Dance with us on the Chicago Riverwalk!

We’re celebrating the Year of Chicago Dance with FREE performances and community workshops on the Riverwalk! Movers, makers, musicians (and perhaps a flash mob or two!) showcase the city’s dynamic dance scene. All are invited to take their turn on the “dance floor” at pre-show classes for all ages and abilities.

We’ll have two opportunities for you to join us on August 13th and September 10th!

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Saturday, September 10th

at Columbus Plaza

just East of the Columbus Street Bridge

12PM – Workshop

Japanese Festival Dance with Yoshinojo Fujima aka Rika Lin

open to all ages and abilities

1PM – Performances

Featuring:

Shubukai and Tsukasa Taiko

Yoshinojo Fujima aka Rika Lin

Murda Mommy 

The Sampson Brothers 

All events will include ASL interpretation.

Saturday, September 10th

Getting to Columbus Plaza

Columbus Plaza is located just east of the Columbus Street Bridge on the Chicago Riverwalk.

On Foot: enter the Riverwalk from Upper Wacker Drive. There are staircases located on the east side of Columbus Street on both Upper and Lower Wacker. There is an accessible ramp entrance on Upper Wacker, on the east side of State Street, across the street from 1 E Wacker Drive.

By Car Service: enter 303 East Wacker Drive as your destination, being sure to note to the driver that you want to get out on UPPER Wacker. Entrances to the Riverwalk will be across the street from your drop off point (see On Foot directions above).

If you are Driving: we recommend using Spot Hero to find reliable parking near the Riverwalk. Use “303 East Wacker Drive” as your destination address. After parking, use On Foot directions above.

Meet the Artists

MurdaMommy is a dancer, musician, actor, and innovator in the film, fashion, and gaming industries. As a lesbian artist and a teen who experienced homelessness, she brings her life experiences into her practice and teaches the dance form Chicago Footwork to people who live on the South and West sides of Chicago. In 2019, she was recognized by SWAN Day Chicago, celebrating black women in dance, 2019 Dance/USA fellow also 2020 Queer Art Yaa Asante digital grant finalist.Also recently became NewDances choreographer 2022.MurdaMommy has performed across the U.S. In Chicago, she mentors and connects with all generations through performance and workshops,  for more information www.murdamommy.com

Bangz is a Chicagofootworker raised on the southside of chicago he began his journey footworking in 2008. Bangz has performed and won in many footwork battles and began to perform in 2019 locally at DTLR clothing grand opening, local chicago dance downs and recently at Thalia Hall Fly Honey’s Show.

Fly Boi Vell is a hip-hop dancer and Chicago footworker he began his passion for dance in 2017 with local dance company Bringing Out Talent dance company. His passion grew for dancing while performing at major local events ,BudBilliken Parade, dance downs and also just recently at  Thalia Hall Fly Honey’s Show.

Samsoche and Lumhe Sampson, The Sampson bros., are life long performers combining traditional and cultural heritage with contemporary influences. This allowed them to create a fusion that is dynamic and educational to audiences around the world.

Yoshinojo Fujima (aka Rika Lin) is an interdisciplinary artist, choreographer, and Grandmaster in Fujima style Japanese classical dance. Her own dance investigations alter the traditional pedagogy of Japanese dance with humor and subtle transgressions by way of questioning ideas of role and identity.

Shubukai – Formerly “Fujima Ryu of Chicago”, Grandmaster Shunojo Fujima founded the Japanese Classical Dance group and has been presenting Fujima style Japanese Classical Dance in Chicago for over 45 years.

Tsukasa Taiko – currently one of the largest and most active community taiko groups led by an artist with the driving mission to uphold traditional Japanese aesthetics. 


In case you missed the August 13th Dance The Walk event check out the recap below:

Dance the Walk – August 2022 Overview shoot and edited by Jovan Landry

Saturday, August 13th

at The Confluence

between Franklin and Lake Streets

12PM – Workshop

Arab Dance with Karim Nagi

open to all ages and abilities

1PM – Performances

Featuring:

Karim Nagi & Karama

Dawn Xiana Moon + Raks Inferno

Ale Campos as Celeste

Meet the Artists

Ále Campos is a multi-disciplinary artist and performer whose elastic studio practice is anchored by drag and their persona, Celeste. They create a variety of works that span live and mediated performance and the mediums of video, text, sound and print media. They implement drag in their work as a framework for constructing images, playing with the gaze and skirting our expectations of performance art. For them drag is a mindset – it is made manifest in makeup, costume and affect and can extend as a mode of looking at and engaging with the world.

Karim Nagi is an internationally recognized musician and folk dancer. Originally from Egypt, Karim has spent the last 25 years promoting traditional and contemporary works rooted in Arab culture. He has organized 19 Arab Dance Seminars (including two at Links Hall), recorded 14 albums, and has a TEDxChicago Talk. He is joined by dancer & percussionist Indrany Hadia and musician Dr. Abboud Agha.

Raks Inferno: Founded by Dawn Xiana Moon, Raks Inferno (a Raks Geek project) showcases the talents of bellydancers and object manipulators who are each stars in their own right: They’ve performed everywhere from Germany to Argentina, Costa Rica to the UK. Company members include Kamrah, who has taught and performed at Tribal Fest (the largest fusion bellydance festival in the world); Lee Na-Moo, winner of the 2010 Chicago Oriental Dance Competition, member of modern/contemporary company Joel Hall Dancers, and touring cast with Bellydance Evolution; Gaea Lady, who won “Best Debut” and “Most Classic” at the Burlesque Hall of Fame in 2016 and is ranked internationally in the Top 50 Most Influential Burlesque Artists (2018, 2019); Michi Trota, former board member of the Chicago Full Moon Fire Jams; and director Dawn Xiana Moon, who was named “Best Stage Performer” (2019, 2020) and “Best Dancer” (2019) by the Chicago Reader and recently appeared on Britain’s Got Talent.