2015 Faculty Announced!


Kaleena Miller, Artistic Director

Brenna Brelie, Executive Director

Twin Cities Tap Festival Announces Nationally-Renowned
Tap Dance Faculty and Performers


MINNEAPOLIS, MN - June 1, 2015 -- The Twin Cities Tap Festival announces renowned tap dancers-- Lisa LaTouche, Sam Weber and Nico Rubio-- will be coming to Minnesota for the inaugural Twin Cities Tap Festival. These artists will join local tap artists Kaleena Miller, Ellen Keane and Ricci Milan as faculty and performers at the festival. [Complete faculty bios and photos can be found at www.twincitiestap.com]

The inaugural Twin Cities Tap Festival - co-presented by the Southern Theater - will be a festival of music, rhythm and the art of tap dance. The Festival will be held October 15-18, 2015 in the heart of the seven-corners arts district in Minneapolis at the Southern Theater and the Marriott Courtyard Inn. The Festival brings together national tap artists and local tap professionals and students to share and learn about rhythm, music, and the ever-evolving art of tap dance.

The core of the festival will be intensive master class workshops with the local and national professional tap dancers. Classes will be available to students of all ages and abilities. While the festival is centered around tap and percussive dance classes, there will also be three public performances on Thursday, October 15; Friday, October 16; and Saturday October 17 at the Southern Theater. In addition to the individual tap artists featured above, local tap companies will also be featured; the Flying Foot Forum, Keane Sense of Rhythm, Kaleena Miller Dance, and  Rhythmic Circus. Class registration and ticket sales will be online July 1, 2015.

The Twin Cities Tap Festival aims to shine a spotlight on Minnesota’s burgeoning tap community and brings attention to the wealth of tap talent that thrives here. Tap dancers, teachers, choreographers and dance appreciators from around the Upper Midwest will have access to classes, workshops and performances all centered around enhancing technique, expanding creativity, and experiencing the American art of tap dance.

The Twin Cities Tap Festival would not be possible without the support of our generous donors and sponsors - The Southern Theater, The Dancing Fair, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Capezio, Ballare Teatro Performing Arts Center and many individual contributors. There are many sponsorship packages and benefits available. If you or your organization are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Brenna Brelie.

 **Full faculty bios and photos can be found online at twincitiestap.com. **

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About the Twin Cities Tap Festival

The Twin Cities Tap Festival will bring together national artists and local tap professionals to share and learn about rhythm, music, and the art of tap dance. We aim to foster learning, inspiration, creativity, and innovation in Minnesota’s tap community and provide a venue to showcase local tap companies, dancers, and choreographers. twincitiestap.com

The Twin Cities Tap Festival is a sponsored project of Springboard for the Arts, a nonprofit arts service organization. Springboard for the Arts has been organized and operated to qualify as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; Taxpayer Identification Number 41-1690483.

About the Southern Theater

The Southern Theater in Minneapolis fosters a community of exceptional artists. Located in the Seven Corners district of Minneapolis, near the University of Minnesota’s West Bank campus, the intimate, 165 ­seat house has served as a leading and valued venue for eclectic,experimental, and engaging work that appeals to diverse audiences. The theater is a vital incubator, assisting Minnesota artists in their research and development in the fields of theatre, dance, and music. The Southern Theater provides a stage for new works and facilitates the presentation of artistic expressions that often are not found in competing venues.southerntheater.org

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