Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) spotlights Chicago’s exceptional and diverse percussive dance community with the third annual citywide STOMPING GROUNDS series, culminating with the grand finale at the Studebaker Theater in the Fine Arts Building. Showcasing African, Irish, Mexican, Spanish, Chinese and American cultural traditions, this multi-performance event is a celebration of the rhythmic arts that connects diverse communities through rhythm.

The 2017 series features the following Chicago companies:

  • Chicago Human Rhythm Project
  • Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theatre
  • Mexican Folkloric Dance Company
  • Muntu Dance Theatre (African and African-American)
  • Trinity Irish Dance Company and Trinity Irish Dance Ensemble
  • GuGu Drum Group of Shanghai (May 2 only)

FREE Community Events Across the City

STOMPING GROUNDS is a two-month series of free events called “performalogues”, presented in distinct communities throughout Chicago, showcasing many of the city’s most accomplished percussive dance companies. Each performalogue features a host company, a guest company and featured artists, along with a Q&A with the artists, food trucks and more.

STOMPING GROUNDS community events are free and open to the public. 

Monday, April 3 – 6:00pm
Chicago Cultural Center
featuring duet performances by all 5 Chicago companies

Saturday, April 8 – 7:30pm
National Museum of Mexican Art
featuring the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company, Trinity Irish Dance Company, and Muntu Dance Theatre

Saturday, April 15 – 7:30pm
DuSable Museum of African-American History
featuring Muntu Dance Theatre, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, and Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theater

Saturday, April 29 – 7:30pm
Irish American Heritage Center
featuring the Trinity Irish Dance Ensemble, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, and Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theater

Free Irish dance class at 6pm, taught by members of the WORLD RENOWNED TRINITY IRISH DANCE COMPANY. All ages welcome – come join us!

Tuesday, May 2 – 7:00pm
Studebaker Theater at the Fine Arts Building
featuring Gugu Drum Group of Shanghai
Paid Tickets Required

Saturday, May 13 – 7:30pm
Beverly Arts Center
featuring Muntu Dance Theater, Trinity Irish Dance Ensemble, and Mexican Folkloric Dance Company

Wednesday, May 24 – 6:00pm
Garfield Park Conservatory
featuring Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theater, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, and Mexican Folkloric Dance Company

Grand Finale:
June 2, 2017 at 7:30pm

This year’s culminating concert celebration is completely FREE!

As the culminating event, all five dance ensembles featured in Stomping Grounds will perform an awe-inspiring rhythmic spectacle, one evening only at the Studebaker Theater in the Fine Arts Building.


STOMPING GROUNDS is made possible with major support from the Chicago Free For All Fund at The Chicago Community Trust and Engaging Dance Audiences (a program managed by Dance USA and funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation) with additional funding from The Saints and National Endowment for the Arts. Chicago Human Rhythm Project is supported by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Joyce Foundation, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, BMO Harris, The Arlen and Elaine Cohen Rubin Charitable Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City, The Jeanette & Jerome Cohen Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City, Phil and Marsha Dowd, National Endowment for the Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Broadway in Chicago, Illinois Arts Council Agency, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, , L&L Hardwood Flooring, Peoples Gas, The Service Club of Chicago and generous individual donors.