ChloÃ© (left) and Maud Arnold work hard to bring the tap dance culture back.
By Deena Campbell
ChloÃ© Arnold is an internationally recognized tap dancer and choreographer, a codirector of the Los Angeles Tap Festival, and a producer of more than 20 shows. In her spare time, ChloÃ© creates designs for I Love Tap, her clothing line of stylish garments dedicated to helping tap dancers celebrate their art.Â Her sister, Maud Arnold, is a dance instructor for the Broadway Dance Center, as well as several other dance studios and high schools in Connecticut and manages the I Love Tap clothing line. â€œEverybody who is anybody in the tap community has worn the line,â€ says Maud, â€œincluding Mya and Debbie Allen.â€ The line has also appeared on TV shows, such as Secret Talents of the Stars and Times Warp, and on Fox News.
In 2009, the sisters, still in their 20s, came together to launch DC Tap Festival as a means to share the language of dance through master classes, jam sessions, a student showcase, contests, and various performances featuring tap masters and young dancers. The sisters are currently working on their second annual DC Tap Festival in Washington, D.C., scheduled for March 26 through 28. See their special offer for UPTOWN readers, below.
Inspired and mentored by Debbie Allen, ChloÃ© and Maud are graduates of Columbia University who constantly make efforts to bring back the tap dance culture to D.C.
â€œWe have a huge responsibility to bring back the fervor to our hometown,â€ ChloÃ© says. â€œThe energy has faded and children need the same opportunities my sister and I had.â€
ChloÃ© has taught at premier studios worldwide, including the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, and Maud recently booked an international gig where she taught master classes and performed at the Brazil International Tap Festival. Both sisiters have performed in Debbie Allenâ€™s Brothers of the Knight.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM THEM:
ChloÃ© is coproducing Dean Hargroveâ€™s Tap Dreams, an international documentary on tap dance. Episodes will be filmed all over the country, with the first segment filmed in Washington, D.C., and the second in Tokyo. Maud is focused on producingÂ commercials and music videos, as well as currently touring with ChloÃ© for Thank You Gregory (thankyougregory.com), a show that pays tribute to Gregory Hines and other tap dance legends.
Both of the gorgeous Arnold sisters have done dance double duty for megawatt It-girl BeyoncÃ©.Â Maud was the Queen Bâ€™s stand-in for the â€œSingle Ladiesâ€ and â€œIf I Were a Boyâ€ music videos, as well as the â€œUpgrade Youâ€ TV commercial.Â And ChloÃ© did a stint as BeyoncÃ©â€™s doppelganger in the video for â€œUpgrade You.â€ ChloÃ© also performed as a tap dancer in Sean Paul’s â€œGive It Up to Meâ€ video.