“It’s not just a top hat and a cane. Many people Tell me tap dancing is a dying art form, yet everywhere I go people tell me that they love it and that they want to see more of it,” said Anthony Russo, CEO and Director of TAPademics.
For twelve years now, TAPademics has been one of the country’s leading workshops of tap dancing, traveling the nation for in-studio events with comprehensive Master Classes. On August 4th- 6th, Anthony Russo will be bringing his troop back to his home studio for a TAPademics event that shouldn’t be missed. With classes on tap (of course), hip hop dance, music, choreography and more, the workshop will offer professional instruction for students aged seven and up, but the weekend will start with a bang on Friday night from 4:30 to 7 pm with a Parking Lot Jam. St. Louis Pro DJs will be providing tunes, there will be free snow cones, and you can enjoy tons of professional level dancing to ignite a weekend of intense instruction, education, and fun. Come early to reserve your spot in the class of your choice.
Russo is bringing his professional crew which includes Katie Carroll and Chris Erk back to the area. Also, new this year to TAPademics is local legend Lara Teeter, the Director of Music Theater at Webster University and veteran performer at the Muny and on Broadway. “These kids get a chance to train with some of the most sought-after talents in the industry,” Russo exclaimed.
This event will be held at the Performing Arts Centre at 1538 Country Club Plaza Drive, St. Charles MO 63303.
But for Russo and the TAPademics team, this is still just the beginning. Next year they will be launching the Show Me Tap Festival, which will offer a multitude of performances around the St. Louis area as well as instructions from masters in their fields of dance, music, and percussion.
It doesn’t take long, when talking with Anthony Russo to feel his love for the art, and to become infected by his impassioned speech. “If you think tap is dead or if you want to see more of it, come on out on Friday and see some professional performances, see what we can do.”