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11
Aug

Urgent: Chicago Tap Summit 2019 – New Dates!

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The Chicago Tap Summit 2019 is on its way. The faculty for this years summit includes members of the world famous M.A.D.D. Rhythms tap dance crew and a few special guests.

Join M.A.D.D. Rhythms for The Chicago Tap Summit 2019 October 4th – 6th.

Click Here For More Information

22
Jul

M.A.D.D. Rhythms @ Evolution Of African Dance

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Explore the evolution for African Dance with an evening full of entertainment by talented local performers at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park.

PRESENTED BY Africa International House.

ABOUT:
Evolution of African Dance explores African dance past, present, and future. The afternoon begins with performances from West African Dance company Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago, Ethiopian cultural dancer Yaasha Abramham and closes with the Chi-Town Regulators, who will perform a Caribbean J’ouvert festival dance.

Performing during the second half of Evolution of African Dance are M.A.D.D. Rhythms who will perform TAP dance sequences followed by Purifyed Dance, performing old and new school hip hop, and Liberian Native Cece Bandit closes out with an electrifying Afrobeat’s performance.

This showcase is interactive with the audience learning African dance for a big finale to end the program.

For more info, visit: http://bit.ly/NPAIH2019

Or https://navypier.org/event/evolution-of-african-dance/

22
Jul

M.A.D.D. Rhythms’ FEELING GOOD: A MADD Tribute To Nina Simone @ Rhythm World 29: JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance

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Festival Passes are no longer available. Single tickets are still on sale and available to purchase.

Please call 312-542-2477 or email us at info@chicagotap.org with any questions, comments, or concerns.

~~ $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 third night of JUBA! at the Dance Center of Columbia College features two long-form works by M.A.D.D. Rhythms and Kilian Deissler and, artist in residence, Dani Borak’s 9-Point-Inc.!

M.A.D.D. Rhythms presents an excerpt from its critically acclaimed Feeling Good: A MADD Tribute to Nina Simone.

Founded by Bril Barrett, Martin “Tre” Dumas, and Jumaane Taylor, M.A.D.D. is comprised of dancers from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, sharing one common trait: a love and respect for the art of Tap Dance. Over the course of almost 15 years, M.A.D.D. Rhythms has given hundreds of kids across the city of Chicago a safe space to learn and grow through the art of Tap Dance. Through their tireless work in the community, M.A.D.D. Rhythms has fostered the education of many of today’s most sought-after tap dancers, all committed to sharing culture, tradition, and love of The Dance.

“Amid a harsh political climate in America, where injustice is brought to light faster than ever, and racist idealisms thrive in indifference, we find so many of the artistic voices we turned to in times of discord lost to the ages. One such voice is that of Nina Simone, whose monumental body of work is so unapologetically forthright in matters of human rights. 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.”

9-Point-Inc. presents Kick The Square.

“Kick the Square is 9-point-Inc.’s first programme and was laid out to encompass 105 minutes. The dramatic arc consists on the one hand of the conflict and symbiosis between two musical worlds – the world of Broadway and the world of the composer – on the other hand of the intensifying fusion of music and dance.

The dancer is gradually integrated into the music, while the musicians take on roles increasingly closer to tap dance, first with only a few, accentuated steps. These continue to gain musical importance, until finally the musicians leave their places behind the music stands and conquer the stage in rhythmically composed and choreographed steps, while continuing to play their instruments. In the dramatic culmination, the musicians edge the dancer off the tap dance instrument, and the solo of the “squares” begins: seven people, tap dancing in composed steps on seven “squares,” moving past each other. This poses its own new challenges because classical musicians – unlike the tap dancer – are trained to keep the measure beat with their feet, while showing their virtuosity with their hands on the instrument. In this situation, the rhythmic complexity is shifted to the feet, while the instrument still needs to be played with the hands. This is an extremely unfamiliar and
challenging situation for the ensemble.

With this program, Kick the Square, 9-Point-Inc. invites everyone to dive into an unknown world of music and tap dance!”

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22
Jul

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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Festival Passes are no longer available. Single tickets are still on sale and available to purchase.

Please call 312-542-2477 or email us at info@chicagotap.org with any questions, comments, or concerns.

~~ $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.

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28
Jun

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

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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
FREE

For more information on our Birthday Bash Weekend:
https://jazzinchicago.org/jazz-institute-of-chicagos-birthday-bash

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

#JazzinChicago #JIC50 #JazzisHappening

29
Apr

Bril Barrett @ Portland Tap Dance Festival

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29
Apr

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

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29
Apr

M.A.D.D. Rhythms Las Vegas Presents LV Tap Fest: Year Of The Woman

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27
Mar

Donnetta “Lil Bit” Jackson’s Chicago Footwork Pop-Up @ Harold Washington Cultural Center

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27
Mar

Bril Barrett @ Cotton Club In A Box

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20
Mar

Bril Barrett, Star Dixon, Donnetta Jackson @ DC Tap Fest

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