March 28 - 30
Now in its third year, the Annual Finger Lakes Tap Dance Festival will be presented March 28–30. Hosted by Ithaca College and sponsored by the Tap Legacy Foundation (TLF), the festival will include over 20 classes, the Friday Night Jam and Showcase, a panel discussion and the screening of rare tap dance footage from the TLF archives. The highlight of the weekend will be "Walking in Time," an all-star tap dance concert at the historic State Theatre of Ithaca at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 29.
The panel discussion and screenings will be free and open to the public. Class prices start at $15, and special packages are available. Tickets for "Walking in Time" can be purchased for $13 (students/senior citizens) and $19 (general public) in advance, or $15 (students/senior citizens) and $21 (general public) the day of the show.
For more information and to register for the Finger Lakes Tap Dance Festival, visit www.fingerlakestapfestival.com or call (212) 714-6867. Tickets for "Walking in Time" can be purchased at www.stateofithaca.com.
Bringing together the highest level of talent, the scheduled guest artists for the festival include:
Dr. Jimmy Slyde, recognized as one of the last remaining masters of tap dance, nominated for a Tony Award for his role in "Black and Blue" and featured in the films "Round Midnight," "The Cotton Club" and "TAP"
Dianne "Lady Di" Walker, a repository of tap dance history whose career spans Broadway, television and film and who has been dubbed "America's First Lady of Tap"
Michelle Dorrance, a founding member of Savion Glover's Ti Dii dance troupe
Rocky Mendes, an apprentice to Dr. Jimmy Slyde who has performed on stages throughout the East Coast
Andrew J. Nemr, co-founder with the late Gregory Hines of the Tap Legacy Foundation and now artistic director of CPD PLUS
Baakari Wilder, featured in the leading role of the Broadway production of "Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk"
The festival artists will be teaching classes ranging in level from beginner to advanced as well as starring in "Walking in Time." Also scheduled to perform in "Walking in Time" are the Ithaca College Tap Dance Club, Ithaca's Armstrong School of Dance and Rochester's Perinton Dance Company, with music by the jazz band The ZMQ.