Tap Sessions Provided by Dancers from Untapped

Tap Sessions Provided by Dancers from Untapped
Posted on 11/27/2018
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For Giving Tuesday, the Little Rock-based professional tap dance company Untapped sends dance instructors to schools across Arkansas at no charge to work with students in dance classes. Savannah Boyce and Michael Roberson, professional dancers and dance instructors with Untapped, worked with HSSD dance students across the district today. They brought hands-on tap sessions and brief discussion of tap history to our classrooms.  

5th graders from Oaklawn Magnet and 6th graders from the Intermediate School worked with Savannah Boyce in Mrs. Pritsch’s classroom to explore the basics of tap dancing through modeling and repeating unique rhythms and tap variations. At the HSSD Junior Academy, Michael Roberson worked with 7th-8th grade dance students in Mrs. Bramlett-Turner’s class.  Instructors highlighted the rich history of tap dancing before demonstrating choreography for students, explaining that the style comes through the fusion of several ethnic percussive dances, primarily African tribal dances and Scottish, Irish, and English clog dances. During the sessions, students followed the lead of Savannah and Michael as they walked them through dance patterns by beat count.

“Our students are used to working with me to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for dance and performing arts. It’s a wonderful experience, however, to hear that and see it from an outside perspective. We are so appreciative of Mrs. Boyce, Mr. Roberson, and the entire staff at Untapped for making our students a priority today. They were very hands-on and vocal with the kids, who responded with laughter, enthusiasm, and definite interest in tap as another form of dance.”

Later, Savannah Boyce worked with the Hot Springs Dance Troupe to teach a two-minute choreographed piece at the Hot Springs World Class High School. This specialized, intense instruction was paid for through a mini-grant from the  Arkansas Arts Council. Dancers will perform the learned piece in the "Holidays Around the World" concert at the Junior Academy on December 13, at 1:30 and 6:00 p.m.

Untapped was formed in 2013, and has a joint mission as an education nonprofit group and a performance-based group. They work with young and old students from all backgrounds, and perform at local events, fundraisers, concerts, etc. to further the mission of promoting the art of tap dance in Arkansas. Learn more about Untapped, here.

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