Starting in 2015, CHRP presented STOMPING GROUNDS, a two-month, City-wide festival in communities throughout Chicago showcasing many of the city’s most accomplished percussive dance companies. Throughout the festival’s five years, unique combinations of artists and ensembles performed and taught in schools and community cultural centers throughout Chicago.

Every culture and every neighborhood has its own rhythm, and STOMPING GROUNDS celebrates them all . . . TOGETHER!

STOMPING GROUNDS is currently in a planning phase which will enable us to bring the program to more schools, theaters and community cultural centers throughout the year. Stay tuned for updates by joining our mailing list HERE.

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 or check it here.

Chicago Cultural Center – Kick-Off!
Date TBD
Featuring all of the Stomping Grounds companies

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

Carruther’s Center
Date TBD
Featuring Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artists – Ayesha Jaco and Nico Rubio

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

Links Hall
Date TBD
What It’s Like To Be Human – Featuring TapMan Productions

National Museum of Mexican Art
Date TBD
Featuring Mexican Folk Dance Company, Natya Dance Theatre, and CHRP’s Stone Soup Rhythms

DuSable Museum of African American History
Date TBD
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 for karen mcdougal nude (March 11).

Irish American Heritage Center
Date TBD
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!)
Date TBD
Featuring all of the Stomping Grounds companies – Muntu Dance Theatre, Natya Dance Theatre, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, Mexican Folk Dance Company, Stone Soup Rhythms and the Trinity Irish Dance Company

Harris Theater (Grand Finale: Pearl Rececptions)
Date TBD
CHRP will honor Pamela Crutchfield and the Chicago Free for All Fund and join our STOMPING GROUNDS partners as they honor the women who have led and supported percussive dance in Chicago: Amaniyea Payne, Hema Rajagopalan, Dame Libby Komaiko (in memoria), Kim Niewiedzial, and Matie M. Ovalle. Join us for one or all of the receptions* to celebrate these women. *All reception tickets include orchestra level performance seating.

2019 Companies

Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s Stone Soup Rhythms
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Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theatre
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The Mexican Folk Dance Company of Chicago
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Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago
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Natya Dance Theatre
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Trinity Irish Dance Company
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Trinity Irish Dance Ensemble
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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 .

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.