STOMPING GROUNDS is a two-month, City-wide festival presented in distinct communities throughout Chicago showcasing many of the city’s most accomplished percussive dance companies. Throughout the festival, unique combinations of artists from multiple ensembles perform and teach in schools, community cultural centers and in a grand finale at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. We stomp the earth to proclaim that we are here . . . and that we are here TOGETHER!

The 2018 series begins on April 2!  Learn more about the 2018 companies or reserve your seats below.

2018 Companies

Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s Stone Soup Rhythms
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Chicago Dance Crash
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Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theatre
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Itotia Mexica Xi
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The Mexican Folk Dance Company of Chicago
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Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago
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Natya Dance Theatre
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Trinity Irish Dance Company
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Trinity Irish Dance Ensemble
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Events and Reservations

Our events offer a mix of free and affordable seats for the entire family.

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.

Chicago Cultural Center – Kick-Off!
Monday, April 2, 6pm
featuring all of the Stomping Grounds companies

Beverly Arts Center
Saturday, April 14, 7:30pm
featuring CHRP’s Stone Soup Rhythms, alongside Chicago Dance Crash, Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago, and Trinity Irish Dance Ensemble.

Irish American Heritage Center
Saturday, April 21, 7:30pm
featuring Trinity Irish Dance Ensemble, alongside Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago and Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater.

National Museum of Mexican Art
Saturday, April 28, 7:30pm
featuring Mexican Folk Dance Company of Chicago, alongside Natya Dance Theatre and Trinity Irish Dance Ensemble.

DuSable Museum of African American History
Saturday, May 5, 7:30pm
featuring Muntu Dance Theatre, alongside the Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s “Stone Soup Rhythms” and Chicago Dance Crash.

Garfield Park Conservatory
Wednesday, May 23, 6pm
featuring Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater and Chicago Dance Crash, alongside Natya Dance Theatre and the Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s “Stone Soup Rhythms.”

Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park (Grand Finale!)
Thursday, June 7, 7pm*
featuring all of the Stomping Grounds companies
*pre-performance events begin at 6pm, so come early!

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STOMPING GROUNDS is made possible with major support from the Chicago Free For All Fund at The Chicago Community Trust and Engaging Dance Audiences (a program managed by Dance USA and funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation) with additional funding from The Saints and National Endowment for the Arts. Chicago Human Rhythm Project is supported by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Joyce Foundation, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, BMO Harris, The Arlen and Elaine Cohen Rubin Charitable Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City, The Jeanette & Jerome Cohen Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City, Phil and Marsha Dowd, National Endowment for the Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Broadway in Chicago, Illinois Arts Council Agency, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, L&L Hardwood Flooring, Peoples Gas, The Service Club of Chicago, and generous individual donors.