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Lane Alexander

Founder & Artistic Director



Lane Alexander, Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s co-founder and artistic director, has been a pioneer in the tap dance community and helped to build the first presenting institution in the United States dedicated to American tap and contemporary percussive arts. He has performed Morton Gould’s Tap Dance Concerto at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops/Skitch Henderson; the Royal Festival Hall with the London Philharmonic/Rachel Worby; Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall with the Little Orchestra Society/David Allen Miller; the Pritzker Pavilion with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra/ Christopher Bell; the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra/David Robertson et al. He co-directed the Emmy nominated PBS/ITVS documentary, JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance, directed the first full-length tap concert in the Eisenhower Theater at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and helped to found the new American Rhythm Center in Chicago’s historic Fine Arts Building. Mr. Alexander directs the tap/percussive dance ensemble, BAM!, which represented the United States at the 5th Beijing Contemporary Dance Festival, the Gala de Estrellas Internacionales de Danza in Caracas and toured for the Jazz at Lincoln Center’s regional jazz program. He has received an NEA American Masterpieces grant through the Illinois Arts Council, the Ruth Page Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Field, the Chicago Dance and Music Alliance for Outstanding Solo Performance, two IAC Choreography Fellowships, and a Chicago Dancemakers Forum Award. Mr. Alexander currently serves as a faculty member and senior advisor to the Beijing Contemporary Music Academy as well as the American Rhythm Center and has served on the faculties of the Lou Conte Dance Studio, Northwestern University, Columbia College and UNLV. Mr. Alexander currently serves on the boards of the International Tap Association and Arts and Business Council of Chicago as well as serving on Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel’s policy team for Arts and Culture.