Founder & Artistic Director
Lane Alexander, Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s co-founder and director for 23 years, has a performing career spanning over 30 years that includes work on the concert stage, musical theater, television and film. He is one of the foremost experts on Morton Gould’s Tap Dance Concerto which he has performed at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops led by Skitch Henderson; the London Philharmonic at the Royal Festival Hall (Rachel Worby), Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall with the Little Orchestra Society (David Allen Miller), the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra (Christopher Bell), the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (David Robertson), the Illinois Philharmonic (Carmon DeLeone) and his first performance of the piece in 1992 with the Chicago Sinfonietta (Paul Freeman). He was the first artist to publish a recording of the Tap Dance Concerto since the original recording with Danny Daniels in 1952. Additional performances have included the Chautauqua Festival, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Queens Symphony Orchestra (Stuart Malina), Long Beach Symphony Orchestra (with Fred Strickler and Sam Weber), the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (Michael Krajewski) and the Greenville Symphony Orchestra (Edvard Tchivzhel).
Lane toured nationally with Austin on Tap and appeared in the Candlelight Dinner Theater’s long running production of 42nd Street (directed by Bill Pullinsi) before joining William Orlowski's National Tap Dance Company of Canada in 1987 as an ensemble member. He continued to perform with the company as a soloist, principal and featured guest artist in appearances throughout Canada, the United States, China - and the first tap performance ever at the prestigious Spoleto Festival in Italy. While still appearing as a guest artist with the NTDCC, Lane Co-founded alexander,michaels/Future Movement (am/FM) with Chicago native and noted contemporary dancer/choreographer Kelly Michaels. Together, they created a repertory of tap, modern dances that stretched the boundaries of both and worked for an acknowledgement of American tap as a recognized art form. They co-founded the Chicago Human Rhythm Project in 1990 as a summer festival of tap and percussive dance. Chicago Human Rhythm Project became the first dedicated presenter of American tap and contemporary percussive arts in the United States.
Lane choreographed and appeared in the Sell Film production of Outtakes, the television series The Untouchables and directed the Emmy nominated PBS documentary, JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance. In 2004, Lane founded a new ensemble, BAM!, which has represented the United States at the 5th Anniversary Beijing Contemporary Dance Festival, the Barcelona Tap Festival, at the Gala de Estrellas Internacionales de Danza in Caracas, Venzuela as well as national and regional appearances. Lane's choreography and contributions to the field have been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts’ American Masterpieces program through the Illinois Arts Council, the Chicago Tribune as a “Chicagoan of the Year,” the Ruth Page Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Field, the Chicago Dance and Music Alliance for Outstanding Solo Performance, two Illinois Arts Council Choreography Fellowships, a Chicago Dancemakers Forum Award and the Mayfair Academy's inaugural "Tommy" Award for Preserving the Legacy of Tommy Sutton.
He was honored to be a part of the PBS program, Road Trip Nation alongside Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Micheal Dell and has been recognized twice by Chicago’s New City as one of the city’s 50 cultural leaders in 2008 and 2012. In 2009, Lane received a ten year appointment to the Beijing Contemporary Music Academy as a Senior Advisor and regularly teaches and performs in Beijing, Florianopolis, Helsinki, Paris, Prague, Stuttgart, Tokyo, Zurich and at numerous festivals around the North America including the Third Coast Rhythm Project and Vancouver Tap Festival. He has appeared with such greats as Donald O'Connor, Gregory Hines and the Nicholas Brothers. Lane has served on the faculties of the Lou Conte Dance Studio, Northwestern University, the Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Center, the Joel Hall Dance Studio, Columbia College, Stephen's College and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Alexander currently serves on the boards of the International Tap Association and Arts and Business Council of Chicago. He studied with Laine Johns, Susan Beil Connally, Steve Condos, LaVaughn Robinson, Fred Strickler, William Orlowski, Dianne Walker, Sam Weber and Bobby Wells.