Chloé Arnold. Photo by Shona Roberson/courtesy Divine Rhythm Productions.
Tap diva Chloé Arnold started hoofing at age 6—and made her professional debut four years later in Savion Glover’s All Star Tap Revue. Known for her musicality and explosive onstage personality, Arnold has since racked up performance credits including Debbie Allen’s Brothers of the Knight, the hit show Imagine Tap! and The Oneness Awards honoring Michael Jackson. You may also have seen her tearing up the floor in Beyoncé’s music video “Upgrade You” or in Sean Paul’s “Give It Up to Me” video for Step Up. She’s no slouch as a scholar, either: Arnold holds a degree in film from Columbia University, where she also studied acting. In 2009, Arnold—a Washington, D.C., native—founded the D.C. Tap Festival with her sister, Maud (DS December 2009). In addition to producing the annual festival, Arnold guest teaches at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in L.A. and remains an in-demand solo tap artist. —Sarah Badger
A young Chloé Arnold with Gregory Hines. Photo courtesy Chloé Arnold.
Dream huge, set your goals high and don’t let anything throw you off your path. Train with passion, focus and determination. A strong foundation will earn you respect in your field.
Stay positive. Even in the face of disappointment, you will find your way. I know you’re facing financial challenges, but don’t let that stop you for a minute. Put in the work and one day you will be able to create opportunities for others.
Improvisation is intimidating right now, but keep at it. One day, you’ll end up falling in love with it and performing improvised solos around the world!
When it comes to the guys, develop meaningful friendships and demand respect. Never let anyone suppress your dreams or your self-confidence.
And cherish your relationships with your family and friends. Nurture your little sister. Your bond with Maud will mean the world to you.
Be yourself: Wear your hair big and wild, rock the clothes that inspire you and tap your heart out! Your passion will take you around the world, and bring joy and happiness to your life and others’. Stay humble, be thankful and don’t let anybody steal your sunshine!