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The summer's getting intense with Dance Intensives and Initiatives

The Dance Center’s 2014 Afro-Latin@ Diaspora Summer Dance Intensive begins on July 7 with classes in Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian, capoeira, Bomba y Plena, salsa and samba dance styles taught by faculty and special guest artists. The Intensive concludes with a series of performances from July 15-18 which are $15 each and open to the public. For more information, call 312-369-8330 or visit

Deeply Rooted Dance Theater and Flatfoot Dance Company of Durban, South Africa are teaming up for The JOMBA! Initiative with a Community Symposium ($10) from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on July 7 at Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts on 915 E. 60th Street in Chicago. Additional Chicago dance events include the free Mandela Day Celebration: Dance and Social Change from 3 to 5 p.m. on July 18 at Washington Park Arts Incubator on 301 E. Garfield Boluveard, and the Summer Intensive Performance ($25) at 7:30 p.m. on July 19 at the Athenaeum Theatre on 2936 N. Southport Avenue. For information, call 312-795-9777 or visit

Saraswathi Ranganathan, Carlo Basile, Priya Narayan, Wendy Clinard, Dhananjay Kunte and Joel Martinez are among the musicians and dancers from the city’s flamenco and Indian classical scenes who will perform in Surabhi: A Melting Pot of Music for free at Chicago’s Bluestone Terrace Outdoor Park, Garfield Conservatory on 300 N. Central Park Avenue at 6:30 p.m. on July 9. “One of my primary goals is to get people from diverse backgrounds under one roof and share a sense of one stage, one music, one community that embraces differences,” explains Ranganathan. “My secondary goal is to showcase ancient acoustic instruments from different parts of the world, including the South Indian Veena. We also wish to share this joyful music with the residents of districts that may have restricted access to such artistic music.”

Thodos Dance ensemble members John Cartwright, Annie Deutz, Tenley Dorrill, Kyle Hadenfeldt, Brandon Harneck, Jon Sloven, Alissa Tollefson, Diana Winfree and Lauren Zimmerer choreograph the company’s New Dances performance series on Friday and Saturday, July 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, July 20 at 5 p.m. Chicago’s Ruth Page Center for the Arts on 1016 N. Dearborn Street. Tickets ($10-$35) can be ordered at or by calling 312-266-6255.

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