In 2001, Bril Barrett started M.A.D.D. (Making A Difference Dancing) Rhythms as a way to lead a life of example for his younger siblings, as well as give back to the youth of Chicago. Bril wanted to create a company whose model was one of respect for the art & history of tap dance and whose permanence would create stability for its members.
Nearly twenty years later, M.A.D.D. Rhythms has since touched the lives of thousands of dancers and young people, whether they were pursuing the incredible training of being a company member, needed a positive alternative to the streets of Chicago, or just as an outlet to express themselves or improve their quality of life.
Nora Clark and M.A.D.D. Rhythms first connected during the historic St. Louis Tap Festival in the early 2000s. She moved to Chicago to pursue her collegiate degree and she quickly became an integral part of the M.A.D.D. Rhythms family. In 2011 she left Chicago and started making her name in the production scene in the Southeast. Eventually she made her way down to NOLA where her love for the dance continued and flourished. Nora and Adam Arredondo , a NOLA based trumpet player, co-created Tap That Brass to explore tap dancing as percussion similar to the second line in a traditional NOLA band. Overtime, Nora thought back to the days at the St. Louis Tap Fest, remembering Dianne “Lady Di” Walker speaking about the power of producers from within the tap dance family. Tap That Brass has since developed to merge Nora’s production and tap dancing backgrounds to create opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations and productions. With that in mind, she was brought back to conversations with Bril Barrett and the power of sharing the story of M.A.D.D. Rhythms. One of her newest endeavors, Alienworx, has provided the support needed to get the documentary off the ground.
We have recently begun the journey of cataloguing and documenting over 20 years of M.A.D.D. Rhythms history. We were able to film and produce these teasers and videos via our own funds. However, to continue producing this documentary we need your help. To provide a full picture of the M.A.D.D. legacy, we are going through 20 years of footage, interviewing the M.A.D.D. family and other members of the tap community. To complete this task and produce a documentary to reflect the caliber and complexity of the M.A.D.D. Rhythms impact, this is going to take time, love, and monetary support. To learn more visit www.tapthatbrass.org/madd-doc.
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The MADD Rhythms Documentary is a project of Tap That Brass, Inc. a 501 (c)3 Arts Organization.