Chicago Human Rhythm Project Sharpening Students' Skills in February with Winter JAMboree

The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) will welcome students and performers alike to its annual Winter Tap JAMboree February 13-15, 2015.  The event will feature master classes, auditions for the organization’s Tap Scholar Program and Nicholas Young’s Institute For The Rhythmic Arts (IFTRA), a panel discussion and several Tap JAMs at the American Rhythm Center, Chicago's collaborative arts space in the historic Fine Arts Building (410 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 300, Chicago).   

Among those teaching classes anticipated for the event are guests Cartier Williams, a leading tap choreographer and protégé of Savion Glover, and Nicholas Young, who received a 2014 New York Dance and Performance Award ("Bessie") for Outstanding Music Composition, along with some of Chicago's finest—including CHRP’s award-wining founder and director, Lane Alexander.   During the upcoming event, CHRP will offer up to $10,000 in tuition awards to dancers between the ages of 12 and 18 who compete in its annual Tap Scholarship Auditions Saturday, February 14 at 7 p.m.

These scholarships will make it possible for deserving young tap dancers to attend CHRP's 25th Anniversary Rhythm World. The preeminent festival of American tap takes place July 6-August 2, 2015, and boasts a faculty of more than 25 master teachers/performers from around the globe. Participants must register for at least one Tap JAMboree class.  

On Sunday, February 15, students may audition for Nicholas Young’s Institute For The Rhythmic Arts (IFTRA), returning to Rhythm World after its debut in 2014. IFTRA is a three-week intensive integrating foot, hand and body percussion led by STOMP alumnus and tap dancer extraordinaire Nicholas Young, master percussionists John Angeles and Doug Feig and more.  

For information about the upcoming JAMboree or to register, visit

Tap choreographer Nicholas Young (photo by Guido Mandozzi)