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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Derick Grant

Derick(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 Broadway and also starred in the role of ‘da beat for the first National Tour of "Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk."  Most recently, he created the critically acclaimed show "Imagine Tap!" and was appointed as the Co-Artistic Director of Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s Rhythm World Summer Festival.

Mr. Grant was the recipient of the Princess Grace Award for Upcoming Young Artist, The Helen Hayes Award (Washington D.C.) for Outstanding Featured Actor as well as two additional for his role in "Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk."  Mr. Grant also received two Los Angeles Ovation Awards for choreography and for best Ensemble performance in "Noise/Funk", and was most recently recognized for Best Choreography for "Imagine Tap!" He was also nominated for the Lester Horton Dance Award for Best Male Performance from the Dance Resource Center of Los Angeles. 

Choreography and performance credits include: The Apollo Theatre’s "Get On The Good Foot" (James Brown Tribute) local and national tour; The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ "AFRICAN ODYSSEY" program (EXPRESIONES LATINAS Festival); Opening number for "Daniela Mercury" with Brazilian artist Nego Gato; The Aaron Davis Hall Black History Month Celebration; The Queens Symphony Opera’s "DUKE ELLINGTON CONCERT", Ann Arbor’s ARTS FESTIVAL; The Embassy in Portugal; THE CONNECTICUT BALLET COMPANY’s celebration of "MEN IN DANCE" with Brett Raphael; and as a special guest artist with The Jazz Tap Ensemble. Mr. Grant’s own production of the history of tap, "A NIGHT OUT: TAP!" toured the country successfully for three months. Mr. Grant also joined Mr. in Yonkers, NY, Vermont and Boston. He also appeared with violinist Sa-Idah for a tribute commemorating The Colonial African Heritage’s African Burial Ground Reinterment produced by the Schaumburg Center.


In an effort to celebrate, nurture and cultivate the future of the art form of tap, Mr. Grant continues to teach locally as a faculty member at Steps On Broadway and at venues worldwide, offering group and private instruction as well as lecture demonstrations. He is currently the national tap spokesperson for So Danca.