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  • Rosalind Cummings-Yeates | August 12, 2016 11:00 PM ET

    Move Your Feet at The Chicago Dancing Festival

    Move Your Feet at The Chicago Dancing Festival

    Photo courtesy of Chicago Dancing Festival

    Chicago might be noted for jazz, blues and improve, but those aren’t the only arts where the city shines. The Windy City also hosts an impressive dance scene, and one of the best ways to experience it is at the annual Chicago Dancing Festival. The only free festival of its kind in the country, Chicago Dancing Fest highlights a wide variety of dance styles at five different venues.

    For the 10th anniversary, the fest returns for an opening night at the landmark Auditorium Theatre on Aug. 23. For five consecutive nights, the event features prestigious dance companies providing free and accessible arts experiences. Both Chicago dance companies, as well as troupes from all over, participate in this dynamic fest. The performances are always packed and although tickets are free, they usually get snapped up immediately so arrive early for seats or standby tickets, depending on the venue. Here are the standout shows not to miss:

    “Modern Men” at the Museum of Contemporary Art,  Aug. 24

    Dance often gets classified as a mostly feminine pursuit, but there are plenty of male dance troupes that challenge that stereotype. “Modern Men” presents a selection of some of the country’s most innovative male dancers, showcasing five different groups in the hour-long program. Azure Barton + Artists, Brian Brooks, Joshua Beamish Rashaun Mitchell and +Silas Riener and Rennie Harris Pure Movement will perform for two shows at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Advance tickets are already gone so show up an hour before the performance for standby tickets.

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    Planet Chicago at Navy Pier, Aug. 26

    No tickets are required for this three-hour celebration of globally focused dance companies based in Chicago. The performance also commemorates the 100th anniversary of navy pier and highlights South African gumboot dance from Forward Momentum Chicago, Indian classical dance from Nataya Dance Theatre, Caribbean and African dance from Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago and tap and percussive dance from Chicago Human Rhythm Project. The presentation starts at 5:30 p.m.

    Dancing Under The Stars at Millennium Park, Aug. 27

    The closing event for the fest unfolds at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion with the show projected on a video screen for lawn patrons. The rousing performance features Chicago faves Randy Duncan, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Joffrey Ballet joined by the Pennsylvania Ballet, Royal Ballet and Rennie Harris Pure Movement. The two-hour finale starts at 7:30 p.m. and promises to be a memorable finish to the highly anticipated festival.

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Rosalind Cummings-Yeates Far-Sighted Field Notes

Rosalind Cummings-Yeates Rosalind Cummings-Yeates is a journalist, author and blogger who specializes in travel and culture topics. She loves guiding readers through the richness of various cultures and discovering the essence of a destination. Her travel and culture blog, Farsighted Fly Girl, offers travel insights through the music, food, art and history of various countries and cultures. Join her on the journey at www.Rosalindcummingsyeates.
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