Australian Tap Dance Festival Shuffles Into Melbourne
Australia’s Tap Dance Festival is coming to Melbourne this September for a week of action-packed tap classes and performances by renowned dance tapping professionals from across the globe.
The only festival of its kind in Australasia provides all dancers the opportunity to participate in master classes, choreography introductions, tap jams, history lessons, dance-offs, seminars and special events.
The festival will run across two venues at Dance Factory in Richmond and Chapel Off Chapel in Prahran from September 30 to October 6.
The festival faculty includes some of the highest profiled people in the industry. World renowned Roxane Butterfly, who was the first woman to win the prestigious Bessie Award for tap dance and later founded Jimmy Slyde Institute will be making an appearance.
Alongside the French headliner is Australia’s Winston Morrison—the founder of Melbourne Tap Dance and Australian Tap Dance Festival. Supporting the festival is also Nathaniel Hancock from Tap Dogs, Brianna Taylor (UNTAPPED on Broadway and Australia tour), Jack Egan, Thomas Wadelton, original Tap Dogs member Darren Disney, Thomas Egan, Peta Anderson from Riverdance and Shane Preston to say a few.
Festival producer and dancer Ella Lehaf said the art of tap dance is constantly evolving since its early roots in the 1900s.
“From childhood, tap lessons…to the world stage showmanship of ‘Tap Dogs,’ ‘Riverdance,’ and even ‘The Book of Morman,’ tap dance continues to be rich with possibilities and new techniques, which we aim to showcase at the festival,” said Ms. Lehaf.
There will be an Australian Tap Dance Festival Gala to help celebrate and unite the tappers of Melbourne. If you are a beginner—don’t stress, because there are classes for beginners with the Never Tapped Before masterclasses. Or if you rather spectating this event, there are plenty of showcases to watch performed by industry leaders.
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