Reginald McLaughlin

affectionately known as 'Reggio The Hoofer'

has traveled around the world to preserve and perform authentic, traditional tap dance.

Reggio got his start dancing in Chicago's streets and subways, where he brought smiles to commuters' faces while developing his unique style of footloose, fancy-free hoofing.

Working with Urban Gateways, an educational institution for the performing arts, as a dancer and educator, Reggio combined art with learning to bring upbeat and informative presentations into schools, museums and libraries. As he delved deeper into tap's history, Reggio met and formed a dance partnership with fellow Chicagoan Ernest 'Brownie' Brown, the vaudeville and Cotton Club legend. Reggio's lively educational programs embody the tradition of tap with sparkling performances and rich stories about its roots.

While he studies and performs nationally and internationally, Reggio is based in Chicago, where he works with the Old Town School of Folk Music, The Chicago Department on Aging and Global Roots Out-Reach - which serves children in low-income schools.

Reginald McLaughlin

affectionately known as 'Reggio The Hoofer'

has traveled around the world to preserve and perform authentic, traditional tap dance.

Reggio got his start dancing in Chicago's streets and subways, where he brought smiles to commuters' faces while developing his unique style of footloose, fancy-free hoofing.

Working with Urban Gateways, an educational institution for the performing arts, as a dancer and educator, Reggio combined art with learning to bring upbeat and informative presentations into schools, museums and libraries. As he delved deeper into tap's history, Reggio met and formed a dance partnership with fellow Chicagoan Ernest 'Brownie' Brown, the vaudeville and Cotton Club legend. Reggio's lively educational programs embody the tradition of tap with sparkling performances and rich stories about its roots.

While he studies and performs nationally and internationally, Reggio is based in Chicago, where he works with the Old Town School of Folk Music, The Chicago Department on Aging and Global Roots Out-Reach which serves children in low-income schools.

Classes

“I teach the kind of tapping I learned – hoofing with soul that connects to the world around us.”

Reggio
Eight classes are offered each week, for adults and children, at several skill levels.
“In addition to being an amazing dancer, Reggio is an enthusiastic teacher who enjoys sharing his vast knowledge of the history of tap dance while encouraging each student to progress and advance to their personal best.”

Debra Baumgartner
Student

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Appearances

Art in the Form of Education
“When Reggio came to our school and performed the Nut Tapper, over 30 students were so entranced with what they saw and heard, that they knew that they had to tap!  They signed up for tap with Reggio and the following year they were in the show.”

Brunella Carlberg
General Music Teacher
Rutledge Hall School
and
Vice-President
Lincolnwood School Foundation

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Shows

National Tap Day Celebration
  Master of ceremonies Reggio the Hoofer McLaughlin will lead you through a celebration of percussive dance at the National Tap Day Show. Accompanied by the big band beat of Alan Gresik's Swing Shift band, Reggio has brought together a variety of special guests to join in this evening of dance at the Old Town School of Folk Music.
With special guests: George "Mo Leggs" Patterson and Doris Humphries.
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