Rhythm World 30
June 15- July 26, 2020

Rhythm World 2020 will be Chicago’s 30th annual festival of American tap and percussive dance! Mark your calendar for this milestone event — here’s a preview of what’s to come. . .


JUNE 15 – JULY 18, 2020 (5 WEEKS!)
Up to 30 students, ages 16-24 years old, by audition only

JULY 20 – JULY 26, 2020
Open to all ages and levels (like our previous festivals)

More information and registration details coming soon!

Rhythm World 29
July 22-28, 2019

Rhythm World is Chicago’s annual festival of tap and percussive dance, is celebrating its 30th year! Each summer, many of the world’s finest tap dance teachers and performers educate, entertain and enlighten students and audiences from around the globe through classes, performances and more.

Rhythm World offers a sophisticated and comprehensive variety of education and performance programs that allow students and audience members to design their own experiences. Students can take a single class or immerse themselves in up to fifty hours during the week. Audience members can enjoy a single performance or nightly performances at venues around Chicago!

Classes are held at the American Rhythm Center in Chicago’s historic Fine Arts Building at 410 S. Michigan Ave. See below for complete information about Rhythm World 30!  If you have any questions, we’d love to hear from you.  You can reach us at registration@chicagotap.org or 312-542-2477.


2019 Faculty

Click here for more information about all of the 2019 faculty, or click on the names below to go directly to each artist’s bio.

2020 Faculty and Schedule Coming Soon

2020 Programs

Design your own curriculum and study with the faculty of your choice. For an overview of the 2019 schedule click here. 2020 Faculty and Schedule Coming Soon. Learn more about each individual program by clicking through the buttons below.

Monday, July 20 – Thursday, July 23

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

Early Registration: $110 per course
After Early Reg. Closes: $120

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

2020 Faculty and Schedule Coming Soon – View our 2019 schedule below for an example

TimeNext StepAdvancedIntermediate
9:30am-10:50amJason JanasLane AlexanderStar Dixon
11:00am-12:20pmStar DixonDemi RemickLinda Sohl-Ellison
1:30pm-2:50pmDonnetta JacksonTre Dumas
3:00pm-4:20pmNico RubioCartier WilliamsTre Dumas
4:30pm-5:50pmCharles RenatoDonnetta Jackson – CLOSEDDianne Walker

Monday, July 20 – Thursday, July 23

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

$110 per course if you register by March 10
$120 after March 10

2020 Faculty and Schedule Coming Soon – View our 2019 schedule below for an example

TimeIntermediateFast Beginner
4:30pm-5:50pmDemi RemickCartier Williams

Monday, July 20 – Thursday, July 23

CHRP’s annual Youth Tap Ensemble Conference (YTEC), now in its 20th 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.

This year’s program has been completely reimagined by CHRP Artist in Residence, Dani Borak. Dani and the co-director of Switzerland’s 9 Point Ink, Kilian Deissler, will lead the entire program with the exception of improvisation (led by a different instructor each day). Together, Dani and Kilian will lead participants on a four day journey of music making with their feet, hands, voices, boomwhackers (really) and  . . . most importantly . . . musical instruments. Students do not have to play a musical instrument to be in this year’s program, but for those who do play one or more instruments, their musical talents will be incorporated into a unique soundscape and conversation between dance making, rhythm making and music making.

In order to participate in this program, youth ensembles must enroll at least THREE members of their company.The registration fee includes the full four days of classes plus a festival T-shirt.

$500 if you register by March 10
$525 after March 10

To register for the YTEC Program, ensemble directors must submit a video of a complete work from a recent performance. Click here to learn more about Video Auditions.

2020 Faculty and Schedule Coming Soon – View our 2019 schedule below for an example

9:30am-10:30amTap Choreography  
11:00am-12:30pmBody Percussion Piece 
1:30pm-2:45pmBoomwhackers Composition
3:00pm-4:30pmComposed Tap & Live Instrument Piece 
4:30pm-5:30pmImprovisation  – Marty Bronson/Star Dixon/Tristan Bruns/Ja’Bowen Dixon

Monday, July 20 – Thursday, July 23

The Teacher Certification continues to evolve thanks to the feedback we’ve received from participants from the first three years. This year’s program will emphasize not only WHAT to teach, but HOW to teach . . . whether tap history, repertory, improvisation, technique and music theory. This year’s program faculty will be announced soon.

This year’s repertory will include works by Foster Johnson, Eddie Brown, Leon Collins and Steve Condos rudiments as well as exercises inspired by Steve Condos. Participants will also deepen their understanding of approaches to improvisation and how to develop a culture of improvisation.

The Teachers Certification program, now in its 4th year, is an annual program.  Teachers may attend a a single year to receive a Certificate of Completion or four consecutive years to receive a special Master Teacher Certification upon successful completion of the program.

$300 if you register by March 10
$325 after March 10

2020 Faculty and Schedule Coming Soon – View our 2019 schedule below for an example

9:30am-10:50amLinda Sohl-Ellison
11:00am-12:20pmDianne Walker – Leon Collins (Mon & Tues) Bril Barrett – Jams/Improv (Wed & Thurs)
1:30pm-2:50pmJason Janas

Monday, July 20 – Thursday, July 23

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 a festival concert, and a festival T-shirt.

This year’s curriculum includes instruction on rhythm and drumming, tap technique and stepology, and a dancing tour through the past, present, and future of tap.

$225 if you register by March 10
$250 after March 10

2020 Faculty and Schedule Coming Soon – View our 2019 schedule below for an example

12:30pm-2:00pm Demi Remick 
2:00pm-3:00pmMonti Ellison
3:30pm-4:30pmSean Kaminski

Friday, July 24

Rhythm World once again offers immersive workshops in which students spend 2.5 hours with a single teacher for a deeper dive. Each of six workshops has a specific focus.

$75 per workshop if you register by March 10
$90 after March 10

2020 Faculty and Schedule Coming Soon – View our 2019 schedule below for an example

10:00am-12:30pmLinda Sohl-Ellison
Bril Barrett, Nina Simone
Jason Janas
2:00pm-4:30pmSam Weber
Donnetta Jackson
Star Dixon, Nina Simone

Saturday, July 25 & Sunday, July 26

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

$30 per master class if you register by March 10
$35 after March 10

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

2020 Faculty and Schedule Coming Soon – View our 2019 schedule below for an example

Saturday, July 25

TimeNext StepAdvInt/AdvInt or
Fast Beginner
10:00am-11:20amDani BorakJason JanasCharles RenatoDonnetta Jackson
11:30am-12:50pmCartier WilliamsDani Borak SOLD OUT! Sam WeberDianne Walker
2:00pm-3:20pmSam Weber Demi Remick Dianne Walker SOLD OUT!Alexandr Ostanin
Fast Beginner
3:30pm-4:50pmCharles RenatoAlexandr OstaninCartier WilliamsDemi Remick
Fast Beginner

Sunday, July 26

TimeNext StepAdvInt/AdvInt or
Fast Beginner
10:00am-11:20amStar Dixon JaBowen DixonTre DumasLane Alexander
11:30am-12:50pmMarty BronsonLane AlexanderStar  DixonJa’Bowen Dixon
1:30pm-2:50pmTre DumasTristan BrunsSean KaminskiBril Barrett
Fast Beginner
3:00pm-4:20pmBril  Barrett Sean KaminskiTristan BrunsMarty Bronson
Fast Beginner

Monday, June 15 – Sunday, July 19

To register for the American Tap Conservatory, you must submit a Video Audition. Click here to learn more about Video Auditions.


2020 Registration Coming Soon

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.

2020 Video Auditions

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

  • American Tap Conservatory – See “American Tap Conservatory” page
  • Next Step Courses – See “Courses” tab above
  • Next Step Master Classes – See “Master Classes” tab above
  • YTEC Concert/Student Showcase July 24 – Scroll below for submission details

Please note: Everyone who wishes to register for one of the programs above is required to submit a video audition for 2020, even if you were approved, through a video audition, for these programs in previous years.

Your Next Step/YTEC Digital Audition must include:

Please note: These are the requirements for video auditions for YTEC and Next Step Courses. If you wish to audition for the American Tap Conservatory, please click here to view the requirements.

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.  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.

Here’s an example of a WONDERFUL audition video: CLICK HERE!

2019 Performances

2020 Information Coming Soon

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!

**Festival Passes are no longer available.**

Please call 312-542-2477 or email us at info@chicagotap.org with any questions, comments, or concerns.

Monday, July 22, 7:30 PM
Opening Night at the Jazz Showcase
Virtuoso Performers from the concert, Broadway and commercial stages join the Eric Hochberg Trio in the 18th Annual Jazz Showcase opening night. This annual celebration at Chicago’s finest jazz club presents some of the worlds most celebrated tap dancers with special guests and a spectacular jazz trio.  Specific line-up information coming soon.  Make your reservations now…this event always sells out!

Photo credit: Philamonjaro

Tuesday, July 23, 7:30 PM 
JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance
Dance Center Columbia College

Nico Rubio and his company “333” share the stage with Brazilian foot drummer Charles Renato and his company, CHR Project* (* not to be confused with CHRP! . . . .  Charles Renato Project, which he calls CHR Project)

Photo by William Frederking

Charles Renato’s company, CHR Project, performing ‘Virtuoso’

Thursday, July 25, 7:30 PM
JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance
Dance Center Columbia College

Jason Janas and his company, “Co.mitt” share the evening with CHRP’s Artist in Residence, Dani Borak, and CHRP’s collective, Stone Soup Rhythms, premiering new works.

Friday, July 26, 7:30 PM
JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance
Dance Center Columbia College

M.A.D.D. Rhythms will perform an extended excerpt from its new show honoring the life and work of Nina Simone “Feeling Good” followed by the North American premiere of Dani Borak and Kilian Deissler’s “Kick the Square” from 9 Point Inc, a Swiss-based, musical septet surrounding and featuring Dani Borak on an originally designed tap “instrument”.

Saturday, July 27, 7:30 PM
JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance
Dance Center Columbia College

Virtuosos from the concert, Broadway and commercial stage gather to present the festival finale concert accompanied by the Eric Hochberg Trio. Leading lights from the global tap community gather to share intimate and boisterous works to live jazz — a festival tradition for 29 years.

Photo credit: Philamonjaro

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.


Rhythm World 30 is partnering with University Center for group housing.

This student housing community is ideally located in the South Loop neighborhood, less than two blocks away from Michigan Avenue, and a 5-minute walk from the Fine Arts Building. It is convenient to public transportation and nearby many exciting local attractions in the city.

During the festival, their traditional quad-semi suite style units featuring two shared rooms with spacious, private closets connected by a bathroom will be available for all Rhythm World students and chaperones to rent:

  • Newly Renovated
  • Fully Furnished
  • Spacious Living Area
  • All Utilities Included
  • Cable Included
  • Spacious Custom Closets