Walker/Collins Project

Diane blackWalker/Collins Project is a unique program that is creating an authorized library of routines that will be taught to future generations through Tapology.

The project collaborator is Dianne "Lady Di" Walker, who coaches Tapology faculty on the professional routines developed by herself and her late mentor Leon Collins. Students are hand-picked to participate in this project and appear on stage performing the routines in the fall Tapology Concert.

Free weekly training takes place at Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village. 
To get involved in this project, phone 810-787-0197 new classes begin each quarter.

Murals for Flint

Frances BradleyThe visual arts project, Murals for Flint, begins in August of 2012. It's goal is to: use instruction in visual arts as a means to provide at risk youth with a culturally defined mission to find the pride in their heritage; then give them a means to demonstrate that pride in mural projects that will also beautify the City of Flint and exhibit the diversity of talent in its youth.

Coordinated by Frances Bradley, Visual Imaging Director for the Tapology Festival.

Her artwork has been used on T-Shirts, brochures and advertising media. It has been a colorful delight to dancers and art lovers throughout the festival years. During the 2010 Festival season, two art exhibits featuring Frances' works were held in conjunction with the dance festival highlighting the historical component of tap. Just returned from a humanitarian trip to Bamako, Mali- West Africa, where she used art instruction to help abused and homeless youth from a project she founded called, The Murals for Mali Project; Frances has received the Share Art Mini Grant through the Greater Flint Arts Council to use the same practice to give a number of Genesee County youth outlets for talent and alternatives to street violence and other crime over the school year.

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Visiting Schools Day

Each Fall, Tapology kicks off Festival Weekend with an exciting two days hosting nearly 800 elementary through high school students from Flint and Genesee County Schools for Visiting School Days at Flint Institute of Music, Flint Public Library and Sloan Museum.

Alexandria Bradley at Tapology Visiting School Days

For 14 years we have provided Arts exposure and physical activity with this extremely popular program in which schools are chosen to participate on a first come, first served basis.

Shanzell Page, original Youth Ensemble member, teaches young students fundamental tap dance steps at Tapology.

Activities for students consist of a fast paced day filled with learning opportunities as follows:

  • Introductory tap dance workshop taught by visiting artists
  • Historical presentation by historian/curator/photographer C. Daniel Dawson or Dianne Walker, world renowned dancer, performer, educator.
  • Brown bag lunch
  • Mini concert performance by Guest Artists in FIM's recital hall

To Register your class to attend Click Here. (coming soon)                

Tapology's STAR Volunteers make this project happen!  They organize,  monitoring classrooms, direct luncheon activities and assist Teachers and students through the rotation of activities.

To become one of an elite group of STAR Volunteers, Click Here

This project is facilitated by Flint Institute of Music, Creative Expressions Dance Studio, Flint Public Library, Sloan Museum, Flint Youth Theater, The Whiting.

Supported by:

James A. Welch Foundation, Genesys Regional Hospital, Serra Foundation, Stanley Foundation, Flint Sunrise Rotary and many individual donors.  

Be a part of turning Flint students into Stars!  Support this project by CLICKING HERE.  Or go to: http://giving.tapology.org

  • Ms. Melba Ayco, founder and Artistic Director of Northwest Tap Connection, is a Gullah-Geechee and Creole Storyteller, Tap Dance Historian, and Choreographer. Born in a small town on the north shores of New Orleans, she describes her life as a three-part harmony: born into segregation, survived integration, and enlightenment through
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  • Dianne Walker, jazz tap dancer known for her elegant and fluid style of dancing that is delicate yet rhythmically complex, was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Walker received the Dance Magazine Award in 2012 for lifetime achievement in dance. Principal dancer in the Paris production of Black and Blue, as well
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  • 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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  •   Joined Deborah Mitchell's New Jersey Tap Ensemble at age 9. Quickly recognized as a rising young star, he was featured on the Sally Jesse Raphael Show's "My Kid's A Star"; toured nationally with "Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk" and as special guest with jazz artists Christian
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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
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  •   Featured Tap soloist for international touring company Illstyle & Peace Productions, was cast in Noah Racey's Pulse: The Beat of Song and Dance; and trained with Savion Glover. Performs and teaches in New York and St. Maarten, teaching underserved youth. Bradley also presented her art as part of a
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  •   Co-starred in Dean Hargrove's "Tap Heat", a short film available on DVD. featured dancer in HBO/Universal Pictures's motion picture "Idlewild" starring Outkast. Debbie Allen has featured his talents in several productions including the AMC television series "Cool Women", Sammy (a tribute to the life of Sammy Davis jr.), and
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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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  •   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
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  • Trained with the off-broadway musical STOMP at the Orpheum Theatre in New York, Urban Bush Women and Miami Heat dancers. Page worked at The School at Steps New York, Motor City Dance Factory and multiple Michigan studios. Directs Tapology's Outreach program, providing tap classes year round to after-school programs, introducing
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  • Kandee Thacker-Mann Flint native. She is an advocate for tap dance in Dayton and organizes annual workshops featuring and collaborating with the legendary Dianne Walker. She continues to spread her love of dance through teaching, choreography, and collaboration. She has instructed at the Ohio Dance Festival, as adjunct at Wright
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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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  • Mikaela Miki Evans is an actress, vocalist, and dancer. She is a Detroit native and a second generation Flintstone Hoofer. Mikaela has gone on to teach and perform with youth in many different cultural settings from America, Europe, and Asia. She's gained skill in production with Virginia Stage Company, Harlem's
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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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  • Starinah (Star) Dixon is assistant director, choreographer, and original principal dancer of world-renowned tap company, MADD Rhythms. She has taught and performed at the most distinguished tap festivals in the country including The L.A. Tap Fest, DC Tap Fest, RIFF Dallas, Chicago Human Rhythm Project's Rhythm World, and MADD Rhythms’
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  • JOSETTE WIGGAN started dancing at the age of 12 at Paul and Arlene Kennedy’s Universal Dance Designs in Los Angeles. Under their tutelage, she discovered her passion for stage and theater. Josette then moved on to dance as a member of Lynn Dally's Jazz Tap Ensemble in both the Caravan
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