Martin Bronson began his dance training at his family’s dance school in St. Louis. Though he studied all forms of dance, tap was always his strongest suit and most favored. This was due in large part to his oldest sister Emi that taught him steps, history and instilled a love of tap. He has continued to train and perform in St. Louis, New York, and Chicago. Martin has been fortunate to be influenced by some of the greatest tap dancers of our time including Dianne Walker, Derrick Grant, Jason Samuels Smith, Brenda Bufalino, and Dormeisha Sumbry-Edwards.
In St. Louis, Martin performed with Diva La Tap, and participated in Duets For My Valentine, where he performed “Begin The Beguine”, made famous by Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell. In 2008, he relocated to Chicago and danced for Chicago Tap Theatre under the direction of Mark Yonally. Martin currently performs with the Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s BAM! under the direction of Lane Alexander. Martin also performs with the Chicago Tap Factory, formerly the Hit Factory Tap Program a group he co-founded in 2010.
Martin comes from a family of educators - his mother was a school teacher, two of his sisters are dance teachers, both of which have owned dance schools, and he is also a passionate tap teacher. In addition to Terra Sounds, Martin teaches at several Chicago area dance schools where he has developed a well rounded tap curriculum with a focus on a strong technical foundation, a great respect for the history, a knowledge of music theory and confidence in improvisational skills. He teaches master classes across the country and his most recent teaching credits include teaching at CHRP’s Rhythm World.
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