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Chicago Tap Summit Is 1 Week Away! Register Now! Classes are filling up FAST!

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Fall 2017 Tap Classes Start This Week. Register Now.

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Chicago Tap Summit 2017 Sponsorship Opportunities

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We are reaching out to you, our community, our friends and supporters, to participate in this event by being a sponsor for the upcoming Chicago Tap Summit 2017 and production titled “Chicago: Sole Sounds of the Windy City”.  The sponsorship rate is $1,000 and includes your logo placement on all printed and web specific materials, tickets to the show and the ability to make an announcement from the stage if you’d like.  Please send your check/money order to our office by September 30, 2017, to be presented at our October 13th – 15th event.



M.A.D.D. Rhythms @ JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance – TONIGHT


We want to share a very special offer with you to see and hear JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance, Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22 at the New Studebaker Theater in the Fine Arts Building at 410 S. Michigan Ave!

We are offering you 25% off JUBA! tickets with the promo code ARC25. Don’t miss out!

Friday Tickets:

Saturday Tickets:

Extraordinary foot drummers and percussive arts masters from around the globe share the Studebaker Theater stage for JUBA!

This concert features performances by some of the country’s leading masters of tap and percussive dance, including a world premiere by CHRP’s new Artist in Residence, Dani Borak; solo performances by former Tap Scholars Jumaane Taylor and former CHRP ensemble member Tristan Bruns; STOMP alumna and Broadway hoofer (Shuffle Along) Lisa LaTouche; and many more.

JUBA! performances are on Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22 and both shows are completely distinct. For more information about the line-up for Friday’s performance, or to purchase tickets, click here. More information about Saturday’s line-up will be available on this page soon.

The JUBA! concerts are the culminating events of Chicago’s prized citywide festival, Rhythm World. Rhythm World runs July 17–23 and includes scores of courses, master classes, and workshops, the 17th Annual Youth Tap Ensemble Conference, a brand new STOMP intensive focusing on body drumming and found-object percussion and teacher certification. For more information about the festival, click here.


Jumaane Taylor Names As A Chicago Dancemakers Forum 2017 Lab Artists

7132017_ImageAnnouncing the 2017 Lab Artists!

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Chicago Dancemakers Forum is thrilled to announce the six dancemakers who have been selected to be receive the 2017 Lab Artist Awards: Brittany Harlin, Daniel “Bravemonk” Haywood, Joshua L. Ishmon, Jumaane Taylor, Rika Lin and Victoria Bradford.
For the first time since its inception Chicago Dancemakers has increased the number of Lab Artist awards from four to six. Each artist will receive a $15,000 cash grant combined with a year of mentorship to support the research, development and presentation of a newly choreographed work.
Awardees will be honored during the 2017 Lab Artist Awards Celebration and Benefit on July 13 at The Arts Club of Chicago.


M.A.D.D. Rhythms Performs Supreme Love @ Jacob’s Pillow


Tireless: A Tap Dance Experience Curated by Michelle Dorrance

Jun 28 – Jul 2

For the first time ever, astonishing tap artists from our backyard and beyond come together in a program curated and introduced by the “tireless ambassador of tap” Michelle Dorrance (The New York Times). TIRELESS exhibits the endless talent, depth, and perseverance of the international tap community.

A Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award recipient and MacArthur ‘Genius’ Fellow, Dorrance introduces this Pillow-exclusive engagement featuring tap dancer and bassist couple Reona and Takashi Seo of Japan in AUN; Chicago-based choreographer and performer Jumaane Taylor and his ensemble work Supreme Love; Joe Orrach of San Francisco in his solo performance entitled In My Corner; and tap dancing siblings Joseph and Josette Wiggan of Los Angeles.




HWCC Summer Arts Intensive Registration Now Open

Summer Intensive 2017


M.A.D.D. Rhythms Tap Academy Open House, Student Showcase & After School Matters Summer Orientation/Audition

Open House 2017


National Tap Dance Day Is The EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DEADLINE For RHYTHM WORLD – May 25 – Don’t Miss Your Chance To Save $$$

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MAY 25 – National Tap Dance Day!
One of the ways we celebrate is to offer discounts to our summer festival – RHYTHM WORLD – through May 25 – after all – how can you forget the date? It’s Bill Robinson’s birthday – so give yourself a present – SUMMER TAP FESTIVAL!



Jumaane Taylor @ 2nd Annual True Sound Rhythm Festival


True Sound Rhythm Festival brings the world’s premiere tap dancers to Houston for a rich evening of collaboration and innovation. Accompanied by some of Houston’s best-known jazz musicians, and featuring a cast of performers that includes Emmy-award winner Jason Samuels Smith, Ayodele Casel–hailed by Gregory Hines as “one of the top young tap dancers in the world,” and the legendary Dianne “Lady Di” Walker–this concert celebrates the legacy of tap dance through breathtaking improvisation and dynamic choreography. <<PERFORMERS: Dianne Walker, Jason Samuels Smith, Ayodele Casel, Jumaane Taylor, Danny Nielsen, Jason Bernard, B’Jon Carter, Tony Merriwether, True Sound Rhythm Project, and many more!!



The Entire M.A.D.D. Rhythms Family @ Big Deal: 13th Annual Performing Arts Gala


May 15, 2017 will mark a brand new milestone for gem of Chicago as executive producer Jimalita Hunter and Harold Washington Cultural Center host “Big Deal”, a theatrical fundraising gala. This production is a continuation of its Broadway in Bronzeville series. The gala will feature songs and scenes from over 10 top Broadway and off Broadway productions, including 42nd Street, Othello, Fosse, Phantom of the Opera, and more. This marks the kick off to the Harold Washington Cultural Center’s 13th year anniversary celebration. Each year we present our alumni and current members of Broadway in Bronzeville/ Off the Streets on the Stage programs. We also have an awards ceremony and pre-event reception. The goal is to raise funds to operate and expand our performing arts program for 2017-2018. Donell Jones, Louis Car, Josilyn Martin, Jahkil Jackson, and Betty Magness are listed as awardees.


M.A.D.D. Rhythms

M.A.D.D. Rhythms Bronzeville: The HWCC Crew

M.A.D.D. Rhythms Tap Academy

And Introducing……..

M.A.D.D. Rhythms “Grown & Sexy” Crew