23rd Annual St. Louis Tap Festival features Tops in Tap


    ST. LOUIS, MO. – Master teachers and performers of the American art of tap dance culminate the 23rd Annual St. Louis Tap Festival with ALL THAT TAP XXIII August 2ndat 7 p.m. at the Edison Theatre (6445 Forsyth Blvd).  This acclaimed show features tap stars of movies, Broadway and television in a sophisticated mix of favorite artists and new faces, old masters and rising stars, in tap dance styles from polished jazz to hard-edged hip-hop.  Tickets are $25 and on sale now at the Edison box office or online.

    The weeklong event educates, promotes and celebrates the American art form of tap dance through master workshops, performances, and more July 28 – August 2, 2014 at the Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel.  Audiences are invited to attend the special events throughout the week: Tap Jam (July 30 8pm, FREE), Panel Discussion (July 31, 8pm, FREE) and Participants Showcase (August 1, 8pm, $5).

    There is still time to register for classes, which encompass all levels from beginner to advanced.  A variety of package options are available. Call 314-531-TAPS (8277) or visit www.tapheritage.org for more information.  Not only do attendees have access to instruction from the panel of faculty, but they will be able to show off their skills in a Participants Showcase and join the experts in Tap Jam – a tradition that continues the Hoofer’s Club and street corner challenges – as the floor is opened to express your passion for tap!

    Masters of dance scheduled to appear include Founder and St. Louis native Robert L. Reed, Emmy Award-winning choreographer Jason Samuels Smith, tap sensation and author Karen Callaway Williams, international entertainers Avi Miller and Ofer Ben, Reed’s protégé Logan Miller, Broadway-TV-movie choreographer Bob Audy, Evan Ruggerio, Maud and Chloe Arnold (featured on this season of “So You Think You Can Dance”), Martin “Tre” Dumas III and Megan Maltos.

    Claire Wright
    Social Media and Marketing Intern