Tristan Bruns



Tristan Bruns is a tap dancer and choreographer from Chicago, IL who began training with Donna Johnson and has continued his training with Lane Alexander, Martin ‘Tre’ Dumas III, Bril Barrett and Sam Weber. He has been a member of Jimmy Payne Jr.’s Perfect Timing and Julie Cartier’s Cartier Collective, and is a founding member of BAM!, the performance ensemble of the Chicago Human Rhythm Project under the direction of Lane Alexander. Tristan currently dances with M.A.D.D. Rhythms under the direction of Bril Barrett and is the Director of The Tapmen Dance Company, which uses a tap/modern hybrid style of choreography, and is Co-Directed by modern dancer Kate O’Hanlon.

Tristan is the Artistic Director of Tapman Productions, LLC, an arts production company which began in 2012 with a mission to produce new works with a focus on tap dance.  Besides producing over 50 performances across the United States, Tapman Productions is currently producing its first year-long season in Chicago at the Athenaeum Theatre.

Tristan was awarded the Audible Odyssey grant for new works in 2012 and 2013, as well as an Individual Artist Grant for New Works in 2013 by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and the Outstanding Choreography Award at the Dance Chicago Festival in 2014. Tristan has a B.A. in Music, Instrumental Performance from Columbia College Chicago.

*Photo by William Frederking