Patti Vickerman, In Her Father’s Footsteps

For Patti Vickerman, performance is a family business.  Her mother performed in New York City as a singer before Patti and her sister were born. Her father, Jim Byrnes, taught Patti to dance and the two of them performed as a duo for fifteen years. Their act, in vaudeville tradition, incorporated tap dance and comedic bits which featured Patti’s signature “deadpan” punch lines. Jimmy Byrnes … Continue reading Patti Vickerman, In Her Father’s Footsteps

Reggio “The Hoofer” McLaughlin

On August 1, the CDHP interview team met with Reggio “The Hoofer” McLaughlin at Old Town School of Folk Music, where he has taught tap since the 1990s. A proud Chicago native, he was introduced to tap dance at Jackson Park, where his sister was taking lessons. “It was love at first sight.” As a teenager, he paid for his own lessons with Jimmy Payne … Continue reading Reggio “The Hoofer” McLaughlin

Board Member Spotlight

Jenai Cutcher West, Executive Director Jenai recently moved from New Haven, CT to Chicago to direct CDHP. In addition to working with tap dance artists such as Brenda Bufalino, Michelle Dorrance, Barbara Duffy, Savion Glover, Derick Grant, Max Pollak, and Lynn Schwab, Jenai researches and documents dance in various formats and capacities. She has written articles for several dance publications, papers for presentation, three dance … Continue reading Board Member Spotlight