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Feel the Beat

At DanceAfrica Chicago, the grooves are infectious.

Since 1991, the multi-day DanceAfrica festival has been bringing old and new dance styles to the Chicago stage for the largest festival of African and African-American arts in the country. Traditional Ugandan dance troupes mix with contemporary hip hop acts, uniting generations with the pulsing, percussive rhythms.

Hypnotized by the rumbling drums and exuberant costumes, the crowds have a hard time staying in their seats. But thanks to in-school and community presentations, members of the public have a chance to join in, jump on the dance floor and strut their stuff.

DanceAfrica sponsors more than 100 events throughout the year. These lectures, workshops and classes help audiences in Chicago and beyond celebrate traditional and contemporary music and dance inspired by African cultures.

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Listen to Dance Africa members explore the true meaning of Umoja.


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Drum solo?

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Dancers in traditional garb.

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