Rhythm: The Lost Language

Artist: Maurice Chestnut

Type: Workshops / Residencies

Program Availability: In-Person


Students will learn the language of rhythm from acclaimed tap dancer and choreographer Maurice Chestnut. Each session begins with a rhythm stretch and a percussive call and response warm-up. Learners will begin their journey in Africa with djembe rhythms, then move through New Orleans and New York where Africans and Irish step dancers created the percussive dance we now call tap. They’ll watch as the rhythms branch out through the U.S. and morph to create jazz, bebop, swing and hip-hop. As they discover African American history and culture, young movers will also master tap dance basics like shuffle, flap and time step. The workshop series ends with a blended combination of tap, jazz and hip hop and a sharing circle where all students can express themselves rhythmically. Tap shoes are not required for this workshop.

Program options:


Please fill out this inquiry form or call 866-500-9265 for more information. (Virtual programs are not charged a travel fee.)

Price & Info


Workshop Cost per Day: $600

Additional Fees: In-Person Program Travel Fee - $95 per day; Virtual Program Technology Fee - $45; (On-Demand programs are not charged travel or tech fees)


Audience Limit: 25

Program Length: 45 min.

Workshop Minimum # of Days: 1

Appropriate For Grade(s): Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th



Black History Month

Character Education Month

National Dance Month

Youth Arts Month

Curriculum Connections

Curriculum Connections

Character Education

Dance & Movement

Physical Education/Health

Social Studies

Visual & Performing Arts


Technical Requirements

Wooden floor preferred but can work with any flooring but not carpeting. He asks if the school can provide either a Smartboard or projector is preferred. Tap shoes aren't required. He will bring his own speaker.