The Motor City Tap Festival has become one of the county’s top Tap Festivals to participate in during the year.
The Motor City Tap Fest is taking place on the campus of Wayne State in Detroit, Michigan Aug. 13-16 2014. Participants come from all over the country to join in this celebration of clicking toes and digging heels. The Tap festival features three days of tap classes, a panel discussion with industry tap experts, a tap jam, and a participants' showcase with the Masters of Tap faculty.
New to the The Motor City Tap Festival is Motor City Soles! The concert features the esteemed faculty or leading tap artists in the industry, accompanied by Skeeto Valdez's The Mighty Funhouse Band. With careers spanning Television, Broadway, Film, Emmy nominations, as well as the Radio City Rockettes, Motor City Soles promises to be an evening of fascinating rhythms and diverse styles. Tickets are available individual sale, as well as included in class packages at Orchestral Hall in Detroit Aug. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the box office: (313) 576-5111 www.dso.org.
The event brings in some of the top tap dancers from around the country, including Avi Miller, Ofer Ben, Greg Russell, Robert Reed, Sarah Reich, Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards, and native Michigan tappers Shelby Kaufman and Denise Caston along with Detroit native, Eric Gutman who recently starred in Jersey Boys on Broadway.
Clarkston native, Denise Caston spent years working as a Radio City Rockette in New York City and dancing around the country. The Motor City Tap Fest came to Caston as she traveled the country. “My goal is to teach tap and educate people about the history of the dance.”
Always looking to add new programs during the festival, in 2014 Caston will introduce these new elements to the Tap Festival:
Tappy Hour is a class for adults taking place at 949 Michigan Ave, Detroit, 48216. For $30, adults can get a class and a cocktail. The class is team taught by faculty members Jenefer Miller and Suzy Guarino. The class will be taught by faculty member Suzy Guarino, and will accommodate the levels of registrants for the class.
Triple Threat! with Detroit native and Jersey Boy Broadway star, Eric Gutman
Triple Threat will explore how we take our skills as focused dancers and utilize it into our acting and singing to become a force to be reckoned with for auditions and performances alike. This 90-minute class will have you step our of your comfort zone and work on getting you "in the moment" in regards to connecting lyrics to emotions in a real way.
MCTF Youth Crew
The MCTF Youth Crew is for tappers 12 and under with 4 years or less of focused tap training. Jenefer Miller will choreograph a piece for this crew and they get to log in and learn it before the festival! THEN, Jenefer will meet with the crew during the festival and rehearse it to be performed at Motor City Soles at Detroit's historic Orchestra Hall.
New and exciting themed classes have been added this year, teachers who haven’t been to Detroit to teach in awhile and native Michiganders coming home to test and help hone your skills as an all-around performer. Caston says of the Motor City Tap Festival, whatever your level is, from beginner to professional, there is a class for you.
Caston encourages anyone with an interest to come. Classes are available for all skill levels. Registration is open now. “There is a saying ‘If you can walk, you can tap dance.”
Motor City Tap Festival is a 501(c) 3 allowing dance and arts enthusiast to contribute to scholarship and sponsorship opportunities.
Scholarship and registration information is available at www.motorcitytapfest.com. For additional questions contact Motor City Tap Fest at 917-687-4811.