New five-week dance series Thank Dance It’s Friday! brings free performances to Chicago’s Pritzker Park Friday afternoons August 7–September 4


Chicago Loop Alliance encourages Chicagoans to end the work week with vibrant, outdoor dance concerts


CHICAGO (July 16, 2015)—A new five-week dance series titled Thank Dance It’s Friday! (TDIF!) will bring free performances to Chicago’s Pritzker Park on Friday afternoons from Aug. 7–Sept. 4, 2015. Presented by Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA) and hosted by Audience Architects, TDIF!  encourages Chicagoans to end the work week by celebrating with the city’s vibrant dance community. The series will feature three to five diverse Chicago dance companies between the hours of 4-6 p.m. each Friday at Pritzker Park (310 S. State Street). More information is available at


Thank Dance It’s Friday! is designed to engage a wide range of audiences, making use of Pritzker Park’s unique outdoor location in the Loop. These dancers represent a diverse array of styles—from ballet, contemporary and tap, to Bollywood and more.


“Placemaking and place management are key priorities for Chicago Loop Alliance, and Thank Dance It’s Friday! is a continuation of our efforts to enliven public spaces downtown,” said CLA President and CEO Michael Edwards. “Audience Architects has curated an exciting lineup of dancers for the summer and we’re looking forward to sharing it with residents, workers and visitors.”


TDIF! performance schedule:


Friday, August 7

4:00-4:40pm – Joanna Furnans

4:40-5:00pm – Darling Squire

5:00-5:40pm – Tapman Productions


Friday, August 14

4:00-4:20pm – Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre

4:20-4:40pm – Project Bound

4:40-5:00pm – Leopold Group

5:00-5:40pm – RE|Dance Group


Friday, August 21

4:00-4:20pm – Winifred Haun & Dancers

4:20-4:40pm – Elements Contemporary Ballet

4:40-5:00pm – Core Project Chicago

5:00-5:20pm – Natya Dance Theatre

5:20-5:40pm – Same Planet Different World


Friday, August 28

4:00-4:40pm – Esoteric Dance Project

4:40-5:00pm – VADCO/Valerie Alpert Dance Co.

5:00-5:40pm – Nomi Dance, Inc


Friday, September 4

4:00-4:20pm – Dancing Petals

4:20-4:40pm – Erica Mott Productions

4:40-5:00pm – Duncan Dance Chicago/Classical Modern

5:00-5:20pm – Ballet 5:8

5:20-5:40pm – The Humans


About Chicago Loop Alliance

Chicago Loop Alliance, the sole service provider for Special Service Area (SSA) #1, creates, manages and promotes high-performing urban experiences, attracting people and investment to the Loop. For more information, please visit


About Audience Architects

Audience Architects is a dance leadership organization whose mission is to build & engage dance audiences in Chicago and advocate for Chicago dance. We exist to provide Chicago dance organizations and artists with increased visibility, expansive resources, & forums to showcase & share their talents. For more information, please visit