Rhythm World 30
July 26 - August 14, 2021

Rhythm World is Chicago’s annual festival of American tap and percussive dance!

July 26 – August 14, 2021
Registration Opens May 25

Rhythm World, Chicago’s annual festival of tap and percussive dance, is excited to host a special, amended edition this year! Each summer, many of the world’s finest tap dance artists convene to educate, entertain and enlighten students and audiences in ear-bending classes and performances.

Rhythm World 30 will offer a comprehensive variety of education and performance programs that allow students and audience members to design their own experiences. Enjoy Live Attended and Live Streamed performances at Navy  Pier’s Lake Stage, the historic Jazz Showcase and the MCA, Chicago.

Registration opens May 25.

You can reach us at registration@chicagotap.org or 312-542-2477.

City of Chicago Imposes Curfew, 2020 Performances POSTPONED INDEFINITELY

2020 Performance Information 

Every Event is Unique –  Join Us for One or for All!

Please email us at info@chicagotap.org with any questions.

Monday, August 10, 7:00 PM
Opening Night at the Jazz Showcase POSTPONED Due to City of Chicago Curfew

Live streamed performance from Chicago’s historic Jazz Showcase featuring renowned comic Marz Timms as the evenings MC with performances by noted jazz pianist, Vijay Tellis-Nayak; foot drummers Lane Alexander(CHRP), Olivia Serrano (Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater), Claudia Morrison (Trinity Irish Dance Company), special guest from Natya Dance Theatre; and musical interludes with guitarist/ songster, Jorge Hohagen and Irish Bodhran player, Mike Austin. The performance is free, but “attendees” must register through Eventbrite!

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.