An abundance of opportunities to see dance outdoors lies ahead, in some cases, with the expectation of joining in! For those whose speed is more like a plush armchair in a theater, The Seldoms and South Chicago Dance Theatre — two companies at very different points in their life span but equally stellar — are some of the summer’s best bets for exciting concert dance. Below, our summer dance highlights:
Juke 4 Liberation: Links Hall curatorial resident Chris “Mad Dog” Thomas hosts a three-part dance battle, album release and hip-hop production aimed at unifying, affirming and fortifying DJs, dancers and producers from Chicago’s footwork scene.
- Dance battle is 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 26 at the Honeycomb Network, 2659 W. Division St.; free, more information at linkshall.org
- Album release and showcase are 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 9 and 3:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. June 10 at Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave.; tickets $16-$42 at