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    The Continuum

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    Support Muntu

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    Summer Dance Jamboree

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    African Dance Classes

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    Memories N' Time



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Western ave elementary

Flossmoor, IL - Private Event

Muntu performs two exciting and interactive 30 minute concerts for students and faculty at Western Avenue Elementary.

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Pershing elementary

3200 S. Calumet

Private event for members of the Pershing Elementary School community.

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union pacific

Private Event

Muntu will perform for Union Pacific employees  as part of its Black History Month celebration.

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Murray language academy

Private Event

Muntu performs for the students and faculty of Murray Language Academy.

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SUmmer Dance jamboree

International House - 1414 East 59th Street, Chicago

Muntu returns with its beloved Summer Dance Jamboree! These engaging concerts are perfect for summer camps, community groups and families.  Muntu artists dazzle with a performance of traditional African dance and music, weaving cultural information and life lessons into an interactive performance for all ages.  You may even find yourself a part of the show!  Download registration form

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The continuum

Reva & David Logan Center or the Arts - 915 E. 60th Street (at Drexel)

Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago celebrates it 42nd year with their 2014 Summer Concert and Gala 'The Continuum". The Continuum is a journey of movement combining signature legacy pieces from the company's repetoire. Some of these works have not been seen in over a decade and have been reconstructed into new pieces that we are excited to share with you. Muntu will also be featuring special guest performers from the Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts). This presentation is the culmination of a residency program facilitated by Muntu's Artistic Director Amaniyea Payne within ChiArts. The Continuum will also include work by guest choreographer Moustapha Bangoura of Guinea, West Africa. 

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Previous Event

Memories N' Time

Logan Center for the Arts 915 E. 60th, Chicago IL

Presenting Sponsor: JPMorgan Chase

A evening length piece featuring original compositions by acclaimed pianist/composer Reginald Robinson and new choreography by Artistic Director Amaniyea Payne and Company member Amansu Eason. This concert explores the  rhythmic connections between ragtime, traditional African, high life, Calypso and jazz. 

Arts Education

Ace Programs

Muntu partners with schools, park districts, and other community centers to  provide quality training in dance, music and visual arts. Our programs are available for ages five to fifty.

Programs Include

  • Hands-on Residencies
  • Workshops 
  • Professional Development for Teachers and Artists
  • Ensemble Performances


In 1993, Muntu officially launched Arts for Community Empowerment (ACE) as its arts education program.  ACE was created based on its belief that all children should have opportunities to participate actively in the arts, both in their schools and in their local and greater communities.

Muntu’s core ACE programs are its school and community based residencies. Residencies provide youth-centered, sequential arts learning experiences for a period of eight to twenty weeks. Each residency includes a culminating presentation by the students for the school and community providing an opportunity for youth to express themselves and receive the recognition of their accomplishments by the larger community.

Donoghue Perf Drums"I want to remember everything for my hole(sic) life!"
-9 year old ACE participant describing what he wanted to remember from his time with Muntu

Gage Park Stretch"Taking Muntu dance for the second time, I learned more patience and discipline..."
-high school ACE participant

Support Muntu's ACE Programs

ACE provides rigorous arts training in African dance, music and folklore, while linking the arts to the academic curriculum. Many schools and community centers that want to expose young people to the art and culture of African and African American people lack the resources to bring Muntu to their facility. Muntu is committed to enhancing the creativity and confidence of our youth through dance, music and culture. We need your support to "fill the gap" between what it costs to provide high quality ACE programs and the financial resources available to schools and community organizations.

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Ways to Support Muntu:


Since 1972 Muntu has served its community by producing positive, invigorating performances enjoyed by generations of families; providing classes and workshops educating thousands of youth about African and African American dance, music and culture; presenting interpretations of traditional African and African American dance and music; and developing thrilling new work which honor tradition while moving the art form forward.
This work is made possible by the generous contributions of individuals, foundations, corporations and government agencies. Please make a gift today to allow us to continue our work into the future.

What Your Donation Supports

  • High quality arts training for youth in our schools and communities
  • The research and reconstruction of historically significant dance and music pieces
  • Creation of new work in the African and African American Tradition

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You may also mail your donation to:

Muntu Dance Theatre
1809 E. 71st Street
Chicago, IL 60649
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Muntu dance theatre is a 501(C)3 non profit organization.  All donations are tax exempt to the extent provided by law.


Friends of Muntu

Join this enthusiastic group of community members who give generously of their time to support Muntu. The primary role of the “Friends” is to host Muntu’s Fall Benefit and silent auction. The group also plans additional fun social events throughout the year.

Other volunteer opportunities:

Muntu has long-and short-term volunteer opportunities to fit your time, skills and interests. Contact us to find out more.


2013 Summer Gala Event & Table Sponsors & 2013 Fall Benefit Concert Sponsors
Blue Cross Blue Shield of IL The Collins-King Family Foundation Tim & Sandra Rand
The Boeing Company ComEd, an Exelon Company
JPMorgan Chase Logan Center for the Arts  
Foundation & Government Supporters
Alphawood Foundation Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley The Joyce Foundation
Aon Hewitt Field Foundation Nat'l Endowment for the Arts
Arts  Work Fund Lloyd A. Fry Foundation Polk Bros. Foundation
The Chicago Community Trust Harper Court Arts Council Prince Charitable Trust
City of Chicago CDBG Irving Harris Foundation The Saints
City of Chicago City Arts III Illinois Arts Council Sara Lee Foundation
Corporate Supporters
Best Buy ComEd Urban Partnership Bank
BlueCross/Blue Shield IL Peoples Gas U. S. Cellular
Boeing Company Pfizer
JPMorgan Chase PNC Bank