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Your gift directly helps area dance artists and organizations build a broader and more sustainable presence in Chicago. See Chicago Dance strengthens the dance ecology in many ways. 


See Chicago Dance Core Values

  • Equity: See Chicago Dance recognizes that we operate and exist within structures that are systemically discriminatory. We are committed to doing our part to change this power dynamic to be more equitable and just.

  • Diversity: We value diversity in all its forms, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, age, ability, sexual orientation, dance genre, history, neighborhood, geography, budget, scale, and experience. 

See Chicago Dance Builds Community

  • SCD Membership is free for individual artists, companies, and organizations and offers exclusive opportunities that help dancers thrive.

  • Dance Community Convenings: See Chicago Dance hosts quarterly gatherings for the entire Chicago dance community to network, stay informed and make deeper connections, which have resulted in new job placements and professional opportunities.

See Chicago Dance Grows Audiences

  •, our flagship program launched in 2005, continues to serve over 200 dance artists and organizations and thousands of ticket buyers as the most comprehensive source for information on Chicago dance.

  • Moving Dialogs, our public discussion series, focuses on building audiences through deeper conversations around themed topics, exploring cultural concerns through the lens of dance. Program is on hiatus until all COVID precautions for indoor gatherings are lifted.

  • Screendance Club, a radically casual online watch-party of short dance films that aims to create an environment for open conversation and exploration--with artists, filmmakers, and viewers on an equal footing. 

See Chicago Dance Empowers Audiences

  • Sponsored Performances: In addition to providing marketing support, networking, and advocacy, SCD occasionally acts as a producer, curating free dance performances that spotlight the diverse and dynamic dancing community in Chicago. The Chicago Dance Month Kick-off Celebration is the largest of these productions.

  • Distribution Program: This marketing initiative delivers promotional materials for Chicago dance performances to more than 70 arts friendly locations all over the city. Program temporarily on hiatus until live performances resume at a robust pace.

  • Market Research: Our dance ticket buyer survey, conducted by CB White Consulting and in partnership with 26 SCD member organizations, received over 1,400 responses from dancegoers whose opinions guide companies to better target their messages and marketing.

See Chicago Dance Advocates for the Field

  • Chicago Dance Month: We celebrate dance in Chicago each year with a citywide month-long campaign including marketing initiatives, ticket deals and professional development for Chicago professionals. 

  • SCD staff actively participate in numerous committees and align with partner agencies such as the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Chicago Park District, Enrich Chicago, Dance/USA, Navy Pier, and Arts Alliance Illinois.



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