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madd-logoM.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 15 to 44, and their backgrounds are as equally diverse.  The one thing they all have in common is a love for “the dance”.

M.A.D.D. Rhythms’ mission is to preserve, promote and contribute to this artform called tap. We will teach it’s history, represent it’s culture and advocate for it’s future. We will use this beautiful dance/music form to make a difference in the under-served communities of this world by connecting and caring for the youth of this world. We believe that having access and options gives a child a greater chance at a positive life. Therefore, we will spread the joy, love, discipline and expression of tap to as many children as we humanly can!

M.A.D.D. RHYTHMS’ performance opportunities, in short, have included: Dance Africa Chicago, Dance Chicago, The Stars of “Dance Chicago” in Istanbul, Turkey, M.A.D.D. Rhythms Canada’s “Release Yourself” and “Great Feets of Rhythm”, Downbeats Canada’s “Embrace the Rhythm”, Miami’s Art-Deco Festival, An Expo for Today’s Black Woman, Kwanzaa Festival, The African Festival of the Arts, St. Louis Tap Festival, Boys and Girl’s Clubs National Conference, the Chicago Historical Society’s Summer Performance Series, and DuSable Museum’s educational theatre series. They have also produced 9 full-length productions, created The Chicago Tap Summit and educated over 200 students via The M.A.D.D. Rhythms Tap Academy.

In an effort to continuously give back to their communities they have also worked with many public and private schools, and volunteered performances for various community affiliated organizations including A.C.E.S. (Athletes Committed to Educating Students), Children Affected by AIDS Foundation, Nikola Tesla Alternative High School for Girls, TCA Health and Nutrition Fair, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and Rainbow House.


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Introducing M.A.D.D. Rhythms Bronzeville: The HWCC Crew


4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Shelley Stoecker
    Jun 1 2012

    Me and my friend are interested in taking a tap class. Do you offer different levels of classes? We have both tapped before when we were younger but really want to get back into it. Let me know if you can give me some information on classes we can enroll in. Thank you!


  2. Javier Estrela
    Apr 30 2014

    Hello from Copenhagen

    I would like to get a “Rise and Fall of Miss Thang” DVD. How can I do it? It seems that you were selling it. Any chance?

    Best regards

    Javier Estrela (another tap dancer)

  3. Marilyn Huziak
    Jun 23 2015

    Thanks for that history on the Shim Sham! You have some cool moves in your I haven’t seen before. I’ve been teaching tap for adults and seniors in north Toronto for around 30 years. I wonder if any one else has a student over 100 years of age! 102 and still attending. She does a great Shim Sham and Soft Shoe.

  4. Jun 2 2016

    Hey Brill
    Michael McRoyal, I owned StevenCraig shoes on 95th. I have some Tap Shoes to give, brand new. Call me (480) 229-4742

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