BWW Reviews: American Tap Dance Foundation's TAP INTERNATIONALS: GLOBAL RHYTHMS
The American Tap Dance Foundation (ATDF) is an acclaimed non-profit organization "committed to establishing and legitimizing Tap Dance as a vital component of American Dance through creation, presentation, education, and preservation. Charles "Honi" Coles, Brenda Bufalino, and Tony Waag founded ATDF in 1986, and today, just 17 years young, the foundation organizes tap festivals, ensembles, concert performances, national tours, scholarships, awards ceremonies, and archives - in addition to their classes, workshops, and "tap talks" at the American Tap Dance Center.
While tap dance is considered an "American" style, ATDF highlighted the international influences to tap and by tap through this year's Tap City concert, "Tap Internationals: Global Rhythms." The show was held on July 11th, 2013 at Symphony Space's Peter Jay Sharp Theatre. The diverse program included artists and influences from the Brazil, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Australia, Cuba, South Africa, North Africa, Canada, and the United States.Claudia Rahardjanoto performed "Tembang Alit," which was not a soft shoe, but a gentle and incredibly controlled routine that drew the audience to the edge of their seats because of its grace and ease. She was followed by "Journey to the Soundscape," which featured Kazu Kumagai's strident and aggressive tapping paired with electric guitar and bright red stage lights. Kumagai's metallic stomps, stamps, and slaps were a stark contrast to Rahardjanoto's warm, full sounds and gliding movements. These two performances illustrated the versatility of tap dance, both its infinite vocabulary and emotions experienced by the audience.