Jumaane Taylor -a Chicago native- has been tap dancing since the age of 7. He began his training at the Sammy Dyer School of the Theatre where he currently teaches. He has had the esteemed opportunity to perform and study with Idella Reed Davis, Martin Dumas III, Jimmy Payne Jr., Sarah Savelli and George Patterson III. Jumaane made his professional debut with the group M.A.D.D. Rhythms founded by Bril Barrett. He now serves as Assistant Director of the company.
Performing and teaching both locally and internationally, Jumaane most recently traveled to Europe to choreograph and perform Rasta Thomas’ “Tap Stars” which premiered in Germany. He was featured in "Dance Spirit Magazine" as One of the Top 20 Hoofers under 20 and in 2006, he was proclaimed in The Chicago Tribune as one of the top five dancers in Chicago. Taylor was apart of the ensemble for "Imagine Tap!" which was directed and choreographed by Derick Grant. He was also a principal dancer for a production entitled "Wonderland: A Tap Tribute To Steve Wonder" directed and choreographed by Sarah Savelli and Ayodele Casel.
In Chicago, the Bearded Hoofer is a tap instrumentalist in the band Sidewalk Chalk. All the while, recording tap on various albums and performing at music or dance events throughout the country & abroad.