University Park, IL,
16:42 PM

Stomping Grounds Dance Comes to GSU

Power, Passion, Precision in One Heart-pounding Performance

At GSU’s Center for Performing Arts

For Immediate Release

University Park, IL, September 22, 2017 – On October 7 at 8 p.m., the stage at Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University will come alive with a shared rhythmic experience for the whole community. Stomping Grounds features over 50 dancers from Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP), Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago, and Trinity Irish Dance Ensemble featuring world champion soloists from the Trinity Irish Dance Company. This is the culminating performance of GSU’s Family and Friends Weekend. 

This full- throttled production of global percussive dance transports the audience with sights and sounds found around the world, from the vast Serengeti of Africa and the mountain ranges of Andalucía to the highlands of Ireland and contemporary urban settings where these passionate dances coexist alongside our native form of percussive dance–American tap. This production features live drumming (Muntu) and a mix of new works and favorites, including “Johnny,” a work for Johnny Carson’s retirement from The Tonight Show in 1991 (Trinity Irish Dance) and Ravel’s classic Bolero (Ensemble Español).

Stomping Grounds is a two-month, citywide, rhythmic dance festival that spotlights the breadth, talent, and diversity of Chicago’s percussive dance community.

Lane Alexander, Artistic Director of CHRP says, "We're thrilled to bring Stomping Grounds to Governors State University, especially during the Family and Friend Weekend, because percussive dance is firmly rooted in the idea of family and community, of young people, adults, and elders dancing together as a natural and normal way of celebrating. Even though we each speak a slightly different ’dialect of rhythm,’ we all understand each other and celebrate our unity through rhythmic expression. We look forward to sharing this joyful program with the GSU community!"

Center for Performing Arts thanks our generous partners, funders, and individual contributors including First Midwest Bank, The Chicago Community Trust, and The National Endowment for the Arts.

For Tickets and InformationTickets: $28Discounts are available for students, seniors 65+, veterans and active military, first responders, groups of ten or more, and patrons purchasing three or more shows. Please ask the Box Office for details.

GSU Alumni may join a themed pre-show reception starting at 6 p.m. featuring African, Irish, and Spanish cuisine and wine. Pre-registration is required at


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About Family and Friends Weekend

The Governors State University campus community hopes this weekend of events and activities will inspire visitors to form closer bonds, join public square conversations, and stay connected with the GSU family. For a complete schedule of events and to register, please visit

Serving up to 60,000 patrons annually, Center for Performing Arts offers national touring acts, Chicago-based artists, and community and academic theater. The state-of-the art 1,171-seat facility is located at a vibrant and dynamic university setting with free parking and a convenient location accessible to major highways and the Metra. Presentations include dance, opera, family programs, concerts, and theater. The venue has served as a vibrant cultural destination in the Southland community since 1995.

Governors State University serves 5,200 undergraduate and graduate students with degree programs that prepare them for success in business, industry, healthcare, the arts, and education. As a state university, GSU is committed to providing high-quality, accessible, and responsible higher education opportunities. GSU is located 35 miles south of Chicago in University Park, IL and committed to embracing diversity and academic excellence while transforming student passion into lifelong purpose.