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northshore center for the performing arts

9501 N Skokie Blvd, Skokie IL

Muntu returns to North Shore for its annual interactive youth concert!  

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Northshore Center for the Performing Arts

9501 N Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL

Muntu returns to the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts for a second day in a row!

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gail borden library

270 North Grove Avenue, Elgin, IL

Muntu performs for the community and guests of the Gail Borden Public Library.

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adlai E. stevenson high school

1 Stevenson Dr., Lincolnshire, IL - Private Event

Muntu performs 2 exciting and interactive  1 hour performances  for students and administrators at Adlai E. Stevenson High School.



mason elementary school

1830 S. Keeler Ave, Chicago, IL 60623 10:00AM

Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago is thrilled to be performing at Mason Elementary. The company will perform a 60 minute show.

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MURRAY LANguage academy

5335 S. Kenwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60615 PRIVATE EVENT 9:30AM

Muntu returns to Murray Language Academy  for its annual Black History Celebration! This will be a 45 minute production.

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Allstate corporation

2775 Sanders Road, Northbrook, IL PRIVATE EVENT 2:00PM

Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago will perform a 45 minute performance for the Allstate Corporation.

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DALEY college

7500 S. Pulaski, Chicago, IL 60652 1:00PM

Muntu will perform a 1 hour performance for the Daley College community.

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Haines elementary school

247 W. 22nd PL, Chicago, IL 60616 1:30PM, PRIVATE EVENT

Muntu will perform for the students of Haines Elementary School for (2) 30 minute performances.

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Oakbrook terrace

1 Renaissance Blvd, Oak Brook Terrace, IL 12:00 PM, PRIVATE EVENT

Muntu will perform a 45 minute performance at this private engagement

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erie elementary school

1450 N. Washtenaw, Chicago, IL 60622 6:30PM

Muntu will perform a 30 minute performance for the students of Erie Elementary school.

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penn elementary school

1616 S. Avers, Chicago, IL 60623 1PM PRIVATE EVENT 1:00PM

Muntu performs for the faulty, students, and staff at Penn Elementary.

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The grand ballroom

6351 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 606 PUBLIC EVENT, 9:30PM

Muntu will be a featured act at the Grand Ballroom by the Chicago Men and Women of Valor  for "The Day of Appreciation", Celebrating 50 Years of African Edenic Eminence! If you are interested in buying tickets to this event Click Here

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St. Benedict prepatory high school

3900 N. Leavitt St, Chicago, IL 60618 1:30PM

Muntu brings interactive entertainment to St. Benedict Preparatory High School for an hour performance!



chicago rhythm festical Kick-OFF

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, Chicago, IL 60602 4PM-8PM

Muntu returns as a part of the Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) with some of Chicago’s best percussive dance companies in Chicago Rhythm Fest, and the finale performance of the citywide celebration, Stomping Grounds. CHRP’s resident ensemble BAM!, alongside the Trinity Irish Dance Company, Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago, and Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater perform original choreography that showcases each company’s unique cultural traditions.

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missionaries of the sacred heart

2485 Church Road, Aurora, IL 60502  PRIVATE EVENT 7:00PM

Muntu will perform a 30 minute show for this private engagement.



irish american heritage center

4626 N. Knox, Chicago, IL 60630, FREE TO THE PUBLIC

 Come join Muntu as we partner with the Trinity Irish Dancers for this community engagement event. This series of the Chicago Rhythm Festival is FREE to the PUBLIC! For more information on 'Stomping Grounds' and The Chicago Rhythm Festival Click Here!

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740 E. 56th PL

Muntu hosts this community engagement series of "Stomping Grounds" as part of  The Chicago Rhythm Festival! Come enjoy a wonderful presentation!

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Chicago Rhythm Festival

Auditorium Theatre at roosevelt university, 50 E. congress parkway 7:30P


This will be the culminating performance of the The Chicago Human Rhythm Project where all five organizations will be performing on stage together! This includes Ensemble Espanol, The Mexican Dance Ensemble, Moving Dialogs, Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago, and Trinity Irish Dance Company. Click Here or more information about this event.

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.

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-9 year old ACE participant describing what he wanted to remember from his time with Muntu

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-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.

Donate via PayPal:


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Muntu Fund for the Future

Now more than ever, it is vitally important that we celebrate our culture, join together to support our youth, and help to preserve our heritage. It’s our work to do!

To ensure that Muntu Dance Theatre is able to continue its legacy of service to our communities, our audiences and our youth we are launching the Fund for the Future to be named in honor of our retiring president Joan Gray.

Your contribution to the Fund for the Future will ensure that Muntu’s ACE programs can continue to serve over 1000 youth each year; and that the Company can create and present new work and compensate our artists and staff.

If you believe that:
• Our communities deserve quality arts organizations and programming
• Our culture should be celebrated
• Our youth need to learn about themselves and their capacity to achieve

Then be a stakeholder in the FUTURE of Muntu! Donate to ensure that Black Arts organizations remain viable with your gift today to our Fund for the Future!



You may also mail your donation to:

Muntu Dance Theatre
1809 E. 71st Street, Suite 203
Chicago, IL 60649
*Maximize your donation – check to see if your employer has a matching gift program.

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.


Our work is made possible by the generous contributions of individuals, foundations, corporations and government agencies.

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