Inviting Chicagoans to start the new year with a fun way to get some exercise, the American Rhythm Center (ARC), a program of the Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP), hosts â€œFree-4-All,â€ a week of free dance classes on the third floor of the historic Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Avenue. The event takes place Mondayâ€“Saturday, January 6â€“11, 2014.
The Free-4-All features free classes for all ability levels in a range of genres and styles, including tap, jazz, hip hop, flamenco, classic Indian, modern, soul swing (Chicago steppinâ€™), ballet, Mad Haus and more. Teaching the classes are professionals and young dancers representing the ARCâ€™s community partners and other affiliated groups, including Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, (Isadora) Duncan Dance Chicago, Ensemble EspaÃ±ol Spanish Dance Theater, Gang of Toes, Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts, M.A.D.D. Rhythms, Dave Maxx, Muntu Dance Theatre, Onye Ozuzu of Columbia College Chicago, Stick and Move Dance Crew and more.
Students also will have the opportunity to â€œTour the ARC,â€ trying one of each type of class, and enter a drawing for a free 10-class card and other prizes.
The ARC is Chicago Human Rhythm Projectâ€™s collaborative initiative to provide a shared, affordable and sustainable education, rehearsal and administrative facility for several leading Chicago arts organizations. The aim is to offer diverse, high-quality dance and movement classes to the general public while centralizing the education programs, rehearsal space and administrative offices of several core groups, as well as additional emerging companies and independent artists. The winter 2014 session of classes begins Monday, January 6.
Chicago Human Rhythm Projectâ€™s Free-4-All takes place Monday, January 6 through Saturday, January 11 at the American Rhythm Center at the Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Ave., 3rd floor. For information or an updated class schedule, visit arcchicago.org or call 312-922-1272.
CHRPâ€™s ARC has raised more than $1 million to date as part of a multi-phased $2.5 million capital start-up campaign. Major funding for capital and/or start-up operations has been provided by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Elaine Cohen and Arlen Rubin, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Charlie Gardner and Patti Eylar, Jane Ellen Murray and Ed Wentz, The Boeing Company, The Joyce Foundation, The MacArthur Fund for the Arts and Culture at Prince, the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, and Pamela Crutchfield, with additional support from David Sensibar, Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development, the James. S. Kemper Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, matching funds from the Polk Bros. Foundation through IFF and many generous individuals. Pro bono contributions have been made by Jenner & Block LLP and Baxter Insurance.
Chicago Human Rhythm Project
Founded in 1990, Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) builds community by presenting American tap dance and contemporary percussive arts in world-class and innovative performance, education and community outreach programs. During the last 23 years, CHRP has produced multiple community-based collaborations involving shared revenue programs, concerts and touring opportunities, including:
- annual National Tap Dance Day concerts, featuring an array of tap and percussive dance artists
- a shared revenue program designed to assist Chicagoâ€™s budding tap community to build capacity through audience development, created in 2001
- Thanks 4 Giving, another innovative shared revenue program launched in 2005 as part of its annual Global Rhythms concerts at the Harris Theater, through which CHRP has partnered with more than 100 Chicago-based nonprofits to raise funds for a wide variety of service agencies
- participation in the 5th Anniversary Beijing International Dance Festival, assembling 70 artists to represent the United States
- establishment of the American Rhythm Center (ARC), providing a shared, affordable and sustainable education, rehearsal and administrative facility for several leading Chicago arts organizations in the historic Fine Arts Building
- curating the first ever, full-length performance of concert tap dance on a main stage of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on December 7, 2012