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Since 1988, Chicago Human Rhythm Project has empowered artists and communities to express culture and identity through rhythm and percussive arts.

We offer a variety of educational classes and programs for students of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels.

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Rhythm World

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.

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This January, CHRP will close its dance/arts incubator - the American Rhythm Center in the Fine Arts Building - and reopen in our very own new home - the MAYFAIR ARTS CENTER - or MAC - in Calumet Heights. This move will not only allow CHRP to expand our own services and programs, but also to honor the 63+ year legacy of Tommy and Peggy Sutton's Mayfair Academy - a true South Side institution. The MAC will serve more independent artists, more small to medium-sized dance companies and more children, teens, adults and elders - through classes, performances and business development services.

Stay tuned for class announcements!

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We ALL Got Rhythm

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 masterclasses, multi-week residencies and intensive scholarship programs that change lives and strengthen our community.

Tap Scholarships

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

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