Dance in the Parks returns! (preview)

The model for Dance in the Parks (DIP) is simple: dance, in the parks. Take a close look, however, and DIP quickly becomes a vital part of the dance community. For the sixth summer, DIP is bringing a fully-produced, high quality performance to Chicago Park District locations in all corners of the city. Artistic Director Katie McCann says she works with park management to identify locations that may not have access to “downtown dance”, and carefully considers the facilities where she can pull off a successful production.

Dance in the Parks 2012 | Photo by Eddo Photography
Dance in the Parks 2012 | Photo by Eddo Photography

This season boasts four new dancers, four new parks, in three new neighborhoods, and perhaps most exciting, seven original works. I popped by Extensions Dance Center for a sneak peek at three of the premieres from Michel Rodriguez Cintra, Angela Dice Nguyen, and Ahmad Simmons. DIP dances are typically fun and accessible, which these three are, but there’s no pandering, there’s no patronizing – these dances aren’t watered down. At the risk of being dramatic, I’m really excited about this show. I might go see it ten times. Because I can. And it’s free.

Dance in the Parks premieres Wednesday, July 16 at Davis Square Park. All shows begin at 6:30pm. There are no tickets; just show up, and bring a picnic if you like. Find the schedule posted below:

  • Wednesday, July 16 – Davis Square Park, 4430 S. Marshfield Ave. 60609, rain or shine
  • Friday, July 18 – Foster Park, 1440 W. 84th St. 60620, rain or shine
  • Wednesday, July 23 – Washington Park, 5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr. 60637, rain or shine
  • Friday, July 25 – Tuley Park, 501 E. 90th Pl. 60619, rain or shine
  • Tuesday, July 29 – Athletic Field Park, 3546 W. Addison St. 60618, weather permitting
  • Wednesday, July 30 – Humboldt Park, 1359 N. Sacramento Ave. 60622, rain or shine
  • Friday, August 1 – Berger Park Cultural Center, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd. 60660, weather permitting
  • Monday, August 4 – Moran Playground Park, 5727 S. Racine Ave. 60621, weather permitting
  • Wednesday, August 6 – Austin Town Hall, 5610 W. Lake St. 60644, rain or shine
  • Friday, August 8 – Indian Boundary Park, 2500 W. Lunt Ave. 60645, rain or shine
Lauren Warnecke

Author: Lauren Warnecke

Lauren Warnecke is a freelance writer and editor, focused on dance and cultural criticism in Chicago and across the Midwest. Lauren is the dance critic for the Chicago Tribune, editor of See Chicago Dance, and founder/editor of Art Intercepts, with bylines in Chicago Magazine, Milwaukee Magazine, St. Louis Magazine and Dance Media publications, among others. Holding degrees in dance and kinesiology, Lauren is an instructor of dance and exercise science at Loyola University Chicago.