Community Events

2021’s Community Events

Panel Discussion

M.A.D.D. Rhythms: 20 Years in the Books

October 2nd @ 1:30pm CT

Join us as faculty, friends, alumni, and current company members of M.A.D.D Rhythms reflect on the 20 year long history and what it means to be Making a Difference Dancing Rhythms.

Tap Jam

October 2nd @ 7:00pm CT

You already know what it is. We plan on “circling” up and shedding together during this hybrid virtual and in person festival. Star Dixon will lead us in this jam while we #improvtoimprove! Join us in person or tune in virtually to share in the full experience.

Hoofin’ It: The Untold Story of the Founders of Tap

October 3rd @ 5:00pm CT

“Hoofin’ It: The Untold Story of the Founders of Tap” is a trans-media experience showcasing the different stories of tap’s untold history interspersed with historical footage and interviews. A centerpiece of any jazz-vernacular art form, improvisation, will be heavily featured throughout the show.

A libretto will be associated with the performance which is the culmination of the year long research process, completed by Bril Barrett and Ailea Stites, which includes various stories, accounts, and material centering on the hoofers and tap dance’s origin during the slave trade. Barrett weaves together the research and artistry of M.A.D.D. Rhythms into one cohesive narrative: the story of the original founders of tap.

Footage Night

October 1st @ 8:00pm CT

M.A.D.D. Alum Nico Rubio will be hosting this year’s footage evening. You will leave feeling full, refreshed, revitalized, and re-inspired.