National Tap Dance Celebration at Music Hall During Wicked

Written by DSM Columnists on Monday, May 24, 2010 at 1:53 PM

National Tap Dance Celebration 2010

“Preserving, promoting and celebrating America’s unique form of dance”

For the fourth year Dance Council of North Texas and Dallas Summer Musicals join forces to present The Tap Dancing Tribute. Five evening performances, July 15 - 19 before this season’s most requested Broadway hit show, Wicked will be on tap at The Music Hall under the canopy of trees in Fair Park.

Are you ready for some WICKED Tap Dancing?

W onderful

I ntricate

C lever

K ick up your Heels!

Every night from 7:00 - 7: 45 PM before the show

D elightful

Katelyn Harris is choreographing 2010 The Hoofin’ Crew, an exciting group of young people, who serve as hosts at each performance. Katelyn Harris is in her fourth year with Tapestry in Austin Texas, the only contracted tap dance company in North America. Through her work with Tapestry she has studied and worked with some of the finest tap dancing masters in the country including Acia Gray of Austin.

Special guests will be Brenna Kuhn, tap dancer, and Michael Stevens, jazz and r&b bassist. They blend their talents in a musical dialogue through spontaneous and energetic improvisation. Their performances have been called “daring, full of twists and turns” that have the audience holding its breath. Plans are being confirmed to offer two master classes in body percussion.

Back by popular request are The Evening Stars from McKinney performing “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.” Dana’s Dance Academy of Irving will celebrate their 25th Anniversary with “A Cappella Tap” by California choreographer, Keith Clifton.

Keira Leverton, winner of DCNT 2010 Gene, Louise & Fred Kelly Teacher Scholarship, will perform as well as Rhythm Delivery Dance Ensemble. Doug Voet, DSM Director of Production and Operations, will serve as MC. Karen Cooper is Stage Manager and Trent Bauer will handle sound.

To close the Pre-Show, everyone in the audience is invited to get in the act and do the National Anthem of Tap, led by Buster Cooper, the 86 year-young-dance-legend. The free Pre- Show features dynamic, fresh and vigorous performers representing the finest area tap dancers:

The Drawbacks Youth Ensemble (Dallas)

Dallas Contemporary Ballet School

Dove Academy of Dance Arts (Richardson)

Class Act Dance Company (Dallas)

Next Step Performing Arts (Frisco)

The Rhythm Junkies (Dallas)

London School of Dance, (Garland)

iNStep Dancers, Dallas

Dance Council of North Texas 2010 Tap Dancing Scholarship Recipients will showcase their awesome skills including

Rheagan Carroll, age 15, from Tyler, Texas and recipient of Gene Pflug Scholarship;

Lauren Kravitz, age 17, from Plano and recipient Margaret Rylatt Scholarship;

Karissa Royster, age 16, from San Antonio and recipient of Buster Cooper Scholarship.

Dancers are available for media appearances. For photos and information contact Pam Deslorieux at Dance Council of North Texas at 214-219-2290. Sponsors for Dance Council of North Texas include Curtain Call Costumes, Sandy’s Shoes & Dancewear, Capezio Foundation, Heritage Galleries and Auctioneers, Downtown Business News, Office of Cultural Affairs, City of Dallas, and Texas Commission on the Arts.

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