Windy City Rhythms Honors First Ladies of Tap May 15 at DuSable Museum
Chicago, IL â€” The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP), the worldâ€™s first year-round presenter of American tap dance and contemporary percussive arts, debuts at the esteemed DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Place in Chicago, May 15 at 5 p.m. for Windy City Rhythms, its annual performance celebrating National Tap Dance Day.
About JUBA! honorees and performers
- Julie Cartierâ€”director, choreographer and teacher, artistic director of Especially Tap Chicago, founder and director of the Cartier Collective
- Idella Reed Davisâ€”founder and director of Rhythm Issâ€¦, studied and now teaches at Sammy Dyer School of the Theatre, internationally renowned teacher and performer
- Shelley Hoseltonâ€”director of Talent Forum dance studio in Libertyville, one of the creators of Footprints Tap Ensemble and Forum Jazz Dance Theatre
- Peggy Suttonâ€”owner and director of Mayfair Academy of Fine Arts, founded in 1957 by her father, tap master Tommy Sutton
â€œThese women have kept the tap fires burning in Chicago, committed themselves to the art of tap dance andÂ made seminalÂ contributions as educators, mentors, dancers, choreographers,Â directors, visionaries andÂ pioneers,â€ commented CHRP Founder and Director Lane Alexander.
Walker will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies and performers will include CHRPâ€™s resident performance and education ensemble BAM!, the Cartier Collective, Chicago Tap Theatre, Jus’ Listen, youth tap ensembles and other guests in this community-based celebration of American tap in all its diversity.
Lecture demonstrations with BAM!
The DuSable Museum will also present CHRPâ€™s acclaimed lecture demonstration â€œWe All Got Rhythmâ€ on May 24 and 25.Â CHRPâ€™s resident ensemble BAM! will perform â€œFour Shades of Brownâ€ recreating works by Buster Brown, Harriet Brown and Eddie Brown with an homage to James Brown. Other community artists performing as a part of these programs include Jimmy Payne, Jr., Jusâ€™ Listen and Doris Humphries with Fabulous 50 Plus!
About Chicago Human Rhythm Project
CHRPâ€™s 2011 season is supported by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Target, The Boeing Company, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The MacArthur Foundation for Arts & Culture at Prince, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Illinois Arts Council, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, The Saints, The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, The Jeanette & Jerome Cohen Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City, The Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg Family Foundation, L&L Hardwood Flooring, The Service Club of Chicago, Arts Work Fund, Leoâ€™s Dancewear, The Seneca Hotel and Suites and generous individual donors.
Windy City Rhythms takes place Sunday, May 15 at 5 p.m. at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Place, Chicago. General admission tickets are $25, $20 for students and seniors, $15 for children 12 and younger, and are available by calling 773-281-1825 or visiting chicagotap.org. Schools interested in booking seats at the lecture demonstrations on May 24 and 25 should contact Antoinette Simmons at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 773-947-0600 ext. 225. All programming is subject to change.