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. Registration is OPEN and applicants are being accepted on a rolling basis.

2020 ATC Schedule

The inaugural American Tap Conservatory is the natural evolution of 19 years of CHRP’s intensive, summer immersion programs (YTEC, Residencies and IFTRA with Nicholas Young). ATC will accept 25 pre- and emerging professional tap dancers between the ages of 16 – 24 who will study for five consecutive weeks with the new, diverse generation of tap masters/choreographers including Star Dixon, Jason Janas, Demi Remick, Charles Renato, Cartier WIlliams and Dani Borak. Participants will learn no fewer than six complete works and will study hand percussion, alternative percussive dance, digital documentation, writing, history, the “business” and more. The program culminates with a final performance on July 19 featuring all of the new works in a concert that kicks off the 30th Anniversary RHYTHM WORLD.

The program fee is $2750 or $2500 if paid in full.

Once accepted through the audition process, a down payment of $750 is required at time of registration, with the remaining balance due by May 15. Alternatively, students paying in full at registration receive a $250 discount.

View the COMPREHENSIVE Program Schedule Here!                    Schedule subject to change.

Audition for the American Tap Conservatory

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. Applications are open and are accepted on a rolling basis.

  • 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