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


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 03/04/2019

Saturdays 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Sundays 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 04/29/2019

Saturdays 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Sundays 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave


Group Classes for the session beginning 04/29/2019

Tap 3 with Reggio McLaughlin

Master the principles of rhythm tap and strengthen body movement. Move beyond the shuffle step to create your own rhythm in the tradition of unaccompanied, improvisational tap dancing. Bring the power of music to your feet.

$148 ($138 members)

04/30/2019 – 06/18/2019 (8 meetings)

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

Tap 1 with Reggio McLaughlin

Tap is a rhythmic, percussive, folk dance, originating in America that is like poetry in motion, spoken by various rhythms of the feet, using shuffles, stomps, slides, turns, and time-steps to create dynamic show-stopping routines.

$148 ($138 members)

04/30/2019 – 06/18/2019 (8 meetings)

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

Tap 2 with Reggio McLaughlin

Continue tapping, mastering intermediate steps and rhythms

$148 ($138 members)

04/30/2019 – 06/18/2019 (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)

05/04/2019 – 06/22/2019 (8 meetings)

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

Tap 1 with Reggio McLaughlin

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

$148 ($138 members)

05/04/2019 – 06/22/2019 (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)

05/04/2019 – 06/22/2019 (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)

05/04/2019 – 06/22/2019 (8 meetings)

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


Group Classes for the session beginning 06/24/2019

Tap for Boys 1 with Reggio McLaughlin

for kids with birthdays between: 07/25/2009 and 06/25/2014
This is a structured, high-energy, specialized class just for boys who want to move, groove, and make music with their feet!

$156 ($146 members)

06/25/2019 – 08/13/2019 (8 meetings)

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

Priority registration for students currently enrolled in any class begins 5/13/19 9am (New students: 5/13/19)

Tap for Boys 2 with Reggio McLaughlin

for kids with birthdays between: 06/25/2007 and 06/25/2012

$156 ($146 members)

06/25/2019 – 08/13/2019 (8 meetings)

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

Priority registration for students currently enrolled in any class begins 5/13/19 9am (New students: 5/13/19)

Tap 3 with Reggio McLaughlin

Master the principles of rhythm tap and strengthen body movement. Move beyond the shuffle step to create your own rhythm in the tradition of unaccompanied, improvisational tap dancing. Bring the power of music to your feet.

$148 ($138 members)

06/25/2019 – 08/13/2019 (8 meetings)

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

Tap 1 with Reggio McLaughlin

Tap is a rhythmic, percussive, folk dance, originating in America that is like poetry in motion, spoken by various rhythms of the feet, using shuffles, stomps, slides, turns, and time-steps to create dynamic show-stopping routines.

$148 ($138 members)

06/25/2019 – 08/13/2019 (8 meetings)

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

Tap 2 with Reggio McLaughlin

Continue tapping, mastering intermediate steps and rhythms

$148 ($138 members)

06/25/2019 – 08/13/2019 (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)

06/29/2019 – 08/17/2019 (8 meetings)

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

Tap 1 with Reggio McLaughlin

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

$148 ($138 members)

06/29/2019 – 08/17/2019 (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)

06/29/2019 – 08/17/2019 (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)

06/29/2019 – 08/17/2019 (8 meetings)

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