American Rhythm Center to offer dance ‘Free-4-All’
By HEDY WEISS Dance Critic January 2, 2014 2:44PM
Put on your dancin' shoes and participate in Free-4-All,” a week of free dance classes held on the third floor of the historic Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan. | Dan Luedert/Staff Photographer
Updated: January 5, 2014 9:03PM
More and more people are watching dance in this city — whether the Joffrey Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, or such upcoming visitors as Savion Glover and his STePz troupe and Britain’s Royal Ballet. So it might just be time for dance-lovers to try out some moves of their own.
Given that possibility — and the inevitable urge to get rid of a bit of holiday heft — the American Rhythm Center (ARC), a program of the Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP), has devised an open-house of free classes in a multitude of styles. So mark your new calendar, pull on your sweats and start dancing.
From Jan. 6 through Jan. 11, ARC will host “Free-4-All,” a week of free dance classes held on the third floor of the historic Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan. On offer will be sessions for all ability levels in a range of genres including tap, jazz, hip hop, flamenco, classic Indian, modern, soul swing (Chicago steppin’), ballet, Mad Haus and more.
Teaching the classes will be professionals and young dancers representing the ARC’s community partners and other affiliated groups, including Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, (Isadora) Duncan Dance Chicago, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, Gang of Toes, Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts, M.A.D.D. Rhythms, Dave Maxx, Muntu Dance Theatre, Onye Ozuzu of Columbia College Chicago, Stick and Move Dance Crew and more.
Students also will have the opportunity to “Tour the ARC,” trying one of each type of class, and to enter a drawing for a free 10-class card and other prizes.
The ARC is Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s collaborative initiative designed to provide a shared, affordable facility for rehearsals and educational and administrativve activities for several leading Chicago arts organizations, as well as for emerging companies and independent artists. Founded in 1990, the Chicago Human Rhythm Project (which recently received a grant of $10,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts for its 24th annual Rhythm World Festival) represents American tap dance and contemporary percussive arts from around the globe in innovative programs.
For more information or an updated class schedule visit arcchicago.org or call (312) 922-1272.