Deeply Rooted Announces Summer Performances

Deeply Rooted Announces Summer Performances

Chicago audiences have several opportunities this summer to see the technique and artistry of Deeply Rooted Dance Theater.
Deeply Rooted’s Summer Dance Intensive, which is taking place now –July 13, culminates in a showcase featuring student performances of company repertory and more July 12 and 13 at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 East 60th Street, Chicago. Participants at Youth and Pre-Professional/Professional levels, as well as those in the Mature H.O.T. Women/Men Moving community programs, experience a rigorous curriculum fostering learning and personal growth and learn a range of company repertory. SDI instructors include April Berry (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), Josh Francique (Alonzo King LINES Ballet), Deshona Pepper-Robertson (Dayton Contemporary Dance Company), and Deeply Rooted Dance Theater company members.

As part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks program, Deeply Rooted performs Deeply at Dusk: The Classics, a program highlighting Deeply Rooted classic repertory. The free public performance takes place Thursday, August 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Drive, Chicago. For information, visit
Deeply Rooted performs a new work choreographed by Artistic Director Nicole Clarke-Springer as part of the Chicago Black Dance Legacy Project’s Divination: The Dancing Souls of Black Folk, a dance concert exploring the divine, mystical, and spiritual ways our ancestors communicate and celebrate with us, Saturday, August 24, at 5:45 p.m. at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Tickets are free; an RSVP is recommended.

All programming is subject to change. For information, visit

Premiering in 1996, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater reimagines and diversifies the aesthetics of contemporary dance by uniting modern, classical, American, and African-American traditions in dance and storytelling. Through its uncompromising pursuit of excellence, Deeply Rooted demonstrates the transformative power of art and beauty through performance, dance education, and cultural enrichment in Chicago and on the world stage. Deeply Rooted is rooted in traditions of American and African-American dance, storytelling, and universal themes that spark a visceral experience and ignite an emotional response in diverse audiences worldwide. Deeply Rooted collaborates with nationally renowned choreographers, across the spectrum of modern, ballet, and African dance, to reflect contemporary voices.

Deeply Rooted Summer Dance Intensive Showcase. Photo by Ken Carl