Rhythm World 28
July 16-22, 2018

Rhythm World is Chicago’s annual festival of tap and percussive dance, celebrating its 28th year!  For one week each summer, many of the world’s finest tap and percussive dance artists and teachers work with over 300 students through classes, performances, and more.

Rhythm World offers a sophisticated and comprehensive variety of programs that allows you to design your own curriculum and to study with the faculty of your own choice. Depending on your stamina (and budget), you can, over seven days, study between 80 minutes to 80 hours with an extraordinary faculty of master teachers and performers.

Information about Rhythm World 28 is forthcoming. Please see the list of faculty, programs, performances, and frequently asked questions from last year’s Rhythm World below to get an idea of what’s in store!

2017 Faculty

Don’t miss your chance to learn from these amazing artists…

Lane Alexander

Maud Arnold

Bril Barrett

Dani Borak

Ali Bradley of STOMP

Tristan Bruns

Sekou Conde

Star Dixon

Tre Dumas

Savion Glover

Maurice Hines

Lee Howard

Donnetta Jackson

Lisa LaTouche

Yukiko Misumi

Jeremy Price of STOMP

Nico Rubio

Linda Sohl Ellison

Jumaane Taylor

2017 Programs

Design your own curriculum and study with the faculty of your choice.

Monday, July 17 – Thursday, July 20

Spend four consecutive days with the teachers of your choice. Each course runs six hours total.

$100 per course if you register by May 25
$110 after May 25

To register for Next Step courses, you must submit a Video Audition.  Click here to learn more about Video Auditions.

TimeNext StepAdvancedIntermediate
9:30am-10:50amDani BorakMaud ArnoldBril Barrett
11:00am-12:20pmJumaane TaylorLee HowardLinda Sohl Ellison
1:30pm-2:50pmLisa LaTouche Dani Borak
3:00pm-4:20pmTre DumasNico RubioLisa LaTouche
4:30pm-5:50pmNico RubioStar DixonLee Howard

Monday, July 17 – Thursday, July 20

Designed specifically for intermediate and fast beginner adults, at a convenient time after work. Courses meet four consecutive days for a total of 6 hours.

$100 per course if you register by May 25
$110 after May 25

TimeIntermediateFast Beginner
5:30pm-6:50pmTristan BrunsMaud Arnold

Monday, July 17 – Thursday, July 20

CHRP’s annual Youth Tap Ensemble Conference (YTEC), now in its 17th year, is a training and repertory development program for pre-professional tap repertory companies. YTEC students study technique and improvisation, alternative movement practice, theater-related seminars, history, music theory and choreography. The registration fee includes the full four days of classes plus a festival T-shirt.

$475 if you register by May 25
$525 after May 25

Important Update for 2017:  To register for the YTEC Program, you must submit a Video Audition.  Click here to learn more about Video Auditions.

9:30am-10:30amTechnique – Lee Howard and Donnetta Jackson
10:30am-11:30amDrumming – Sekou Conde
11:30am-12:30pmImprov – Nico Rubio
1:30pm-2:45pmAfrican Dance – Stacy LeTrice
3:00pm-5:30pmChoreography – Maurice Hines and Yukiko Misumi

Monday, July 17 – Thursday, July 20

Join STOMP members Ali Bradley and Jeremy Price for a 4-day intensive of rhythm! Classes include body percussion, found object percussion, tap, and composition, which will include the creation of a short work.


To register for the STOMP Intensive, you must submit a Video Audition.  Click here to learn more about Video Auditions.

9:30am-10:50amBody Percussion
11:00am-12:20pmFound Object Percussion

Monday, July 17 – Thursday, July 20

A new Rhythm World program!   The Teacher Certification program will cover elements of tap history, repertory, pedagogy, physiology and music theory. This year’s program will include classes by Maurice Hines, Lane Alexander, Sekou Conde (Master African Percussionist), Tre Dumas, and Linda Sohl Ellison. Reading assignments must be completed prior to attendance. This year’s reading requirement is chapters 1 – 8 of Dancing in the Streets by Barbara Ehrenreich.

The Teachers Certification program will be an annual one, and teachers may attend any year and receive a separate Certificate of Completion for each year. Teachers completing four consecutive years will receive a special Master Teacher Certification from CHRP upon successful completion of the program.

$175 if you register by May 25
$225 after May 25

9:30am-10:50amTap Literature and Pedagogy – Lane Alexander
11:00am-12:20pmDrumming with Sekou Conde – 1 day
Composition with Tre Dumas – 2 days
Tap with Maurice Hines – 1 day
1:30pm-2:50pmTap Course with Linda Sohl Ellison

Monday, July 17 – Thursday, July 20

Rhythm World’s Kids Program takes young tappers to the next level. For 9-12 year-old intermediate students. Program includes all classes, one ticket to Friday night’s JUBA concert at the Studebaker Theater, and a festival T-shirt.

Re-designed for 2017! This year’s curriculum includes instruction on rhythm and drumming with Sekou Conde, tap technique and stepology with Dani Borak, and a dancing tour through the past, present, and future of tap with Maud Arnold.

$225 if you register by May 25
$250 after May 25

1:30pm-2:30pmDrumming – Sekou Conde
2:30pm-4:00pmPast, Present, and Future – Maud Arnold
4:30pm-5:30pmDani Borak – Stepology

Friday, July 21

CHRP is thrilled to offer a day of special workshops with Savion Glover, Maurice Hines, and members of STOMP.  Please note that Savion Glover’s morning workshop is sold out!

$125 per workshop with Savion Glover
$90 per workshop with STOMP or Maurice Hines

To register for workshops with Savion Glover, you must submit a Video Audition.  Click here to learn more about Video Auditions.  Video Auditions are not required for the STOMP or Maurice Hines workshops.

11:00am-1:00pmSavion Glover Workshop – SOLD OUT!10:00am-1:00pmSTOMP Workshop
2:00pm-4:00pmSavion Glover Workshop2:00pm-4:00pmMaurice Hines Workshop

Saturday, July 22 & Sunday, July 23

Master Classes are 80-minute one-time classes with a single teacher.

$30 per master class if you register by May 25
$35 after May 25

To register for Next Step master classes, you must submit a Video Audition.  Click here to learn more about Video Auditions.

Saturday, July 22

TimeNext StepAdvInt/AdvInt or
Fast Beginner
10:00am-11:20amLisa LaToucheYukiko MisumiJumaane TaylorTristan Bruns
11:30am-12:50pmAli BradleyLisa LaToucheJeremy Price
Linda Sohl Ellison
2:00pm-3:20pmTre DumasLinda Sohl EllisonStar DixonDani Borak
Fast Beginner
3:30pm-4:50pmDani BorakJeremy Price
Nico RubioStar Dixon
Fast Beginner

Sunday, July 23

TimeNext StepAdvInt/AdvInt or
Fast Beginner
10:00am-11:20amStar DixonLane AlexanderDonnetta JacksonDani Borak
11:30am-12:50pmDonnetta JacksonStar DixonLane AlexanderBril Barrett
1:30pm-2:50pmTre DumasBril BarrettJumaane TaylorNico Rubio
Fast Beginner
3:00pm-4:20pmNico RubioJumaane TaylorTre DumasTristan Bruns
Fast Beginner


Registration for Rhythm World 2017 is now open!

You have the option of registering online with a credit card, or downloading a hard-copy form that you can mail or scan and send to us at registration@chicagotap.org.

Bringing a group of 6 or more to Rhythm World?  As group organizer, you can receive discounts off your own tuition, or you can pass those savings on to each group member.  The choice is yours.  Learn more by reviewing our group registration form here.

For the most up-to-date information about Rhythm World, visit our Facebook Event page here!

2017 Video Auditions

If you plan to register for any of the following programs, you will need to submit a video audition before you will be able to register.

  • Next Step Courses – See “Courses” tab above
  • Youth Tap Ensemble Conference – See “YTEC” tab above
  • STOMP Intensive – See “STOMP Intensive” tab above
  • Workshops with Savion Glover – See “Special Workshops” tab above
  • Next Step Master Classes – See “Master Classes” tab above

Your Digital Audition must include:

1.  A brief verbal self-introduction, 1 minute maximum
2.  Technique sampler, 3 minute max: Include drills/exercises of differing rhythms/styles.
3.  Performance sampler, 3 minutes maximum: Provide 1 combination, 1 improvisation, and/or repertory excerpts, shot in the studio, that demonstrate a range of dynamics, levels, tempos, and styles; and identify choreographers for works shown. DO NOT SEND COMPETITION VIDEOS IN WHICH THE FEET CANNOT BE HEARD CLEARLY.

The production quality of the video does not need to be advanced; we prefer simple videos shot with your cell phone, with clear sound in a quiet environment.  And the video should be shot no earlier than 6 months before the day you send it to us.

To submit your video audition:

1.  Upload your video to a free hosting website (such as YouTube or Vimeo)
2.  Send your name and the video link via email to registration@chicagotap.org.  Also, please tell us for which classes you’re submitting your audition (among the 5 bullet point classes above).
3.  We will try our best to respond to you within a few days.  If you don’t hear back from us within one week of submitting your video, please feel free to follow up.

If you have any questions about the Video Audition process, you can call us at 312-542-2477 or email us at registration@chicagotap.org.

2017 Performances

Over the course of the week, you’ll have the chance to see the incredible faculty and students of Rhythm World perform on stage.  Every single concert is unique; join us for all of them!

Monday, July 17, 7:30pm
Opening Night at the Jazz Showcase
This annual celebration at Chicago’s finest jazz club presents some of the worlds most celebrated tap dancers with special guests a spectacular jazz trio featuring Eric Hochberg, Vijay Tellis-Nayak and Ernie Adams. Tap dance masters will include: Broadway star Lisa LaTouche, International Wunderkind Dani Borak, Nico Rubio, Star Dixon, Jumaane Taylor, Sean Kaminski, Maud Arnold, Lee Howard, Tristan Bruns, Tre Dumas, Bril Barrett and Ali Bradley.

Tuesday, July 18, 7pm
Student Showcase and Cutting Contest @ Curtiss Hall in the Fine Arts Building
See the students of Rhythm World face off in our annual improvisation extravaganza, the Cutting Contest, or experience their fantastic showmanship in the Student Showcase. Both events are presented back-to-back; your $5 admission at the door gets you access to everything for the night.

Wednesday, July 19, 7pm
JUBA @ Navy Pier
A Rhythm World first! CHRP takes JUBA to the brand new Polk Bros. Performance Lawns at Navy Pier for a free, outdoor performance.

Friday, July 21, 6pm
Jubalee Gala
Support CHRP at our annual celebration supporting performance, education, and community outreach programs. The event includes fantastic food and drink at pre- and post-show receptions, plus a VIP ticket to the JUBA performance.  Click here to learn more.

Friday, July 21, 7:30pm
JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance
Extraordinary foot drummers and percussive arts masters from around the globe share the Studebaker Theater stage for JUBA! Each JUBA! concert is unique; more information about line-ups coming soon.

Saturday, July 22, 7:30pm
JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance
Extraordinary foot drummers and percussive arts masters from around the globe share the Studebaker Theater stage for JUBA! Each JUBA! concert is unique; more information about line-ups coming soon.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Next Step?

Next Step is a professional level program for technically advanced dancers, where teachers are encouraged to experiment and take technical and aesthetic risks to advance the field of tap and percussive dance. Students are expected to fully participate in this boundary pushing environment.

How do I register for Next Step programs?

Next Step programs are open to students who pass the Video Audition process.  To learn more about Video Auditions, please click here.

How do I determine what level is appropriate for me or my child?

The best way to determine the appropriate level for your child is to ask their instructor, who is most familiar with your child’s abilities. If their teacher is unfamiliar with our program and/or instructors, we can better determine an appropriate level if you provide a video link which shows you or your child/student dancing. You can send video links to registration@chicagotap.org.

What are the age restrictions for the programs?

While there are no strict age restrictions for most programs, some things to consider are whether your child is at the appropriate skill and maturity level for the chosen classes. Maturity and skill level are not always determined by age, but students must be able to function in a highly focused learning environment.

I have no experience with tap dancing. Can I take beginner-level classes?

Unfortunately, there are no classes offered at Rhythm World for absolute beginners. There are a few advanced beginner classes for those with some tap experience. Beginner level classes are offered year-round at the American Rhythm Center.

Can I video the class?

No, videos are not allowed. You must ask permission of the instructor if you wish to make a video AFTER class. Videos are NOT permitted under any circumstance DURING classes.

Can I register for classes at the festival? Or should I register in advance?

You may register at the festival for any classes that still have openings. However, CHRP does not guarantee that you will be able to get a spot in your preferred classes if you register at the festival.  We highly recommend you register in advance.

Are there any discounts?

Early registration discounts are available if you register by May 25. Tuition credits are also available for groups of 6 or more.

What is the cancellation policy?

Students may cancel their registration by June 14 to receive a refund minus a $75.00 cancellation fee + the $30.00 registration fee. Unfortunately, refunds will not be issued after this date for any reason.

What if the class I want is full?

If classes are full, you can be placed on a wait list for the classes you wish to take. CHRP will notify you if a spot opens up in your desired class.

What if my class is cancelled?

CHRP reserves the right to cancel any class before the start of the festival, due to low enrollment. If your class is cancelled, we will notify you right away and you will have an option of moving to a different class, a tuition credit to be used at another program or a full refund.

How can I help/volunteer at Rhythm World?

Please call the CHRP office at 312-542-2477 to learn more about volunteer opportunities at Rhythm World.