Martin “Tre’” Dumas III has taught and performed extensively throughout the continental U.S., Canada and Germany as well as other parts of Europe, and South America.
Mr. Dumas was a featured soloist portraying a fiery tap dancing preacher in David Danced in director/choreographer Derick Grant’s tap musical extravaganza, Imagine Tap. Most recently, he was honored to become the newest “extended member” of Jason Samuels Smith’s ACGI performing in London at Sadler’s Wells (archive footage available at.
Mr. Dumas was featured in the North American, and European tours of Riverdance for three years. Mr. Dumas rejoined Bril Barrett in January 2001, helping him develop the internationally renowned company, M.A.D.D Rhythms. He also co-founded the M.A.D.D. Rhythms Tap Academy later that year. Dumas lived in Stuutgart Germany during which time he conceived and implemented a complete teen through senior citizen tap program teaching five days a week at the New York City Dance School and performing and sitting in with live musicians at several Stuutgart jazz and R&B clubs by night.
Dumas received most of his early dance (tap & jazz) training and his first teaching experience (at age 16) at Tommy Sutton’s Mayfair Academy of fine Arts on Chicago’s south side. He graduated from (HBC) Clark Atlanta University with a B.A. in Mass Media Arts with a concentration in Speech and Theatre Arts. In 1995 he had his first tap festival teaching experience at the Chicago Human Rhythm Project as a representative of Mayfair and Mr. Sutton’s tap legacy. This led to Mr. Dumas being offered and accepting an opportunity to reprise the role of Daddy Bates in a national touring revival of Broadway's The Tap Dance Kid.
Aside from his beautiful daughter, Lauren, his greatest joy lies in dancing and sharing his love and knowledge of “the art-form” with others and receiving the same from his elders, peers and yes, his students.