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Female hoofer Dianne “Lady Di” Walker comes to Chicago this summer as a featured tap dancer in the Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s Rhythm World. Chicago Human Rhythm Project is the world’s first year-round presenter of American tap

Female hoofer Dianne “Lady Di” Walker comes to Chicago this summer as a featured tap dancer in the Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s Rhythm World.

Chicago Human Rhythm Project is the world’s first year-round presenter of American tap dance and percussive rhythmic arts.

The event, which runs July 21- Aug. 3, features an array of programs, classes, workshops and performances to be held at the Chicago Cultural Center, Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park and at Loyola University’s Sheridan campus.

Walker, classed as the Ella Fitzgerald of the tap community, and Derrick K. Grant (Bring in da Noise, Bring in da Funk and creator of Image Tap) are directing Rhythm World for a second year.

They are dedicating this festival to the legacy of Walker’s teacher and mentor, the late Chicago tap artist Leon Collins, and two other Chicago Legends: Sammy Dyer and Tommy Sutton.

An international lineup of masterful tap dancers and innovators will take part in the festival, which includes programs for children, teens, teachers, ensembles and adults–from beginner to professional levels.

Rhythm World courses begin July 28 at Loyola University, 6525 N. Sheridan Rd. Among the instructors is the famous Spanish tap artist Guillem Alonso who has toured throughout the United States with major tap companies and was a tap soloist in the successful production of “Fire of Dance.”

Tre Dumas will be one of the principal instructors for the Youth Tap Ensemble Conference, assisted by Barbara Duffy, that will involve more than 60 teen dancers from the U.S., China, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and other locations.

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