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M.A.D.D. Rhythms Bronzeville: The HWCC Crew @ RW29: Navy Pier’s Polk Bros Lake View Performance Stage FREE!

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Pre-professional Youth Tap Ensembles from across the US, Canada, South America, and Asia perform repertory works alongside a mix of curated student works followed by an electrifying JAM session underneath the spectacular Navy Pier Fireworks display. This event is free for the public.



Star Dixon, Donnetta Jackson & Time Brickey w/ Nico Rubio’s 333 @ Rhythm World 29: JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance


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~~ $75 tickets benefit the Tap Scholar program and also include a post-show reception with the performers at the Dance Center of Columbia College ~~

The first night of JUBA! at the Dance Center of Columbia College features two long-form works by Brazilian artist, Charles Renato’s CHR Project* and Nico Rubio’s 333 and Friends.

Charles Renato’s company, CHR Project*, presents VIRTUOSO.

“VIRTUOSO is an exploration on singular music instruments in relationship with tap dance. Those two elements combined produce a combination of sounds and rhythms where there are no limits for creativity and exploration.”

*CHR Project stands for Charles Humberto Renato Project and is an established company not to be associated with CHRP, Chicago Human Rhythm Project.

Nico Rubio’s 333 and Friends will perform By Way of Taps: A J Dilla Tribute.

By Way of Taps: A J Dilla Tribute is just that, an homage to the life, legacy, and music of James Dewitt Yancey. Nico Rubio, Artistic Director of 333 (Three Thirty Three), has choreographed this all Tap show to a score of J Dilla Productions and Samples. Not only performing in the show, Nico DJs the music live, with a few transitions pre-mixed. The cast is 333 and friends, all of whom are either actual family or Tap Family, who grew up dancing together. BWOT highlights the musical similarities between Tap Dance and Hip Hop cultures, while acknowledging Ascended Masters such as J Dilla, Roy Hargrove, Fela Kuti and Stan Getz.



Bril Barrett, Star Dixon, Donnetta Jackson, Tristan Bruns, Megan Davis, Time Brickey & KJ Sheldon @ Rhythm World 29: Opening Night at the Jazz Showcase



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Virtuoso performers from the concert, Broadway, and commercial stages come together to kick off the 29th annual Rhythm World Festival at the historic Jazz Showcase! This annual celebration at Chicago’s finest jazz club presents some of the world’s most celebrated tap dancers, including Bril Barrett, Dani Borak, Star Dixon, Nico Rubio, Donnetta Jackson, Charles Renato, Cartier Williams, and more special guests alongside the amazing Eric Hochberg Trio!

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Bril Barrett, Star Dixon, Donnetta Jackson & Tristan Bruns @ 29th Annual Rhythm World


Rhythm World is Chicago’s annual festival of tap and percussive dance, celebrating its 29th year! Each summer, many of the world’s finest tap dance teachers and performers educate, entertain and enlighten students and audiences from around the globe through classes, performances and more.

Rhythm World offers a sophisticated and comprehensive variety of education and performance programs that allow students and audience members to design their own experiences. Students can take a single class or immerse themselves in up to 50 hours during the week.

Audience members will have the opportunity to enjoy 6 different nights of percussive and rhythmic arts at some of Chicago’s most cherished venues. Opening night at the Jazz Showcase, JUBA! Concerts at the Dance Center of Columbia College and free performances & TAP JAM at Navy Pier Polk Bros. Performance Lawns followed by their weekly fireworks spectacular!

Classes are held at the American Rhythm Center in Chicago’s historic Fine Arts Building at 410 S. Michigan Ave. See below for complete information about Rhythm World 29!

Youth Tap Ensemble Conference (YTEC) | July 22-25 | Mon – Thurs
>>CHRP’s annual Youth Tap Ensemble Conference (YTEC), now in its 19th year, is a training and repertory development program for pre-professional tap repertory companies. This year’s program has been completely re-imagined, with classes in tap choreography, body percussion, boomwhackers composition, tap and live instrument composition and improvisation. The 2019 YTEC choreographers will be Kilian Deissler and Dani Borak.

>>The Teacher Certification program covers elements of tap history, repertory, pedagogy, physiology and music theory. This program is taught by Linda Sohl Ellison, Dianne Walker, Bril Barrett and Jason Janas.

KIDS PROGRAM* | JULY 22-25 | Mon – Thurs
>>Faculty: Demi Remick, Monti Ellison, Sean Kaminski
Don’t miss this exciting opportunity for kids to accelerate to
the next level! The curriculum of this program will cover: oral
and video histories; rudiments of tap including technique,
timing, syncopated rhythms, and improvisational skills; and the
developments of each dancer’s individual style and expressive

*Program includes twelve classes, one ticket to a JUBA! concert and a festival t-shirt.

OTHER PROGRAMS OFFERED INCLUDE four day courses, Friday Workshops, weekend masterclasses AND adult courses.

For complete Rhythm World 29 Information please visit


M.A.D.D. Rhythms Nominated “Most Outstanding Dance Group” @ Chicago Music Awards

Early -38th CMA flyer for July 5th in conjunction with IFOL-FRONT- - 12-8-18


Star Dixon @ 2019 Orange County Tap Festival


Reverb Production Company presents the third annual
Orange County Tap Festival, Founded and Directed by Orange County Natives, Ron and Leah Silva.

The 6 day premier tap dance festival features a world-renowned faculty that includes EMMY and Tony Award nominees and winners, leading television choreographers, living legends of the art of tap dance, international master teachers, dance adjudicators and performers!

The Orange County Tap Festival offers students from around the world the opportunity to study under some of the most respected tap dance instructors in the world, connect with dancers from nearby as well as abroad, participate in history lessons, master classes, cutting contests, student showcases, and a family friendly all-star festival concert, featuring world-renowned tap dance stars, critically acclaimed musicians and special guests.

With a mission and passion to further the art form of tap dance, the Orange County Tap Festival’s goals are to inspire all generations and levels of tap dancers both in the United States as well as internationally, to elevate the art form, provide an atmosphere of quality dance education and to expose newer generations to the roots of tap dance.


FEELING GOOD: A MADD Tribute To Nina Simone @ Jazz Institute Of Chicago’s Birthday Bash


The Birthday Bash continues! M.A.D.D. Rhythms is proud to present a tribute to an American music icon, Nina Simone featuring new choreography from M.A.D.D. Rhythms dancers, performances by Chicago Jazz greats Maggie Brown, Joan Collaso, Tecora Rogers, Felena Bunn, and arrangements by Ben Jammin Johnson. With Feeling Good: A MADD Tribute to Nina Simone we invite Nina’s creative voice back to the conversation and honor her contributions through the art of Tap Dance. Presented in partnership with M.A.D.D. Rhythms.

M.A.D.D. Rhythms: Bril Barrett, Starinah ‘Star’ Dixon, Donnetta LilBit Jackson, Tristan Bruns, Megan Davis, Alexandrya Fryson, Andrew Carr, Time Brickey, KJ Sheldon, Carmen Paquette, Caleb Jackson, Ivy Anderson, Izaiah Montaque Harris.

Musicians: Maggie Brown (voice), Joan Collaso (voice), Tecora Rogers (voice), Felena Bunn (voice), Ben Johnson (Music Director/ drums), Curtis Robinson (guitar), Joshua Ramos (bass), Carmen Stokes (piano).

Saturday, June 29, 2019 | 7pm
Feeling Good – A MADD Tribute to Nina Simone
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts | Performance Hall
915 E. 60th Street | Chicago, IL

For more information on our Birthday Bash Weekend:

Sponsored by the Epstein Family Foundation and presented in partnership with the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts.

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Star Dixon @ Swingin Into Summer Tap Festival



M.A.D.D. Rhythms @ Chicago Hip Hop Theater Festival



M.A.D.D. Rhythms @ Harold Washington Cultural Center’s Let The Good Times Roll: Live Theatrical Gala



Making A Difference Dancing Rhythms – MADD Rhythms


M.A.D.D. RHYTHMS debuts at Links Hall, with an evening of new and “back-by-popular-demand” works!

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About this Event:
On April 20th, M.A.D.D. RHYTHMS is proud to present an evening of virtuosity for the first time at Links Hall. The evening features a world premiere by company member Tristan Bruns, brand new works by company members Starinah Dixon and Donnetta Jackson and some MADD Rhythms “back-by-popular-demand” fan favorites! This performance is presented by Links Hall as part of their 40th Anniversary LINKAGE program.

Standard Tickets: $15.
Optional Ticket supporting Links Hall’s free 40th season, for presenting artists: $40

Performers: Ivy Anderson, Brill Barett, Rachel Benzing, Time Brickey, Tristan Bruns, Andrew Carr, Alexandrya Fryson, Caleb Jackson, Donnetta Jackson, Izaiah Harris, Carmen Paquette, K J Sheldon, and Devin Nived.

Company Info:
M.A.D.D. RHYTHMS is a phenomenal TAPdance collective whose “SOLE” purpose is to spread the Love and Joy of TAP worldwide. What started as Bril Barrett & Martin Dumas III’s formula for giving back, is now a full-fledged performing arts company, quickly gaining a reputation for representing the true essence of tap: RHYTHM! The company is composed of young, versatile tap dancers from all over Chicago. Their ages range from 13 to 42, and their backgrounds are as equally diverse. The one thing they all have in common is a love for “the dance”.