The Big Apple Tap Festival 2015

November 13-15, 2015

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Pictures Taken During the Festival
Videos from the Festival
The Festival's Poster
Participants Showcase - Program
Festival Faculty
Festival Description

The Tap Festival Included:
  • 'Star-Studded' Tap Faculty.
  • Master Classes in a Variety of Tap Styles.
  • Memorial Master Class featuring Prof. Robert L. Reed's signature choreography.
  • Tap Technique and Warm-Up Classes.
  • Two Adult Programs (17+, Adults, Teachers, Studio Owners).
  • Dedicated Adult Program for Advanced Beginners (17+, Adults).
  • Dedicated Teens Program #1 (15-16).
  • Dedicated Teens Program #2 (13-14).
  • Dedicated Pre-Teens Program (10-12).
  • Participants Showcase at The Schomburg Center.
  • Tap History Talks.
  • Video Presentation.
  • Related Events.

Festival Faculty:
Click on a name for extended bio and pictures

The Big Apple Tap Festival 2015 - Star Studded Faculty
  • Bob Audy
  • Mark Albrecht
  • Chloe Arnold
  • Maud Arnold
  • Ofer Ben
  • Denise Caston
  • April Cook
  • Debbi Dee
  • Rusty Frank
  • Ray Hesselink
  • Nicole Hockenberry
  • Germaine Ingram
  • Anthony LoCascio
  • Megan Maltos
  • Hillary-Marie Michael
  • Avi Miller
  • Logan Miller
  • Claudia Rahardjanoto
  • Lynn Schwab
  • Jimmy Tate
  • Dianne 'Lady Di'  Walker
  • Isabel Glasser
  • Kendall Owens
  • Alan Spaulding
  • Lia Spirka

  • Festival Description:
    The Big Apple Tap Festival,
    an intensive weekend of exciting events, included:

    Memorial Master Class:
    Logan Miller (assisted by Kendall Owens)

    In Loving Memory of Prof. Robert L. Reed II (April 28, 1957 - July 18, 2015).
    • Logan Miller assisted by Kendall Owens, taught a segment of Prof. Reed's signature choreography, Black Orpheus. Both Logan and Kendall are Prof. Reed's protégés and dedicated this class to the memory of their Tap Mentor.

    Tap Master Classes:
    Bob Audy (assisted by Isabel Glasser and Alan Spaulding ),
    Chloe Arnold, Maud Arnold, Ofer Ben, Debbi Dee,
    Rusty Frank, Ray Hesselink, Nicole Hockenberry,
    Germaine Ingram, Anthony LoCascio, Avi Miller,
    Logan Miller
    (assisted by Kendall Owens ), Lynn Schwab,
    Jimmy Tate & Dianne 'Lady Di' Walker
    (assisted by Lia Spirka )
    • Fifteen leading tap artists taught inspiring Tap Master Classes, each in his/her own unique style and charisma.

    Tap History Talks:
    Emceed by:
    Rusty Frank
    • Rusty Frank conducted the 'Tap History Talks' session which featured insights about Prof. Robert L. Reed and his contribution to the art of Tap Dancing. Stories, memories, and good times were shared by his friends, students, and colleagues.

    Video Presentation:
    Conducted by:
    Avi Miller
    • Avi Miller presented video clips featuring the work of the late Prof. Robert L. Reed. The presentation included footage of Reed himself as well as choreographies placed on his students and companies. Avi also highligted other tap clips that influenced Reed's professional life.

    Tap Exercises:
    Mark Albrecht, Denise Caston, April Cook,
    Megan Maltos, Hillary-Marie Michael & Claudia Rahardjanoto

    • Warm-up sessions for each day with six leading tap practitioners who taught the afternoon / morning tap drills - each with his/her own unique style and technique.

    Participants Showcase:
    Emceed by:
    Avi Miller & Ofer Ben
    • A wonderful event concluded the second day of classes in the exciting Big Apple Tap Festival. Avi Miller and Ofer Ben emceed an informal Participants Showcase at The Schomburg Center Theater.

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