Reggio "The Hoofer" McLaughlin
Reginald McLaughlin, better known as "Reggio The Hoofer" began his career dancing in the subways of Chicago, where he developed his unique and extraordinary style of fancy free street hoofing, a distinctive row form of Rhythmatic African American Tap. Now he is a Chicago tap icon. Through "Urban Gateways", the largest institution of art in the form of education in the U.S.. Reggio's talent was introduced to the school system. He performed in hundreds of schools demonstrating the origin and history of this art form which became an American Folk Dance Recognized by Chicago's First Lady, Maggie Daley. os a positive role model for his participation in "Gallery 37", an after school program run by Mrs. Daley to educate high school students in the arts. Reggio is the first tap dancer to be included in this program since it began. Reggio is currently the principle teacher of top dancing at the "Old Town School of Folk Music" where he started the children's top classes which are now fully established into their regular children's program. He was also part of the teaching staff of "Dancing in the Parks" (sponsored by the Chicago Park District etc.) which received a proclamation by Mayor Richard Daley on Nov. 23. 1996 Being profiled on educational television programs such as "Inside Kentucky Schools", "Art Beat Chicago" and numerous news highlights, he is currently appearing in a new tap documentary called "JUBA". Some of his performance experiences include colleges, libraries, museums, senior citizen facilities, hospitals and major dance festivals. As a principle tap dancer he was seen in two Duke Ellington Musicals: "Jump for Joy" and "Beggars Holiday". In the theatre version of the "Sammy Davis Jr. Story" he played the role of Sammy Davis' father and choreographed the tap numbers. At the Marcus Center of the Performing Arts in Milwaukee he was the featured top dancer and choreographer of a Black History month's production called "We are the Drum". For the 150th anniversary for the Chicago Tribune Reggio was brought in as a specialty act with the Chicago Jazz Ensemble. Through Reggio's charisma and expertise he was invited to foreign countries such as Japan. Spain, France, Canada etc., where he taught workshops and performed, contributing to the raising of Tap Dancing in the world to a status of recognition and admiration.