Big Apple Tap Festival next month

2013 Big Apple Tap Dance FestivalCalling all tap dancers! The Big Apple Tap Dance Festival is coming up next month! Set for November 8-10 in New York City, this exciting festival will include master classes taught by leading tap artists, tap history talks, a participants showcase, a video presentation, two adult programs and special programs for teens and young tappers.


The Big Apple Tap Festival will bring in 11 tap all-stars to teach master classes. These all-stars include renowned director and choreographer Bob Audy, who will be assisted by Isabel Glasser and Alan Spaulding; Bril Barrett, Artistic Director of The Chicago Tap Summit and founder of the world-renowned tap collective M.A.D.D. Rhythms; Israeli hoofers Ofer Ben and Avi Miller; Justin Boccitto, Broadway Dance Center instructor and guest faculty member at The Juilliard School; choreographer Debbi Dee, guest master teacher at Walt Disney World; Robert L. Reed, founder and producer of the famed St. Louis Tap Festival and the St. Louis Hoofer’s Club; Emmy-nominated choreographer Gregg Russell; former actress Germaine Salsberg, longtime instructor at Broadway Dance Center; choreographer Shea Sullivan, known for being assistant choreographer in the Showtime Movie Bojangles starring Gregory Hines; and award-winning Dianne ‘Lady Di’  Walker, recognized as the “Ella Fitzgerald” of Tap Dance.


In addition to the plethora of master classes, a tap history talk will be presented by various teachers, with Debbi Dee acting as emcee, and a video presentation will be conducted by Hank Smith. Warm-ups will also be offered each day, being led by tap practitioners such as Denise Caston, Kathleen Cirioli, Logan Miller and Caleb Teicher.


The Participants Showcase will be hosted by Avi Miller and Ofer Ben. All festival participants are encouraged to perform in this showcase and contribute their talents.


Registration for the Big Apple Tap Festival is now open. For more information, visit The festival classes and special events will take place at Nola Studios in Manhattan. The Participants Showcase will be on Saturday, November 9 at Manhattan Movement and Arts Center (MMAC).