Summer's finally here and with it Tony Waag's TAP CITY festival. This week tap dance has taken over Chelsea Studios here in New York City with classes, residencies and workshops for dancers of all ages and levels. In the evenings there are tap jams, showcases and performances. For me, the highlights of the week so far have been: participating in a residency with Michelle Dorrance, who used our four days of classes and end of week performance to nod to Michael Jackson with a tap dancing Thriller tribute; getting to watch another MJ tribute at the Tap Youth/Tap Future showcase last night with Chloe Arnold's Pre-Professional Program; and a Tap Talks & Films panel on choreography with Brenda Bufalino and Barbara Duffy, moderated by Michelle Dorrance.
And then of course there's tonights "Main Event" featuring performances by many fabulous tap dancers including Jason Samuels-Smith, the Tap City Youth Ensemble, Michela Marino- Lerman, Derick K. Grant and the premier of Lynn Schwab's "Cross Fibers" (which I'll be dancing in).
Unfortunately the show tonight is sold out, so unless you are one of the lucky ones who already bought tickets you'll have to wait for the video to hit the archives at the Performing Arts Library... If you want more information about TAP CITY check out the American Tap Dance Foundation's website.