The American Tap Dance Foundation Sets 'Rockin' in Rhythm' for 2/16
The American Tap Dance Foundation (ATDF) will present "Rockin' in Rhythm" on Saturday, February 16th, at 7:30 pm at the Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street.
The dynamic show is part of The Rockin' in Rhythm Teen Tap Intensive weekend (February 15-17). This event brings together dynamic and diverse youth ensembles from across the country (and this year Solvenia) to perform their best works on a New York City stage. They include: Capitol Tap of Washington, Washington, D.C.; Legacy Dancers, Lexington, MA; Lukec Tap Team, Krsko, Slovenia; Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble, Washington, D.C.; Monroe Dance Academy, Monroe, CT; New Jersey Tap Ensemble 2, Bloomfield, NJ; North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble, Chapel Hill, NC; Tap City Youth Ensemble, New York City, NY; Tapology, Flint, MI, and others! The show will include choreography by Frances Bradley, Ayodele Casel, the Copasetics, Michelle Dorrance, Roxane Butterfly, Ryan Casey & Thelma Goldberg, Susan Hebach, Nicole Orr, Bakaari Wilder & others. Guest artists for the evening are Brenda Bufalino, Kazu Kumagai and Tony Waag. The musicians are: Jess Jurkovic on piano, Bernice Brooks on drums/percussion, and Bob Sabin on bass. To purchase tickets visit: Tickets: General Admission $22 - Day of Show: $25; Children 17 & under/Symph. Member/College Student/Senior: $15 - Day of Show: $25. Box Office: 212.864.5400, Hours: Tues - Sun from 1 - 6pm. or online at: www.symphonyspace.org
Artistic/Executive Director Tony Waag stated "The future of tap dance certainly looks bright if you actually get to see, and hear, these young people in action. It gives me great pleasure in knowing that tap dancing youth ensembles are now practicing, performing and yes perfecting this unique American art-form all over the world. I am very proud to host such a gathering that brings some of our top tap ensembles together so that they can share with each other, and with the general public, the amazing joy that tap dance brings to people no matter where you live or who you are. To think that tap dance was once in serious danger of extinction from the late 50's and up until the tap dance revival of the 1970's seems now impossible. A concert such as this gives those of us who have been around awhile, promoting and producing tap events year after year, a great sense of accomplishment."