We ALL Got Rhythm

In-School and After-School Programs

CHRP provides access to high quality educational experiences that are not available through most mainstream dance organizations.

We provide ignition, engagement, and immersion programs that enhance social and emotional learning, teach specific artistic skills and build paths to college and professional careers.

If you are interested in bringing rhythm to YOUR school, or would be interested in funding CHRP’s programs for public school students, please contact:

Lane Alexander
312-542-2477 x201


CHRP provides lecture-demonstrations and master classes in K-12 settings through our city-wide “We All Got Rhythm” and Stomping Grounds festival outreach programs.

“Ignition” moments expand the minds and imaginations of students who have never had access to percussive dance. Almost every great artist can point to an epiphanal moment that led to a lifetime of artistic practice. While deep engagement is important, we do not discount the broad impact of “ignition” opportunities.


We also offer extended 8-week to year-round residencies which can occur during or after-school. These programs are supported in part by the Creative Schools Fund and individual donors.

CHRP’s in-school/after-school education programs help to level the playing field at a critical early age for underserved Chicago young people attending public schools that lack sufficient funds to offer high-quality, standards-based dance education programming. CHRP’s partner schools are located across Chicago.


Through our world class Tap Scholar program and summer intensives, our immersion programs bring together world renowned teachers with gifted students which accelerates the advancement of the individual as well as the field.

Alumni from these programs have included a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, Michelle Dorrance, Jazz at Lincoln Center Soloist, Jared Grimes, and numerous leaders of the field of dance education, creation and performance including Dani Borak, Jumaane Taylor, Nico Rubio, Star Dixon, Chandler Brown, Ian Berg among others.


Photo credit to Julia Nash Photography

Tristan Bruns is  a Chicago tap dancer  who has received training  under Donna Johnson, Ted Louis  Levy, Sam Weber and Martin “Tre”  Dumas III. Tristan has been on faculty  at the Circle City Tap Festival (Indianapolis)  and Rhythm World (Chicago) and is currently a member  of M.A.D.D. rhythms directed by Bril Barrett, and the Chicago  Human Rhythm Project’s resident ensemble directed by Artist In Residence Daniel Borak. Tristan is the Director of Tapman Productions and has  produced two seasons of performances in Chicago, including The Adventures of  Tapman, THRUST!, and La Raison d’etre. Tapman Productions has provided production  assistance to dance artists Ian Berg (From The Top), Jumaane Taylor (Supreme Love),  Kate O’Hanlon (Modern Marvels Dance Co.), Kendra Jorsted (Jorstap) and the Elgin Ties  Dance Festival (Elgin Taps). Tapman Productions is currently beginning their 3rd season  in Chicago, IL. Tristan has performed locally, nationally and internationally with notable  performances at the Beijing International Dance Festival, the Reus (Spain) Tap Dance Festival,  The Poznan(Poland) Jazz Festival, Rhythm World Tap Festival (Chicago), 42nd St. choreographed by  Jared Grimes (Drury Lane-­‐Oakbrook, IL), Supreme Love choreographed by Jumaane Taylor (Chicago), Celtic  Fyre (Williamsburg), the Detroit Jazz Festival, The Steve Harvey Show and The Inside/Out Stage at Jacob’s Pillow. Tristan has performed with other Chicago dance companies such as the Cartier Collective, Chicago Dance Crash and Matter Dance.

Photo credit to Julia Nash Photography

Time Brickey is a tap dancer, musician, and generally entertaining guy from Chicago. He is a member of M.A.D.D. Rhythms and a collaborator with the Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s Stone Soup Rhythms and has performed in Dance for Life Chicago, the Stomping Grounds Festival, JUBA!, and as a soloist at the Billy Strayhorn Centennial, where he was described by the Chicago Tribune as a “Literal Loose Cannon.” Time was featured tap dancing on 91.1 Vocalo with DJ Ayana Contreras for Reclaimed Soul in The Parks, and in the critically acclaimed production of 42nd St. at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook. Time can also be spotted in the wild world of puppetry, performing with Cabinet of Curiosity Productions. Call him sometime, why not? He’s nice.

Photo credit to Julia Nash Photography

Amansu Eason began performing at age 4 with the Morning Bishop Theatre Playhouse. At age 10, he began studying ballet, jazz, tap, and modern at the Emerson School for the Visual and Performing Arts in his hometown of Gary, Indiana. During the same time, he also began extensive training in West African folklore and dance with the Alyo Children’s Dance Company in Chicago, Illinois. Over the next six years, he began to develop his own style, fusing the disciplines he learned throughout his training and giving power to his artistic and creative voice. In 2003, as a dance minor at Bowling Green State University and a major of Africana Studies, he was introduced to the Katherine Dunham Technique. Though his father was a professor at BGSU, he accredits the Dunham Technique for giving him an academic voice and confidence to be a scholar. Throughout his career, he has performed with Ben Harper, opened for artists such as Omarion, Marcus Houston, Mary, Mary, Arrested Development, and presented a solo for the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. He has performed on stages and in spaces all over the U.S. and the Caribbean, as well as in Canada, Mexico, Israel, and Brazil and has taught dance throughout Northwest Indiana, Ohio and the Chicago area for the past 13 years. Amansu is currently the Assistant to the Director of Muntu Dance Theater of Chicago, and Associate Director of Dancexcel Champion Center for the arts in Gary, IN. He also serves as Co- Chair of the Planning Committee, a member of the Technique Committee, and Certified Instructor for the Institute for Dunham Technique Certification. Amansu is a two-time recipient of the Black Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievements in Dance granted by the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago.

Photo credit to William Frederking Photography

Dorian Rhea has been an active artist in the Chicago community for nearly a decade. He has performed and choreographed pieces for Smino & Lollapalooza, Windy City Live, Broadway’s West Side Story, Disney’s Mag Mile Lights Festival, Common’s AHH! Fest, Chance The Rapper’s TipFest & President Obama himself. His works have been featured at venues such as the Chicago Theater, The Harris Theater, Pritzker Pavilion, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. An instructor for Gallery 37’s After School Matters hip-hop program, The Joffrey Ballet, & The American Rhythm Center, he has taught workshops at Roosevelt University, Chicago State University, and Wilbur Wright College, to name a few. From working with charitable arts programs in high schools across the city, to facilitating performance training with the non-profit ‘Happiness Club’, Dorian continues to push for universal art education. He has studied ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, & hip-hop movement and continues to expand his training as a developing teaching artist. Born and raised in Chicago, he intends to continue to build opportunities and establish reputable networks that give back to the artistic communities that invest so much into their craft.