Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
Nicholas Young and Michelle Dorrance's groundbreaking collaboration ETM: Double Down (photo by Matthew Murphy).
On November 4, Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP), the city’s pre-eminent tap and percussive dance presenter, will host its 26th Jubalee Gala. This year’s gala honors MacArthur Fellowship (Genius) and Princess Grace Award-winning choreographer-performer Michelle Dorrance along with STOMP star, Bessie Award winner and master pedagogue Nicholas Young with the JUBA! Award for Extraordinary Contributions to the Field for their groundbreaking collaboration on Dorrance Dance's ETM: Double Down. The event, which features a sneak peek of the Chicago premiere of ETM: Double Down, will take place at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago.
CHRP’s Jubalee offers patrons several options to experience the work of Dorrance and Young and meet the artists. Supporters may attend one or all of the day's events. Proceeds from this event support CHRP's summer Tap Scholar program, which provides scholarships to deserving, talented teens and enables them to study tap and percussive arts with world-class artists. Likewise, students receive year-round, free, rhythm-based arts education programs in Chicago Public Schools.
Founder and artistic director of Dorrance Dance, Michelle Dorrance is one of the most sought-after tap dancers of her generation. A 2015 MacArthur Fellow, 2014 Alpert Award Winner and 2013 Jacob's Pillow Dance Award Winner, Dorrance performs, teaches and choreographs throughout the world.
New York-based dancer, musician and choreographer Nicholas Young spent nine years as a lead in the cast of the off-Broadway sensation STOMP. Young began his professional career at age 16 with Tapestry Dance Company of Austin, Texas. Under the direction of Acia Gray and Deirdre Strand, he eventually rose to principal dancer and resident choreographer. The Austin Critics Council named him "Best Male Dancer" in 2001 and honored him for "Best Choreography" in 2003.
Past JUBA! Award recipients include percussive dance legends Tommy Tune, Gregory Hines, Bill Irwin, Savion Glover and Fayard Nicholas, among a host of other artistic and civic luminaries.
For 26 years, Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) has helped to foster the revival of American tap dance in performances and educational initiatives that span the globe. CHRP presents the oldest and largest annual festival of American tap and percussive dance in the world—Rhythm World—and has expanded through community outreach and ongoing education programs. CHRP led the development of Chicago's shared dance/arts space, the American Rhythm Center, which offers daily dance classes for students of all ages and levels.
For more information about the upcoming Jubalee Gala, visit chicagotap.org.