Footprints is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) production and performance company (and two training companies) of Chicago-area youth who
actively choreograph, teach, perform and participate in all aspects of dance show production.
The ensemble is directed by the dancers themselves, whose ages range from 9 to 17. The organization is dedicated to carrying on the
legacy of the great tap masters, educating others in the art and history of tap dance, and providing leadership and development
opportunities to youth through tap dance production experience.
Footprints’ annual production Tap Jam, held each November, hosts notable master tap dancers and draws a sell-out crowd.
In addition to their own productions, the ensemble has performed in The Nutcracker On Broadway, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the
Chicago Human Rhythm Project concerts since 1998, Dance Chicago concerts, Chicago Tap Theatre holiday concerts, and Walt Disney
World's 25th Anniversary Celebration.
They have been featured on WGN News, in Dance Spirit and Dance Teacher magazines, and in the Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald, Lakeland
Newspapers and Pioneer Press. In December 2007, the Republic of China and the Chicago Human Rhythm Project sponsored members of
Footprints for three collaborative performances in Beijing.