Martin Bronson Bio

Martin began his training at his family’s dance school in St. Louis, Missouri under the tutelage of his older sister, and continued his tap education at tap festivals in St. Louis, Chicago, and New York City. Martin performed with Diva La Tap in St. Louis, Chicago Tap Theatre, co-founded The Tapmen tap company, and performed with and served as Rehearsal Director of Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s BAM! Martin was the recipient of the Artist in Resonance Grant for creation of new tap works in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. Martin is also a passionate dance educator, regularly teaching master classes around the nation with recent credits including CHRP’s Rhythm World and Dance Masters of America. He has developed education programs for Audible Odyssey and Chicago Human Rhythm Project.

Rich Ashworth Bio

Richard Ashworth (Chicago, IL) is an educator, choreographer, and performer whose technical abilities and historical knowledge have made him a sought after resource in both the urban and rhythmic dance communities. Richard attended the University at Buffalo, receiving a BFA in Dance in June 2007. After graduating, Rich performed aboard Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas and upon returning to the States, danced in several crews for live performances and industrials including dancing for artists such as Flo-Rida and The Goo Goo Dolls. Rich has performed and toured with several internationally celebrated dance companies including Lehrerdance (dir. Jon Lehrer), Chicago Dance Crash (dir. Jessica Deahr), and Chicago Tap Theatre (dir. Mark Yonally), where he served as a choreographer and rehearsal director for four years. He has also established himself as a teacher, joining the faculty of several dance education organizations including Dance Masters of America, CNADM, and the Interdanza organization of Mexico. After leaving his position as rehearsal director of Chicago Tap Theatre, Rich now freelances as a performer/choreographer throughout the Chicagoland Area. Rich’s directorial debut of his own, “Shoestrings” opened to 3 sold out houses and rave reviews by the Chicagoland media. Rich is also a current dancer and body percussionist for Be the Groove’s Collective Beat, a rhythmic performance ensemble teaching kids the concepts of individuality, team work, and creative music making through live dance, theatre, and the percussive arts.

Zada Cheeks Bio

Zada Cheeks, a native of Aurora, IL, began his dance training at the age of 10. He became a member of The Cartier Collective and Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s “BAM!” while graduating from West Aurora High School. Since then, Mr. Cheeks has also preformed with dance companies such as: Chicago Dance Crash, Civic Ballet of Chicago, Corpo Dance company, Inaside Chicago Dance, Kanopy Dance Company, River North Chicago Dance Company, The Tapmen, and Winifred Haun and Dancers. He has performed nationally and internationally in China, Italy, Spain, and Venezuela. In addition to performing, Zada also teaches at many dance studios around the Chicago land area, as well as workshops and master classes helping students express their feelings through dance.

Takara Fukushima Bio

Born in Osaka, Japan. Takara Fukushima began her ballet training at the age of eight. She performed the Saint Petersburg State Ballet (Japan tour) in 2007. At the age of fifteen she studied in the Academie de Danse Classique Princess Grace, under Marika Bezobrazova in Monaco. In 2011, she received a Scholarship to study at the Central School of Ballet in London, England.

After she joined Kentucky Ballet Theatre (USA) as a professional dancer in 2013, she performed most of productions as a soloist and principal. She is also a guest dancer and instructor in both of American and Japanese ballet companies and schools. In 2018, she completed the curriculum for the Kniaseff method floor barre (Barre au Sol) and became a certified instructor.

Ricardo Garcia Bio

Ricardo J. Garcia (Mayaguez, Puerto Rico) began his training at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, where he earned a BA in Dance. Upon graduating, he joined the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC), under the direction of founder Jeraldine Blunden and subsequently Kevin Ward. At DCDC, he had the honor to work with acclaimed choreographers Bill T. Jones, Doug Verone, Donald McKayle, Ronald K. Brown and Dwight Rhoden, among others. Additionally, he was the recipient of the Josie Award for Outstanding Male Dancer of the Year in 2002. Ricardo has also performed with The Joffrey Ballet, Illinois Ballet, Peoria Ballet, Salt Creek Ballet, Rhythm in Shoes, Walt Disney World and most recently with Luna Negra Dance Theater. He has conducted classes throughout the US, Europe and Russia, and his choreography have been performed by Luna Negra Dance Theater, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company II, South Dayton Dance Theater, Stivers School for the Arts, After School Matters and Piel Morena Contemporary Dance. Ricardo holds a Masters of Science in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy from Bay Path University and has been the Administrator of Career Transition For Dancers/Midwest, the Managing Director for Lucky Plush Productions, the Co-Artistic Director of the Blue Lake International Ensemble, on the faculty of The Chicago High School for the Arts, and is formerly the Manager at the American Rhythm Center.

India Smith Bio

India Monae Smith was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan; where she realized her love for dance at a young age. As Smith grew older, her styles in dance increased. Soon she fell in love with the culture of Hip-Hop and all it represents. Smith started her Modern dance training under choreographer and dance instructor, Miss Deborah Wilson in 2004. Smith instructed and performed solo and collaborative works at this time and shortly thereafter premiered her on stage choreography in 2007. Smith then, continued her dance training at Columbia College of Chicago to pursue her degree in dance and early childhood education.

While in Chicago, Smith has had the pleasure of training under a wide variety of highly respected choreographers in and out of the Chicago dance community. Smith has had the joy of repaying the respect by teaching masterclasses all throughout the Midwest and Southern states with Precision Arts Dance Competition; as well as judging competitions. She has performed in various dance events such as “The O Project: featuring Black Eyed Peas”, World of Dance, Carnival Choreographer’s Ball, Urbanite: Red Bull Dance Showcase, and Chicago Summer Dance Celebration; just to name a few. Smith featured as a dancer on Style Network’s 2012 season Premiere of Chicagolicious. Smith is currently an active member of Movement Revolution Dance Company and is instructing many genres of dance across the city of Chicago. She strives to reach for her goals and to push others to do the same. She believes that dance is love, light, and life.