Martin "Tre" Dumas
"Tre" Dumas is a tap dancer and choreographer from Chicago, IL. Mr. Dumas received most of his early dance training and his first teaching experience at Tommy Sutton's Mayfair Academy of fine Arts on Chicago's south side. He's a graduate of Clark Atlanta University with a B.A. in Mass Media Arts with a concentration in Speech and Theatre Arts.
Since 1995 he's taught and performed regularly at various festivals including the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, the L.A. Tap Fest, the St. Louis Tap Festival, Maui Tap Experience, Detroit Tap Festival, Calgary Tap Summit, Chicago Tap Summit (which he co-founded), Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival and Columbus Taps among others.
From 1998 through 2000, Mr. Dumas was featured in the North American and European tours of "Riverdance". In 2001 Mr. Dumas partnered with Bril Barrett to create M.A.D.D Rhythms, and the M.A.D.D. Rhythms Tap Academy (in residence at the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago). From September 2001-February 2002, Mr. Dumas lived in Stuttgart, Germany, creating an all ages tap program at the New York City Dance School, and performing at jazz and R&B clubs by night. In 2004 he performed Duke Ellington's classic, "David Danced" (originally danced by Dr. Bunny Briggs) with Bill Russo, Orbert Davis and the Chicago Jazz Ensemble. In the summer of 2006, he portrayed a fiery tap dancing preacher in the vignette "Dance Like David" in director/choreographer Derick Grant's "Imagine Tap", and co-starred w/Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards in the critically acclaimed independent film "The Rise and Fall of Miss Thang".
In 2007, Mr. Dumas stepped down from his position as M.A.D.D. Rhythms co-artistic and technical director and also became a member of Jason Samuels Smith's ACGI. Shortly thereafter, he created Chicago's newest professional tap ensemble, Jus'LisTeN. And most recently, Mr. Dumas accepted a position as associate artistic director with the Chicago Human Rhythm Project and was also seen on the only aired episode of Secret Talents of the Stars dancing with R&B songstress turned tap dancer, Mya. He's taught and performed extensively throughout the U.S., Canada and Germany as well as other parts of Europe, and South America.
Aside from his beautiful daughter, Lauren, his greatest joy lies in dancing and sharing his love and knowledge of "the art-form" with others and receiving the same from his elders, peers and yes his students as well.