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It’s A MADD, MADD World Right Now

All programming is currently suspended through April 30. M.A.D.D. Rhythms will continue to act in accordance with the state and federal guidelines to keep our students, partners and staff safe during the current health situation.

We are feverishly working on building our digital dance studio platform, so that we can make our M.A.D.D. Rhythms Tap Academy classes available on line, so be on the lookout!

Our #2ndFridays & #3rdSundays #TapJams are still happening! They are just going to be virtual now. #WelcomeToTheFuture

In anticipation of this situation, we spent our last actual rehearsal day filming content for 2 concept videos. Our Women’s History Month Tribute video was fun make and well-received. Check it out here:

Our April Fools Day video was, also, fun to make and well-received. To our surprise, it is probably the most viral video that we have ever had. In 24 hours, it got over a thousand views on YouTube and over a thousand views on Instagram. People really responded to that one! Check it out here:

We held our 1st virtual company rehearsal and was pretty cool. It was great catching up with everyone and we just about overdosed on 2 hours of footage watching! When you think about it, if they got through their circumstances, we will get through ours.

Please Be Well, Be Safe and Be Creative,

Bril Barrett


M.A.D.D. Rhythms @ The One 2020: Urban Dance Showcase

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M.A.D.D. Rhythms’ Updates


Dear M.A.D.D. Rhythms Family,

While at M.A.D.D. Rhythms, Our mission is to preserve, promote and contribute to this art form called tap. —our number one priority is the health and safety of our students, faculty & families

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented situation, and we deeply value your cooperation in providing for the well being of everyone in our community of tapdance and culture.

In light of new guidance issued by the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago to help minimize the spread of COVID-19, M.A.D.D. Rhythms has decided to temporarily close its offices and studios beginning Monday, March 16th, 2020.

As we continue to monitor the situation, we will provide updates about when we plan to reopen. In the meantime, M.A.D.D. Rhythms staff will work remotely and will be available by e-mail.  If you need to reach us by phone, please call 773-604-1899 and leave a message.

We will be exploring ways we can continue to support our students and community during these uncertain times.

May you and yours Stay Healthy. Stay Safe. Be Well!


Bril Barrett

#RespectTheDance #RespectTheDancer #WashYourHands


M.A.D.D. Rhythms #3rdSundays #FREE #TAPJAM @ Harold Washington Cultural Center – 2pm


M.A.D.D. Rhythms’ is hosting our 3rd Sundays #TapJam

and we want you there!


4701 S. King Dr.

2nd Floor

(Use 47th St. Entrance)

Chicago, IL 60615


Sunday 3/15/20


TAP JAMS are our way of paying homage to the HOOFERS of old and the traditions they set.

TAP JAMS make us better. TAP JAMS give us new ideas.

TAP JAMS help us communicate.

TAP JAMS allow us to express ourselves.

TAP JAMS show us where we came from and where we are going.

TAP JAMS are absolutely necessary to nudge your growth as a tapdancer!

#FREE #Fun #OpenToThePublic #SeeYouOnTheWood

#ImprovToImprove #RespectTheDance



M.A.D.D. Rhythms #2ndFridays #TAPJAM @ Harold Washington Cultural Center 8pm


M.A.D.D. Rhythms’ is hosting our 2nd Fridays #TapJam

and we want you there!


HWCC Logo4701 S. King Dr.

2nd Floor

(Use 47th St. Entrance)

Chicago, IL 60615

Friday 3/13/20


$1 Suggested Donation

TAP JAMS are our way of paying homage to the HOOFERS of old and the traditions they set.

TAP JAMS make us better. TAP JAMS give us new ideas.

TAP JAMS help us communicate. TAP JAMS allow us to express ourselves.

TAP JAMS show us where we came from and where we are going.

TAP JAMS are absolutely necessary to nudge your growth as a tapdancer!

#Fun #OpenToThePublic #SeeYouOnTheWood

#ImprovToImprove #RespectTheDance


Tristan Bruns In Sophisticated Ladies @ Ruth Page Dance Center


Tickets On Sale Now!

Music by Duke Ellington
Concept by Donald McKayle

Direction & Choreography by Brenda Didier & Florence Walker Harris
Music Direction by Jermaine Hill

A celebration of the artist many consider “the most important composer in the history of jazz,” this stylish salute to “The Duke” will transport audiences on a high-stepping, dynamic journey through the life and times of one of America’s greatest showmen.

From his early days at Harlem’s legendary Cotton Club through growing success at Carnegie Hall, on Broadway, in Hollywood and around the world, this elegant, Tony Award-nominated entertainment features Ellington’s biggest hits, including “Mood Indigo,” “Take the ‘A’ Train,” “I’m Beginning to See the Light,” “Hit Me With a Hot Note and Watch Me Bounce,” “Perdido,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing,” “In a Sentimental Mood” and many others.

Featuring Lydia Burke, Donterrio Johnson, Molly Kral, Donica Lynn, John Marshall, Jr, Lorenzo Rush Jr and Eustace J. Williams 
and Shantel Cribbs, Madison Piner, Jenna Schoppe, Terri K. Woodall, Chuckie Benson, Tristan Bruns, Kaimana Neil and Joey Stone
with Ariel M. Dorsey, De’Jah Jervai and Darren Patin


M.A.D.D. Rhythms Needs Your Help To Continue Making A Difference In Our Community

When you or a family member wants to learn about tap, where do you turn?

If you’re like most in our community, you turn to M.A.D.D. Rhythms


Because you know you will receive an absolute top notch tapdance education.

And you also know that you’ll be treated like a real person, by dedicated, compassionate tap professionals in a warm, caring environment.

Your contributions have helped make M.A.D.D. Rhythms one the leading tapdance organizations in the Country.  We are so grateful to you for supporting our mission to preserve, promote and contribute to this artform called tap .

Thanks to you, our organization has touched the lives of thousands of youth – whether they needed a positive alternative to the streets, an outlet to express themselves or sought to improve their quality of life.

M.A.D.D. Rhythms is your community tapdance collective.  We exist to serve you and your loved ones – to spread joy, love, discipline and creative expression.

In this uncertain economic time, we count on your support – now more than ever.

Your gift is extremely important to M.A.D.D. Rhythms because it provides resources that make an immediate impact – that will help us through these interesting – and tough – times.

Your gift of $100, $500, $1,000 or $5,000 can make all the difference…… to our instructors, our students, our programs, our communities, our support staff – to every one here who works to serve you.

Please consider making as generous a gift as you can.

As Chicago’s under-served communities continue to experience an increase in youth related violent crimes, your tap collective is committed to staying at the forefront – for you, for your loved ones, for every person in the community.  Please help to make this possible with your contribution.

Your donation will make a world of difference.  I promise you.

Thank you so much for your help.




Look to the right! See the yellow DONATE button. Click it and make your year-end contribution today!


M.A.D.D. Rhythms @ KWANZAA Celebration Harambee Na Nguzo Saba 2019



Winter Wonderlands Arts Showcase

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Every year, our #ArtsVillage grows and this year is no exception! We are dedicated to growing our arts partners and our arts programming. Our youth deserve nothing but the best and we strive to make it available to them!

Turkey Giveaway


Free 30 Minute Stepping Lesson @ 5:15pm

This year’s Winter Wonderlands Arts Showcase will feature performances from all of our various arts programs.

Broadway In Bronzeville

M.A.D.D. Rhythms

M.A.D.D. Rhythms Tap Academy

M.A.D.D. Rhythms Bronzeville: The HWCC Crew – ASM beginner and advanced apprenticeships

Sammy Dyer School Of The Theatre

HiDef Dance Ensemble

DMX Dance Company

And More……

#ArtsPartners #ArtsVillage #TeensMatter #RespectTheDance #WeDoArtsStuff #Bronzeville #CommUNITY #WinterWonderlands


Tristan Bruns, Megan Davis, Time Brickey & KJ Sheldon @ Holiday Rhythms


HOLIDAY RHYTHMS will feature a night full of music, song, dance, drama, fashion, holiday traditions and of course . . .RHYTHM!

With very special guests . . . Emmy Award winner, Tony Award nominee TED LOUIS LEVY, MacArthur “Genius” Award winner, REGINALD ROBINSON, internationally renowned Irish trio – STEAM (John Williams, Katie Grennan, and Steve Morrow), Broadway/Cabaret artist, IRENE MICHAELS . . . plus the Eric Hochberg Trio, Stone Soup Rhythms, Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts and more!

Tickets On Sale Now!


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