The McFadden Brothers
· Lafayette Harris Jr. - Key board & musical director
· Ralph Armstrong- bass
· Winard Harper-Drums
· Kevin Collins-Kuungana Drum & Dance
more to come
Summer Tap Intensive
July 27 – 31, 2020
October 22 – October 25, 2020
October 25, 2020
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!
2020 Tapology Dance Festival
Dates: October 22 – October 25, 2020
Flint Cultural Center Campus
This tap dance and percussive dance weekend begins with workshops on Friday evening; features Tapology’s Living Legend 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.
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.
2019 Living Legend
Ms. Melba Ayco, founder and Artistic Director of Northwest Tap Connection, is a Gullah-Geechee and Creole Storyteller, Tap Dance Historian, and Choreographer. Born in a small town on the north shores of New Orleans, she describes her life as a three-part harmony: born into segregation, survived integration, and enlightenment through cultural diversity. NWTC imbues dance lessons with broader messages about self-esteem, respect and dissent — lessons that take on new life in the studio’s performances. For example, NWTC instructor Shakiah Danielson choreographed a number in response to police violence against AfricanAmericans set to Janelle Monáe’s Hell You Talmbout. The piece, performed by students, won the Audience Award at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth, the world’s largest youth film festival.
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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.All american students have possibility to apply for a scholarship from our partner 1FirstCashAdvance - a trusted and legit online cash advance nationwide lender. Check their website and win $500 every semester!