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JUMAANE TAYLOR, a Chicago native, has been tap dancing since the age of 7. He made his professional debut in 2001 with the tap company M.A.D.D. Rhythms, and has had the opportunity to perform and study with Idella Reed Davis, Jimmy Payne Jr., and George Patterson III. Taylor has been part of the ensemble in Imagine Tap! (directed and choreographed by Derick Grant); Tap Into Peace (directed and choreographed by Sarah Savelli and Ayodele Casel); and Rasta Thomas' Tap Stars, performed in Hamburg, Germany.
In 2014, Taylor created Supreme Love—a tap dance production honoring John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme and the art of tap—which premiered at jazz music and dance festivals including Jacob's Pillow in 2017. In 2018, he presented The Jazz Hoofing Quartet, a tap performance using improvisation to continue an expressive exploration of live jazz music with respect for its culture.
Taylor has received the Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist Award, and has performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jazz Institute of Chicago, and abroad. He teaches in the Hubbard Street Youth Dance Program; Ruth Page Center for the Arts; Sammy Dyer School of the Theatre; and the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.