Dance Free-4-All!: American Rhythm Center Hosts Free Classes Jan. 5-10 at Fine Arts Building

The American Rhythm Center (ARC), the innovative, collaborative dance/arts facility operated by the Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP), invites Chicagoans to start the new year with a DANCE Free-4-All, six days of free dance classes on the third floor of the historic Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Avenue. The event takes place Monday-Saturday, January 5-10, 2015.

The DANCE Free-4-All features free classes for all ability levels in a range of genres and styles, including tap, Flamenco, Afro-contemporary, Afro-Haitian, Zumba, ballet, modern, hip hop, break dance, Tai Chi and more. Teaching the classes are professionals and young dancers representing the ARC’s community partners and other affiliated groups, including Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, Red Clay Dance Company, DMX Dance Company, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, Esoteric Dance Project, Gang of Toes, Natya Dance Theatre, Tamboula Ethnic Dance Company, Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts, M.A.D.D. Rhythms, Monica Morris, Movement Revolution Dance Crew and more.

On January 9, the ARC hosts a free Improvisation Jam at 6 p.m. for modern and contemporary dancers and a free Tap Jam for hoofers and tap dancers at 8 p.m. Donations are welcome.

The ARC is Chicago Human Rhythm Project’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 regular session of winter classes begins January 12, 2015.

Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s DANCE Free-4-All takes place Monday-Saturday, January 5-10 at the American Rhythm Center at the Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Ave., 3rd floor. For information or an updated class schedule, visit or call 312-922-1272.

Photo by Timothy Bowser.