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