NATIONAL TAP DANCE DAY CELEBRATED - TAP TREASURE HUNT AND OUTDOOR TAP DANCE EVENT
THE AMERICAN TAP DANCE FOUNDATION
“TAP TREASURES” TAP DANCE HUNT AND TOUR
IN CELEBRATION OF NATIONAL TAP DANCE DAY - MAY 25
Week-long Event To Celebrate Tap Dance History
Winners Announced at Tap Attack, May 24, Hudson River Park, NYC
New York, NY, April 27, 2015 – In celebration of this year’s National Tap Dance Day (May 25) the American Tap Dance Foundation (ATDF) is presenting Tap Treasures, a week-long tap dance hunt and tour with incentives and prizes geared to motivate dancers to understand the evolution and history of the art form.
The Tap Treasures event features seven secret locations significant to the development & history of tap dance, and a “fill in the blank Tap Treasures Map,” with clues to decode. From legendary theaters to rehearsal spaces, the hunt and tour will cover pivotal moments in tap dance history and the role that each location has played, and/or continues to do so, in New York City and beyond.
Participants will search for the locations during the week of May 17-24, taking photos and posting on social media. The locations were selected, “to fill your brain with rhythms, history and fun-facts, all about tap dance,” said Tony Waag, Executive Dir./Artistic Dir. of ATDF.
“I want everyone to remember who Gregory Hines was, Donald O’Connor, Honi Coles and the Copasetics… Tap Treasures will incorporate much of the history of tap. We are trying to connect the famous locations and people that contributed to the development of tap dance, right here in NYC, where tap was born,” said Mr. Waag.
Tap Treasures winners will be announced at Tap Attack, a free, public, outdoor event presented by the American Tap Dance Foundation. Open jam sessions with ATDF students (children, teens and adults), the Tap City Youth Ensemble and special appearances by top tappers will enhance the festivities on Sunday, May 24 at Hudson River Park, Pier 45 at Christopher Street and the Hudson River, noon-2pm. Tap Attack will mark the 26th anniversary of National Tap Dance Day, a yearly celebration of tap dance as an American art form and national treasure.
Participation in the Tap Treasures hunt and tour is by registration only. Prizes include a $500 gift certificate toward tap dance education and ATDF events. Find out more...
National Tap Dance Day falls on May 25 of each year, selected to mark the birthday of tap dance legend Bill "Bojangles" Robinson (1878-1949). National Tap Dance Day is celebrated throughout the United States, but holds special resonance in New York City, the birthplace of American tap dance. National Tap Dance Day was signed into law by President George W. Bush in November, 1989.
TAP TREASURES AWARD PRESENTATION/TAP ATTACK OUTDOOR EVENT:
Sunday, May 24 (Noon-2pm)
Pier 45, Hudson River Park
(just off of Christopher St)
Master of ceremonies: ATDF Artistic Director Tony Waag.
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