Jubalee! Gala featuring Dorrance Dance

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The Jubalee! Gala is Chicago Human Rhythm Project's season finale and annual celebration, supporting performance, education, and community outreach programs that reach more than 20,000 people every year.

This year's gala honors Michelle Dorrance and Nicholas Young for their Extraordinary Contributions to the Field

Please join the Chicago Human Rhythm Project as we honor the brilliance of Michelle Dorrance and Nicholas Young and their extraordinary contributions to the American art of tap and contemporary rhythmic expression. The presentation of Dorrance Dance is a part of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's celebration of the 35th Anniversary of the MacArthur Fellowship and in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and the Chicago Humanities Festival.

JUBALEE 2016 has been re-imagined to provide our devoted patrons with a variety of unique and tantalizing experiences up close and behind the scenes! Design your own experience on November 4th with Nicholas Young, Michelle Dorrance and the Company in a series of events at the elegant Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. You can attend one or all of the following events:

11:30AM - 1:00PM
Scrumptuous Lunch by Culinaire and a sneak peek of a rehearsal

Liberal Libations in the elegant lobby of the Edlis Neeson Theatre

Sneak Preview of Dorrance Dance in ETM: Double Down

9:30 PM
JUBA! Award Presentation honoring Nicholas Young and Michelle Dorrance

9:45 PM
Bubbly Beverages and Dilectible Desserts with the Artists

Proceeds from this event will support CHRP's summer TAP SCHOLAR program (which has provided hundreds of life altering scholarships to deserving, talented teens enabling them to study tap and percussive arts with world class artists) as well as year-round, free, rhythm based arts education programs in Chicago Public Schools that serve more than 10,000 children every year.

Don't miss this extraordinary cultural event featuring Michelle Dorrance, Nicholas Young and Dorrance Dance in ETM: Double Down. Three musicians, the B–girl Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie and eight tap dancers of Dorrance Dance perform on hand-made electronic tap dance instruments. Dorrance has a contemporary physicality unique in tap dance, and the sound from the electronic tap instruments, which collaborator Nicholas Young created inspired by drum triggers, transforms the stage.

ETM (“electronic tap music”): Double Down, a nod to electronic dance music in its energy and melody, matches Dorrance's and Young's kindred idiosyncrasies to that of six other Dorrance hoofers, plus B-girl “Bounce” Asherie performing original soft shoe in sneakers. The acoustic music trio includes vocalist Aaron Marcellus and bassist Greg Richardson. Donovan Dorrance, a sibling and ensemble member, contributes original music and plays piano.


Dance Styles
Tap / Rhythm
Hip Hop


Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

220 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 397-4010