FROM IDEA TO REALITY....how Stomp and Shout was born. 

Jo and Cassie met teaching for an early childhood music program in the beautiful borough of Brooklyn, NYC. They enjoyed drinking tea, making each other laugh, and inventing new ways to engage the families in their classes. They used to dream about writing their own songs, stories and using their classes to inspire imaginations and expand the minds of both kids and grownups alike!  Unbeknownst to each other, they began experimenting with some of these ideas on their own in 2013. On a beautiful day in 2015, the stars aligned to unite the two again and Stomp and Shout was born. 


CASSIE SLATER 
Imagination Instigator 
& Superhero to Small Children 
Owner/Director Stomp And Shout Chicago 

Originally from Sioux City, Iowa, Cassie was lucky to be born into a theatre family. She cut her teeth (literally, she attended her first rehearsal at 3 weeks) at her parent's theater, Lamb Arts Regional Theatre, and credits her first role on their stage as "Stumpy" the tree stump in the kids show, Wiley and The Hairy Man, as the spark that ignited her passion for performing....she made one heck of a tree stump.  

After receiving her BFA from The Theatre School at DePaul University, she began her performing career in Chicago where she was a recipient of a Joseph Jefferson Award. She's been a featured vocalist at Birdland, Joe's Pub, Merkin Concert Hall, Lincoln Center, Don't Tell Mama, and Ars Nova.  In 2009, she won the New York Music Theater Festival's Next Broadway Sensation Competition. After a five year stint in NYC, she's thrilled to once again be a resident of sweet home, Chicago.

Cassie started assistant teaching at the age of 16 under the guidance of her mother, Diana Guhin Wooley (a truly inspiring teacher & mentor). Those early teaching experiences showed her the tremendous power that music, theatre, and art can have on the development of young minds. Following her mother's lead, she soon realized that with an invested teacher who cares and believes in each student that power grows exponentially!! She likes to think that some of her mother's magical teaching moments are with her today. In Chicago she's taught for Second City and Apple Tree Theatre (Eileen Boevers Performing Arts). In New York: Stage Coach, Broadway Bound Kids, & Music For Manhattan/Music For Brooklyn. In 2013, she founded Stomp and Shout Chicago; a music and creative play program for kids and their grownups. In 2014, she gave birth to her daughter...which was the best thing to happen to her yet. 


JO LLOYD SOlomon
Music Mastermind
& Every Kid's Best Friend
Owner/Director Stomp and Shout Brooklyn 

A native of England, Jo  began writing songs on the piano at the age of five. She started her first band at fifteen; they played numerous London pubs and too many wedding receptions. In 1996 Jo formed Stretch Princess, an alternative band that was signed by the independent label Wind-Up Records after the label head saw the band perform at CMJ. Jo moved to New York in 1997 and recorded and toured internationally with her band for six years, singing lead vocals, songwriting and playing bass. The band released two albums and their songs were featured in numerous television shows including Buffy the Vampire SlayerSmallvilleJack and Jill as well several films. Following the break up of the band, Jo headed to Nashville to write songs before returning to New York to tour with Tracy Bonham and write with Luscious Jackson.  Jo stopped touring to focus on her two daughters but she returned to the music world when she was asked to be a director at a popular early childhood music program in New York City. 

In 2013, Jo founded Stomp & Shout Brooklyn

We believe that learning can (and should) be fun. Our mission is to innovate inspiring and challenging ways to bring music, imagination, and art to kids and their families. Our programming encourages creative thinkers, laying the ground work for high self-esteem, strong team work, problem solving, and big, beautiful imaginations.