M.A.D.D. Rhythms, Chicago’s premier tap collective, is proud to announce new video content created by Rehearsal Director Donetta Jackson commemorating Black History Month premiering Monday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. CST on its YouTube channel. Jackson is also a featured performer in the video.
Other upcoming videos include Donnetta Jackson (Sunday, Feb. 28 at 1 p.m. - “Rhythm Symphony”) and KJ Sheldon (March 8 at 1 p.m. - "I Get So Lonely). These video premieres are part of M.A.D.D. Rhythms’ 20th Anniversary Season which includes video premieres, a new documentary premiere, M.A.D.D Rhythms’ publishing debut, social media happenings, classes, the Chicago Tap Summit and more. Information on these special 20th Anniversary events may be found at MADDRhythms.com.
“Dreams & Nightmares” by Rehearsal Director Donnetta Jackson
Performers include: Ivy Anderson, Bril Barrett, Tristan Bruns, Andrew Carr, Megan Davis, Michael “MikeDchicago” Davis, Starinah “Star” Dixon, Alexandrya Fryson, Izaiah Harris, Sterling Harris, Caleb Jackson, Donnetta “Lilbit’ Jackson, Eddie “Pause Eddie” Martin Jr., Devin Mosely, Case Prime and KJ Sheldon.
“Dreams and Nightmares” is a visual expression of Donetta Jackson’s spiritual journey with the Meek Mill song with the same name as the performance piece through the media of tap dance and Chicago footwork. It is a tribute to her creation brother Kendall who, after his transition, flows through Jackson through this song and continues to push her to new heights.
The videos production team include Ashley Battle (director of photography/editor); Brian Delisi (steady camera operator); Ibrahim Useinovski (camera operator)/editor); Chris Owsiany (gaffer) and Mina Jue (camera assistant/photographer).