Members of CHRP's resident company BAM! will perform along with performers from a variety of ensembles in the Chicago Human Rhythm Fest (photo courtesy of Chicago Human Rhythm Project).

Chicago Human Rhythm Fest Celebrating Global Percussive Dance This Spring

The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) will debut the new "Chicago Rhythm Fest" April 14-May 13, spotlighting the city’s exceptional and diverse percussive dance community while celebrating African, Irish, Mexican, Spanish and American cultural traditions. The inaugural event is an eclectic citywide celebration of the rhythmic arts connecting diverse communities through rhythm.

Opening the Chicago Rhythm Fest is Stomping Grounds, a series of free events in five distinct communities showcasing some of Chicago’s most accomplished percussive arts companies, including CHRP’s resident ensemble, BAM!, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theatre and Mexican Dance Ensemble. Each performance will feature two host companies with cameos by members of the other three participating ensembles.

As the culminating event of the Chicago Rhythm Fest, CHRP re-imagines its inaugural National Tap Dance Day concert 25 years ago, featuring all five companies in concert May 13, 7:30 p.m. at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Part of a citywide celebration, this unique collaboration closes the Auditorium Theatre’s “Made in Chicago” Dance Series sponsored by The Boeing Company. Tickets are $27–67 and are on sale at, 800-982-ARTS and the Auditorium Theatre box office, 50 E. Congress Parkway.