Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival Celebrates 20 Years: Win Tickets

Comments 18 by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s the 20th anniversary of the Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival (“VanTap Fest”) takes place August 26 to September 1, 2019 with three premiere performances, a line up of free events, and more!

Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival

Tickets: Available online now »

The 2019 VanTap Fest includes three premiere performancesMax Pollak’s All in One on Aug. 29th, Andrew Nemr’s Rising to the Tap on August 30th and the 20th Anniversary Gala Celebration on August 31st – all are at 8:00pm at the Orpheum Annex, 823 Seymour St. 

Additional events include a Social Tap Jazz Jam on Wednesday August 25th at Frankie’s Jazz Club (765 Beatty St) and FREE events including a Film Screening on Monday August 26th, a Community Conversation about Tap Dance in Media on Tuesday August 27th, and an Open House on Sunday September 1st, all at the VanTap Cultural Arts Centre (2775 East Hastings St). This year, festival participants may choose from eight 5-day courses and over 30 weekend workshops.

The newly inducted Artistic Director of the Vancouver Tap Dance Society and Artistic Director of the 2019 VanTap Fest is Andrew Nemr, who according to the legendary Gregory Hines, “is  one of the dancers to bring tap dance into the new millennium”.  Andrew was born in Canada and has recently returned after a successful career as an independent artist in New York City. 

Headlining the festival and featured on-stage, in-class, and at improvised jams, will be some of the most respected and in-demand tap dancers in the world today: Max Pollak, an international star known for his unique combination of Afro-Cuban rhythms and tap dance; Demi Remick who tours internationally with the incredibly popular Postmodern JukeBox; Andrew Nemr, dubbed “A Masterly Tapper” by the New York Times; and Danny Nielsen one of Canada’s most sought-after tap dancers. 

Additional artists include solo jazz dancer Nathan Bugh (New York City), Bboy Gomo (Calgary), Estefanía Porqueras Ocaña (Barcelona), and Terry Brock (Seattle).

Win Tickets

I have a pair of tickets to give away to two shows at the festival: Max Pollack’s All in One (August 29th) and Andrew Nemr’s  Rising to the Tap show (August 30th) both at the Orpheum Annex.

Vancouver International Tap Festival

Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 5:00pm on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. Follow the VanTap Fest on Twitter and Facebook for more info.

UPDATE: The winner is Kimberly Christine!

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18 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. dyenaTuesday, August 13th, 2019 — 2:24pm PDT

    Sounds great!

  2. DianaTuesday, August 13th, 2019 — 8:56pm PDT

    My favourite dance is tap. Started when I was 50

  3. LorenaTuesday, August 13th, 2019 — 11:19pm PDT

    How fun is the energy in tap! Never been in the Orpheum Annex but I’d definitely enjoy with tap!

  4. RayWednesday, August 14th, 2019 — 6:52am PDT

    This sounds like a lot of fun

  5. Shelley ButcherWednesday, August 14th, 2019 — 12:24pm PDT

    I love tap!

  6. rkdhilWednesday, August 14th, 2019 — 3:31pm PDT

    Looks like fun

  7. wenWednesday, August 14th, 2019 — 10:20pm PDT

    This will be great!

  8. KymThursday, August 15th, 2019 — 9:38am PDT

    Would love to see these performers!

  9. Jason BThursday, August 15th, 2019 — 3:56pm PDT

    Would be a great first time.

  10. Mitchell SchmidtThursday, August 15th, 2019 — 5:07pm PDT

    I’d love to see a tap dancing show! Never have before.

  11. Candace HThursday, August 15th, 2019 — 5:48pm PDT

    Tap me in!

  12. Christine ThompsonThursday, August 15th, 2019 — 9:45pm PDT

    I love tap, either show would be great to see

  13. TiffFriday, August 16th, 2019 — 4:51pm PDT

    Love tap! 🙂

  14. AmandaSunday, August 18th, 2019 — 12:50am PDT

    I would love to take my husband to see the tap dancing performances! ?

  15. daneSunday, August 18th, 2019 — 9:39am PDT


  16. KimberlyTuesday, August 20th, 2019 — 8:22pm PDT

    Would be fun to go!

  17. AlexandraWednesday, August 21st, 2019 — 10:13am PDT

    ? i’ve Always wanted to go

  18. RoseWednesday, August 21st, 2019 — 10:14am PDT

    Great prizes

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