It is time to grab your tap shoes and bring yourself over to the Motor City Tap Festival in Detroit, Michigan for the event August 10-13, 2016. The Motor City Tap Festival has become one of the county’s top Tap Festivals, now entering its ninth year. Motor City Tap Fest was founded by Denise Caston to create a thriving tap dance community in the Michigan area. Detroit has become a top destination for tap dancers every summer. The Tap Fest features four days of master classes with leading tap artists in the industry, the Motor City Soles all-star faculty show, young choreographers competition and tap jam.
Such notable tap dancers instructors to come are; Chloe Arnold a “So You Think You Can Dance” favorite; Gregg Russell, Emmy nominated choreographer that has worked with such stars as Bette Midler, Gene Kelly, Michael Jackson, Gregory Hines, Native Israelis, Avi Miller and Ofer Ben plus so many instructors for the three days of master class instruction. Other instructor will include Michigan native Shelby Kaufman, who has made television appearances tapping on both Sesame Street and The Steve Harvey Show and the Apollo Theatre, Lincoln Center, Jacob’s Pillow, Symphony Space, and Detroit Orchestra Hall. Along with Kelsey Rose Young, an up-and-coming performer, teacher and choreographer as well as a contestant on the FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance” and has worked with Jonas Brothers, Debbie Gibson, and Radio Disney.
Motor City Tap Festival Director, originally from Michigan and lives in New York, Denise Caston, spent years working as a Radio City Rockette in New York City and dancing around the country. Caston was awarded a prestigious MaTilDa Award from her alma mater, Oakland University, for Alumni Achievement in Dance. She also became certified by the American Ballet Theatre’s ABT National Teacher Training Curriculum for Primary-Level 3. The idea for 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,” she said.
The Motor City Tap Fest will be taking place on the campus of Wayne State in Detroit, Michigan August 10-13, 2016. Participants come from all over the country to join in this celebration of clicking toes and digging heels with shuffles and ball-changes. The Tap Festival features four days of tap classes with new and exciting classes added this year, along with instructors who have not been to Detroit to teach recently. Be sure to register for the festival and classes.
The Motor City Tap Fest will have a scholarship program for partial and full scholarships for aspiring dancers, teachers, working professionals, and all-around tap enthusiasts who want to attend but could use some financial assistance.
A young choreographer’s competition will take place on Wednesday, August 10, 2016, at 7:00 pm. This is a competition will have cash prizes for choreographers aged 25 and under. This is a chance for emerging choreographers to have their work seen by leading artists in the industry. The winning piece will be performed at Motor City Soles.
Caston says of the Motor City Tap Festival, whatever your level is, from beginner to professional, there is a class for you. This year’s Motor City Tap Fest Elite Crew, featuring the best up-and-coming young tap dancers will be handpicked through audition video submissions, to perform a piece choreographed by Gregg Russell.
Part of the Motor City Tap Fest concert features the esteemed faculty or leading tap artists in the industry, 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 with fabulous guest performers and appearances. Motor City Soles at Orchestral Hall in Detroit is August 13, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Caston encourages anyone with an interest in tap dancing to come. “Over these past nine years people with curiosity have come in and put tap shoes on and found themselves in classes for the year. 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.