piece choreographed and danced by Nejla Yatkin, a Berlin-born Turkish dancer celebrating her fifth year in Chicago (April 3-5 at Links Hall, $20-$25)
  • Carousel: the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic comes to Chicago’s Civic Opera House (April 10-16, $22-$100)
  • What We Do With Time: rhythmic dance performance featuring dancers from Stephens College and artists from Chicago-based Jump Rhythm Jazz Project (April 10-11 at Links Hall, $15)
  • Song of the Jasmine: Indian dance ensemble Ragamala Dance teams up with jazz saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa for a performance set to live music (April 10-12 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, $28)
  • Celebration of Black Dance: showcasing Chicago’s professional black dance companies and artists (April 11 at 7 p.m. at Whitney Young Fine Arts Theatre, $12)
  • Off the Wall and Onto the Stage: to celebrate the South Side Community Art Center’s 75th anniversary, Columbia City Ballet Company performs this tribute to the artwork of Jonathan Green (April 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, $35)
  • New Works: The Joffrey Ballet premieres several new works (April 22-May 3 at Cadillac Palace Theatre, $32-$155)

Click here for a complete list of Chicago Dance Month events including classes, workshops, discussions and more performances.

Follow @UrbanAgendaWGN on Twitter for more fun stuff going on around the city. Send us your ideas and photos – they might be featured in a future post. Now get out and enjoy Chicago!

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