six dancers wearing brightly colored clothes jump to the side with their hands raised in the air

Chicago Tap Theatre 'Unleash the Beats'

October 13, 2023 | Yardley Hall

Past Event

Chicago Tap Theatre is a vibrant dance company with a unique mission to preserve the quintessentially American dance form of tap and to take tap to the next level of creativity and innovation.

Chicago Tap Theatre stands apart from other dance companies by bridging the gap between tap and other forms of concert dance (such as jazz, ballet and modern) by adopting a conceptual, narrative (story-based) and more emotional approach to its work.

The troupe performs exclusively with live music provided by some of Chicago’s finest musicians, playing everything from Duke Ellington to David Bowie, and many artists in between. The company has performed the works of Buster Brown, Eddie Brown and Bill Evans, and regularly performs classic, universal tap pieces such as the BS Chorus and the Shim Sham. Chicago Tap Theatre has performed in traditional and non-traditional settings, including the historic Green Mill in Chicago, Jazz Dance World Festival, the New York Musical Theatre Festival and Lollapalooza.

Artistic Director Mark Yonally is a sought-after master teacher in tap dance, improvisation, tap and jazz music history and music theory for dancers.

Supported in part by the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Performing Arts. Commerce Bank, Trustee.