Tapology Concert Performance featuring Mercedes Ellington

7:00 pm Sunday October 28th at The Whiting

  • 2011 Tapology honoree David Gilmore's recent performance credits include appearances in the American Festival of the Feet at Duke University and Tap Extravaganza in New York. A native of Charleston, S.C., he grew up immersed in the melodious soulful sounds of the South, finding his musical outlet in his hometown
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  • Michela Lerman first appeared on Sesame Street at the age of 5. In February 2002, she was showcased on the cover of Dance Teacher magazine with Gregory Hines. In 2005, she was named by Dance Spirit magazine as one of the 20 hottest tap dancers under 20, and in 2008,
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  • Originally from Canada and now residing in New York, Lisa LaTouche’s platforms have ranged from the Beijing International Dance Festival as a dancer, choreographer and American media spokesperson, to performing on CBS with R&B/pop star Mya and Emmy Award-winning choreographer Jason Samuels Smith. Recent performances have included “Tap into Peace,”
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  • Maurice Chestnut thrilled audiences at the Zurich “Theater Spektakel” in August 2010 when he performed together with Savion Glover and Marshall Davis Jr. with “Bare Soundz.” He is often invited to perform or tour as a special guest with such prominent jazz musicians as Christian McBride, Cyrus Chestnut and Thelonius
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  • Cartier Williams - As a member of Savion’s dance troupe Ti Dii, Williams' performances include the opening of the Cannes Film Festival in the South of France, The Jerry Lewis Telethon, Savion Glover and Friends at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. He also appeared with Glover in Spike Lee’s
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  • Performing artist and educator, is a Flint Michigan native, Mr. Bradley is the founder of Tapology Tap Festival for Youth, The Flintstone Hoofers, now Tapology Youth Ensemble, and co-founder of Creative Expressions Dance Studio. He is also the promotional voice of Genesee County. Bradley is a graduate of Alabama State
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  • Cherisse Bradley is a dancer and vocalist — one of the original Flintstone Hoofers. She is currently working as a vocalist and dance teacher in New York, continuing to use her skills to reach out to youths. Cherisse has appeared in Debbie Allen's "Chocolate Nutcracker." She danced and trained with tap
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  • Frances Bradley began her dance training under the guidance of her father, Bruce Bradley, at Creative Expressions Dance Studio. At age 12, she won Amateur Night at “Showtime at the Apollo” with the female tap group The Stepettes. In 2004, she was an ensemble member in the musical “Bubbling Brown
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  • Brian is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. - Alpha Rho Chapter. As an accomplished stepper, Brian has led step teams to national championships and is a featured artist in The Human Hambone and Soul Stepping. Brian has also preformed
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  • Flint Mi. native is a soloist and choreographer for the New York City Tap Company, touring national and appearing in New York at the Joyce and Duke theatre. His credits include Bubbling Down Sugar at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Looking for Josephine at the Opera Comique in Paris, France.
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  • Quynn Johnson is a professional tap dancer who incorporates West African rhythms into her love of the dance. One of the original Flintstone Hoofers, Quynn has performed with Marvin Hamlish; at Lincoln Center in New York; on Sunset Beach in Jamaica; and at Latido Negro at Gala Hispanic Theater. She
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  • Natasha Graham is a native of Flint, Mich., and a recent graduate of Clark Atlanta University, where she earned her BA in psychology with a minor in allied health. She lives in Atlanta, where she is an administrative assistant at Therell High School by day and a full-time dance instructor
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  • Currently the Artistic Director of TapDancin’ Inc. of Boston, Dianne also works in conjunction with major dance organizations in Dallas, Minneapolis and Tokyo to facilitate collaborations and work opportunities for tap dance and dancers. She is considered a pioneer in the resurgence of tap dancing. Her three-decade career spans Broadway, television,
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  • Mable Lee is often described as irrepressible and exciting. At 80+ years young, she is still entrancing audiences with her own special style. She will present for the Visiting Schools Day program to introduce young students to the wonders and history of tap. She also presents for the Senior Citizens
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History of tap•ol•o•gy

threekidsThirty years ago seasoned actor Alfred Bruce Bradley took up the art of tap dancing to expand his repertoire. He didn't learn from a tap school, he learned from people who were tapologists. Years later he brought his daughters up in the tap culture and then expanded his tutelage to other children by joining under Creative Expressions Dance Studio founded by Sheila Miller-Graham.

In 2001 the Tapology Festival was born to bring together legendary dancers from all over the world, with dance schools and underprivileged youth in the Flint, Michigan, area. The festival includes classes from the masters, lectures, luncheons and culminates with unforgettable concert performances by both students and masters.

Originally founded as a way to give back to the community through teaching, tapology has become much more, teaching hundreds of youth how to interact with their past, present and future, all while maintaining the highest standards of entertanment quality.

The Tapology Festival has expanded beyond being an annual event moving toward a vision of becoming a movement through programs like the Tapology Youth EnsembleWalker-Collins Project, Murals For Flint, Community Outreach, Visting Schools Day and our Summer Tap Intensive.

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