Known and loved throughout the world, this week-long event educates, promotes and celebrates the American art form of tap dance through master workshops, performances, and more July 28 – August 2, 2014 at the Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel. Audiences are invited to attend the special events throughout the week: Tap Jam (July 30 8pm, FREE), Panel Discussion (July 31, 8pm, FREE) and Participants Showcase (August 1, 8pm, $5).
There is still time to register for classes which encompass all levels from beginner to advanced. A variety of package options are available. Call 314-531-TAPS (8277) or visit www.tapheritage.org for more information. Not only do attendees have access to instruction from their esteemed panel of faculty, but they will be able to show off their skills in a Participants Showcase and join the experts in Tap Jam - a tradition that continues the Hoofer’s Club and street corner challenges – as the floor is opened to express your passion for tap!
Masters of dance scheduled to appear include Founder and St. Louis native Robert L. Reed, Emmy Award-winning choreographer Jason Samuels Smith, tap sensation and author Karen Callaway Williams, international entertainers Avi Miller and Ofer Ben, Reed’s protégé Logan Miller, Broadway-TV-
Founded in 1992 by Professor Reed as part of the Robert L. Reed Tape Heritage Institute, internationally known master of flash and acrobatic tap, the St. Louis Tap Festival is the only regional event that preserves the great legacy of tap dance by bringing veteran masters of tap to St. Louis while showcasing the best of today’s talent. For more information, visit www.tapheritage.org.
The Robert L. Reed Tap Heritage Institute Incorporated is a not-for profit 501c(3) organization. Their mission is to promote an interest in and develop an appreciation for tap dance as an indigenous American art form, by teaching its history through master tap performances, panel discussions, lectures, workshops and by the encouragement and support of professional tap companies from around the world. This mission includes sharing our joy and appreciation of the art form with all, regardless of age, gender or race.