National Tap Dance Celebration 2013 Set for Music Hall at Fair Park, 5/21-25

The Dance Council of North Texas presents its National Tap Dance Celebration 2013, May 21 - 25, 6:30 - 7:15 p.m. at Music Hall, Fair Park, 909 1st Ave., Dallas, Texas. It's free!

Dance Council of North Texas and Dallas Summer Musicals together present the exciting "Before-the-Show Show" of energetic tap dancing before you see the big show at the Music Hall in Fair Park. See 45 minutes of fast-paced, enthusiastic dancing from tappers throughout the Metroplex and beyond to get you warmed up for Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

Tracy Jordan, Director of DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards, is co-director for the Hoofin' Crew. This group of young performers from a number of studios in the region will strut their stuff in several routines throughout the program. Mr. Jordan has a wealth of experience as a performer and choreographer in Las Vegas, regional theater, TV commercials and on cruise ships. Joe Cutaia who also directs the Hoofin' Crew, has toured in national companies of Little Me, George M and Hello Dolly. He and his wife, Ann Briggs, are well-known for directing The Chaplin Cotillions.

The free "Fab-TAP-ulous Pre-Show" is like a Red Carpet entry for dancers and audience to enjoy some delightful bonus entertainment on their way to the Music Hall. You will see some of the finest tap dancing Texas has to offer from:

Amy's Studio of Performing Arts, Dallas Dove Academy, Garland
Stage Door School of Dance, Midlothian Li-Sher Dance, Commerce

DBC Tap Connection, Dallas
RPM Youth Tap Ensemble, San Antonio The Dance Company, Arlington Dancers Workshop, Lewisville

iNStep, Carrollton
Miss Persis Studio of Dance, Arlington Evening Stars, Allen
Texas Cool Dancers, Garland
Dana's Dance Academy, Irving
Tap Underground, Dallas
CK Studio, Rockwall
London School of Dance, Garland

2013 DCNT Tap Dancing Scholarship Recipients will also showcase their amazing talents. To close the "Fab-TAP-ulous Pre-Show" the audience is invited to join in The Shim Sham, the National Anthem of Tap, led by Buster Cooper. Mr. Cooper, the dance legend who will celebrate his 90th birthday this year, still teaches two mornings each week.

Want to learn The Shim Sham? It's the Tap Dance National Anthem and its fun! The DCNT will provide a volunteer to give a refresher rehearsal or teach this traditional dance number to dancers, groups or a class upon request. Contact Gina Carrico:

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