"Tap City 2016," the annual New York City Tap Festival
The American Tap Dance Foundation (ATDF)
"Tap City 2016," the annual New York City Tap Festival – the week-long festival will include awards, master classes and performances by local and international artists, including 300 tappers in an outdoor tap dance event in the middle of Foley Square, the “Five Points” district where the art of tap dance began.
July 11 – Copasetic Boat Ride – 6:30–9:30pm – Circle Line Marina, Pier 83 - Opening social event and cruise around Manhattan with live band, performances and jam.
July 11, July 12 and July 13 - “Tap Treasures,” three new, citywide tours of tap-dance landmarks. From legendary theaters to rehearsal spaces, pivotal moments in tap dance history will be explored in three tap dance tours, uptown on July 11, in midtown on July 12 and in lower Manhattan on July 13. The uptown tour will begin at the legendary Apollo Theater, followed by a visit to the “The New 42nd Street” on July 12 with a discussion of the restoration of seven historic theaters where numerous tap dance luminaries started their careers like Fred and Adele Astaire, Bill Robinson, Ray Bolger and Ruby Keeler. The tour will conclude on July 13 with downtown visits to the former Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center and ATDF’s current home the American Tap Dance Center.
July 12 – Tap Dance Awards – 9pm – The Duke on 42nd Street - Film presentations and performances will honor recipients of this year’s Hoofer and Tap Preservation awards and inductees into the International Tap Dance Hall of Fame.
July 14 – “Tap Treasures” Show – 7pm and 9:30pm – The Duke on 42nd Street - Tap City’s latest premiere mashup concert with new work created by a global community of the brightest and boldest soloists, contemporary ensembles, emerging raw talent and leading tap masters.
July 15 – “Tap it Out” - 6pm and 6:30pm - “The Five Points District” – Foley Square, 111 Worth St. "Tap it Out" is an all-student outdoor event where worldwide students of all ages and levels will create a chorus of hundreds of tapping feet. The contemporary percussion and movement “soundscape” promotes tap dance as pure music, while consciously deconstructing the basic elements that propel tap forward. Video
July 16 – “Tap Future” - 3 and 5pm – The Duke on 42nd Street - Tap City puts ALL of the students on stage in an informal performance featuring the newly minted work from all of the Tap City Residencies from the Youth, Pre-Professional and Adult Training Programs.
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