Ithaca College Quarterly 2005/1


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Dance Festival
Tap Festival Coming March 31

Rhythm 'n Shoes members will cohost the event.

Toes will be tapping in Ithaca next spring, when the first Finger Lakes Tap Dance Festival comes to town. The Ithaca College tap dance club, Rhythm 'n Shoes, in collaboration with the Tap Legacy Foundation™ (founded by tap dancers Gregory Hines and Andrew J. Nemr), will host the event from March 31 to April 2, 2006.

"Our intent is to help individuals enrich their knowledge of tap dancing, to promote the history of the art form, and to share the cultural, technical, and artistic aspects of tap," says club president Arleigh Rothenberg '06. "We encourage tap dancers of all ages and skill levels, as well as all others interested in this art form, to participate in the festival."

The three-day event will include the screening of rare tap dance footage, a tap dance class for children, master tap dance classes for all ages taught by professional tap dancers, a panel discussion with guest artists, a performance at Ithaca's historic State Theatre featuring guest artists, a tap jam/showcase, live music with jazz musicians, and tap improvisation workshop. The classes, workshops, and the jam will be held at Ithaca College.

"This festival is unprecedented in this area of upstate New York," says health promotion and physical education instructor Michelle Cole, adviser to Rhythm 'n Shoes. "And it appeals to all ages, from youngsters to seniors. Guest artists, both male and female, will set an example for what kids can do as they grow older. Tap dance is an incredibly distinctive genre of dance, and it's also a form of noncompetitive exercise."

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