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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!



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


Star Dixon & Megan Davis Present Choreography @ PERSIST: Tap Dance Made By Women


May 26th & 27th @ 8pm

In an art form where women have played second fiddle to men time and again for decades (and in light of a recent surge in women’s movements of all kinds) PERSIST celebrates the unique, varied, artistic voices of six female choreographers including world premiere works by Kristi Burris, Megan Davis, and Patti Vickerman alongside returning audience favorites including Star Dixon’s critically acclaimed Ultralight Beam. From driving, pulsating rhythms to delicate, hopeful gestures, PERSIST promises to be another stunning example of Chicago tap dance excellence.

Choreography by: Krisi Burris, Megan Davis, Jenna Deidel, Star Dixon, Kendra Jorstad & Patti Vickerman



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!!



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



M.A.D.D. Rhythms Bronzeville: The HWCC Crew @ 11th Annual KBMF Dance Showcase


Tickets are on sale now at:

The Kathryn Bender Memorial Dance Showcase brings together dance companies from the area to perform and raise money to help with research and prevention of sudden cardiac death as well as to provide scholarships in the community. Kathryn Bender was a senior at NNHS and only seventeen when she passed away in 2005 from sudden cardiac death. Participants in the showcase include the orchesis troupes from NVHS and MVHS along with Academy of Dance Arts, Extensions Dance Company, Beyond the Stars, Dream Contemporary Dance, Steps Dance Center, Elan Dance, School of Performing Arts, and M.A.D.D. Rhythms Tap Company. On May 13, 2017, the evening will begin at 6:30pm with raffles, silent auctions and concessions, and the show will begin at 7:30pm.


Jumaane Taylor @ Seaside Dance Festival


What: Seaside Dance Festival
When: Friday, May 5, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm
Where: Seaside Amphitheater

The Merchants of SEASIDE invite you to join them Friday through Sunday, May 5-7, for one of Seaside’s most exciting times of the year, Seaside Dance Festival weekend. This annual dance festival draws professional dancers and guest artists from around the globe to the Seaside Amphitheater for a weekend celebration of exceptional dance artistry. Lectures, demonstrations, performances and documentary films each night are free and open to everyone.


Bril Barrett @ 5th Annual Las Vegas Tap Festival



M.A.D.D. Rhythms @ Focus On The Arts 2017



Bril Barrett @ Cotton Club In A Box TONIGHT