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Celebrate Chicago Dance Month 2018 at Old Town School this April!

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Thursday, April 5, 7:00 PM ·
Old Town School of Folk Music, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave.
Afro-Contemporary Dance™️ with Red Clay Dance Theatre »

Afro-Contemporary Dance™️ class, taught by Vershawn Sanders-Ward, Founder and Artistic Director of Red Clay Dance Company. This class is an Afro-Diaspora movement practice that fuses Africanist movement vocabulary, Chicago House and modern dance forms. The classes focuses on building core strength, endurance, suppleness in the spine and emancipation of the pelvis. If you love Afro-House music you will enjoy this class!

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Saturday, April 7, 3:00 PM ·
Old Town School of Folk Music, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave.
Flamenco Dance - Bulerias with Maya Tatiana »

Join Old Town School teaching artist, Maya Tatiana for this special workshop focusing on bulerias, a special Flamenco dance form associated with Jerez de la Frontera. Participants will focus on hand palmas (clapping), marjace, desplantes, and creating expressive movements. Dancers will be accompanied by a Flamenco guitarist.

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Thursday, April 12, 7:00 PM ·
Old Town School of Folk Music, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave.
Sabar Dance with Idy Ciss »

Sabar is a traditional dance from Senegal, West Africa. This dynamic style incorporates rhythmic combinations of jumping, hip twisting, high-knee lifting, and arm swinging and is always accompanied by crisp snapping drum rhythms played by live drummers. This complex, high-energy dance is known to get people hooked. Come learn the basics with longtime Old Town School dance faculty member and Senegal native Idy Ciss.

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Saturday, April 14, 1:00 PM ·
Old Town School of Folk Music, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave.
Dance Basics for Couples with Louie Stallone »

Swing and sway to the blues, rockabilly, and the sounds of the big bands. Learn to be comfortable with fundamental moves on the dance floor. In this two-hour workshop, Louie will cover the one-step, the fox-trot, and the six-count swing. Emphasis will also be given to the basics of coupling, floorwork, and turns. This class is ideal for couples who are either preparing for their own wedding or those wanting to dance with ease at any party or occasion. Spend some time with your honey, get moving, and have fun! *One registration covers one couple (two people)

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Saturday, April 14, 3:00 PM ·
Old Town School of Folk Music, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave.
Country Dancing with Louie Stallone »

Learn some fun country dances with Louie Stallone, starting with the basic two-step, which you can dance in pairs or by yourself. We’ll then break down a few classic line dances, and maybe one or two you’ve never seen before. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and there’s no need for a partner, but bring ‘em if you got ‘em!

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Saturday, April 14, 3:00 PM ·
Old Town School of Folk Music, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave.
Intro to Irish Step with Nora Kerr »

Join Old Town School Teaching Artist Nora Kerr for this special workshop. Experience the fun and precision of Irish step dancing in this introductory workshop. You’ll be introduced to traditional soft shoe dances including reels and jigs.

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Saturday, April 21, 3:30 PM ·
Old Town School of Folk Music, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave.
Intro to Capoeira with Marisa Cordeiro »

Dance to live music! Get introduced to capoeira in this special workshop. With roots in Africa and Brazil, Capoeira is a fighting dance: a play of wit, style, speed, strategy, and soul. Incorporating traditional Brazilian music, Capoeira is an acrobatic physical movement that is both dance and martial art.

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Sunday, April 22, 10:00 AM ·
Old Town School of Folk Music, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave.
Family Yoga : Earth Day Celebration with Andrea Bunch »

Learn to practice yoga with your child to bring strength, focus, calm and balance into your body and your life - together! In celebration of Earth Day, Andrea will use animals, plants, and nature as references for yoga poses.

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Saturday, April 28, 11:00 AM ·
Old Town School of Folk Music, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave.
Dance Revolution: An All Abilities Exploration with Momenta Dance »

Join BACKBONES, an organization connecting people with spinal cord injury and their families, along with Momenta Dance, an all abilities dance group, for this special workshop exploring dance and movement. Kris Lenzo, dancer with a disability and 2016 3Arts awardee, and Deb Goodman of Momenta Dance will co-lead this workshop which welcomes people of all abilities to explore dance and movement. There will be extra wheelchairs available for participants who are able-bodied who wish to explore dancing using a wheelchair.

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Saturday, April 28, 2:00 PM ·
Old Town School of Folk Music, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave.
HOME: A House Dance Workshop with Boogie McClarin »

Boogie McClarin guides an exploration of movement history, concepts, approaches and social dance practices that accompany the global phenomenon born of Chicago's rich heritage - House Music and Dance Culture

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Concerts & Dance Parties

Friday, April 6, 8:30 PM ·
Old Town School of Folk Music, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave.
Global Dance Party with Swing Brasileiro »

Spend an evening with Chicago Samba superstars, Swing Brasileiro, who deliver an authentic snapshot of the diversity and intensity found in Brazilian music.

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Friday, April 13, 8:30 PM ·
Old Town School of Folk Music, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave.
Global Dance Party with ¡ESSO! Afrojam Funkbeat »

ESSO performs Afro-Latin and roots rock inspired dance music. Described by national outlets as tropical funk and caribbean dance, the ethnically diverse crew of urban musicians, lead by guitarist/composer producer Armando Pérez, establish pulsing polyrhythmic beats while combining swirling wah guitar, deep bass, brass horns, group singing, and spoken word poetry all in a raw eclectic mix of fresh energetic sounds.

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Thursday, April 19, 7:00 PM ·
Old Town School of Folk Music, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave.
Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre »

Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre's 2017 fall concert series was "fun, sexy," "poignant," & "haunting." (Chicago Tribune). Join this energetic company of dancers and musicians to re-live highlights from 2017 and be the first to glimpse what's in store for 2018.

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Tuesday, April 24, 7:15 PM ·
Old Town School of Folk Music, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave.
Adult Student Dance Showcase »

Join us for a night of celebrating dance as our adult students present pieces they have been rehearsing in class. This multi-disciplinary show includes both culturally specific and world dances along with social dances.

FREE

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