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Live on the Lake: Pier Dance

Pier Dance, Navy Pier’s free Thursday Night Dance Series

Upcoming Performances

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance: Fat Babies

Free Public Program

Thursday, July 26, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Miller Lite Beer Garden

Playing a free, all ages show with a special swing dance lesson with instructor Nicolle Wood.

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Join us in the Miller Lite Beer Garden for a free, all-ages show with classic jazz band, The Fat Babies, and a special swing dance lesson with Nicolle Wood, part of Navy Pier’s free music and dance series, Live on the Lake

Performance Schedule

The Fat Babies
Classic Jazz
6:30pm – 7:15pm & 7:45pm – 8:30pm

Swing Dance Lesson with Nicolle Wood
Instructor
6pm – 6:30pm and 7:15pm-7:45pm

About the Performers

The Fat Babies

The Fat Babies are a seven piece jazz band interpreting classic styles of the 1920s and 30s. Founded in 2010 by string bass player Beau Sample, its members include Andy Schumm (cornet), John Otto (reeds), Dave Bock (trombone), John Donatowicz (banjo and guitar), Paul Asaro(piano), and Alex Hall (drums).

“Ensembles that play early-period jazz are in perpetually short supply, and those that handle repertoire of Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, Louis Armstrong and other pioneers at a high technical and artistic level are rarer still. That makes Chicago’s Fat Babies a band to be treasured, these musicians dispatching pre-bebop music with the passion and respect it deserves but rarely receives.” – Howard Reich, The Chicago Tribune

Learn more at thefatbabies.com

Nicolle Wood

Nicolle has been teaching American social dance forms of the swing era since 1996, and has taught and performed in Paris, Toulouse, Stuttgart and Munich in addition to across the US. 

Founder and Director of The Galaxie and The Galaxie Girls, she has created events and entertained audiences in the many tens of thousands over the years. Most often she runs a one woman show backstage creating costumes, choreography, hair and make-up, music edits, training her students and performers in tap, Charleston, Lindy Hop, Balboa, Shag and Blues, serves as the contract writer, the booking agent, the web designer, the historian and the accountant. She’s even been know Chef on occasion (If Chef is actually a verb).

Her idea to host  Chorus Girl University and The International Chorus Girl Championships emerged out of decades of hosting events related to the social dance and performance community, starting off as one of the main producers of the world’s first Lindy Exchange in 1998, and continuing on throughout the years with dozens of unique nationally attended events and original concepts related to the Vintage Music and Dance community.

Learn more at galaxiechicago.com

About this Series: Live on the Lake!

This free, all ages concert is presented as part of Live on the Lake!, Navy Pier’s free summer music series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance: Sheryl and Say yes!

Free Public Program

Thursday, August 2, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Miller Lite Beer Garden

Playing a free, all ages show with special disco dance lessons with instructor Shawn Lent & Friends.

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Join us in the Miller Lite Beer Garden for a free, all-ages show with Disco Band, Sheryl & Say Yes!, with disco dance lessons by Shawn Lent & Friends as part of Navy Pier’s free music and dance series, Live on the Lake

Performance Schedule

Sheryl & Say Yes!
Disco Band
6:30pm – 7:15pm & 7:45pm – 8:30pm

Shawn Lent & Friends
Instructors
6pm – 6:30pm and 7:15pm-7:45pm

About the Performers

Sheryl & Say Yes!

SAY YES! was founded by singer/songwriter, Sheryl Youngblood. For 25 years, the Dance band has thrilled audiences across Chicago, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Washington, Peoria and more with their tremendous energy and their proven ability to entertain audiences of all ages. Melding the essence of Soul with Blues, Motown, Latin, Funk, Country, Reggae, Rock & Roll, R&B , Jazz, Disco, Hip-Hop, Dance and even DooWop classics. The excitement that  SAY YES! has created has captured the attention of a rapidly-growing multicultural fan base, both in the greater Chicago area, Northwest Indiana, and many other cities and states. The divers repertoire of the band enables them to headline in many different settings and open for many popular performers, notably The Whispers, The Spaniels, Kindred Family Soul, Raheem Devaughn, performed with Jennifer Hudson and more.

SAY YES! Combines the very best of Blues from KoKo Taylor to BB King, Hip Hop Beyonce to LMFAO, and Rock Out with Rolling Stones to Lady Gaga an Adele. If a little ol’skool is what your hunger for, dance to those all time favorite hits from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. SAYYES! can also drop a couple of songs from their batch of original tunes. 

Learn more at www.sayyeslive.com

Shawn Lent & Friends

Shawn Lent moves this world as a manager and social practice artist, with experience from a field in Bosnia to a children’s hospital in revolutionary Egypt. Shawn has been teaching dance for more than 20 years and is currently serves as Program Director for Chicago Dancemakers Forum, contributor/editor for The Clyde Fitch Report, and project lead for Dance Peace which is an integration initiative for refugees in Chicago.

About this Series: Live on the Lake!

This free, all ages concert is presented as part of Live on the Lake!, Navy Pier’s free summer music series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance: Ginger Road

Free Public Program

Thursday, August 16, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Miller Lite Beer Garden

Playing a free, all ages show with country 2 step lessons.

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Join us in the Miller Lite Beer Garden for a free, all-ages show with country cover band, Ginger Road, and a special country 2 step lesson presented by MayIHaveThisDance.com, part of Navy Pier’s free music and dance series, Live on the Lake

Performance Schedule

Ginger Road
Country Cover Band
6:30pm – 7:15pm & 7:45pm – 8:30pm

Country 2 Step lesson presented by MayIHaveThisDance.com
Instructor
6pm – 6:30pm and 7:15pm-7:45pm

About the Performers

Ginger Road

Ginger Road is one of Chicago’s premier modern Country bands regularly appearing at top Country music venues throughout Chicagoland, Nashville, TN and beyond. Blending a hard rocking, exuberant style with faithful interpretations of the latest Country hits by artists such as Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, and Jason Aldeen and crowd-pleasing classics, Ginger Road is here to Rock This Country!

Learn more at www.thegingerroad.com

Country 2 Step Lesson presented by MayIHaveThisDance.com

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About this Series: Live on the Lake!

This free, all ages concert is presented as part of Live on the Lake!, Navy Pier’s free summer music series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance: Bollywood, Featuring DJ Jeet

Free Public Program

Thursday, August 30, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Miller Lite Beer Garden

Playing a free, all ages show with a Bollywood dance lesson by Bollywood Groove!

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Join us in the Miller Lite Beer Garden for a free, all-ages show with DJ Jeet and a special Bollywood dance lesson presented by Bollywood Groove, part of Navy Pier’s free music and dance series, Live on the Lake

Performance Schedule

DJ Jeet
Bollywood
6:30pm – 7:15pm & 7:45pm – 8:30pm

Bollywood Groove
Dance Instructor
6pm – 6:30pm and 7:15pm-7:45pm

About the Performers

DJ Jeet

DJ Jeet from Shaadi Entertainment is leaders in South Asian event entertainment. We provide DJ service, lighting design, and wedding planning & coordination for special events. Our company has a strong reputation of providing the highest level of service, professionalism and talent by perfecting the details that other companies don’t. Our mission is simple, to deliver exceptional service and create experiences that becomes lifelong memories.

Learn more at shaadientertainment.com

Bollywood Groove

Bollwood Groove (bG) is a Bollywood Dance, Fitness & Education company. They teach 30+ Dance & Fitness classes/week to kids and adults. They are in Chicago’s Loop, West Loop, Bucktown, Evanston and North Center neighborhoods. They also teach worldwide via online “workout-at-home” videos.

bG publishes multicultural children’s books. They have created 9 titles in 1.5 years with Four Amazon Bestsellers! bG has been featured on NBC, ABC, FOX, Elle Magazine, Nielsen Media, WCIU, Sun Times, WGN and more.

Learn more at bollywoodgroove.com

About this Series: Live on the Lake!

This free, all ages concert is presented as part of Live on the Lake!, Navy Pier’s free summer music series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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