MOTOR CITY TAP FESTIVAL
TAPS INTO DETROIT with such notables as
So You Think You Can Dance, CHLOE ARNOLD and Detroiters from
Broadway's Jersey Boys, ERIC GUTMAN and the Rockettes, DENISE CASTON
Detroit, Michigan –The Motor City Tap Festival has become one of the county's top Tap Festivals to participate in during the year. Such notable tap dancers to come are Chloe Arnold who has recently been highlighted on So You Think You Can Dance and Michigan native, Eric Gutman who was a Jersey Boy on Broadway not too long ago.
Clarkston native, Denise Caston, Motor City Tap Festival Director, spent years working as a Radio City Rockette in New York City and dancing around the country. The Motor City Tap Fest came to Caston as she traveled the country. "My goal is to teach tap and educate people about the history of the dance."
The Motor City Tap Fest is taking place on the campus of Wayne State in Detroit, Michigan Aug. 13-16 2014. Participants come from all over the country to join in this celebration of clicking toes and digging heels. The Tap festival features four days of tap classes, a panel discussion with industry tap experts and a tap jam with the festival ending with The Motor City Soles performance at Orchestra Hall.
New to The Motor City Tap Festival is Motor City Soles at Orchestral Hall in Detroit Aug. 16 at 7:30 p.m. The concert features the esteemed faculty or leading tap artists in the industry, accompanied by Skeeto Valdez's The Mighty Funhouse Band. Motor City Soles promises to be an evening of fascinating rhythms and diverse styles. In addition to tap Motor City Soles will feature world class dancing in salsa, ballroom, flamenco, step dancing all by leading artist. Tickets are available for individual sale, as well as included in class packages.
New and exciting themed classes have been added this year, teachers who haven't been to Detroit to teach in awhile and native Michiganders coming home to test and help hone your skills as an all-around performer. Caston says of the Motor City Tap Festival, whatever your level is, from beginner to professional, there is a class for you. This year's Motor City Tap Fest Elite Crew, featuring the best up-and-coming young tap dancers will be handpicked through audition video submissions, to perform a piece choreographed by Gregg Russell.
Caston encourages anyone with an interest to come. Classes are available for all skill levels. Registration is open now. "There is a saying 'If you can walk, you can tap dance."
The event brings in some of the top tap dancers from around the country, including Avi Miller, Ofer Ben, Gregg Russell, Chloe Arnold, Claudia Rahardjanoto, Brill Barrett, Jenefer Miller, Guillem Alonso, Ray Hesselink, Debbie Dee, Suzy Guarino and native Michigan tappers Shelby Kaufman and Denise Caston.
Motor City Tap Festival is a 501(c) 3 allowing dance and arts enthusiast to contribute to scholarship and sponsorship opportunities.
The Motor City Tap Fest - Aug. 13-16 2014
on the campus of Wayne State in Detroit, Michigan
P.O. Box 20801, Ferndale, MI 48220
Motor City Soles at Orchestral Hall
August. 16 at 7:30 p.m
MOTOR CITY TAP FESITVAL VIDEO: http://vimeo.com/45513289