Chicago Human Rhythm Project's annual summer festival, Rhythm World, presents some of the greatest tap and percussive dance artists on the globe (photo courtesy of Chicago Human Rhythm Project).
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Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) will present the 28th annual summer festival of American tap and percussive dance, Rhythm World, featuring three generations of foot drummers including tap masters Dianne "Lady Di" Walker and Sam Weber, STOMP cast members, many of Chicago's tap luminaries, including Star Dixon and Martin "Tre" Dumas, and CHRP's Artist in Residence, Dani Borak leading Stone Soup Rhythms. Intensive educational programs will be offered in the Fine Arts Building and the American Rhythm Center, July 16-22. Performances take place July16-18, at the Jazz Showcase, Curtis Hall and the Polk Bros Performance Lawns at Navy Pier, with culminating concerts, JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance, on July 20 and 21, at the Studebaker Theater featuring a host of virtuoso soloists and ensembles showcasing a mix of audience favorites and world premieres.
Monday, July 16, at 7:30 p.m., marks opening night at one of Chicago's finest jazz clubs, Jazz Showcase (806 S. Plymouth Court). The program features some of the world's most renowned hoofers in an evening dedicated to improvisation with the Eric Hochberg Trio.
Tuesday, July 17, at 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. brings two audience favorites, the student improv tournament, known as the "cutting contest," and the student showcase take place with faculty judges choosing the winners, who may be invited to perform on one of the two weekend performances at the Studebaker Theater. It all takes place at Curtis Hall, 10th floor in the Fine Arts Building (410 S. Michigan Ave.).
Wednesday, July 18, 6:30pm, Navy Pier Polk Bros Performance Lawns. In this outdoor setting, Rhythm World will present the Chicago premier of Jason Janas and his company, Co.MMIT and Charles Renato's company, CHR Project*. The program will also feature America's finest pre-professional companies from around the United States as a part of the Youth Tap Ensemble Conference including the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble and Footprints Tap Ensemble. This concert is free and open to the public.
Additionally, audiences will be treated to JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance, a celebration of percussive arts mastery with masters of the art from around the globe sharing the stage (Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21 at Studebaker Theater in the Fine Arts Building).
Rhythm World closes with a world premiere by Chicago's own all female tap company Rhythm ISS, co-founded by Idella Reed-Davis, Sarah Savelli and Sharon Rushing.
Tickets to the Jazz Showcase and both "JUBA!" performances will go on sale April 20 at chicagotap.org. Tickets go fast and performances sellout routinely, so get yours today.
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