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Concert Oct 28 @ The Whiting

Tapology Concert is a presentation of hot jazz and exciting dancers raising funds for Flint's Children of Challenge. For 14 years this concert and festival production has been working to bring formal arts and dance training to schools and students who had none.

But don't think that lofty purpose equals boring. This concert is known for electric performances and the absolute hottest Jazz band to be found south of New York City!

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2018 Tapology Concert

Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 7 p.m.
The Concert is Tapology's largest fundraising effort. Tap, African, Step, Swing and Hip Hop artists grace the stage for the 14th annual percussive dance performance.

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Tapology's Tap Dance Competition

Tap Dance Competition for Cash Prizes!

Saturday, October 27th, 2018 at 8:30 p.m

Tapology's dance competition.  2 - $500 Awards!

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Students waiting for awards at Tapology Tap Dance Competition.

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2018 Visiting School Days

Thursday, October 25, & Friday, October 26, 2018

Location: Flint Cultural Center

Each Fall, Tapology kicks off Festival Weekend with excitement! Giving Flint's youth an education in the Science of Dance and the Art of Rhythm.

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Festival Registration

Tapology Festival
Oct. 25-28, 2018
Flint Cultural Center

The Tapology Festival offers a jam packed schedule of tap dance activities over a three day weekend. This dance festival is distinctive in that it offers events for Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced and Senior students.

The tap dancers weekend begins with workshops on Friday evening, honors Living Legend The McFadden Brothers at Saturday afternoon’s Honoree Luncheon, hosts the Tap Competition with $1000 in prizes on Saturday night and the Tapology Concert on Sunday evening at 7 PM. Rules for the Tap Competition can be found here. To register for Festival, click here.

Tapology Concert Performance featuring Mercedes Ellington

7:00 pm Sunday October 28th at The Whiting

KevinRLargeActor-Director-Filmmaker is a native of New Orleans who continues to cross-over varied artistic mediums, whether serving as the Co-Producer/Director/Writer on the award-winning short film "Tap Rap," starring Savion Glover, to starring on Broadway in the award-winning Cy Coleman musical "The Life," which garnered him an Outer Critics Circle nomination, as well as, his countless guest star appearances on such television network shows as "Cold Case," "24," and "Saving Grace."

As a guest director/choreographer/writer at the Milwaukee Repertory and Delaware Theater Company his commissioned works include "Sam Cooke: Forever Mr. Soul, "A Cappella Humana," "Chasin' Dem Blues: Untold Story of Paramount Records" "Fire On The Bayou," and "Soultime: At The Apollo."

Recent directorial and choreographic assignments were represented in the national television commercial spots for GM Pontiac's "It's in the Blood," for Black History Month, and Prilosec's "The Purple Pill," as well as, a number of industrial corporate films, including MetLife. He co-authored, directed and choreographed the late great Harold Nicholas of Hollywood's most legendary dance team, the Nicholas Brothers, in the new musical "If These Shoes Could Talk." As an actor, other television guest starring and/or recurring appearances include, "The District," "The Hughley's," "State of Grace," and "Charmed."

Film credits include, Sidney Lumet's "Night Falls On Manhattan," opposite Andy Garcia, "Trial By Jury," opposite William Hurt, and "Evidence of Humanity," opposite Peter Falk. Stage credits include the hit Broadway shows, The Lion King (LA), the role of Mufasa, "Black and Blue," "Five Guys Named Moe," and David Merrick's "Oh, Kay," which garnered him the Astaire and Theater World Award for Best Performance on Broadway.

2018 Living Legend


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Mercedes Ellington, Broadway and television tap dancer, choreographer, director, and producer who has preserved and extended the musical legacy of her grandfather, Duke Ellington, and who has been hailed as "one of the brightest dancing stars this universe has ever known," was born to Ruth Silas and musician and bandleader Mercer Ellington. The United States has had few notable three-generation families in the performing arts, and even fewer still are families are those of color. The Ellington family is one of those unique entities. Mercedes however, chose a different road than her father and grandfather; instead of music, she chose dance. She began her dance training very young and continued with several instructors until she won a scholarship to the Metropolitan Opera School of Ballet, where she made her New York City Opera debut in 1977. Upon completion she enrolled in and graduated from Juilliard, where she studied with the great Antony Tudor and Donald Sadler, with a degree in ballet and modern dance.

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Tapology Scholars

Here at Tapology, we know the power of dance: The power to move, to transform and to help our youths be the best they can be. It is our hope to extend that opportunity to as many dancers as we can.

The Tapology Tap Festival offers scholarship opportunities to help young dancers attend Tapology. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline of consideration for a 2018 Festival Scholarship is October 14,  2018. Click here for a scholarship application.