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Chicago Human Rhythm Project Announces 2014 Tap Scholars

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Chicago Human Rhythm Project Announces 2014 Tap Scholars

The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) has announced its 2014 Tap Scholars-deserving, talented youth who receive scholarship assistance to attend CHRP's annual Rhythm World summer festival of American tap and contemporary percussive arts.

2014 Tap Scholars

• Giuliano Antônio, 20, Araguari/Minas Gerais/Brasil • Anthony Clampit, 14, Villa Park/IL • Lilly Clampit, 17, Villa Park/IL • Abby Crawford, 14, Oshawa/Ontario/Canada • Haley Grier, 15, St. Joseph/MI • Moa Imai, 13, Tokyo/Japan • Donyella Kittrell-Jackson, 16, Chicago/IL • Madison Martin, 17, Ann Arbor/MI • Emiko Nakagawa, 16, Tokyo/Japan • Lauren O'Neil. 18, Oak Forest/IL • Alexandra Stephens, 17, St. Louis/MO • Emerson Stephens, 15, St. Louis/MO • Molly Sute, 16, Brownstown/MI • Sydney-Symone Tate, 16, Birmingham/AL

CHRP conducts Tap Scholar auditions every February as a part of its Winter Tap JAMboree and holds auditions in Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, Zurich, Toronto and various American cities. Award decisions are based on a combination of criteria including skill, talent and financial need with the intention of creating a diverse mix of young dancers dedicated to furthering their tap and percussive dance education. Founded in 1995 to honor the life of CHRP Co-Founder Kelly Michaels, the Tap Scholar Award program has provided more than $275,000 in financial aid to more than 200 talented, deserving young dancers.

Rhythm World is the oldest, largest and most comprehensive festival of American tap and contemporary percussive arts in the world, annually attracting hundreds of students from around the globe to study with an internationally acclaimed faculty of 25-30 master teachers and performers. During the last 19 years, many Tap Scholar Award winners have gone on to successful careers in teaching, choreographing and performing, including Jumaane Taylor, Ian Berg, Starinah Dixon, Nico Rubio, Sean Kaminski and Donetta Jackson. The 2014 Rhythm World takes place July 7-August 3.

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