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Rhythm World 30

America's Premier Festival of Tap and Percussive Dance

Please select all the classes and programs you wish to register for and enter billing information below. All students must confirm acceptance of our Registration Policies and Participant Agreement. If you have any questions, please call 312-542-2477 or send an email to registration@chicagotap.org and we will be happy to assist you.

To register for a group, to add, to change or to remove prior registrations please call 312-542-2477 or send an email to registration@chicagotap.org and we will be happy to assist you.
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1. American Tap Conservatory

 American Tap Conservatory
Attendees of our newly established American Tap Conservatory will have the opportunity to experience it all. ATC attendees may choose to enroll for either the first and second week, or the second and third week. Beginning each week at the Jazz Showcase jam session with live musicians, plus discussions with treasured members of tap, and ending with performances highlighting this conservatory. Gathering then displaying the brilliance from this year’s invited guests. An author, and those tap professionals sharing work that will continue to be performed and honored. This is an invitation into the life of a professional tap dancer, consistently learning while sharpening all knowledge on tap.



All programs are LIVE and IN PERSON. All programs are limited to 20 participants unless COVID-19 protocols are updated to allow higher occupancy rates.

Students will be asked to verify whether they have been or intend to be vaccinated at least two weeks prior to their first class.

CHRP will comply with all City, State and Federal mandates related to vaccination status, room and theater occupancy as well as rigorous cleaning protocols.

This year’s festival spans three completely distinct weeks and attendees, other than those enrolled in the American Tap Conservatory (ATC), may come for one, two or all three weeks. ATC attendees may choose to enroll for either the first and second week, or the second and third week.

Please select all the classes and programs you wish to register for and enter billing information below. All students must confirm acceptance of our Registration Policies and Participant Agreement. If you have any questions or would like to register a group, please call 312-542-2477 or send an email to registration@chicagotap.org and we will be happy to assist you.

Program Fees

Registration Rate: $1,000


The balance can be paid online via Paypal, at chicagotap.org/support/donate-now, or by calling the office at 312-542-2477. Please select your option below.

I have been accepted through audition into the American Tap Conservatory. For more information on how to audition, please click here.

Week 1 & 2

Register for $1000

Week 2 & 3

Register for $1000

2. RHYTHM WORLD 30: July 26 - August 14

Program Fees:


Registration Fee (required for all): $35
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 Courses for Teens and Adults  – July 26 - 30
Spend five consecutive days with the teachers of your choice. Each course runs seven hours over five days.

Learn something to stay with on your tap journey. The classic festival ‘course’ track where you are guaranteed to take something home. Maybe it’s just a couple of steps that catch your ear, though hopefully it’s a few bars of continuous tap variations that will become helpful for your eternal rhythmic experience. Building off of those artists’ ideas, rather than just routines would be the focus here.

Registration Rate: $125 per course

Times Instructor
9:00 AM - 10:20 AM M,W,F
11:00 AM - 12:20 PM T,TH
Karissa Royster (Advanced)
11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
9:00 AM - 10:20 AM T,TH
Jumaane Taylor (Intermediate)
1:30 PM - 2:50 PM
3:30 PM - 4:50 PM T,TH
Jason Janas (Advanced)
3:30 PM - 4:50 PM
1:30 PM - 2:50 PM T,TH
Robyn Watson (Intermediate)
 Master Classes – July 26 - July 30
Masterclasses are 80-minute, one-time classes with a single teacher. Choose from 10 advanced and 10 intermediate classes.

All up to the “master” in the room. The masterclass is an audition style setting. Meaning, you pick up whatever they put down. This week's faculty will grant you with daily tap inspirations. Sharing their masterful ideas for that level. It could be a warmup, an across the floor, a combination, or all of the above but particularly structured for the students in that room. Beware of what artistry these tap masters share with you, it will take you a step closer to understanding this art form. With Robyn Watson, Jumaane Taylor, Jason Janas and Karissa Royster.

Registration Rate: $25 per master class

July 26 July 27 July 28 July 29 July 30
9:00 AM - 10:20 AM Jason Janas (Intermediate) Robyn Watson (Advanced) Jason Janas (Intermediate) Robyn Watson (Advanced) Jason Janas (Intermediate)
11:00 AM - 12:20 PM Robyn Watson (Advanced) Jason Janas (Intermediate) Robyn Watson (Advanced) Jason Janas (Intermediate) Robyn Watson (Advanced)
1:30 PM - 2:50 PM Karissa Royster (Intermediate) Jumaane Taylor (Advanced) Karissa Royster (Intermediate) Jumaane Taylor (Advanced) Karissa Royster (Intermediate)
3:30 PM - 4:50 PM Jumaane Taylor (Advanced) Karissa Royster (Intermediate) Jumaane Taylor (Advanced) Karissa Royster (Intermediate) Jumaane Taylor (Advanced)
*$15 Audition Fee. Must be registered for at least one master class to audition. Requires a separate application.
 Youth Tap Ensemble Conference (YTEC) – August 2 - 6 (Monday - Friday)
The Youth Tap Ensemble Conference will include: technique classes with drills that embed muscle memory in young dancers for more advanced technical work, an ensemble performance on August 7 at the Black Legislator’s Theater at the DuSable Museum of African American History, historical and contemporary video footage assignments as well as improvisation. YTEC introduces youth ensemble members and serious younger dancers to professional life. Participating ensembles will learn tap choreography built for an ensemble that teaches members to listen to each other, and to learn from one another on the dance floor, creating a more conscious tap dancer for the next generation. With Caleb Teicher, Kaleena Miller, Naomi Funaki and the legendary Ivery Wheeler.

Program Fees

Registration Rate: $500

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9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Kaleena Miller
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Caleb Teicher
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Naomi Funaki
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Ivory Wheeler
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 Teacher's Certification – August 9 - 13
What should teachers teach? There are some technical standards that most tap dancers agree on. There are also certain advancements in the techniques that may be new or less well known to many teachers. The week of the ‘Teachers Certification’ will update you on where we are in tap. Technically and rhythmically. Incorporating and connecting with those important standards, while also learning how to incorporate some historical archives into our lessons. Discussing how they can apply what they’re learning to their curriculum. This year’s faculty includes Ian Berg, Maurice Chestnut, Christina Carminucci and Sarah Savelli.

The Teacher’s Certification Program, now in its 4th year, can be attended regardless of attendance during previous years. Teachers attending a single year receive a Certificate of Completion and those attending four consecutive years receive a Master Teacher Certification.


Program Fees

Registration Rate: $500


Enroll: Enroll
9:30 AM - 10:50 AM M,W,F
11:00 AM - 12:20 PM T,TH
Christina Carminucci
11:00 AM - 12:20 PM M,W,F
9:00 AM - 10:50 PM T,TH
Sarah Savelli
1:30 PM - 2:50 PM M,W,F
3:30 PM - 4:50 PM T,TH
Ian Berg
3:30 PM - 4:50 PM M,W,F
1:30 PM - 2:50 PM T,TH
Maurice Chestnut
 Choreographic Residency – August 9 - 13
Four classes per day for 5 consecutive days.

What does it mean to choreograph tap? When we are choreographing, is it tap or something else with tap? During this residency, students will be “in the room” with 4 of the most defining voices of our field. These powerful voices arrange rhythm for the feet, so that the body and spirit can be fulfilled. Here we teach you how to compose or choreograph for tap, strategically creating a rhythmical flow that complements the music, but also exemplifies a full range of vocabulary. Within the works shared this week, you will learn how to build for this dance, fitting for the concert stage. WIth Ian Berg, Christina Carminucci, Maurice Chestnut and Sarah Savelli.


Program Fees

Registration Rate: $500


Enroll: Enroll
9:30 AM - 10:50 AM M,W,F
11:00 AM - 12:20 PM T,TH
Ian Berg
11:00 AM - 12:20 PM M,W,F
9:30 AM - 10:50 AM T,TH
Maurice Chestnut
1:30 PM - 2:50 PM M,W,F
3:30 PM - 4:50 PM T,TH
Christina Carminucci
3:30 PM - 4:50 PM M,W,F
1:30 PM - 2:50 PM T,TH
Sarah Savelli

3. Registration Fee

Everyone must pay the $35 non-refundable registration fee.

Registration Fee:  $35

4. Purchase your festival T-Shirt

Purchase your 2021 festival T-shirts in advance and receive them when you check in at the festival! All shirts are in ADULT sizes and cost $25. Buy as many as you’d like for yourself, your friends and family.

*YTEC and Kids Program registrants already receive a free T-shirt as part of their program. If you would like to purchase additional T-shirts, please use this form.

Please enter your order quantity in the appropriate box(es) below. Your T-shirt purchase will be included in your registration total.

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5. Additional Contribution

Make an additional, tax-deductible contribution to support the 30th Anniversary Rhythm World Festival and further invest in the future of rhythm!

Please consider donating to the program now by filling out the form at this link:

Chicago Human Rhythm Project Online Donation Form

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