SummerDance Competition

Residents are invited to show off their footwork and steppin’ skills at a series of city-wide amateur contests on July 8, 15, 22 and 29 at Chicago Park District locations as part of the SummerDance in the Parks program. The winners of each local contest will then compete at the Dance-Off finale at the SummerDance Celebration in Millennium Park at Cloud Gate on August 26.

If you are interested in auditioning to perform, you MUST:

  1. Either pre-register online or on-site on the day of the event. If you pre-register failure to show up on time, could result in losing your audition opportunity! In the event that both pre-registration & on-site registration slots are filled, candidates will be invited to submit an audition video.

  1. There will be a limited number of on-site registration opportunities as well as a waitlist. Interested dancers should physically arrive no earlier than 1 hour prior to the respective event start time. Slots are granted on a first come, first served basis.

  1. Footwork competitions are open to individuals or groups with participants being at least 13 years old. There is a maximum of 10 performers per footwork group.

  1. Steppin’ competitions are open to couples with both individuals being at least 13 years old.Steppin’ participants must register as a couple.

  1. Both individuals and groups must be physically present at both the time of registration AND when their competition number is called.

  1. Music & lyrics must be CLEAN!

  1. Music must be available on a flash (USB) drive. We cannot guarantee that we will have access to wi-fi and we cannot play music from smart phones or other MP3 devices.

  1. Acts are only allowed to participate one time (that includes both individuals and groups) and artists are not allowed to perform in multiple groups.

  1. Footwork performances must not exceed 4 minutes.

  1. Steppin’ performances must not exceed 3 minutes.

  1. This contest is open to amateur dancers. No professionals allowed.Winners of each local contest must be available to compete in the finale competition in Millennium Park on Saturday, August 26 th.

SummerDance and all related partners cannot guarantee either an audition OR a performance slot. We reserve the right to either dismiss or refuse candidates for violating rules, Chicago Park District or City of Chicago policies. The schedule and the rules are subject to change. Please check this web page frequently and/or sign up for the mailing list. If you have any questions, please contact Donda’s House via e-mail at

Please complete the form below to register:

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