Acclaimed tap dancer and STOMP alumnus Nick Young will be one of the percussive dance luminaries on hand conducting workshops at this years CHRP Winter JAMboree (photo courtesy of Nick Young).
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
With almost 3,000 performances and now Known as the nation's premier presenter of American tap dance and international contemporary percussive arts, The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) will welcome students and performers to its annual Winter Tap JAMboree January 22-24. Featuring master classes, auditions for the Tap Scholar Program and Nicholas Young's Institute For The Rhythmic Arts (IFTRA), and the popular Tap Off competition and Tap JAM, this year’s festival will again take place at the American Rhythm Center, Chicago's collaborative arts space in the historic Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 300, Chicago.
Among the luminaries teaching classes this year are Syncopated Ladies creators Chloe Arnold and Maud Arnold, who will lead workshops in intermediate and advanced levels of tap technique and choreography, along with self-esteem-building tactics for young women in show business, video production, social media and short-filmmaking for artist-entrepreneurs, Afro-funk, voice and more. Other faculty members include Carter Williams, a leading tap choreographer and protégé of Savion Glover, and STOMP alumnus Nicholas Young, who received a 2014 New York Dance and Performance Award ("Bessie") for Outstanding Music Composition. Some of Chicago's finest tap masters on faculty will also be on hand, including CHRP Founder/Director Lane Alexander, who was named one of 11 inaugural Chicago Creative Spirits by the Chicago Cultural Mile--Martin Bronson, Starinah Dixon and and hip-hop/break dancer Monternez Rezell, teaching footworking, swing and tap history.
As in years past, CHRP is offering up to $10,000 in tuition awards to advanced tap dancers between the ages of 12 and 18 who compete in its annual Tap Scholar Program auditions Sunday, January 24, 1:30-4 p.m.These awards will make it possible for deserving young tap dancers to attend CHRP's Rythm World, taking place July 5-24, 2016, with a faculty of more than 20 master teachers/performers from around the globe. Participants must register for at least one Tap JAMboree class.
For information about the upcoming Winter JAMboree and associated workshops and programs, visit chicagotap.org.