Toes a Tappin’ on National Tap Dance Day

By Tatum Bartlett | Friday, May 21, 2010

If you are looking for a bumping, ball-beating, heel-clicking spectacle of a show, then head down to the Old Town School of Folk Music this Saturday, May 22, in honor of National Tap Day and the birthday of legendary tap great Bill ?Bojangles? Robinson.

National Tap Dance Day was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on November 7, 1989, and May 25th has since been reserved as a day of celebration and recognition honoring the American art form of tap dance. The party has crossed seas and is celebrated in other countries, most notably Japan, Australia, India, and Iceland.

Chicago tap icon and Old Town School of Folk Music fixture, Reginald McLaughlin–better known as Reggio ?The Hoofer?–will return as the master of ceremonies for this year?s event.? And according to Reggio, the show just keeps getting better. This year?s festival will feature more than 60 performers who are from three companies, a chorus group, and live musicians. ?You?ll get a chance to see a mixture of styles,” says Reggio. “We got vaudeville, traditional, swing tap, jazz tap, [and] bebop tap. Man, we got it all.”

The event will feature some of the best and brightest in the tap community, such as major industry player Brenda Bufalino, who–with a career spanning several decades–is known throughout the world as a leading advocate and innovator in the tap world.

It was once said that “if you play a tune and a person don’t tap their feet, don’t play the tune.” Well, this Saturday?s National Tap Day Festival at the Old Town School of Folk Music won?t have much to worry about. Just good music, great tapping, and a whole lot of hands a? clappin! The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall, and admission is $20 for the general public, $18 for Old Town School of Folk Music members, and $16 for seniors and children. Tickets can be purchased online or through the box office at (773) 728-6000.

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