Tap Scholar Program
In Memory of CHRP Co-founder, Kelly Michaels

The annual Tap Scholar Audition will take place on Sunday, February 16, 2020 from 2:30pm-5:00pm. To participate in the audition, you must complete an application in advance. For complete information, instructions and to download the application, please click on the “Tap Scholar Application Form” button above.

Tap Scholar History

Founded in 1995 to honor the life of CHRP co-founder, Kelly Michaels, the Rhythm World Tap Scholar Award program has provided more than $350,000 in financial aid to over 300 talented, deserving young dancers from around Chicago, the United States and countries around the world.

The Tap Scholar Award program conducts an audition in Chicago every winter where the majority of awards are made and provides additional scholarship opportunities through our sister organizations in Japan, Canada, South America and the European Union. The Award decisions are based on a combination of criteria including skill, talent and financial need with the intention of creating a diverse mix of young dancers dedicated to furthering their tap and percussive dance education and creating a global network for the next generation.

Rhythm World is the most comprehensive festival of American tap and contemporary percussive arts in the world, annually attracting hundreds of students from around the globe to study with an internationally acclaimed faculty of 25 – 30 master teachers and performers. Over the last 25 years, many Tap Scholar Award winners, including Dani Borak, Jumaane Taylor, Ian Berg, Starinah Dixon, Nico Rubio, Sean Kaminski, and Donnetta Jackson, have gone on to lead the field by teaching, choreographing and performing.