The 17th Vancouver International Tap Festival (“VITF”) is coming up in September, celebrating, showcasing, and exploring the hot, enduring art of tap dance. From September 1-4, 2016, internationally recognized as one the premier events of its kind, unique and ambitious programs have become VITF’s trademark.
Vancouver International Tap Festival
The festival’s opening reception will be on Thursday, September 1st at the Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie St, Vancouver). The following two days of performances will be at the Norman Rothstein Theatre (950 W 41st Ave, Vancouver). The TAP Summit will run September 2nd to 4th with nightly panels, roundtables, and discussions from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.
Classes will also run each day at the Scotiabank Dance Centre.
This year raises the bar with features that include our presentations of two spectacular shows. The first, “And Still You Must Swing” is a Canadian premier that stars Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards, Derick K. Grant, and Jason Samuels Smith – who quite simply are the world’s most inspiring and influential global ambassadors of tap. Together they will set the Norman Rothstein Theatre stage on fire Friday, September 2nd at 8:00pm. This highly acclaimed show captures both the heart and legacy of tap dance.
The following evening, Saturday, September 3rd at 8:00pm, the festival busts out with an unprecedented roster of innovative soloists – “Tap Masters!”- highly regarded for their live feel and groove includes the richest of talent that includes: Ted Levy, Billy Siegenfeld, Terry Brock, Joel Hanna, Travis Knights and Claudia Rahardjanoto and Andre Prashard. Both shows are electrifying and memorable productions with the best tap dancers, bar none, in dynamic choreography, and stunning improvisation, with the go-to Michael Creber Trio.
I have a pair of tickets to give away to the performance on September 2nd at the Norman Rothstein Theatre. Here’s how you can enter to win:
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Update: The winner is Olivia!