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Chicago Tap Summit 2017 Faculty

Tap Summit Fall 2017(5)

M.A.D.D. Rhythms presents The Chicago Tap Summit, October 13-15, 2017. Many of the worlds most renowned tapdancers will return to Chicago to teach, perform and celebrate the art of tap dance while spreading a strong message of empowerment to our youth.  This year’s Summit will be dedicated to the city of Chicago.


This year’s esteemed honoree is:

Ayrie King III, better known as “Mr. Taps” has been captivating and thrilling audiences for most of his life. Mr. Taps has performed at such places as The Apollo Theater in New York, The Cotton Club Review, ABC Television, and at numerous corporate events, theaters and conventions throughout the U.S. Engaging and charismatic, Mr. Taps defines a style uniquely his own, as he showcases the innovative flair of Fred Astaire, the quick action of Ann Miller and the classical flash of the Nicholas Brothers. From the jumps of Bojangles to the fancy footwork of Gregory Hines, Mr. Taps high-energy delivery creates an infectious current of excitement, always leaving the audience wanting more.

This years Chicago Tap Summit faculty includes some of the tap worlds most amazing up and coming tapdancers. They all share a Standard of Excellence for representing the art form on stage and an equally strong commitment to making a difference in their communities

Chicago Tap Summit Faculty

IMG_1357Martin “Tre” Dumas III was featured in the North American, and European tours of Riverdance.  He is the co-founder of M.A.D.D Rhythms, The M.A.D.D. Rhythms Tap Academy and The Chicago Tap Summit. In Stuttgart, Germany, he conceived and implemented a complete teen through senior citizen tap program at the New York City Dance School. Tre was a featured soloist Imagine Tap and most recently, was honored to become the newest “extended member” of Jason Samuels Smith’s ACGI performing in London

NicoRubio-300x300Nico Rubio has tapdanced in Europe (Switzerland/Sweden/Italy/Spain), Asia (China/Hong Kong/Taiwan/Japan), Central America (Costa Rica/Honduras/Guatemala) and South America (Brazil). He was also a recent recipient of the Chicago Dancemakers Forum’s RDDI and on Windy City Live. In an additional effort to build community and craft his own contribution, Nico has officially started his own Tap Company, 333 (Three Thirty Three). He is also an original member of Chicago based Tap Company Jus’LisTeN, as well as a New Orleans based Tap & Brass Band entitled, Tap That Brass.

0a7f84_eb1e51c96d75484e84c2da092dcc0e42~mv2_d_3736_5605_s_4_2Lee Howard, better known by his stage name Lee How, is a Chicago native Tap Dancer, MC, Songwriter, Music Producer, and Actor. The multi-talented entertainer began his professional career as a tap dancer and is internationally known as one of the best of his generation. Lee recently made his Broadway debut in the original cast of “Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed” directed by George C. Wolfe and choreographed by Savion Glover.

BrilHeadEaphone1Bril Barrett is a creative tap dancer, whose mission is to preserve and promote tap dance as a percussive art form, foster respect and admiration for the history and creators of tap, and continuously create opportunities for the art form and its practitioners.Bril is the founder of M.A.D.D. (Making A Difference Dancing) Rhythmsdirector of The Chicago Tap Summit and founder of The M.A.D.D. Rhythms Tap Academy. Performance opportunities include RiverdanceTap Dance Kid, The St. Louis Tap Festival, The Calgary Tap Summit and many others. Bril has taught and/or performed in Canada, Germany, Finland, Turkey, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Albania, Amsterdam, and across the U.S. He has started many outreach programs in Chicago’s public schools, Park districts, a performing arts high school in Gary, Indiana and several After School Matters programs on the city’s Westside and Southside.

599681_3751351418305_1658338947_nJumaane Taylor, a Chicago native, has been tap dancing for 13 years. He began his training at the Sammy Dyer School of the Theatre, where he now teaches. He has had the esteemed opportunity to perform and study with Derick Grant, Idella Reed Davis, Jimmy Payne Jr., Jay Fagan, George Patterson III, Jason Samuels Smith, Sarah Savelli and Ted Levy. Jumaane made his professional debut with M.A.D.D Rhythms, where he now serves as Assistant Director. Jumaane has performed and taught nationally and internationally. Some of his credits include the Chicago Tap Summit, St. Louis Tap Festival, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, L.A. Tap Fest and numerous shows with ETA Creative Arts Foundation. He was featured in Dance Spirit Magazine as “One of the Top 20 Hoofers under 2”, in 2000 he won 1st place in The 1st Annual Chicago Tap Off and performed in the critically-acclaimed Imagine Tap, directed and choreographed by Derick Grant. Jumaane is committed to spreading his respect and passion for tap dance.

14022268_1085668958135853_4548918522331678027_nStarinah Dixon, a.k.a. Star, was born and raised in Chicago. She started dancing at a very young age. Brought up into a dancing family including her mom who studied African dance, which she later also studied, it was no doubt that she would have a love for dance. She is the younger sister of Bril Barrett who started M.A.D.D. Rhythms where she is one of the original members of the 9-year running tap company. With M.A.D.D. Rhythms, she has performed all over the U.S. including The L.A. Tap Festival, The St. Louis Tap Festival, The Detroit Tap Festival, and Northern Illinois University. As well as performing, she also teaches and has been since the age of 16. Her teaching experience includes Alyo Children’s dance theater, Najwa, Chicago Park District, The Imani Dance Center, and the M.A.D.D. Rhythms Tap Academy. She, also dances with Chicago’s newest hip-hop company, Purified.


2621090Nora Clark, 22, is originally from rural Vermont where she danced with the New England Dance Ensemble and The Company at Dancers’ Corner from age 6 to 18. There she competed and performed nationally in ballet, jazz and tap. She received scholarships and titles from dance organizations such as New York City Dance Alliance and American Dance Awards. In 2005, Nora was honored to teach a tribute class for the late Dr. Leonard Reed at the St. Louis Tap Festival and The L.A. Tap Fest. In 2006, she moved to Chicago to attend Columbia College and began dancing with M.A.D.D. Rhythms, where she is now a principal dancer and choreographer. Television and film appearances include local news performances on WGN and ABC and “The Simpsons Movie” premier. Nora has choreographed for The Detroit Tap Repertory, The Company at Dancers’ Corner and taught and performed at the2010 St. Louis Tap Festival. In May of 2010, Nora graduated with honors from Columbia College Chicago, receiving her Bachelors of Arts in Writing and Producing. She is currently working at Long Tail Media Group as a producer for the Internet broadcast, sketch comedy show, Friday Nite Bytes.

288735_2001008981754_3608719_oDonnetta Jackson was born and raised in Chicago, IL. She started dancing at the age of 7 at The Sammy Dyer School of the Theatre and at 11 years old, became one of the founding members of M.A.D.D. Rhythms. Donnetta has performed all over the US, including the St. Louis Tap Festival, The Detroit Jazz Fest, United Nations in New York, Florida, and Tennessee. She has received scholarships from The Sammy Dyer School of Theatre and Chicago Dance Connection and taught at The Sammy Dyer School of Theatre, M.A.D.D. Rhythms Tap Academy, and Maria High School. In addition to tap dance, she does hip-hop, ballet, jazz, praise dance, tumbling, and cheerleading. TV appearances include various local news programs.

35c2f50Tristan Bruns is the Director of The Tapmen Dance Company and Artistic Director of TapMan Productions. He is a 2-time recipient of the Audible Odyssey grant for new works, the Individual Artist Grant for New Works by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and the Outstanding Choreography Award at the Dance Chicago Festival.



Head Shot2Megan Davis started dancing 20 years ago in Austin, TX, where she apprenticed with Tri-Tone and Tapestry Dance Company. She has since moved to Chicago where she is a company member at MADD Rhythms. In addition to dancing, Megan studies theoretical mathematics at DePaul University, and is on course to obtain a M.S. in June of this year.




Ja’bowen Dixon a prominent dancer, choreographer, actor, instructor, visual and performance artist who entertained audiences since he was six. By ten, he started working in film, commercials and concert performances. By sixteen, he was a founding member of M.A.D.D Rhythms. Being featured in Dance Spirit magazine, he continues his training from internationally tap dancers including the late Jimmy Slyde, he also teaches classes and workshops in the prominent dance studios, Lou Conte and Joffrey Ballet. Recently, he performed during halftime for the Chicago Bulls organization, featured in a pilot show directed by award winning director Lee Daniels and was on Steve Harvey Show. Jabowen is a natural born performer who captivates and inspires audiences.

12194701_1519593978355102_8036698867919420985_oVictoria Jones was born and raised in Gary, In, and was the first student from Gary performing in M.A.D.D. Rhythms in Chicago from 2005 until present. Under the inspiration of the tap movement, Victoria relocated to Las Vegas, determined to progress and pursue her dance career.  Her tap career with M.A.D.D. Rhythms has led her to start the Las Vegas division, M.A.D.D. Rhythms Las Vegas. Inspired from many greats including the late Dr. Bunny Briggs, and Dr. Prince Spencer, she joined forces and founded the Las Vegas Tap Fest in 2013, a nonprofit 501©3, designed to honor the history of tap dance in Las Vegas and keep this art form alive.

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The Chicago Tap Summit 2017 will include an array of master classes for all levels of tap dancers, along with history sessions (complete with rare footage of some of the all time greats of tap), a Tap Jam, a Cutting Contest, a panel discussion and our popular “LIVE THE HISTORY” lecture/demonstration which takes you through TAP history by the legends who lived it.  The festival will wrap up with an electrifying concert “CHICAGO: Sole Sounds of the Windy City” featuring all faculty, special guests and the M.A.D.D. Rhythms family. All classes and the performance take place at The Harold Washington Cultural Center (4701 S. King Drive, Chicago, IL. 60615).
M.A.D.D. Rhythms is a dynamic collective of young entertainers from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, with one thing in common.  A love and respect for the art of tap dance or “the dance” as we like to call it. Bril Barrett (Imagine Tap, Porgy and Bess, The Tap Dance Kid, Riverdance, Oprah and the Jenny Jones show) founded the company in 2001 and serves as business manager and artistic director as well as being one of the company’s principal choreographers/dancers. Jumaane Taylor (Tap the Map, Imagine Tap, Dance Spirit Magazine’s top 20 hoofers under 20 (may 2005 issue), Grand prize winner of The Chicago Tap Off and the Bring In Da Noize Bring In Da Funk Contest, Chicago Tap All Stars, Rhythm I.S.S. and Friends) began as a protégé of first Bril, but has grown into an artist all his own. Jumaane is the Assistant Director and principal choreographer/dancer in M.A.D.D. Rhythms. Approaching our sixteenth full year in existence, with 10 critically acclaimed concert performances, several workshops behind us and 5 successful festivals under our belt, we hope you’ll join us.
PSA Unleash your rhythm and experience and learn tap dancing from world renowned hoofers at M.A.D.D. Rhythms, The Chicago Tap Summit 2017; Oct. 13 -Oct. 15 at the Harold Washington Cultural Center (4701 S. King Drive, Chicago, IL. 60615). Enjoy a weekend filled with workshops and evening events including a prestigious concert entitled “CHICAGO: Sole Sounds of the Windy City“, Saturday, Oct. 14 at 8:30pm. Tickets are $40 and classes range from $30 for individual classes to $300 for an unlimited package. For more information call (773) 604-1899 or visit them online at

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  1. Jul 19 2011

    Good afternoon,
    Our company is producing a large corporate companies holiday party this December and had mentioned an interest in finding talent that could do “bottlecap tap dancing”. It suits our theme and I was just curious since you are located fairly close to us here in Cedar Rapids, IA if you had any talent that may be interested in this. If so, what would be a range for possible costs to have them for basically a 5 hour commitment on December 1st? If you could get back to me soon I would greatly appreciate it.
    thank you so much,

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