Be the Groove

Be the Groove

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Be the Groove is a rhythmic performance ensemble that believes rhythm is not just a beat—rhythm is a mode of expression. This Chicago based group fuses a variety of movement, percussion, and rhythmic techniques to create a unique style of its own. Through high-energy performances and a strong commitment to education, Be the Groove seeks to share its love of rhythm with people everywhere.

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Biography

Be the Groove is a rhythmic performance ensemble that believes rhythm is not just a beat—rhythm is a mode of expression. This Chicago based group fuses a variety of movement, percussion, and rhythmic techniques to create a unique style of its own. Through high-energy performances and a strong commitment to education, Be the Groove seeks to share its love of rhythm with people everywhere.

Formed in 2006 by Artistic Director Stephanie Paul and founding Executive Director Davora Sides, Be the Groove has quickly established a reputation for entertaining audiences in the Chicago dance and arts community. The ensemble has performed at such venues as Millenium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion, Harris Theater, Ravinia, Old Town School of Folk Music, and festivals including, Dance Chicago, Taste of Chicago and the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. In addition to these public celebrations, throughout the year Be the Groove can be spotted locally at various schools, dance studios and camps engaging audiences of all ages with interactive performances and educational workshops that meld percussion and movement.

Be the Groove has also built a significant resume performing in private and corporate events including the International Home and Housewares Show at McCormick Place, NeoCon’s World Trade Show at Merchandise Mart and Sara Lee’s National Sales Conference.

Set List

We have done anywhere from 10 minutes to 45 minutes. The set includes a variety of pieces with focuses on dance, drumming, footwork/stepping, and body percussion.