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Core Programs

Founded in 1988, Chicago Human Rhythm Project empowers artists and communities to express culture and identity through rhythm and percussive arts.

Through the design and production of inspiring performances, education programs, and innovative business models for artistic collaboration, CHRP catalyzes diverse communities of artists to foster social reconciliation and economic sustainability through rhythm. Our concerts, classes and community development programs reach children, teens, adults and elders throughout Chicago throughout the year through our Five Core Programs…

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Rhythm World is the oldest and largest festival of American tap dance in the world. Presented annually in June and July, Rhythm World brings together students from around Chicago and the globe to study with the greatest living masters of the art form and to enjoy nightly performances by students and masters alike.

Recognized internationally as the “mother ship” of American tap, Rhythm World has led the development of a global culture of more than 70 festivals in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and South America.

The Mayfair Arts Center is a collaborative space for sustainable development that offers diverse classes for the general public and business development services as well as subsidies to independent artists and small to mid-sized nonprofitcompanies.


Stomping Grounds is a 10-week, City wide performance and education festival featuring Chicago-based, percussive dance/arts companies in community cultural centers, elementary and high schools and many of Chicago’s finest performing arts venues like the Harris Theater, the Auditorium Theater and the Pritzker Pavilion.

Our innovative youth education programs, We All Got Rhythm, have provided high-caliber arts experiences for more than 24 years benefiting hundreds of thousands of Chicago elementary and high school students.

Since 2004, CHRP has deepened its commitment to youth education through partnerships with many public schools and community organizations and programs with ignition, engagement and immersion programs delivering lecture demonstrations and master classes, multi-week residencies and intensive scholarship programs that change lives and strengthen our community.


Stone Soup Rhythms is our project based, percussive arts collective that creates new work, supports the highest level of rhythmic expression and represents Chicago Human Rhythm Project throughout the region, nation and world.

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