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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.


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


Star Dixon, Donnetta Jackson & Tristan Bruns w/ Chicago Human Rhythm Project @ Stomping Grounds Grand Finale: Studebaker Theater


The series completes its third year with the grand finale on Friday, June 2, at the Studebaker Theater. This event will feature ALL five dance companies and, like all STOMPING GROUNDS events, is completely free and open to the public.

The featured Chicago companies are:
Chicago Human Rhythm Project
Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theater
The Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago
Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago
Trinity Irish Dance Company

NOTE: Ticket holders are allowed priority entry up to 20 minutes before showtime, otherwise seats will be given to those on the waitlist.

Date and Time

Fri, June 2, 2017

7:30 PM – 9:30 PM CDT



Studebaker Theater

410 South Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60605


Donnetta Jackson, Tristan Bruns w/Chicago Human Rhythm Project @ Spring To Dance Festival In St. Louis



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

Early Bird Registration FINAL

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!



Donnetta Jackson w/ Chicago Human Rhythm Project @ Stomping Grounds: Garfield Park Conservatory


STOMPING GROUNDS is a free two-month citywide celebration of authentic, rhythmic dance companies from a variety of world cultures, including American tap, Spanish, Mexican, African, Chinese, and Irish dance. The series culminates with the grand finale at the Studebaker Theater on Friday, June 2.

The series visits Chicago’s Garfield Park neighborhood on Wednesday, May 24 at the Garfield Park Conservatory. This event will feature Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theater, alongside Chicago Human Rhythm Project and the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company. Like all STOMPING GROUNDS events, it is completely free and open to the public.

Each STOMPING GROUNDS event, known as a “Performalogue”, features the performers and Artistic Directors of selected companies, in a narrated performance and Q&A with the audience. And each event features a different lineup! For a list of locations and lineups, please see below.

The featured Chicago companies are:

–Chicago Human Rhythm Project
–Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theatre
–Mexican Folkloric Dance Company
–Muntu Dance Theatre
–Trinity Irish Dance Company and the Trinity Irish Dance Ensemble

NOTE: Ticket holders are allowed priority entry up to 20 minutes before showtime, otherwise seats will be given to those on the waitlist.

Reserve Your Seat for May 24th


Donnetta Jackson w/ Creation @ Carnival Choreographer’s Ball Chicago


Carnival Choreographer’s Ball returns to Chicago Thursday May 18th! Come see an amazing show with some of Chicago’s hottest talent!

Featuring works by:

Monyett Crump
Leila Henry and Chris Xayarath
Annie Franklin
Walter Maybell
Pause Eddie presents CREATION
Stacy Letrice
Jenny Vause
Gil Mata
Joey Hernandez
Andrew Tamez-Hull
Hip Hop ConnXion
Dana Rosenthal
Gage Crismond and Paige Deets ft ‘ALWAYS’
Nadell Jackson
BQ Project
Darnell Payne ft Urban Movement
Movement Revolution Dance Crew
Ascendence Dance Chicago
Ladies in Lace

Doors open at 9pm. Show starts at 10:30pm

Tickets can be purchased online ahead of time at or through any of the performers. Tickets will also be available at the door.


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