Upcoming Workshops

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July 17 - 19

Join us for a 3-day workshop with Mark Yonally!

Invest in yourself as a tap dance artist over two days with the Artistic Director of Chicago Tap Theatre. In addition to technique, choreography, tap games and story time, dancers will also develop greater musicality, learn about jazz music and why it's not only important for tap dancers, but also FUN. Plus find a few songs that will make you want to tap dance in a deep and meaningful way!

ALSO! Dancers will have an opportunity to share a tap dance with the group to get feedback from working professional tap dancers and their classmates!

Choose from Intermediate or Advanced levels. Cost: $220.

10:00 am – 2:00 pm: Intermediate

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Advanced

women performing tap outdoors

About the Instructor

Mark Yonally Portrait

Mark Yonally

artist, choreographer, dancer, musician, educator

Mark Yonally (he/him) is the founder and Artistic Director of Chicago Tap Theatre, one of the most critically well-regarded dance companies in Chicago. They perform an annual three-show season in Chicago and tour both throughout America and Europe. Their performances have been chosen as the Top Ten Dance events of the year by the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, SeeChicagoDance and Windy City Media. Their 2016 Time Travel Story Show, “TimeSteps” was selected as the Best New Production of 2016 by the Dance Magazine Reader’s Poll. Mark has developed a national and international reputation as a performer, with solo performances in Chicago, Helsinki, Barcelona, New York, Amsterdam and Paris. He has been blessed to have Sam Weber, Sarah Petronio, Dianne Walker, Bill Evans and Billy Siegenfeld as mentors. Mark has also recorded with live musicians, including an appearance with the Polyphonic Spree on their song “Mental Cabaret” and on stage with them at Lollapalooza.

As a company member of the Bill Evans Dance Company and Especially Tap Chicago (ETC), Mark performed at such prestigious festivals as the St. Louis Tap Festival, the Gus Giordano Jazz Dance World Congress and at the Royal Opera House in Helsinki, Finland. Furthermore, Mark has gained the plaudits of major dance critics for his innovative approach to tap choreography. His works have been commissioned and performed by the Bill Evans Dance Company, ETC and Hope College, among others. Mark also maintains a longstanding professional relationship with Valérie Lussac, Artistic Director of Tapage of Toulouse, France and Guillem Alcalay in Barcelona, Spain and teaches annually in both cities. He teaches and judges at conventions and competitions throughout the US, including Ovation Dance Challenge and In10sity. He is especially proud to teach for Mark Goodmans’ Totally Tap.

Mark is a noted educator and has taught at festivals throughout the U.S. and has served on the faculty at Oklahoma City University and Hope College. He is sought after for his multidisciplinary approach to tap teaching, which includes history, basic music theory and an emphasis on jazz music, and has taught in France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain and the United States. Mark is also a published author, with pieces appearing in Dance Spirit, Dance Teacher and Dance Magazine. He is also the creator and host of “The Tea on Tap,” which features 32 interviews with noted Tap Dancers.