Tapology Concert Performance featuring Mercedes Ellington

7:00 pm Sunday October 28th at The Whiting

  • Celebrates 18 years as Founder and Artistic Director of New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble. This St. Louis, MO native is known throughout the New York area as a distinguished tap professional. She is the protégé of Leslie "Bubba" Gaines of the Copasetics and student of many tap masters including Broadway
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  • Alexandria Bradley a native from Flint, MI is a practioner of music.  She expresses her love and knowledge through her voice and feet.  She has performed at the “Cannes Film Festival” in France in 2001, the 2002 Winter Olympics, The Nijinski Awards Show in Monaco, France and “Improvography” at the
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  • Cherisse Bradley is a dancer and vocalist - one of the Original Flintstone Hoofers. Cherisse is currently working as a vocalist and dance teacher in New York, continuing to use her skills to reach out to other youth. Cherisse has appeared in Debbie Allen's "Chocolate Nutcracker". She danced and trained with
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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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  • 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. Ms.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.  Dianne Walker is considered a pioneer in the resurgence of tap dancing.  Her twenty-eight year career
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  • Mable Lee, is often described as irrepressible and exciting.  At 80+ years young, Mable Lee 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
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  • This Chicago native has been tap dancing, teaching and choreographing for almost a decade. His is currently performing with Sour Apples Crew, Just'LisTeN and 3 Feet High. Nico is also a former member of M.A.D.D. Rhythms, where he attained most of his professional tap training. Since then, he has taught
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  • A unique Dancer, composer, comedian, actor, choreographer, stuntman, and bandleader who combines his talents to create surprising performances. He has been teaching at the Alvin Ailey dance school and lecturing at the renowned Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., among others. Chester Whitmore has his own well-reputed dance company, Black Ballet
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  • "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams" by Eleanor Roosevelt. This is a quote Bianca Revels lives by. Bianca grew up in Detroit, Mi where at the tender age of three, her mother began, and nourished, her dancing journey which has now developed into
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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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