Get your dancing shoes on for the Chicago Winter Dance Festival at Millennium Park

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February really leaves me with a "What do to? What do to?" feeling. I know that there are lots of great events taking place all over town -- but I lack the motivation to get out there and take advantage of them.

I need something new and different -- and when I heard about this event I knew that it would shake me out of my February funk. A Winter Dance Festival -- I mean, how grumpy can you be while you dancing on ice skates in Millennium Park to Michael Jackson's Thriller?

Chicago Winter Dance festival in a FREE event taking place in  Millennium Park throughout the month of February. From ice skating lessons and late night
ice dance parties at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink to dance lessons
behind the glass doors on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion stage, there is
something for everyone this winter in Chicago.

So you can dance. Or you can skate. Or you can try to dance while you are skating.

Here is a look at some of the free, family-friendly events and programs
taking place this February:

Ice Skating Lessons at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink. Saturdays and Sundays, February 6 - 28. Beginner lessons, 8 - 8:30 am and 9 - 9:30 am. Intermediate lessons, 8:30 am - 9 am and 9:30 am - 10 am. Skaters of all ages and skill levels welcome.

Late Night Ice Dance Parties, Ice Dancing Demonstrations, and Extended Rink Hours for Public Skating. Fridays and Saturdays, February 5 - February 27 from 7 - 11 pm. Ice Dancing Demonstrations at 7, 8:30 and 10 pm. Each night features a different theme and type of music. For example, Saturday, February 6th is a tribute to Michael Jackson and the 1980's and Saturday, February 13th will feature love songs in honor of Valentine's Day.

Dance Lessons and Dancing in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Saturdays and Sundays, February 6 -28. Visitors will be offered one hour dance lessons
followed by open dancing behind the glass doors on the Pritzker Stage.
Music will be broadcast through the speakers on the trellis of the
Great Lawn so that even those strolling through the Park can enjoy the
sights and sounds of dancing on the Pritzker Stage. Admission is free but space is limited. Doors open 30 minutes before the lessons begin. Early arrival is recommended.

Visit Explore Chicago for more information about these events.

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