Arts Fifth Avenue celebrates National Tap Dance Day with a three-day celebration, including performances, film, lessons and more on May 20, 21 and 23. See schedule below.
EVENT: TAP JAM with Live Music and Screening of Vintage Tap Film
DATE: Friday/May 20, 2016
TIME: 7 pm
COST: FREE - All Ages Welcome
Film footage includes the old masters of tap and classic movie-musical dance sequences. Tappers bring your shoes and jam to live music following the screening.
EVENT: FREE TAP CLASSES
DATE: Saturday/May 21, 2016
TIME: 1 - 3:00 pm
COST: FREE - All Ages Welcome
1:00-2:00 pm...Beg/No Exp
2:00-3:00 pm...Tappers with Exp
EVENT: 27th Annual Celebration of NATIONAL TAP DANCE DAY
DATE: Wednesday/May 25, 2016
TIME: 7 pm, Performance at 8 pm
COST: FREE - All Ages Welcome - Donations Appreciated
WHAT IS TAP DANCE?
In the 1600's, what ultimately became Tap dance originated in America with its roots in clogging and Irish step dance, Juba dance and African drumming. It is a uniquely American dance form, however, the term "Tap" did not come into popular use until the late 1800's and early 1900's during the era of minstrel shows and vaudeville.
A Bill to designate May 25th as National Tap Dance Day was introduced in the House of Representatives in September of 1988 and on November 7, 1989, President George H. W. Bush signed this into law. May 25th was chosen to commemorate the birth of Bill Robinson (May 25, 1878 - November 25, 1949) and his outstanding contribution to the art of tap dancing on both stage and in film through the unification of diverse stylistic and racial elements.
Under the direction of Gracey Tune, noted tap dancer, choreographer, and historian, Arts on Tap, Inc., now doing business as ARTS FIFTH AVENUE, held an informal celebration of Tap Day on May 25, 1989 and its first official celebration on May 25, 1990 with retired Speaker of the House of Representatives, Jim Wright, as Master of Ceremonies and continues to celebrate this uniquely American art form today. Of note, The City of Fort Worth was the first and only city in the Southwest to celebrate Tap Day until 1995 when a small group from Fort Worth (also under Gracey's direction) helped establish a similar celebration at the West End in Dallas. 2016 will be our 27th celebration of Tap Day.
ON OUR NEW OUTDOOR STAGE AT A5A (weather permitting, event will be moved indoors in the case of rain)
7:00 pm: FESTIVITIES BEGIN
Including concessions, bike raffle tichets and t-shirt sales; and an auction benefiting A5A's Scholarship Fund & Outreach Programming.
8:00 pm: THE BIG SHOW ON OUR OUTDOOR STAGE. FEATURING PERFORMANCES & APPEARANCES BY (subject to change):
The Joe Rogers Jazz Trio (Joe Rogers/piano, Chris White/bass, Eddie Dunlap/drums,) 5th Avenue Hi-Notes (under the Direction of Peggy Bott Kirby; accompanied by Royce Cooper)
Abi Abel, Grover Coulson. April Gaines, Eli Holley, Dale Luna, Gracey Tune, Tap 'n Tunes, DFW Dance Force,
A5A Tap Dancers...and Tappers of all ages from across North Texas.
Irish Step Dancers, Abbey Magill, Shannon McCauley; and the Fort Worth Sister Cities Afro-HipHop Dancers accompanied by MONDO Drummers.