Let’s Dance at the Chicago Cultural Center

As winter takes hold, swing into the new year with Winter Dance 2013 on January 4, 5, and 6 at the Chicago Cultural Center. It’s Winter’s version of SummerDance! Winter Dance will bring people of all ages and skill levels together in the Yates Gallery with free, introductory one-hour dance lessons by professional instructors followed by music and dancing. The diverse musical lineup showcases popular dance styles.

Friday, January 4, 2013
Swing Band: The Flat Cats
Dance Studio: Big City Swing – East Coast Swing

Saturday, January 5, 2013
Salsa Band: Carpacho y Su Super Combo
Dance Studio: Latin Rhythms – Salsa

Sunday, January 6, 2013
Ballroom Band: Teddy Lee Orchestra
Dance Studio: Fox Trot

Also at the CCC: Wired Fridays with Chicago Djs

Wired Fridays is a series of LunchBreak concerts featuring DJs and electronic music. From ambient to dance, the world of DJs and soundscape artists will be uncovered each Friday through May. The LunchBreak Series will also continue to feature music of all genres on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Click here for more information.

January 7-13: Free Dance Lessons with the American Rhythm Center

The American Rhythm Center (ARC), located in the Fine Arts Building on 410 S. Michigan Ave, 3rd Floor, is a collaborative, nonprofit space providing dance and movement/fitness classes to the public. A free week of dance classes is being offered at the ARC starting Monday, January 7. The ARC will host a “Tour the ARC” promotion, allowing the public to take one (1) free class from each of the different organizations from 1/7-1/13. The ARC is host to a variety of dance styles from Bollywood to hip hop to Chicago-style footwork to tap and contemporary jazz to NIA (a mind/body awareness movement class) to flamenco! Click here for more information.

Check out the American Rhythm Center website at The center opened this past October as a program of the Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) and is supported by  a partnership among seven (7) Chicago dance companies and arts organizations, including the Giordano Dance, Kalapriya, Cerqua Rivera, and Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute, to offer classes for the first time to the public. 

January 11: Rumba Reggae Party with my band Nu Bambu 

We are taking over the stage of Underground Wonder Bar once more for some live and original Chicago Rumba-Reggae music.  Nu Bambu will perform at 8pm. $5 Cover and good drink specials. Get ready to dance and have a great time! RSVP here

January 20: Join Chicago Urbanite at the Peruvian Young Professional Network

3856 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60613

Socialize and mix business with pleasure at this fun Peruvian Young Professionals Networking event. Make new friends, expand your list of business contacts and learn about Peruvian culture. We will celebrating the Anniversary of the City of Lima. Admission includes complimentary appetizers, one drink, a special performance of traditional music from Lima by Peruvian Tenor Javier Bernardo (member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago), and a mini class of marinera limeña, a traditional dance from Lima. $10 in advance/$15 at the door. It is recommended to buy tickets in advance. Limited space available. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.

January 25: Afro-Latino Drum Circle and Concert with Chota Madre 

1000 N. Milwaukee Ave (top floor), Chicago, Illinois 60642

Join us for a drum circle session and concert with Chota Madre, the only Ecuadorian band outside of Ecuador that promotes Afro-Ecuadorian bomba music. They will be visiting Chicago for the first time and will share their cultural movement with us. Bomba was born and flourished from the cultural exchange between the indigenous, mestizo and African communities living in proximity in the Carchi and Imbabura provinces of Ecuador. Bomba is characterized by the percussion bomba drum, handmade by the African descendants living in the area. Together the requinto guitar, the guiro, and male and female voices transmit color, feeling and passion to the people. It is suggested to bring a percussion instrument or anything that can be used as a percussion instrument such as cans, buckets, pipes, etc. You can also bring any other musical instrument.
One need not possess or purchase a drum or be a musician to participate. The participants make up the music as they go along, using their listening and playing skills to make musical connections and express themselves in any way that feels right. Participation is voluntary and often includes drumming, singing or chanting, dancing, and listening. $7. Click here for more information.

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