Chicago Human Rhythm Project presents Rhythm World

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Country and Region United StatesIllinois
Type of Festival Dance
Location of Festival Chicago, Illinois USA
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Chicago Human Rhythm Project presents Rhythm World
Fine Arts Building
410 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605 USA
Phone: (312) 542-CHRP (2477)
Fax: (773) 439-2527

Festival Description

Highlighting the depth and breadth of national and international tap artistry, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, the nation’s premier presenter of American tap dance and contemporary percussive arts, presents Rhythm World, the oldest and most comprehensive festival of American tap and contemporary percussive arts in the world in downtown Chicago. Rhythm World is presented in association with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

CHRP’s annual festival of performance, education and community outreach programs, directed by Founder and Director Lane Alexander, features an extraordinary master faculty in two weeks of residencies, courses, workshops, master classes, student showcases, tap jams, a cutting contest and conferences for the field at the American Rhythm Center, located in the historic Fine Arts Building, as well as faculty concerts at the Jazz Showcase and the Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

Festival Dates July 22 - August 4, 2013
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Festival Story:

The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP), the world’s first year-round presenter of American tap dance and percussive rhythmic arts, produces Rhythm World, its annual summer festival featuring classes, workshops and performances from the end of July to the beginning of August in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 1990, the Chicago Human Rhythm Project is America’s oldest institution dedicated to presenting, preserving and promoting the American art of tap dance and contemporary rhythmic expression in world-class concerts, educational forums and community outreach programs while simultaneously nurturing new and innovative approaches to percussive arts. CHRP brings communities together to celebrate mutual appreciation for rhythm and advocates for the acknowledgement of tap dance as a recognized American art form.


Festival Events:

Festival initiatives 2013:
  • Tap Scholar Awards
    • Each year, CHRP awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to deserving, talented teens so they may participate in Rhythm World. This year, 20 deserving students earned tuition support during CHRP’s February 2013 Winter Tap JAMboree and at select auditions around the globe (Tokyo, Zurich, Rio, Stuttgart and Toronto). “These scholarships support CHRP’s mission to build community by bringing together students from different backgrounds and places to meet their international peers and study with great and emerging masters,” said Alexander. Founded in 1995 to honor the life of CHRP Co-Founder Kelly Michaels, the Rhythm World Tap Scholar Award program has provided more than $225,000 in financial aid to more than 200 talented, deserving young dancers from Chicago and throughout the United States as well as international exchange students.
  • Education programs
    • Rhythm World begins July 22–26 with intensive residencies led by Chicago native, Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Ted Louis Levy; next generation tap phenomenon Jason Janas; and international tap performer Charles Renato from Brazil.
  • Courses, workshops and master classes take place July 29–August 4
    • The highly respected faculty of master teachers, many of whom have taught at the festival throughout its 23-year history, includes Lane Alexander, Bril Barrett, Julie Cartier, Zada Cheeks, Starinah Dixon, recent Princess Grace Award winner Michelle Dorrance, Martin “Tre” Dumas, Derick K. Grant, Jason Janas, Lisa La Touche, Nico Rubio, Sarah Savelli, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Jumaane Taylor, Dianne “Lady Di” Walker, Sam Weber, Mark Yonally, Nicholas Young and guests from Brazil Marina Coura, Charles Renato and Leonardo Sandoval.
  • The KIDS Program
    • July 30–August 1 offers intermediate tappers ages nine through 12 a curriculum including oral and video histories, tap technique classes, improvisation instruction and individual development of style and expressive ability. After Work Adult Courses also take place July 30–August 1.
  • Conferences for the field
    • Now in its 12th year, CHRP’s annual Youth Tap Ensemble Conference (YTEC) and PrepTEC, now in its fifth year, take place July 29–August 2. YTEC is one of the most comprehensive programs available to tap ensembles. Students work with masters on technique and improvisation, meet with specialists regarding related disciplines and learn new choreography. PrepTEC offers the same opportunities for study to intermediate-level tappers. More than 90 dancers between the ages of 12 and 19, representing 10 youth tap ensembles from the U.S., Brazil and Canada, will gather to study new choreography, technique, improvisation and theatre-related topics. This year’s YTEC and PrepTEC participants will learn original choreographies from Charles Renato, Jumaane Taylor and STOMP’s Nicholas Young.
  • Performances by Rhythm World faculty, students and Virtual Rhythms winners
    • Rhythm World features a performance component during its second week. The opening night July 29 performance at 8 p.m. features Rhythm World faculty and students performing with jazz musicians at the Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth Court. Tickets are $10–25 at the door. Rhythm World culminates with CHRP’s annual festival concerts, “JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance,” featuring a host of extraordinary foot drummers and percussive arts masters July 31, August 1 and August 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Edlis Neeson Theater at the MCA, 220 E. Chicago Avenue. Also on these programs are the winners of Virtual Rhythms, CHRP’s fourth online competition offering exposure for emerging tap choreographers and videographers.
  • and much, much more…


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Photo slideshow credits:
  • In order of appearance
    • Bril Barrett, photo by Farrad Ali
    • Youth Tap Ensemble Conference, photo by Kristie Kahns
    • Derick Grant
    • Floripa
    • Leonardo Sandoval
    • Lane Alexander, photo by Kristie Kahns


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