02/10 | Planeta Azul & the Passistas Samba Dancers – Global Dance Party


Planeta Azul, led by Luciano Antonio, is a fusion of uniquely gifted artists who bring forth a consistent, robust & full sound. Whether performing original works or interpreting Brazilian classics, the blend of grooving harmonies and soul leaves audiences wanting more. Made up of some of the most highly regarded musicians in the Chicago music…

06/24 | Mathew Tembo and the Afro Routes at Global Dance Party


Mathew Tembo is an award-winning Afro-Pop musician hailing from Zambia in Southern Africa. He is an important ambassador of Zambian music culture both at home and abroad. Originally a reggae singer only, he began playing Afro-Pop when he had an eye-opening experience while touring Europe in 2004. When he was doing a presentation about the…

David Antonio y su Orquesta (salsa and merengue) 06/10


David Antonio y su Orquesta (salsa and merengue) at Global Dance Party at Old Town School of Folk Music. Homegrown salsa and merengue from Chicago! Puerto Rican singer-songwriter David Antonio is guaranteed to get you on your feet with influences from La Fania All Stars to Tito Puente to Celia Cruz. 8.30pm Old Town School…

04/15 Dabkeh: Palestinian Folk Dance at OTS


Join Old Town School of Folk Music for a Dabkeh workshop with Muna Zarour.  Dabkeh is a type of folk group dance common in various regions of the Levant (Syria, Lebanon, Palestine). The term “Dabkeh” is an Arabic word for foot stomping, the dance is usually performed in a circle while holding hands, symbolizing solidarity…

12/11 Dos Santos Anti-beat Orquesta (pan-Latin American cumbia)at Global Dance Party


Dos Santos: Anti-Beat Orquesta rocks the sounds of pan-Latin American cumbia. Their gritty, grassroots approach captures the “golden age” of streamlined, tight-knit ensembles that shook sweatbox dance floors with raw and fierce energy throughout Latin America in the 1970s—honest dance music with no frills and no fear, anchored by piercing guitars, garage organs, and straight-ahead…

11/20 Orisha Dance Chicago (Afro-Cuban dance and music)


Orisha Dance Chicago at Global Dance Party at Old Town School of Folk Music An exhilarating night of Afro-Cuban dance and music! Founded in 2010, by Victor Alexander Director of a Ruth Page School of Dance and Daniel Lopez, Orisha Dance Chicago is committed to promoting Cuban dance and music throughout the Greater Chicago community….

10/16 Alejandro Ziegler Tango Quartet Milonga Night at Global Dance Party at Old Town School of Folk Music


Hailing from Buenos Aires, The Alejandro Ziegler Tango Quartet performs classical tango in the style of famous orchestras like Trolio, Pugliese, Di Sarli and Piazolla. Their unique mix of tango, improvisation and romanticism have gained them an international reputation. Original compositions are mixed with legendary tango works from Astor Piazolla, Horacio Salgan and more. Born…