For 20 years M.A.D.D. Rhythms has been a staple of both the tap dance and Chicago community. Our after school and Tap Academy programs have reached hundreds of children who live in Chicago’s South and West Sides with a teaching staff comprised of Chicago’s most esteemed tap dancers in the world. We regularly produce and release new art through our professional performing/touring company and host an annual tap dance festival, The Chicago Tap Summit. Our aim for the next 20 years is to grow our youth programs to reach more young adults and teens, expand our ever growing national and international audience, and further develop our home so we can instill and share the power of the dance. The only thing holding us back is the arts funding in our city and our country which is why we need your help.
M.A.D.D. Rhythms began in 2001 as an after school youth performing company by Bril Barrett and Martin ‘Tre’ Dumas III and has blossomed into one of the world’s most esteemed professional tap dance companies—and even includes some of the original members all grown up! However, it is becoming increasingly difficult to produce quality works of art in a post-pandemic landscape: We are in need of better cameras, sound recording equipment, sound equipment, personnel (videographers, sound engineers, lighting technicians, etc), facility rehabilitation and stipends for our creating artists and performers. A financial contribution from you makes it easier for us to create better art and we would be proud to have you as one of our arts partners.
Do you have a favorite M.A.D.D. Rhythms dancer and also looking for a fun, easy way to support the company? Then order a MADD-eo!—a personalized message from one or more of our dancers that you choose yourself. Think of it like a ‘Cameo’ for tap dancers. Surprise your favorite dancers with a MADDeo from Bril, Star, Donnetta or one of our other acclaimed performing artists for a reasonable price.
For a donation of $200 your MADDeo will be:
- on average 2 minutes in length
- from one or more of your favorite M.A.D.D. Rhythms company members (subject to availability)
Not only are you able to support a great cause, a MADDeo is great for a birthday/graduation/special event surprise for you or someone you know!
At M.A.D.D. Rhythms we care about the health and wellness of our students and the dancers in our company. That’s why we pay careful attention to one of the most important but often overlooked aspects of great tap dance facilities is the dance floor. It seems like a no-brainer, but hardwood floors—the safest and most appropriate type of dance floor for tap— are quickly disappearing from dance studios at an alarming rate. This is due to the higher cost of maintaining a sprung (slight bounce) hardwood floor and currently M.A.D.D. Rhythms has a sprung, treated plywood floor which is…fine…but we often have to replace panels and fix divots and a true hardwood floor will save us money in the long run while providing an even better, safer floor so our dancers and students can tap longer, harder and faster.
We have crunched the numbers and know that a donation of $15,000 will be able to provide us with a floor. If you would like to sponsor our floor, the floor will be named in your honor. We will provide a custom plaque for the floor and if we ever move the floor, the plaque goes with it. At all functions where we are using this floor we will pay tribute to your donation and you will be credited.
Chicago Tap Summit
Our annual Chicago Tap Summit tap dance festival is the only one of its kind that caters to the residents of Chicago’s South and West Side neighborhoods. With the help of the historic Harold Washington Cultural Center, M.A.D.D. Rhythms is able to provide adequate facilities, world class faculty and a won’t-turn-anyone-serious away policy. However, we are in desperate need of a more experienced administrative staff, rehabilitated facilities and an expanded roster of guest artists to make the festival competitive within the industry. A financial contribution from you will help make the Chicago Tap Summit bigger, better and more equitable than ever.. For more information click here.
Make sure to wear a pair of sunglasses when looking up at dancers of M.A.D.D. Rhythms—we have some of the brightest shining stars in the tap dance world! Many of our dancers our considered the best in the industry and are in high demand, but now you can side-step the line by bringing M.A.D.D. Rhythms to you, in-person and virtually. The dancers of M.A.D.D. Rhythms can provide your studio with content that your dancers can work on for a lifetime and a financial contribution from you makes it possible for us to provide the same excellent education to local students on Chicago’s South and West Side neighborhoods—a real win-win! For more information click here.