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Reginald McLaughlin, better known as Reggio, "The Hoofer" has traveled all around the world, contributing to the preservation of authentic and traditional tap dance. As a dancer starting in the subway of Chicago, he brought smiles to the faces of many commuters and developed his unique and extraordinary style of footloose and fancy free hoofing.

In the early 90's through "Urban Gateways", an award-winning educational institution for the performing arts, Reggio's talent and educational program was introduced to schools, museums and libraries. Recognized by Chicago's "Gallery 37" he was the first tap instructor to be included in its after-school program that provides job training in the arts to youth.

After 20 years of dancing, Reggio has amassed a remarkable catalogue of achievements. His energetic style of hoofing has been profiled on educational television programs such as Channel 11's Center Stage sponsored by Illinois Arts Council, Art Beat Chicago, Inside Kentucky Schools, numerous news highlights, magazines, and books. Reggio has danced on Broadway and is now appearing in four documentaries, Juba "Masters of Tap", partnering with the legendary Ernest "Brownie" Brown. His feet are featured dancing to the documentary narration about the famous singer, Nat King Cole, Gallery 37 a Portrait of Chicago Youth and Vanishing Act. He played principal roles in the theater version of the Sammy Davis Jr. Story and two Duke Ellington Musicals, Jump for Joy and Beggar's Holiday.

Reggio has taken audiences on an exciting journey through the sounds of his feet in other countries such as Japan, Canada, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Venezuela and Finland. In 2004 he was a recipient Of the Illinois Art Council Master/Apprentice Award. Today Reggio continues to travel nationally and internationally as a tap dancer, choreographer, instructor and educator. He creates special art programs for Chicago's Department on Aging, Global Roots OutReach for children in low income schools and performs at the children hospital. He is the producer and writer of his annual Christmas Show called The Nut Tapper - a unique, spirited, exhilarating and multicultural percussive variation of the classic ballet from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite.


"Reggio McLaughlin is one of a kind! He is a TRUE Copasetic and a leader in the field of tap dance. He is carrying on an important tradition of community, positive spirit and inclusiveness that is very hard to find these days."
Tony Waag
Artistic Director
American Tap Dance Foundation

"When Reggio came to our school and performed the Nut Tapper, many of the students were so entranced with what they saw and heard, that they knew they had to tap! They signed up for classes with Reggio and the following year, they were in the show."
Brunella Carlberg
General Music Teacher
Rutledge Hall School
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Vice-President
Lincolnwood School Foundation

"Dancing with Reggio has always been a delight. His timing, energy, generosity and professionalism all contribute to making him an audience favorite."
Brenda Bufalino
Tap Dancer, Choreographer, Author
Artistic Mentor and Board Member - American Tap Dance Foundation

"When it comes to jazz tap, Reggio is the real deal.
He apprenticed to the elders and absorbed the nuances of their legacy. He's produced a body of work that draws equally on heritage and creativity. And he's generated a community of students and audience members that worship him and his astonishing footwork."
Bau Graves
Executive Director
Old Town School of Folk Music