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Rockin' Rahm: Mayor's Dancing History Adds Another Chapter

By DNAinfo Staff | August 7, 2017 3:17pm | Updated on August 7, 2017 3:25pm
 Mayor Rahm Emanuel greets the crowd at a Gospel Fest.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel greets the crowd at a Gospel Fest.
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CHICAGO — It's no secret that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is a huge music fan — sightings at clubs and concerts are not uncommon.

And, like most music aficionados, he's prone to dancing around a bit when the mood strikes him. Like this weekend, at Lollapalooza, where the former ballet dancer was caught movin' to the groove by Tribune reporter Tracy Swartz.

In 2012, Jennifer Hudson was just too much to stand still.

And, then there was the Blurred Lines show in 2013, where a loosening of the tie was absolutely necessary.

"I grew up with music. I love it, and I haven’t given up my passion for it. … Given my mother’s history always listening to folk music and growing up my age with rock ‘n’ roll,” he told DNAinfo's Mark Konkol in a 2013 interview.  “I listen to music constantly."

Emanuel, 57, has said his wife, Amy Rule, often joins him.

“When we used to go out to shows in a dating type of environment, she went along with it, but wasn’t crazy about it because of all the smoke,” Rahm said. “It’s become a requirement now because fewer people smoke. And now she doesn’t have to stand through the whole thing. She likes that, too. Being mayor has privileges.”