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
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The 2019 VanTap Fest includes three premiere performances: Max 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).
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.
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