Concerts & Events

Friday, May 25, 2018  ·  8:30 PM

Ethnic Dance Chicago Celebrates the EU

featuring music by the Tones and dances led by Paul Collins
Global Dance Party

4545 N Lincoln Ave · The Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall · 773.728.6000

Global Dance Party

The Global Dance Party series offers an exciting opportunity to experiment with dance styles from around the globe. Each evening will feature a dance class followed by two hours of music from live bands or DJs in our Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall.

Tickets are just $12 per person unless otherwise noted and $5 with an Urban Gateways Teen Arts Pass.

Paul Collins / Ethnic Dance Chicago

Paul Collins began dancing with his parents at the age of eight and has been an ethnic folk dance leader & square/contra dance caller since high school. While dancing with his parents' adult group, he had the opportunity to call his first square dance at the age of 12.

Paul has been a guest teacher and caller at dances from the North Country to the Deep South and has even called squares and taught folk dancing for the hearing impaired at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC.

Paul led the University of Chicago Folk Dance Club for many years and introduced squares and contras into the group's repertoire. After directing the U of C Folk Dancers' Annual Fall "International Folk Festival" for twelve years, Paul joined Gerhard Bernhard in producing the Door County Folk Festival ( and two years later became a festival co-director.

The Tones

The Tones is a band of musicians with East European roots. Members are either from Central European countries or are descendants of emigrants from these countries who have learned the folklore growing up at home, or from relatives, friends and recordings. They play music of the Roma People, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia, etc. in a traditional style with acoustic instruments. Musicians include: Andrew Tokarz (Violin, Leader), Macuej Stopka (Violin), Alex Udvari (Cymbalom), Ryszard Gruszka (Viola Kontra), Robert Starszik (Accordion), Jurek Miszal (Bass).