STOMPING GROUNDS is a two-month, City-wide festival presented in distinct communities throughout Chicago showcasing many of the city’s most accomplished percussive dance companies. Throughout the festival, unique combinations of artists from multiple ensembles perform and teach in schools, community cultural centers. It starts and ends in a grand finale at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park. We stomp the earth to proclaim that we are here . . . and that we are here TOGETHER!

Chicago Human Rhythm Project presents Mayumana from Israel to kick off its 5th annual STOMPING GROUNDS

Mayumana SG Photo





Mayumana’s latest show – CURRENTS – was inspired by the historical “battle of currents” between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla in their quest for finding energy sources for the world. Audience members will be taken on a spectacular journey representing the essence of light and electricity in rhythmic soundscapes and stunning visual effects mapped on the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem .

Events and Reservations

Our events offer a mix of free and affordable seats for the entire family.

Free Tickets: Reservations for free seats will be honored on a first come, first served basis starting 30 minutes prior to each event’s starting time. At 10 minutes before showtime, all unclaimed free reservations will be released to people on the waiting list.

$5 Supporter Tickets: $5 Supporter seats will be held until showtime. Supporter seats will not be guaranteed after the show has begun.

Seating capacity is limited and guests and patrons will be seated in the order in which they arrive.  The box office will open one hour before showtime; the auditorium will open for general admission seating approximately 30 minutes before showtime.

Chicago Cultural Center – Kick-Off!
Monday, March 18 
featuring all of the Stomping Grounds companies

Harris Theater
Wednesday, March 20
Opening Night of Mayumana

Garfield Park Conservatory
Wednesday, April 3
Featuring CHRP’s Stone Soup Rhythms, Natya Dance Theatre, Mexican Folk Dance Company, and Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theater.

Beverly Arts Center
Saturday, April 13

Featuring CHRP’s Stone Soup Rhythms, Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago, Trinity Irish Dance Company, and Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theater.

National Museum of Mexican Art
Saturday, April 27

Featuring Mexican Folk Dance Company, Natya Dance Theatre, and CHRP’s Stone Soup Rhythms

DuSable Museum of African American History
Saturday, May 11

Featuring Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago, CHRP’s Stone Soup Rhythms, and Mexican Folk Dance Company.

Note: Ticket reservations are not open until 2 months prior (March 11)

Irish American Heritage Center
Saturday, May 18

Featuring Trinity Irish Dance Company and Trinity Irish Dance Ensemble, Natya Dance Theatre, CHRP’s Stone Soup Rhythms, and Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago.

Note: Ticket reservations are not open until 2 months prior (March 18)

Harris Theater (Grand Finale!)
Friday, May 31 
featuring all of the Stomping Grounds companies

Ticket Sales For the Harris Coming Soon!

We had an incredible performances in 2018 but don’t take just our words for it! Check out these articles for reviews and highlights! 

New City Stage

See Chicago Dance

Dancer Music

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Reader

2018 Videos and Pictures

Ireland's Consul General Brian O'Brian tap dancing with Spain's Consul General Federico Palomera and Mario Gastelum, Administrative Assistant of the Mexican Consulate.
Commissioner Mark Kelly with Lane Alexander
Kids Dance Groups Celebrating the "Year of Creative Youth"

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.