American Tap Conservatory

June 15 – July 19, 2020

2020 ATC Faculty

Introducing our lead faculty for the 2020 American Tap Conservatory: Dani Borak, Starinah Dixon, Jason Janas, Demi Remick, Charles Renato, and Cartier Williams.

2020 ATC Schedule

Full Conservatory schedule coming soon!

Audition for the American Tap Conservatory

If you plan to audition for the American Tap Conservatory, you will need to submit the following:

A completed 2020 ATC Video Audition Form

$25 audition fee

All applicants must pay $25 USD audition fee.

  • Please make checks & Money orders payable to Chicago Human Rhythm Project.
  • If paying online please visit, go to our Donate page (under the Support tab), select “Community and Arts Education Programs” and write “Tap Conservatory Audition Fee” in the comment box.


Outline your tap, percussive arts, and other dance-related experience.

Written statement - 1 page maximum, titled with the student’s name

Please describe:
  • Your career aspirations
  • Experiences desired/needed to reach these goals
  • Name, title, phone, email for two dance artists
  • Teachers who can speak about your work


Please submit headshot and full body photo.

Support documentation

If 17 and below, one current teacher must submit a recommendation letter addressing (a) your technical and performance artistry, (b) stamina to participate in rigorous, pro level classes/rehearsals, and (c) ability to live and interact responsibly as an adult professional in a diverse art community.

Video requirements - Video must be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo, and must include the following

  1. Brief verbal introduction – 1 minute maximum
  2. Technique sampler – 8 minute maximum
    • Drills including rudiments, flaps, shuffles, time step and cramp roll variations, paddle and rolls, pull backs, wings, and turning steps. All in time, all a cappella.
    • 8 bars each of different time signatures and feels including a swing, a Latin, funk, and waltz, as well as at least one example of traditional material. All in time, all a cappella.
    • 1-2 minutes of improvisation. This can be a cappella or with music. If music is used, please make sure the volume of the music and the taps are balanced.
  3. Performance Sampler – provide 1-2 combinations or repertory excerpts, shot in the studio, that demonstrate a range of dynamics, levels, tempos, and styles; identify choreographers for works shown. DO NOT SEND COMPETITION VIDEOS.


University Center will offer group housing for the American Tap Conservatory.

This student housing community is ideally located in the South Loop neighborhood, less than two blocks away from Michigan Avenue, and a 5-minute walk from the Fine Arts Building. It is convenient to public transportation and nearby many exciting local attractions in the city.

During the Conservatory, their traditional quad-semi suite style units featuring two shared rooms with spacious, private closets connected by a bathroom will be available for you to rent:

  • Newly Renovated
  • Fully Furnished
  • Spacious Living Area
  • All Utilities Included
  • Cable Included
  • Spacious Custom Closets