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A Great Big THANK YOU!

thank-you1It is with a great debt of gratitude, strong sense of accomplishment and extreme humility that I extend this heartfelt “Thank You” to each and every one who made “The Return of the Chicago Tap Summit” and “Chicago: Sole Sounds of the Windy City” a resounding success! For 3 days straight, we immersed ourselves in the history, culture and rhythms of tapdance and came away with a renewed commitment to the legacy of the “HOOFERS”

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THANK YOU Harold Washington Cultural Center for giving us a culturally rich and historically Significant HOME. Thank You Tillman-Hunter Enterprises, Dancing Fair, Chicago South Loop Hotel, Northwest Chiropractix and GR33NINK for your years of unwavering support. Thank You Chloe & Maud, O’Mara Sprung Floors, Renaissance Bronzeville and MartyBoard for being new supporters. THANK YOU Sol Designs/The Black Mall for creating all our imagery and Branding.

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THANK YOU Ayrie King III aka Mr. Taps for taking me under your wing all those years ago. Thank You Martin “Tre” Dumas III for having my back and sharing your wealth of tap knowledge unselfishly. Thank You Nico Rubio for never forgetting where you come from while pushing yourself and the dance to new heights. Thank you Jumaane Taylor, Star Dixon, Donnetta Jackson, Tristan Bruns for being my support system from inception to now! Thank You Victoria Jones, Ja’Bowen Dixon and Latrell Garnett for coming through in a clutch! Thank you Lee Howard, Nora Clark and Ian Berg for supporting in spirit and continuing to push the artform in your respective homes! Last, but not least, Thank you Megan Davis for taking on more than any one person should take on…..present company included……without you, this would not have happened! I am in your debt!

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THANK YOU Audrey Barrett aka Mama Rhythms for having me, raising me and supporting me in everything I do! Thank You to all the Apprentices and your families for being totally invested in M.A.D.D. Rhythms. Thank you Bemaji Tillman, Robert Hayes and Phoenix Singleton for making sure that we could be seen and heard on that stage! Thank you Ben “Jammin” Jonson, Charlie Johnson, Will Howard, Charles Heath and Peter Callaway for bringing JAZZ to everyone’s ears, hearts, souls and soles! Thank You 333, Creation Chicago, Purifyed Entertainment & Hip Hop ConnXion for showing up and showing out!

If I forgot to Thank anyone, please charge it to my head, not my heart! See you 2018!

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M.A.D.D. Rhythms Is Hiring 30 Teens For Our Fall After School Matters Advanced Apprenticeship Program

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CHICAGO: Sole Sounds Of The Windy City – TICKETS ON SALE NOW!!!!

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CHICAGO: Sole Sounds of the Windy City

Join M.A.D.D. Rhythms Saturday October 14th, 2017 for CHICAGO: Sole Sounds of the Windy City @ the Harold Washington Cultural Center. 4701 Martin Luther King Dr. Chicago, IL 60653

This year’s special guests include: M.A.D.D. Rhythms, Tap That Brass, 333, Creation Chicago, Purifyed Entertainment & Hip Hop ConnXion

This years faculty include: Martin “Tre” Dumas III, Nico Rubio and Lee Howard. M.A.D.D. Rhythms’ own: Bril Barrett, Jumaane Taylor, Starinah Dixon, Donnetta Jackson, Tristan Bruns, Megan Davis, Nora Clark, Ja’Bowen Dixon & Victoria Jones.

This year’s esteemed honoree is: Ayrie King III, better known as “Mr. Taps”

Tickets are $40, get your tickets now. This is an event you don’t want to miss. Group rates available. CLICK HERE


Chicago Tap Summit Is 1 Week Away! Register Now! Classes are filling up FAST!

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Fall 2017 Tap Classes Start This Week. Register Now.

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M.A.D.D. Rhythms Bronzeville: The HWCC Crew @ I Love Austin Youth Showcase & Summit

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Join us Saturday, September 9 at 12:00PM for I Love Austin Youth Showcase and Summit.

What is a youth summit you ask? It’s a forum/event for young people to come together to organize, network, learn new things, and share their hopes and concerns in a public setting.

We are taking that to another level by hosting a youth-led day of arts and activism workshops, food and refreshments, music, and other cultural activities.

Sounds provided by DJ RAE CHARDONNAY

Emceed by KING RON the POET




$1 Classes All Week Long @ American Rhythm Center’s DANCE ALL-4-1

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#GrownAndSexy Adult Tap1 – Wednesday @ 11am – $1
#GrownAndSexy Adult Tap2 – Wednesday @ 12pm – $1

#GrownAndSexy Adult Tap1 – Thursday @ 6pm – $1
#GrownAndSexy Adult Tap2 – Thursday @ 7pm – $1
#GrownAndSexy Adult Tap3 – Thursday @ 8pm – $1

 Join us for a week of $1 Dance Classes at the American Rhythm Center! This All-4-One features more than 50 classes for all ability levels in a range of genres and styles, including tap, tai chi, capoeira, modern, ballet, Zumba, flamenco, hip hop, Afro-dancehall, footworking, break dancing, house, popping, jazz and more.

Teaching the classes are professionals representing the ARC’s diverse community partners and other affiliated groups, including Chicago Human Rhythm Project, A&A Ballet , Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts, Gang of Toes, Mandala Arts, M.A.D.D. Rhythms, Blu Rhythm Collective & the Crew., The Happiness Club and Movement Revolution Dance Crew, Bollywood Groove as well as independent artists including Formanda Colibri, Tre Daniels, Donnetta LilBit Jackson, JC Hopkins, Nadell Jackson, Domé Lorusso, Nico Rubio, Monyett Beastly Crump and more.

The American Rhythm Center’s “All-4-One” takes place Tuesday, September 5 through Monday, September 11 at the American Rhythm Center in the Fine Arts Building!

We Hope To See You There!



Fall 2017 Tap Academy Registration Is Now Open – Classes Start 9/16/17

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Chicago Tap Summit 2017 Sponsorship Opportunities

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We are reaching out to you, our community, our friends and supporters, to participate in this event by being a sponsor for the upcoming Chicago Tap Summit 2017 and production titled “Chicago: Sole Sounds of the Windy City”.  The sponsorship rate is $1,000 and includes your logo placement on all printed and web specific materials, tickets to the show and the ability to make an announcement from the stage if you’d like.  Please send your check/money order to our office by September 30, 2017, to be presented at our October 13th – 15th event.



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M.A.D.D. Rhythms’ Young Queens Brigade Premiere “empoWOMENt” @ Peacebook 2017