Tapology Tap Dance Festival is quality tap dance workshops, historical education and concert performances since the first Tapology festival in 2001. Based in Flint, Michigan, Tapology has become known nationwide as the tap dance instruction event where everyone is welcome – from beginners to seniors, and everyone in between. Open to ages 5 – 80.
Guest Instructors teach on all tap dance skill levels, giving every dance festival or dance class participant an even chance at professional development. Employing an even mix of dance legends and contemporary rising stars, the Tapology festival provides excellent training and inspiration for those who love to dance and to tap, in particular.

Tapology also hosts various percussive dance styles including Hip Hop, African Dance and more.

Tapology Festival Overview

The 4-day Festival honoring tap dance is a diverse spectrum of artists/performers, instructors, and community engagement for both student and patron, with a jam-packed schedule of events from Friday, October 22 through Sunday, October 24. This year’s line up features: Dance Classes for all ages and levels, Visiting School Days, a Living Legend Luncheon honoring George Faison, an Artists Reception, a Free Community Film Screening of American Tap, and the grand finale, the concert performance Sankofa will close out the event. Most events and classes are offered both live and virtual.

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Welcome the New Artistic Directors

Featured Classes

Virtual School Days

2021 Artists

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Bruce Bradley

Instructor | Founder | Executive Director

Brinae Ali

Instructor/Performer

Cherisse Bradley

Performer

Bril Barrett

Tapology's 2020
Living Legend Honoree Instructor/Performer

C. Daniel Dawson

PRESENTATION: IMPACT OF HISTORICAL DANCE ON CONTEMPORARY CULTURE

Jason Janas

Instructor/Performer

Shanzell Page

Instructor/Performer

Kandee Hogan

Associate Artistic Director

Mikaela Evans

Instructor/Performer

Dianne "Lady Di" Walker

PRESENTER / INSTRUCTOR

Clara Reyes

Instructor/Performer

Maurice Chestnut

Instructor/Performer

Michela Lerman

Instructor/Performer

Sarah Savelli

Instructor/Performer

Breai Mason Campbell

Instructor/Performer

Lafayette Harris, Jr.

Music Director

George Faison

Instructor/Performer

2021 Schedule at a Glance

Quick glance at classes and times.

Locations: Hamady, Pierce, FCCA/FIM, Durant-Tuuri-Mott

10 – 3 pm

  • Visiting Schools Presentation

Location: Flint Institute of Music

10:00 – 11:15 am 

  • All Levels – Lindy Hop

1 – 3 pm

  • Visiting School Presentation

6:00 – 7:15 pm

  • Beginner – Adult Tap
  • Intermediate – Maurice Chestnut
  • Advanced – Ali Bradley

7:30 – 9:00 pm

  • Artist Jam & Meet and Greet

Location: Flint Institute of Music

8:30 – 9:45 am

  • Beginning – Shanzel Page
  • Intermediate – Michela Lerman
  • Advanced – Jason Janas

9:45 – 11:00 am

  • Beginning – Makaela Evans
  • Intermediate – Jason Janas
  • Advanced – Maurice Chestnut

11:00 – 12:00 pm

  • Beginner – Kandee Hogan
  • Intermediate/Advanced – Clara Reyes

11:00 – 12:00 pm

  • Adult Tap – Dianne Walker 

12:15 – 2:00 pm

  • Living Luncheon – Mr. George Faison

3:00 – 4:00 pm

  • Beginners – Sarah Savelli
  • Intermediate – Dianne Walker
  • Advanced – George Faison

4:00 – 5:15 pm

  • Beginners – Bril Barrett
  • Intermediate – George Faison
  • Advanced – Sarah Savelli

5:30 – 6:45 pm

  • Beginners – Clara Reyes
  • Intermediate – Bril Barrett
  • Advanced – Michela Lerman

7:00 – 9:30 pm

  • American Tap Screening and Historic Lecture

Location: Flint Institute of Music

10:00 -11:15 am

  • Beginner – Jason Janas
  • Intermediate – Sarah Savelli
  • Advanced – Bril Barrett

7:00 – 9:00 pm 

  • Tapology Festival Concert

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Sweet & Able Mentorship Program

We are so excited to announce that we are launching a new mentorship program in honor of our late Mable Lee.

Sweet & Able is a mentoring initiative for young women ages 12-21 who are going through the challenges of adolescence and early adulthood while building their confidence through mentorship and dance. Through oral history, training, activities, performance opportunities, and mentorship, these young women will gain a sense of sisterhood, leadership skills, and become change agents. This program is designed to preserve the legacy of Mable Lee Dancing Ladies while nurturing the next generation of young women who are interested in pursuing a career or staying connected to the arts.
 

Apply Today

You will need to submit this form completely by March 31st, 2021 by 11:59pm. If you have any question/issue, do not hesitate to reach us at alexandriabradley@tapology.org.

Free Virtual School Days

Explore the world of dance. Tap Dance. Learn a step that professionals use in movies and on stage. Hear fun stories about tap dancers from around the world. See how tap dance began Course Overview. A fun, interactive way to learn about the history and culture of tap dance.

Both courses are free of charge.

Elementary

Join the livestream class Thursday, October 22nd at 10:45 am.

Middle / High School

Join the livestream class Friday, October 23rd at 10:45 am.

Tapology 2021 Announcement

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Rebroadcast

Tune in during the Tapology Festival to this digital broadcast of Apollo Live Wire: A Cultural History of Tap. The event took place at the Apollo Theater in April 2019 and focused on the history of Tap Dancing and its deep cultural roots in African traditions and culture. Led by C. Daniel Dawson, the discussion included artists whose work upholds the traditions of Tap while also connecting the art form to present day performance styles.​

Panel Discussions - Free

There will be three panel sessions. To become part of the discussion click on the day to launch the Zoom session. Note the discussions take place at the exact time listed. Panel discussions are free to the public.

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