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Chicago SummerDance - Spirit of Music Garden


Welcome to the Ethnic Dance Chicago / Ethnic Dance Network blog.

Since 1987, Ethnic Dance Chicago (EDC) has promoted the enjoyment, sharing, understanding and preservation of the dance and music heritage of America’s many ethnic groups as well as the for heritage of traditional America’s own dance and music.

NOTE: The photo featured here illustrates an example of Ethnic Dance Chicago’s participation in the Chicago SummerDance Program held annually in at the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park – Downtown Chicago.  Over the years, EDC has worked with many local and touring ethnic music groups at SummerDance events where EDC presents dance lessons to hundreds of people, many of whom have little or no ethnic dancing experience. These hour-long dance lessons have enabled participants to learn and perform a wide variety of unusual dances from many of the world’s ethnic groups.

  • Ethnic Dance Chicago (EDC) is a multi-ethnic, multi-generational community of people who enjoy the dances and music of many countries from around the world.  As our motto indicates, we regard “Dancing As A Second Language”.   Ethnic Folk Dancing is a great social mixer and an aerobic workout of which your personal trainer would approve.
  • Join us most Fridays at our weekly dances at Chicago’s Latvin Community Center.  We offer dance lessons between 8:00pm and 10:00pm and request dancing from 10:00pm until midnght.  On occasion we cancel a Friday dance but that is usually due to another special dance event that most of our participants will attend that evening.  Check our schedule ( and our regional calendar ( for possible schedule changes.
  • Ethnic dancing is a lot more than doing the “Chicken Dance” or the “Macarena”.  You will learn and enjoy dances with strange names such as Oro, Kolo, Csardas, Drmes, Jarabe, Tsamikos, Halay, Kujawiak, Highlife, Pravo, Debka, Syrtos, Dansul, Krakowiak, Hambo, Jota, Polska, Briul, Ondo, Racenica.  You will also encounter dances with more familiar names such as Schottische, Polka, Reel, Jig and Waltz.
  • On our website (, you will find more detailed information about ethnic dance and music, a schedule of EDC’s weekly dances, a regional event calendar, photo and video galleries for your viewing pleasure, a music gallery (with some lyrics) for your listening and singing pleasure, a gallery of music rhythms, a gallery of media articles about ethnic folk dance and music, and lots more.

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