Tapology Concert Performance featuring Mercedes Ellington

7:00 pm Sunday October 28th at The Whiting

  • Bradley’s innovative vision for building strong, productive young people through the mastery of difficult tasks that challenge the individual to become their personal best, has helped Tapology become an important thread in the local arts tapestry reaching both gifted and underserved youth in the community.Alfred Bruce Bradley, performing artist, educator,
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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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  • Alexandria “Brinae Ali” Bradley has an interdisciplinary approach in using the power of the arts to uplift and inspire the human spirit. Through heredity and the mentorship of her father Alfred Bruce Bradley, Mable Lee, Dianne Walker, and others, Bradley has been studying performing arts since the age of 3
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  • Performed in Black Girls Rock, was featured Tap soloist for international touring company Illstyle & Peace Productions, was cast in Noah Racey's Pulse: The Beat of Song and Dance; trained with Savion Glover. Frances currently performs and teaches in New York and St. Maarten. She is also an exciting visual
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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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  • Ms. Reyes holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance and Choreography with specialization in dance in education ages K through 12 grades. She considers herself a Griot , and cultural worker and has done much research into St. Maarten’s traditional dance and culture, even resurrecting the Ponum Dance, which
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  • Joseph performed in the American tour of Riverdance, tap dance musical Imagine Tap! choreographed by Derick K. Grant, and toured France and abroad in Jerome Savary's musical comedy À la Recherche de Joséphine. As a teacher he has shared his artistry with students in Sweden, Japan, Russia, and Peru to
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  • At 18, Maurice danced in the Tony-Award winning Bring in da' Noise, Bring in da' Funk, and five years earlier won 3 times on the Showtime at the Apollo competition.He's danced at: the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan festival; in Honor! A Celebration of the African American
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  • (Performer, Chreographer, Director) has an established career that spans over three decades. Under the direction of two time Tony Award winning director George C. Wolfe, he was an original company member and Dance Captain for "Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk" at both The Public Theater and on
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  • She currently teaches Tap throughout the Flint Community on behalf of the Outreach development for Youthquest through Tapology. She also teaches at Motor City Dance Factory and her home base Creative Expressions Dance Studio.By 2013, Shanzell had the fortunate opportunity to train with the off-broadway musical STOMPat the Orpheum Theatre in New York, while also working at The
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  • Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Christopher Broughton began dancing at the age of 12 and never looked back. Under the instruction of Paul and Arlene Kennedy at Universal Dance, he immediately became a member of the Kennedy Tap company, world renowned and responsible for such tap greats as
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  • Kandee Thacker-Mann hails from Flint, MI where she began studying tap dance under Alfred Bruce Bradley as one of the original Flintstone Hoofers (now Tapology Youth Ensemble). She is an advocate for tap dance in Dayton and organizes annual tap workshops featuring and collaborating with the legendary Dianne Walker. She
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Alexandria Bradley

Alis Pic 2015Alexandria “Brinae Ali” Bradley has an interdisciplinary approach in using the power of the arts to uplift and inspire the human spirit. Through heredity and the mentorship of her father Alfred Bruce Bradley, Mable Lee, Dianne Walker, and others, Bradley has been studying performing arts since the age of 3 years.

After all the early exposure of professional shows and opportunities to share the stage with pioneers and legendary artists, Bradley decided to moved to New York and pursue her career. While attending Marymount Manhattan College as a theater major in acting, she was blessed to work and train professionally in Savion Glover’s tap company Tii Dii.

In 2004, Ali began working on her solo performance showcasing her vocals, compositions, dance, and poetry. She has performed at Ashford and Simpson’s Sugar Bar, Bowery Poetry Club and Joes Pub with Reg E Gaines, and at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, GA in George Faison’s adaptation of Bubblin’ Brown Sugar starring Diahnn Carroll. She also performed at Witzigman Palazzo in Hamburg, Germany for 4 months as a solo vocalist and dancer. Ali has recorded vocals singing on Abiodun Oyewole of The Last Poets childrens album, songs called “Butterfly am I” and “We are One”.

Once returned back to the U.S., Ali moved to Philadelphia in 2005 to further enhance her solo career while teaching and organizing arts programs. She began managing artist and producing shows through Tapology Tap Festival for Youth which is a family based non-profit organization in Flint, Michgan, and created her own Philadelphia based program called Sound and Movement, LLC, funded by the Art and Change Leeway Foundation Grant.

In 2008, Ali debuted one of her original compositions Stono Rebellion, a tribute to the Africans who fought for freedom and rebelled against slavery in South Carolina in 1739. She was selected as an evolving choreographer in the Harlem Stage’s E-Moves 9 showcase of professional dancers and choreographers. She also toured Canada and the United States in Roxanne Butterfly’s World Beats: Journey of the Migrating Sole as a dancer and vocalist. She is also an award winning playwright, garnering Best Short Play at the 2011 Downtown Urban Theater Festival for her one woman show called Steps.

As a teacher she has been an adjunct professor teaching tap at Queens College and Long Island University and was honored to be a panelist along with Germaine Ingram and Dianne Walker at Columbia University as apart of the jazz studies lecture series moderated by Jacqui Malone.

While doing philanthropic work in the community of Philadelphia, Ali landed a principle role in a show called Cotton Club Parade produced by City Center and Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York directed by Warren Carlyle and Wynton Marsalis. Additionally she was casted as a member of the off-broadway show STOMP. A feature tap dancer in Gerri Allen's Great Women of Jazz at the Apollo sharing the stage with Dianne Reaves, Lizz Wright, Terri Lynne Carrington, and Tia Fuller. She was the 1st tap dancer to be invited to the University of Pittsburgh 43rd Annual Jazz Concerts and Seminar featuring Ravi Coltrane, Jeff "Tain" Watts, and great line up of jazz all stars. Currently she serves as a board member for Flint Red Ink Local 432 and is recording for her debut album called Destination Forever which encompasses original compositions created through sounds of tap, song, and poetry.