Teachers at the Old Town School

Reggio McLaughlin

Rhythm Tap Dance

Recipient of the Old Town School of Folk Music's 2015 Distinguished Teaching Artist Award

Reggio “the Hoofer” McLaughlin began his career dancing in the subways of Chicago. It is there that he developed his unique and extraordinary style of fancy free street hoofing, a distinctive raw form of Rhythmatic African American Tap. Now he is a Chicago icon.

He has been teaching tap dance at OTS since 1994. Numerous educational television programs have featured his work. These include “Inside Kentucky Schools,” “Art Beat Chicago,” and various news highlights.

His performance experience includes colleges, libraries, museums, senior citizen facilities, hospitals, and major dance festivals. He was a principal tap dancer in two Duke Ellington musicals, performed in and choreographed for the theatre version of the “Sammy Davis Jr. Story,” was a featured artist at the Black History Month celebration at Milwaukee's Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, and performed with the Chicago Jazz Ensemble at the Chicago Tribune's 150th anniversary.

Reggio has also performed around the world, raising the recognition and admiration of tap dancing in the global community. In 2004 he received the prestigious Master Apprentice Award from the Illinois Arts Council to continue his studies with tap legend Ernest “Brownie” Brown.

See Reggio on WCIU’s You & Me This Morning here.

Started at the Old Town School in August of 1994

Upcoming Workshops

Sun. January 14, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Shim Sham Dance »

The Shim Sham is a dance that originated in the late 1920’s. It is a particular tap dance routine that is regarded as the tap dancer’s national anthem. Since than, there have been many different variations. Reggio “The Hoofer” McLaughlin will be teaching a three part series on his variation of the shim sham, on Sunday, January 14, 21 and 28, 2018.

BeginnerProgram: Dance

$60 ($55 members)

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Sun. February 04, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Roots of Tap: The Beginning »

Celebrate Black History Month and explore the origin of tap dance, its roots in Africa and its multicultural blend in the New World. Tap Dance is known today as America's true folk dance. Part 1 of the 4-week Black History Month special, “Roots of Tap” series of participatory dance history workshops!

Program: Dance

$20 ($19 members)

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Sun. February 11, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Roots of Tap: From the Plantation to the Theater »

Celebrate Black History Month and explore the origin of tap dance, its roots in Africa and its multicultural blend in the New World. Tap Dance is known today as America's true folk dance. In this workshop, learn how a plantation dance moved through blackface minstrel shows to vaudeville. Part two of the 4-week special “Roots of Tap” series of participatory dance history workshops!

Program: Dance

$20 ($19 members)

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Sun. February 18, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Roots of Tap: The Golden Age »

Celebrate Black History Month and explore the origin of tap dance, its roots in Africa and its multicultural blend in the New World. Tap Dance is known today as America's true folk dance. Focus on ways that Broadway musicals and Hollywood movies changed the course of Tap Dancing to a mainstream, respected art form and popularized it all over the world. Part of the 4-week special “Roots of Tap” series of participatory dance history workshops!

Program: Dance

$20 ($19 members)

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Sun. February 25, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Roots of Tap: Styles of Today and Tomorrow »

Celebrate Black History Month and explore the origin of tap dance, its roots in Africa and its multicultural blend in the New World. Tap Dance is known today as America's true folk dance. Get a better understanding of contemporary Tap styles including flatfooted buck dancing, jazz tap, Broadway tap and hip-hop beats. Plus, a look into the future of Tap. Part of the 4-week special “Roots of Tap” series of participatory history workshops!

Program: Dance

$20 ($19 members)

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Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 10/30/2017

Tuesdays 4:15 pm – 4:45 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Saturdays 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 01/08/2018

Tuesdays 4:15 pm – 4:45 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Saturdays 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Group Classes for the session beginning 01/08/2018

Tap for Boys 1 with Reggio McLaughlin
for kids with birthdays between: 02/09/2008 and 01/09/2013
Boys make music with their feet in this high-energy tap class!
$312 ($292 members)
for 16 weeks
01/09/2018 – 04/24/2018Tuesdays · 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Tap for Boys 2 with Reggio McLaughlin
for kids with birthdays between: 01/09/2007 and 01/09/2011
$312 ($292 members)
for 16 weeks
01/09/2018 – 04/24/2018Tuesdays · 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Tap 3 with Reggio McLaughlin
Challenge your feet and mind in this advanced class!
$148 ($138 members)
for 8 weeks
01/09/2018 – 02/27/2018Tuesdays · 6:00 PM – 7:10 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Tap 1 with Reggio McLaughlin
Rhythm Tap from scratch! Bring your tap shoes and a smile.
$148 ($138 members)
for 8 weeks
01/09/2018 – 02/27/2018Tuesdays · 7:20 PM – 8:30 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Tap 2 with Reggio McLaughlin
Refine your moves in this continuing class.
$148 ($138 members)
for 8 weeks
01/09/2018 – 02/27/2018Tuesdays · 8:40 PM – 9:50 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Tap: Slow & Steady with Reggio McLaughlin
Rhythm tap from scratch! Bring your tap shoes and a smile.
$148 ($138 members)
for 8 weeks
01/13/2018 – 03/03/2018Saturdays · 11:30 AM – 12:40 PM4544 N Lincoln AveClass is full — Call 773.728.6000 for waiting list info
Tap 1 with Reggio McLaughlin
Rhythm Tap from scratch! Bring your tap shoes and a smile.
$148 ($138 members)
for 8 weeks
01/13/2018 – 03/03/2018Saturdays · 1:50 PM – 3:00 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Tap 2 with Reggio McLaughlin
Refine your moves in this continuing class.
$148 ($138 members)
for 8 weeks
01/13/2018 – 03/03/2018Saturdays · 3:05 PM – 4:15 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Tap 3 with Reggio McLaughlin
Challenge your feet and mind in this advanced class!
$148 ($138 members)
for 8 weeks
01/13/2018 – 03/03/2018Saturdays · 4:20 PM – 5:30 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW

The Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc.
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625  •  773.728.6000