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


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 10/29/2018

Tuesdays 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Saturdays 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Sundays 11:45 am – 12:45 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 01/07/2019

Tuesdays 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Saturdays 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Sundays 11:45 am – 12:45 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave


Group Classes for the session beginning 01/07/2019

Tap for Boys 1 with Reggio McLaughlin

for kids with birthdays between: 02/08/2009 and 01/08/2014

$468 ($438 members)

01/08/2019 – 06/18/2019 (24 meetings)

Tuesdays · 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Tap for Boys 2 with Reggio McLaughlin

for kids with birthdays between: 01/08/2008 and 01/08/2012

$468 ($438 members)

01/08/2019 – 06/18/2019 (24 meetings)

Tuesdays · 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Tap 3 with Reggio McLaughlin

Challenge your feet and mind in this advanced class!

$148 ($138 members)

01/08/2019 – 02/26/2019 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 6:00 PM – 7:10 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Tap 1 with Reggio McLaughlin

Rhythm Tap from scratch! Bring your tap shoes and a smile.

$148 ($138 members)

01/08/2019 – 02/26/2019 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 7:20 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Tap 2 with Reggio McLaughlin

Refine your moves in this continuing class.

$148 ($138 members)

01/08/2019 – 02/26/2019 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 8:40 PM – 9:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Tap: Slow & Steady (B) with Reggio McLaughlin

Rhythm tap from scratch! Bring your tap shoes and a smile.

$148 ($138 members)

01/12/2019 – 03/02/2019 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 11:30 AM – 12:40 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Class 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)

01/12/2019 – 03/02/2019 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 1:50 PM – 3:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Tap 2 with Reggio McLaughlin

Refine your moves in this continuing class.

$148 ($138 members)

01/12/2019 – 03/02/2019 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 3:05 PM – 4:15 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Tap 3 with Reggio McLaughlin

Challenge your feet and mind in this advanced class!

$148 ($138 members)

01/12/2019 – 03/02/2019 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 4:20 PM – 5:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Tap: Slow & Steady with Reggio McLaughlin

$148 ($138 members)

01/13/2019 – 03/03/2019 (8 meetings)

Sundays · 10:30 AM – 11:40 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave