FAQ!

What is Next Step?

Next Step is a professional level program for technically advanced dancers, where teachers are encouraged to experiment and take technical and aesthetic risks to advance the field of tap and percussive dance. Students are expected to fully participate in this boundary pushing environment.

How do I register for Next Step programs?

Next Step programs are open to students who pass an evaluation process. To be considered for participation in Next Step programs, please send a 2-3 minute video LINK of your dancing to registration@chicagotap.org  Your technical skills will be evaluated, and if you qualify, we will send you a link for the registration forms that include Next Step programs.

How do I determine what level is appropriate for me or my child?

The best way to determine the appropriate level for your child is to ask their instructor, who is most familiar with your child’s abilities. If their teacher is unfamiliar with our program and/or instructors, we can better determine an appropriate level if you provide a video link which shows you or your child/student dancing.

Can I video the class?

No, videos are not allowed. You must ask permission of the instructor if you wish to make a video AFTER class. Videos are NOT permitted under any circumstance DURING classes.

What are the age restrictions for the programs?
While there are no strict age restrictions for most programs, some things to consider are whether your child is at the appropriate skill and maturity level for the chosen classes. Maturity and skill level are not always determined by age, but students must be able to function in a highly focused learning environment.

Can you help me find a roommate or a place to stay while I’m in Chicago?

If you’re looking to share a hotel room, checking to see if someone has an extra room at their Chicago area home, or if you have a room to offer, all you have to do is “TAP” into our Facebook group!

How can I get around Chicago while I’m there?

CTA trains and buses can easily transport you to most places in Chicago. Alternate transportation includes Metra trains, taxis, and walking.

I have no experience with tap dancing?  Can I take beginner level classes?

Unfortunately, there are no classes offered at Rhythm World for absolute beginners. There are a few advanced beginner classes for those with some tap experience. Beginner level classes are offered year-round at the American Rhythm Center.

Are there any discounts?

Early registration discounts are available if you register by May 25. Tuition credits are also available for groups of 6 or more.

What if the class I wanted is full?

If classes are full, you can be placed on a wait list for the classes you wish to take. CHRP will notify you if a spot opens up in your desired class.

What if my class is cancelled?

If your class is cancelled, CHRP will notify you right away and you will have an option of moving to a different class, a tuition credit to be used at another program or a full refund.

Can I register at the festival?

You may register at the festival for any classes that still have openings. However, CHRP does not guarantee that you will be able to get a spot in your preferred classes if you register at the festival.

What is the cancellation policy?

Students may cancel their registration by June 14 to receive a refund minus a $75.00 cancellation fee + the $30.00 registration fee. Unfortunately, refunds will not be issued after this date for any reason.

How can I help/volunteer at RW?

Please call the CHRP office at 312-542-2477 to learn more about volunteer opportunities at Rhythm World.