Reginald McLaughlin, better known as Reggio ‘The Hoofer”, started his tap-dance career in the Subways von Chicago, where he developed his personal style of “rhythm” tap. He was instructed by legendary dancers such as Ernest “Brownie” Brown (member of the “Copasetics”), Maceo Anderson (member of the “Four Step Brothers”) and Jimmy Payne, Sr. from Chicago. Reggio’s talent and many years of experience have brought him international recognition and he has performed at the important festivals in the United States: the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, New York City Tap Festival, Tappin’ in the Twin Cities (with the Nicholas Brothers) and the St. Louis Tap Festival. He instructs for workshops in Japan, Spain, France, Germany and Canada. Among his countless engagements as dancer and chorographer are two Duke Ellington Musicals, dance festivals, television and schools. Reggio is a motivating teacher with a great sense of humor and possesses the gift of being to teach students of all ages. Reggio teaches around Chicago at the Old Town School of Folk Music and at the Ruth Page Center for Dance.