Various dance groups will come together for the 9th annual Tap Dance Festival on Saturday, May 7th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.
Dance Week is celebrated all over the country to increase the awareness and importance of dance as one of the integral arts in American society.
From the beginning of recorded history, dance has served as a meaningful venue for communication and continues to do so in modern day.
Jeanne Peterson, owner and director of Maddox Dance Studio, serves as the delegate in Oregon for National Dance Week and, as part of the celebration, is planning the 9th annual Tap Dance Festival. It is sponsored by the Clatsop Community College Arts and Ideas program.
Traditional tap dancers considered themselves “Musicians” creating complex sounds, rhythms to express their mood, the music, and themselves.
Tap was passed from dancer to dancer, and as the late Gregory Hines said “From Friend to Friend.” They shared their knowledge with each other and danced for the pure joy of it!
The Maddox Dancers joined by the Tapped Out Tappers, an adult tap group from Astoria, The Main Street Tappers, an adult tap group from Warrenton, and guest performers from Hollywood Dance Center in Portland will present tap dances ranging from Vaudeville to Broadway. A special feature this year will be a set in tribute to Gene Kelly designed by Marilyn Denny Floyd. Another annual feature is audience participation for anyone interested in joining the dancers on stage for a quick tap lesson. Audience members are encouraged to bring tap shoes for this. Andrea Kaul and Sara Strite, faculty members at Maddox Dance Studio, will teach. The finale will be Leonard Reed’s history making Shin Sham Shimmy from Vaudeville Days!
The show is open to the public. The Performing Arts Center is located at 16th and Franklin in Astoria. Admission is $10.00. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Maddox Dance Studio
The 9th annual Tap Dance Festival will be held Saturday, May 7th at 7:00 p.m. in the Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center. Submitted photo is by Dwight Caswell.