The Jubalee! Gala is Chicago Human Rhythm Project's season finale and annual celebration, supporting performance, education, and community outreach programs that reach more than 20,000 people every year.

Please join us as we honor the brilliance of Michelle Dorrance and Nicholas Young and their extraordinary contributions to the American art of tap and contemporary rhythmic expression. The presentation of Dorrance Dance is a part of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's celebration of the 35th Anniversary of the MacArthur Fellowship and in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and the Chicago Humanities Festival.

November 4, 2016
MCA Chicago

Honoring Michelle Dorrance and Nicholas Young for their Extraordinary Contributions to the Field

JUBALEE 2016 has been re-imagined to provide our devoted patrons with a variety of unique and tantalizing experiences up close and behind the scenes! Design your own experience on November 4th with Nicholas Young, Michelle Dorrance and the Company in a series of events at the elegant Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. You can attend one or all of the following events:

11:30AM - 1:00PM
Scrumptuous Lunch by Culinaire and a sneak peek of a rehearsal (optional)

Liberal Libations in the elegant lobby of the Edlis Neeson Theatre

Sneak Preview of Dorrance Dance in ETM: Double Down

9:30 PM
JUBA! Award Presentation honoring Nicholas Young and Michelle Dorrance

9:45 PM
Bubbly Beverages and Delectible Desserts with the Artists (optional)

Proceeds from this event will support CHRP's summer TAP SCHOLAR program (which has provided hundreds of life altering scholarships to deserving, talented teens enabling them to study tap and percussive arts with world class artists) as well as year-round, free, rhythm based arts education programs in Chicago Public Schools that serve more than 10,000 children every year.

Don't miss this extraordinary cultural event featuring Michelle Dorrance, Nicholas Young and Dorrance Dance in ETM: Double Down. Three musicians, the B–girl Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie and eight tap dancers of Dorrance Dance perform on hand-made electronic tap dance instruments. Dorrance has a contemporary physicality unique in tap dance, and the sound from the electronic tap instruments, which collaborator Nicholas Young created inspired by drum triggers, transforms the stage.

ETM (“electronic tap music”): Double Down, a nod to electronic dance music in its energy and melody, matches Dorrance's and Young's kindred idiosyncrasies to that of six other Dorrance hoofers, plus B-girl “Bounce” Asherie performing original soft shoe in sneakers. The acoustic music trio includes vocalist Aaron Marcellus and bassist Greg Richardson. Donovan Dorrance, a sibling and ensemble member, contributes original music and plays piano.

About the Artists

Michelle Dorrance began dance training at the age of three. Her mother, M’Liss, was a founder of the Ballet School of Chapel Hill and her father coaches the University of North Carolina's national championship winning women's soccer team. Michelle was mentored by Gene Medler, the legendary head of the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble. Michelle attended Chicago Human Rhythm Project's summer festival Rhythm World as a student between 1994 - 1998, returned as a faculty member, solo performer and choreographer, shared a Princess Grace Foundation award with CHRP which enabled her to create the critically acclaimed Push Past Break, appeared with CHRP at an historic performance at the Kennedy Center in 2012 and has since catapulted beyond the dance world with the Alpert Award, Jacob's Pillow Award and the prestigious MacArthur Foundation's “Genius” Fellowship.

Nicholas Young has an insatiable appetite for music as well as community, from growing up on 1990's hip-hop. Meeting as teens at the St. Louis Tap Festival, they quickly became enthralled by Gregory Hines and Savion Glover, and were cast members together in STOMP. Young is one of tap dance’s finest performers, and winner of the 2014 Bessie Award for sound design and composition. He built the ETM Double Down equipment by hand over a two-year, self-taught process of tinkering with tap boards and connecting them to a MIDI controller, popular in electronic music since the 1980s.

Jubalee! Gala Sponsors and Committee Members

Event Chair
Paul Levy

Elaine Cohen, Charlie Gardner and Patti Eylar

Lunch Sponsor
Elaine Cohen

Supporting Sponsor
Segal Consulting

Committee Members
Lane Alexander, Michael Foster, John Gingell, Arni Granat, Donna La Pietra, Irene Michaels, Cari Shein, Claudette Smith, Z.J. Tong