Jumaane Taylor, the current dancer-in-residence at the Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative, is a Chicago native has been tap dancing since the age of 7. He began his training at the Sammy Dyer School of the Theatre, then Chicago Multicultural Dance Center and the ETA Creative Arts Foundation. He has had the opportunity to perform and study with Idella Reed Davis, Jimmy Payne Jr. and George Patterson III. Jumaane made his professional debut in 2001 with the tap company M.A.D.D. Rhythms founded by Bril Barrett and Martin “Tre” Dumas III.
Jumaane was apart of the ensemble in “Imagine Tap!” directed and choreographed by Derick Grant in 2006, “Tap Into Peace” directed and choreographed by Sarah Savelli and Ayodele Casel in 2009 and Rasta Thomas’ “Tap Stars” that performed in Hamburg, Germany summer of 2011.
In 2014, Jumaane created “Supreme Love”, a tap dance production honoring John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme and the art of tap, which premiered at jazz music and dance festivals such as Jacob’s Pillow in 2017.
Jumaane received the Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist Award and has performed his work for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jazz Institute of Chicago, and abroad. In 2018 he presented “The Jazz Hoofing Quartet”, a tap dance performance using improvisation to continue an expressive exploration of live jazz music with respect for its culture. Jumaane is locally on faculty at Hubbard Street Youth Dance Program, Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Sammy Dyer School of the Theatre, and the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.