Legacy Tap Project
Lane Alexander (Co-founder and Director, Chicago Human Rhythm Project) is a master teacher, performer, choreographer, producer, advocate, and community organizer. He has led CHRP for 30 years during which time CHRP grew to become the first year-round presenting institution in the U.S. dedicated to American tap and contemporary percussive arts. Lane has been a prolific choreographer, director, and producer throughout his career and is one of the foremost experts on Morton Gould and Danny Daniel’s Tap Dance Concerto which he performed at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops (Skitch Henderson); the Royal Festival Hall with the London Philharmonic (Rachel Worby); Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall with the Little Orchestra Society (David Allen Miller); Chicago’s Symphony Center with the Chicago Sinfonietta (Paul Freeman) and the Pritzker Pavilion with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra (Christopher Bell) among many others. Lane co-produced the Emmy-nominated PBS/ITVS/WTTW documentary JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance (1998-2000), and directed the first full-length tap concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in a major hall. He has received an NEA American Masterpieces grant, the Ruth Page Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Field and has been most honored to be acknowledged by the community with The Tommy (Mayfair Academy) and the Gus (Giordano) Legacy Award.
Lane choreographed the second national tour of The Tap Dance Kid, toured with the tap dance repertory company Austin on Tap and as a principal and soloist with William Orlowski’s National Tap Dance Company of Canada. As an educator, Lane served as the Tap Master for the national touring company of Billy Elliot and served for 10 years as a faculty member and senior advisor to the Beijing Contemporary Music Academy. He has served on the faculties of the Gus Giordano Dance Studio, the Lou Conte Dance Studio, Jacob’s Pillow, Northwestern University, Columbia College Chicago, Stephens College, and UNLV. Lane currently serves on the board of the International Tap Association and served on the board of the Arts and Business Council of Chicago as well as on Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel’s transition policy team for arts and culture.
It has been his greatest honor to share the stage with tap and music legends including Gregory and Maurice Hines, the Nicholas Brothers, Peg Leg Bates, Donald O’Connor, Jimmy Slyde, Dianne “Lady Di” Walker, Rachel Pine, Howard Levy, Orbert Davis, and MacArthur “Genius” Reginald R. Robinson.
Lane continues to teach beginning through advanced tap classes at the American Rhythm Center and at workshops and festivals around the world including annual pilgrimages to Tokyo, London, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Zurich, Helsinki, Barcelona, and Toronto.
Nicole B. Hockenberry, a Pennsylvania native, has been tap dancing professionally for over 20 years. She became a performing member of A&G Dance in 1991, under the artistic direction of Germaine Salsberg, and Manhattan Tap in 1992, under the artistic direction of Heather Cornell. She is the founder and director of TAP: Teach All People, which she operated from 1995 to 2006 and relaunched with her husband, Mark, in 2013. Nicole has taught and performed with organizations across the country, including the New York Foundation for the Arts, the St. Louis Tap Festival, Soul to Sole (Austin), Columbus Taps, and Third Coast Rhythm Project (San Antonio). Her choreography has been commissioned by numerous tap companies, including RPM (San Antonio), Tap Ties (Allentown), and In Motion (Chester, N.J.). Nicole spent twelve years as an adjunct professor of dance at Cedar Crest College (Allentown) and three years as a Master Lecturer at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Nicole and Mark also operate Crafty Nicole (www.craftynicole.com), an online custom-designed clay charm and pendant business that services the international tap community.
A very special thank you
to our friends and sponsors:
Studio 3 Dance
Amy's School of Performing Arts