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So… you want to learn to step Chicago-style? Welcome! Chicago Stepping is a social partner dance, but if you’re single or starting this adventure on your own don’t worry… instructors teach individuals and couples. We are a close-knit community. You’ll meet tons of new people quickly and you won’t learn alone. Here, you can find a class and instructor. Read what instructors have to say about Chicago Stepping. Also, find the tidbits I share on culture, history, and etiquette – the keys to our Chicago Stepping community. Beginners, intermediate, and advanced dancers can learn to step Chicago-style.

If You Want to Learn to Step, You Can

For everyone who wants to learn about Chicago Stepping, here are some things to know.

  • Find a good instructor and learn a solid foundation from one person. As a beginner, it can be confusing to learn from more than one instructor
  • Multiple workshops with different instructors are no good substitute for regular classes with an instructor. Go to class regularly. At home, practice, practice, practice!
  • The right instructor for you to learn to step is up to you. Dance for your personal goals and style. If you want to enter contests, know that social dancing and contest dancing are different
  • Knowing the history and origin of Chicago Stepping can help to enrich your learning experience and understanding
  • Don’t be afraid to step and practice with the best. Dancing with advanced steppers can teach you something new. And, when you are well on your way to dancing remember to pay it forward to other beginners.

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Here Are 4 Dance Styles Born In Chicago To Mark The 'Year Of Chicago Dance'

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CHICAGO — Chicago has a penchant for dance — and it’s celebrating the hop, cha-cha slide and other moves all year long.

This year has been dubbed the Year of Chicago Dance, with officials paying tribute to Chicago’s long love of dancing while encouraging residents to think about the future of the art and how to support dancers.

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is teaming up with other city organizations to celebrate the year — and the reemergence of the dance community from the pandemic — with events like the Chicago SummerDance series and Chicago Dance Month in June.

The city has more than 400 dance schools and studios, plus hundreds of clubs — including a branch of an online-only dance club, Dance Dance Party Party. A historical program, the Chicago Dance History Project, documents Chicago’s dance roots through a community-based archive.

Want to learn more about dancing in Chicago? You can celebrate by learning about four styles that originated in the city.


Footwork is at once a style of a music and a style of dance, and they’ve gone hand-in-hand since their creation on the West Side.

Footwork evolved out of house music and the genre’s solo dancers. One dance move that came out of the West Side in the ’80s is called the Holy Ghost, and it’s designed to look like the dancer was overcome with the spirit at church — and dancing along to music at a whopping 160 beats per minute, according to South Side Weekly.

That particular move caught the eye of house music dance crews on the South Side, particularly House-O-Matics. They took the dance and added side-to-side movements, helping the style to evolve.

In the ’90s, electronic musician RP Boo created music to go along with the hyper fast and repetitive dance style, which is now known as footwork music. Today, the dance and music are best known for dance battles, with tracks designed to throw off other dancers.

Cha-Cha Slide

Born in Englewood, the Cha-Cha Slide wasn’t supposed to be a dance phenomenon at all. It was created by DJ Casper as a fitness routine.

Casper’s nephew worked at Bally’s Total Fitness and wanted something new to teach in 1999, according to WTTW. He asked DJ Casper to come up with something, and the stomp, hop and cha-cha of the Cha-Cha Slide was the result. DJ Casper put music to it, and people began to ask him for copies of the song. By the following year, the radio station WGCI picked it up; by 2004, it hit the Billboard Top 100.

“The best part about the ‘Cha-Cha Slide’ is you don’t need any lessons, you don’t need any rhythm — you can just follow along. … Sometimes special can mean simple, and when simple means you can connect with the human spirit … it’s in a category by itself,” V103 radio personality Glenn Cosby told WTTW in 2018.

Chicago-Style Stepping/Steppin’

If you like romantic music and the South Side, you’re already deep into the origin story of Steppin’.

The dance style emerged in the ’70s, pioneered by Black Chicagoans on the South Side who were already dancing to a style called The Bop. The Bop, popular in the ’40s and ’50s, featured a pair of dancers gliding around the floor like they’re ballroom dancing. Steppin’ is similarly slow paced, but the dancers separate and appear to walk back to one another.

“Well, I had a friend of mine who would be dancing, and he would break away from his partner and he would sort of … walk back to her. It was like he was stepping. So, I kept saying steppin’ and steppin’, and the word Steppin’ just caught on,” DJ Sam Chatman, the man that coined the dance name, told ABC in February. “The rest is history!”

Polka Hop

During and after World War II, surges in Polish immigration to Chicago led to the formation of the Polish Broadway in the 1950s. It was a stretch along West Division Street — most notably in the Wicker Park and Bucktown neighborhoods — with a high concentration of Polish residents. Polka bars dotted the street, full of live music and dancing. From there emerged the Polka Hop. 

The Polka Hop is a slower version of the frantic dance of Eastern-style polka, and it includes a small hop between steps. Local polka musician Li’l Wally Jagiello was behind its invention.

Jagiello created Chicago-style polka — which features slower music, fewer musicians and more improv — to appeal to Polish Americans — and to keep patrons in bars and drinking longer. The music gave dancers a chance to move a little slower and add that iconic hop.

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Jumani Taylor. 00 Togliatti Philharmonic invites all fans of jazz music, rhythm and movement together with the whole world to celebrate the International Tap Day! For the first time in Russia - a show program with the participation of the best tap dancers from the USA. The artists will present the audience with various trends in the tap world: virtuosic numbers from Broadway musicals, Irish tap and body percussion, Russian tap dancing, and, of course, their own tap improvisations. Soloists of the popular Moscow tap show "Vortex" and the Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra conducted by Valery Murzov take part in the concert. nine0003

Starting May 25, 1989, all tap dancers around the world celebrate International Tap Dance Day. The holiday is dedicated to the birthday of the American legendary dancer, the author of the famous "Dance on the Steps" Bill Robinson. In the United States, in the homeland of the tap dance, the holiday has acquired an unprecedented scope in a short time. In 2000, 6,500 people danced on the streets of Washington, D.C. At the same time, Jerry Adams entered the Guinness Book of Records, who, beating off the step, covered the distance from Washington to New York non-stop in six hours. nine0003

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Team Leader Derick Grant - dancer, tap dancer, choreographer, winner of the prestigious tep dancer award "Hoofer Award Recipient-2008". Derick Grant was the lead performer and choreographer-repetiteur of the world-famous dance step show "Bring in `Da noise Bring in `Da Funk", danced at the Joseph Papp Public Theater and the New York Shakespeare Festival, took part in various projects on Broadway. Grant's last performance, "A Night Out: Tap!" (“An Evening at the Theater: Tap!” toured America for three months with great success. The New York Times commented on the performance at the Joyce Theater: “Grant has a great sense of rhythm, combined with amazing speed.”

Jumani Taylor was born in Chicago. From the age of seven, he began tap dancing at the Sammy Dire Theater School, where he currently teaches. He had the unique opportunity to learn tap music from Idella Reed Davis, Martin Dumas III, Jimmy Payne Jr., Sarah Savelli and George Patterson III. Jumani debuted with M.A.D.D. Rhythms (founded by Bril Barrett). Now he works as an assistant to its director.
Having performed and taught both in the US and internationally, Jumani travels to Europe to present Rust Thomas' production of Tap Stars, which premiered in Germany. In 2006, Taylor was named one of the Top 20 Tap Dancers Under 20 by Dance Spirit Magazine and was named one of the five best dancers in Chicago by The Chicago Tribune. Taylor was a member of the Imagine Tap! directed by Derick Grant. He was also the lead dancer for the Tap in 2 Peace project (directed and choreographed by Sarah Savelli and Adele Casel). nine0033 In Chicago, the bearded dancer is a tap dancer in the Sidewalk Chalk and Ernest Dawkins' Trio. He records tap on various albums and performs at music or dance events all over the country and abroad.

Jason Samuels Smith competed in professional shows from an early age. As a child, he performed on the show Sesame Street, and at the age of 15 he already played the main role in the second cast of the famous musical Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk. In 2003, he received an Emmy and an award for outstanding choreography for the opening number of the evening in memory of Gregory Hines. Samuel Smith's other prestigious awards include the President's Kenny Award, City of Los Angeles Certificate, Arts International Grant, Alpert McDowell Award. Samuels Smith has appeared in several television shows, namely Tap Heat, Universal's Idlewild, the television series Classy Ladies, Sammy and starred in the film Soul Possessed with Patti LaBelle, Arturo Sandoval and Carmen DeLavalade. Samuels Smith created his own dance troupe "A.C.G.I" (Anybody Can Get It - Anyone can do it), as well as the JaJa Productions Band, and tours America with these two groups. nine0003

Brinet Ali was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. Preparing to become an artist, Ali sought to develop various abilities in herself. A big stroke of luck early in her professional career was that while studying acting in college, she joined Savion Glover's T.D. Brinet later performed with many celebrities: George Faison, Jermaine Ingram, Wynton Marsalis, Jerry Allen and Warren Carlyle. As a choreographer and playwright, in 2011 she won the competition for the best play with her one-man show Steps, and was in the top twenty recommendations for viewing by Dance magazine. She danced the lead role in the shows "Stomp" and "Cotton Club Parade". Brinet is currently the Artistic Director of the Tapology Tap Festival for Youth and the creator of the Destination Forever project. nine0003

Los Angeles native, Joseph Wiggan started dancing with Paul and Arlene Kennedy. During his dancing career, Joseph has received many awards, including the Princess Grace Prize. He danced in the Riverdance show on their American tour, the tap musical Imagine Tap!, choreographed by Derick Grant. He has danced in concert with Orlando Poleo, Roy Hargrove, Marcus Strickland and Wynton Marsalis. Joseph toured with his sister for four years in two Cirque du Soleil shows, and most recently performed at the famous Apollo Theater in Harlem. nine0003

Artists of the VORTEX step show are highly professional virtuosos, winners of Russian and world championships, winners of the Grand Prix of international festivals and competitions, regular participants in television shows and concert programs.

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USA Tap Festival - a tribute to the legendary dance



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Tap dance in the USA - a tribute to the legendary dance

Tap dance is popular in many countries of the world, but only in the United States of America has it become a cult trend. This is evidenced not only by the largest number of phenomenal performers who performed in the country over the past century. Perhaps the most striking confirmation of the great love of American society for this dance is expressed in a festive day dedicated to tap dance and all its fans. nine0003

For residents of the United States of America, May 25 became a public holiday. In 2013, according to tradition, the celebration of tap dance took place on this date. Moreover, for Americans this is not a mere formality, the holiday is widely celebrated. This year, the first concerts dedicated to the upcoming national tap dance day began in New York. It was here that the Tap Extravaganza-Queens concert took place. The events were hosted by Kobi Narita and the show featured a number of renowned tap dancers from all over the world. Participants include Dormecia Sumbri Edwards, Michel Lerman, Jason Smith and so on. Not all names are widely known in our country, but this is due to the lost traditions of tap dancing. After all, today in Russia there are not so many outstanding performers as it was back in the last century. nine0003

Double celebration

May 25, 2013 was a double anniversary, significant for all tap dance fans. Firstly, 45 years have passed since the appointment of the national tap dance holiday by the US Congress, and secondly, 135 years have passed since the birth of one of the founders of the dance direction, Bill Robinson. This year the celebration of the anniversary is held especially widely, the celebrations began on May 11, and the last events took place on May 26.

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