Chicago Human Rhythm Project Showcases Mexican, Spanish Rhythmic Dance

The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP), the world's longest-running year-round presenter of American tap dance and contemporary percussive arts, opens its 22nd season with Global Rhythms, its annual community-building, shared-revenue performances that spotlight national and International Artists. Performances are November 26 and 27 at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park.

Global Rhythms artists
The Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago (Nov. 27 only) will present dances from Veracruz and Jalisco, Mexican states with a rich tradition of intricate stomping steps.
Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater (Nov. 26 only) performs a suite of Flamenco- style dances from Andalucia, the southern part of Spain, including its masterwork Bolero to the hypnotic music of Maurice Ravel.
Step Afrika! (Nov. 26 and 27), returning for the third year with all-new works, is the first professional company in the world dedicated to stepping, a unique dance tradition that grew out of the song and dance rituals practiced by historically African-American fraternities and sororities in the mid-1900s. Step Afrika! creates an "ocean of sound" with contemporary stepping and hip hop beside ancient Zulu dances, South African gumboot dancing and more.
Thanks 4 Giving
In conjunction with Global Rhythms and in the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, CHRP offers an opportunity to give back to Chicago nonprofits while increasing its exposure to new audiences through the Thanks 4 Giving program. When purchasing tickets, patrons receive a 10 percent discount by mentioning one of more than 50 participating Chicago-area nonprofit organizations, and CHRP shares 50 percent of the revenue from that sale with the selected organization. In previous years, Thanks 4 Giving has produced as much as $32,000 in revenue for Chicago-based nonprofits. Visit this link for a current list of 2011 participants to date. Nonprofits interested in participating should call the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, 773-281-1825.

Ticket information
Global Rhythms performances take place Saturday, November 26 at 8 p.m. (Step Afrika! and Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater) and Sunday, November 27 at 7 p.m. (Step Afrika! and Mexical Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago) at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph Dr. Tickets are $15-55 and are available by calling 312-334-7777 or visiting harristheaterchicago.org. All programming is subject to change. For information visit chicagotap.org.

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