Christopher “Mad Dog” Thomas
Dance, Film/Video, Literary Arts, Multidisciplinary Arts, Music
Christopher “Mad Dog” Thomas is an extremely motivated dancer, activist, and youth mentor. Born and raised in Chicago Altgeld Gardens project homes he was inspired to dance at age 5 by artists like Michael Jackson and New Edition. Throughout his youth career, Chris danced with local groups K-Phi 9, House Arrest II, and Second II None. Chris later joined King Charles’ footwork battle clique, Creation in 2005. In 2007 “Mad Dog” became a member of the FootworKINGz for their appearance on Ellen’s Really Big Show in Las Vegas. Mad Dog was also the official spokesperson for FWK during their appearance on “America’s Got Talent.” In 2009, Christopher joined Kuumba Lynx 2005 (KL) and KL has mentored and influenced Christopher’s teaching methods. “Mad Dog” has become one of the organization’s most sought after teaching artists. Currently Mad Dog is the Program Manager for Kuumba Lynx and teaches a footwork program at the juvenile temporary detention center as part of a social/emotional learning program. Mad Dog and his young apprentices at Kuumba Lynx have performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Music, and Movement Festival at the Auditorium Theater, Chicago Youth Dance Festival at the Harris Theater, Our Chance to Dance at NEIU, and two appearances at the Chicago Hip Hop Theater Fest. Creating opportunities for the footwork community and using footwork as a tool of social liberation through artistic expression is very important to Mad Dog. He strives to be the voice for those who don’t have one. Mad Dog’s work allows him to be present in spaces beyond dance to educate and organize young people to use their art for social liberation and change. “If we don’t take care of our communities and teach our young people the values of respect and self-worth, our communities will continue to suffer,” says the compassionate Christopher Thomas.