STOMPING GROUNDS is a free and affordable two-month citywide celebration of authentic, rhythmic dance companies from a variety of world cultures, including American tap, Spanish, Mexican, African, Indian, Native American, Urban Hip Hop, and Irish dance. The series culminates with the grand finale at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park on Thursday, June 7.
The series visits Chicago's northwest side on Saturday, April 21st at the Irish American Heritage Center. This event will feature the Trinity Irish Dance Company alongside Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago and Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater. Our events offer a mix of free and affordable seats for the entire family. Reservations for free seats will be honored on a first come, first serve basis starting 30 minutes prior to each event's starting time. The $5 seats are held until each event starts. Unclaimed reservations are released to people on the waiting list.
Each STOMPING GROUNDS event, known as a "Performalogue," features the performers and Artistic Directors of selected companies in a narrated performance and Q&A with the audience. And each event features a different lineup! For a list of locations and lineups, please see below.
The featured Chicago companies are:
•Chicago Human Rhythm Project's "Stone Soup Rhythms"
•Chicago Dance Crash
•Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater
•Itotia Mexica Xi
•Mexican Folk Dance Company of Chicago
•Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago
•Natya Dance Theatre
•Trinity Irish Dance Company
•Trinity Irish Dance Ensemble
Free Tickets: Reservations for free seats will be honored on a first come, first served basis starting 30 minutes prior to each event’s starting time. At 10 minutes before showtime, all unclaimed free reservations will be released to people on the waiting list.
$5 Supporter Tickets: $5 Supporter seats will be held until showtime. Supporter seats will not be guaranteed after the show has begun.
Seating capacity is limited and guests and patrons will be seated in the order in which they arrive. The box office will open one hour before showtime; the auditorium will open for general admission seating approximately 30 minutes before showtime.