Tapology Concert Performance featuring Mercedes Ellington

7:00 pm Sunday October 28th at The Whiting

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Joseph C. Wiggan, is a native of Los Angeles where he began tap dance with Paul and Arlene Kennedy at the age of nine. At age 10, as a member of the Kennedy Tap Company, he began traveling throughout the states and other countries performing in a diverse spectrum of
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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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  • Jason Janas’ show credits include “Souls of our Feet” with Tapestry Dance Company, “Wonderland” with Sara Savelli and Ayodele Casel, and most recently co-choreographed and was featured in “Tap Stars” with Rasta Thomas. He currently teaches for Wild Dance Convention and West Coast Dance Explosion. He is one of the
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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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  • "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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  • Yukiko Misumi tap dances like a fairy. She is a leader in the Japanese tap community and promotes international cultural exchange through tap dancing.She studied in NY under the great tap master Henry Le Tang in the 1980's. He named her "Smilie". During the late 1980's Yukiko studied rhythm tap
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  • An International performer, Bradley danced Broadway's "Shuffle Along", "STOMP", George Faison's Bubblin’ Brown Sugar starring Diahnn Carroll and was named as one of Dance Magazine's "25 To Watch". A recorded vocalist as well as producer for the Tapology Festival, Ali is known as a demanding choreographer and lead trainer for
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Joseph Wiggan

joseph-wigganJoseph C. Wiggan, is a native of Los Angeles where he began tap dance with Paul and Arlene Kennedy at the age of nine. At age 10, as a member of the Kennedy Tap Company, he began traveling throughout the states and other countries performing in a diverse spectrum of shows. Joseph then joined the Jazz Tap Ensemble, and later became a member of Jason Samuels Smith's tap company, A.C.G.I. Joseph has appeared as a performer and teacher in many tap and jazz dance festivals in Guatemala City, Guatemala, Stockholm, Sweden, Berlin, Germany, St. Petersburg, Russia, Paris, France, Tokyo, Japan, Vilnius, Lithuania, and Barcelona, Spain to name a few. Joseph is a 2003 Spotlight Award winner, 2004 Presidential Scholar in the Arts and winner of the 2005 Princess Grace-USA Award for outstanding artistic achievement. Joseph performed in the 2006 tap dance musical Imagine Tap!, choreographed by Derick K. Grant, and toured two years in France and abroad in the parisian production of Looking for Josephine, directed by Jerome Savary. He has since performed in concert as a featured guest with Orlando Poleo, Roy Hargrove, Marcus Strickland, and Wynton Marsalis. Joseph works in a tap duo act, The Double J's, with his older sister Josette, recently in Cirque du Soleil's Banana Shpeel, and Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour. Joseph was accepted to the New School for Jazz and Contemporary music as a tap dancer, and hopes that other tap dancers will apply to university jazz programs worldwide.

"Wiggan returns to his plank and unleashes a blazing display of diamond sharp dexterity, sending a flock of notes into the atmosphere while shoppers drift by, eying the blur of his black shoes. Flashing a smile, he reminds me, 'Tap dancing is not going anywhere." 
                    - City News Toronto