The Big Apple Tap Festival 2017

Upcoming Festival


The following is the information regarding the past 2017 Big Apple Tap Festival.

Information about the 2018 Big Apple Tap Festival will be posted soon.



The Big Apple Tap Festival

New York City
November 10-12, 2017

Dianne 'Lady Di' Walker Dianne 'Lady Di' Walker


Honoring Tap Master
Dianne 'Lady Di'  Walker

Page updated on October 20 / 2017





The Big Apple Tap Festival





The Tap Festival Includes:
  • Tap Master Classes by 'Star-Studded' Tap Faculty.
  • Master Classes in a Variety of Tap Styles.
  • Tap Technique and Warm-Up Classes.
  • Two Adult Programs (17+, Adults, Teachers, Studio Owners).
  • Dedicated Adult Program (17+) for Advanced Beginners, on Two Days!
  • Two Dedicated Older Teens Programs (15-16 Yrs.).
  • Dedicated Younger Teens Program (13-14 Yrs.).
  • Dedicated Pre-Teens Program (10-12 Yrs.).
  • Participants Showcase at The Kaye Playhouse.
  • Award Ceremony.
  • Tap History Talks.
  • Video Presentation.
  • Related Events.








Ivery Fisher and Dianne Walker
Ivery Fisher and Dianne Walker


Bernard Manners, Dianne Walker and Kevin Ramsey
L To R: Bernard Manners, Dianne Walker and Kevin Ramsey





Festival Description:
The Big Apple Tap Festival,
an intensive weekend of exciting events, including:

Tap Master Classes:
With:
Dianne 'Lady Di'  Walker ; Ofer Ben ; Brenda Bufalino ;
Karen Callaway-Williams ; Denise Caston ; Debbi Dee ;
Barbara Duffy ; DeWitt Fleming ; Isabel Glasser ;
Germaine Goodson ; Ray Hesselink ; 'Anthony LoCascio ; Reggio McLaughlin ; Yukiko 'Smilie' Misumi ; Avi Miller ;
Andrew Nemr ; Claudia Rahardjanoto ; Sarah Reich ;
Germaine Salsberg ; Jason Samuels Smith ;
Alan Spaulding & Jimmy Tate
  • Twenty-two leading tap artists will teach inspiring Tap Master Classes, each in his/her own unique style and charisma.

  • Dedicated Tap Master Classes
    • Isabel Glasser and Alan Spaulding will dedicate their classes to the late-great Tap Master Bob Audy.
    • Jimmy Tate will dedicate his classes to the late-great Tap Master Danny Daniels.
    • Reggio McLaughlin will dedicate his classes to the Copasetic's chair dance, highlighting his longtime tap partner, the late-great Ernest 'Brownie' Brown.
    • Denise Caston will dedicate her classes to 'precision tap dancing'.

  • All the Tap Master Classes will take place at Pearl Studios in midtown Manhattan. Check the 'locations' section on this page for address and directions.


Tap Exercises:
With:
Mark Albrecht ; April Cook ; Nicole Hockenberry ;
Corey Hutchins ; Shelby Kaufman ; Hillary-Marie Michael &
Kelsey Rose Young
  • Warm-up sessions for each day with seven leading tap practitioners who will teach the afternoon / morning tap drills - each with his/her own unique style and technique.
  • All the Tap Exercise Classes will take place at Pearl Studios in midtown Manhattan. Check the 'locations' section on this page for address and directions.


Participants Showcase:
Emceed by:
Ray Hesselink
  • All the participants in The Big Apple Tap Festival are encouraged to perform in this showcase and contribute to a wonderful event.
  • Please refer to the 'Participants Showcase' button on this website for guidelines and requirements.
  • Many Faculty Members and surprise guests are expected to grace the stage as well.
  • The Participants Showcase will take place at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. Check the 'locations' section on this page for address and directions.



The Big Apple Tap Festival Award
to Tap Master Dianne 'Lady Di'  Walker:

At the Participants Showcase
Presented By:
Faculty & Friends
  • Members of the star-studded faculty will present Tap Master Dianne 'Lady Di'  Walker with The Big Apple Tap Festival Award for "Outstanding Achievements & Significant Contribution To The Tradition And Art Of Tap Dance".
  • The award ceremony will take place at The Kaye Playhouse in Hunter College. Check the 'locations' section on this page for address and directions.


Tap History Talks:
Emceed by:
Debbi Dee
  • Debbi Dee will conduct the 'Tap History Talks' session, honoring Dianne 'Lady Di'  Walker, which will feature stories shared by the faculty.
  • This session will take place at Pearl Studios in midtown Manhattan, and is free of charge to the festival participants. Check the 'locations' section on this page for address and directions.


Video Presentation:
Curated by:
Germaine Salsberg & Avi Miller
  • Germaine Salsberg & Avi Miller have collected video and movie clips over the years and have built an extensive library of material starting from the early days of tap dance.
  • The audience will be presented with a compliation of tap video clips from various periods and various styles of tap.
  • This session will take place at Pearl Studios in midtown Manhattan, and is free of charge to the festival participants. Check the 'locations' section on this page for address and directions.
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Dianne Walker and Dr. Jimmy Slyde
Dianne Walker and Dr. Jimmy Slyde


Dianne 'Lady Di' Walker
Dianne 'Lady Di'  Walker





Class Levels:

  • Adult Programs 1 & 2:
  • Intermediate / Advanced / Professional
    (ages 17+, adult tappers, teachers and studio owners.)
  • Adult Program 3:
  • Adv. Beginners
    (ages 17+, adult tappers, with at least 3 years of tap training.)

    A dedicated program for advanced beginner adult tappers, enabling them to enjoy the genius of the masters.
  • Older Teens 1 & 2:
  • Intermediate / Advanced
    (ages 15 - 16, with at least 6 years of extensive tap training.)
  • Younger Teens:
  • Intermediate / Advanced
    (ages 13 - 14, with at least 5 years of extensive tap training.)
  • Pre-Teens Program:
  • Intermediate
    (ages 10 - 12, with at least 3-4 years of extensive tap training.)


    Level Clarification:
    • All the programs / classes at the festival are at an 'open level'. For this reason we suggest the minimum requirements of level as stated above for each program.
    • Each teacher's class will vary in degree of difficulty according to their own style and charisma.
    • Adult programs 1 & 2 are identical and at an 'higher open level'.
    • Adult Program 3 will be at the advanced beginner level.
    • Older Teens 1 and 2 programs are at the same Intermediate/Advanced level.
    • The participants should attend this festival with the view of studying original material first hand from a diverse faculty, while receiving tap material from some of the highest professionals in the business.
    • Please keep an open-mind while studying the huge amount of material.
      The weekend will be successful if you absorb even a portion of what is taught during the classes.

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Dianne Walker and The Nicholas Brothers
L To R: Dr. Harold Nicholas, Dianne Walker and Dr. Fayard Nicholas




The Big Apple Tap Festival
Certificate Of Participation:
(For Students of Adult #1 or Adult #2 Only)

    For Teachers Only - The Big Apple Tap Festival - Certificate of Participation

    Students in the Adult #1 or Adult #2 programs who take part in the 'Entire Festival' are entitled to receive a Certificate of Participation.

    Once you register to the 'Entire Festival' please add this feature to your online registration form and a certificate will be presented to you on the last day of classes.


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The Three Dukes: Bubba Gaines, Leon Collins and Raymond Khalund
The Three Dukes
L To R: Bubba Gaines, Leon Collins and Raymond Khalund.
Leon Collins was Dianne Walker's mentor.




Rates:

*  Adult Programs #1 or #2:
       (Ages 17+, Adult Tappers, Teachers and Studio Owners)

- Registration To The Entire Festival:
  Rate includes:
All Tap Master Classes & Tap Exercises, Tap History Talks, Video Presentation, one nontransferable admission to the Participants Showcase, the Festival T-shirt & the Non-Refundable Registration Fee.

 
Adult
Prog. #1
Adult
Prog. #2
 
  • Friday, Saturday & Sunday - Nov. 10-12
         ($525 and no complimentary show ticket
          from October 23)
  • $495   $495  

    - Registration By Days:
      Daily rate includes:
    All Tap Master Classes & Tap Exercises on the specific day, Tap History Talks,
    Video Presentation & the Festival T-shirt.
    Daily rate does not include free admission to the Participants Showcase
    and the Registration Fee.


     
    Adult
    Prog. #1
    Adult
    Prog. #2
     
  • Friday, November 10:
  • $165   $165  
  • Saturday, November 11:
  • $165   $165  
  • Sunday, November 12:
  • $165   $165  
  • Non-Refundable
         Registration Fee:
  • $30   $30  


    *  Adult Program #3:
           (Ages 17+, Adult Tappers)
           Adv. Beginners with minimum 3 years of Tap Training.


    A dedicated program for advanced beginner adult tappers, enabling them to enjoy the genius of the masters.
    - Registration To The Entire Festival:
      Rate includes:
    All Tap Master Classes & Tap Exercises, Tap History Talks, Video Presentation, one nontransferable admission to the Participants Showcase, the Festival T-shirt & the Non-Refundable Registration Fee.

      Adult
    Prog. #3
     
  • Saturday & Sunday - Nov. 11-12
         ($360 and no complimentary show ticket from October 23)
  • $340  

    - Registration By Days:
      Daily rate includes:
    All Tap Master Classes & Tap Exercises on the specific day, Tap History Talks,
    Video Presentation & the Festival T-shirt.
    Daily rate does not include free admission to the Participants Showcase
    and the Registration Fee.


      Adult Prog. #3  
  • Saturday, November 11:
  • $165  
  • Sunday, November 12:
  • $165  
  • Non-Refundable Registration Fee:
  • $30  


    *  Older Teens #1 or #2: (Ages 15-16)
    - Registration To The Entire Festival (3 or 2 days):
      Rate includes:
    All Tap Master Classes & Tap Exercises, Tap History Talks, Video Presentation, one nontransferable admission to the Participants Showcase, the Festival T-shirt & the Non-Refundable Registration Fee.

    Please Note:
    Older Teens (15-16) that would like to attend an additional day at the festival, can register to one of the Adult Programs on Friday, November 10.


     
    Older
    Teens
    #1
    Older
    Teens
    #2
     
    3 Days Registration Packages:        
  • Friday, Saturday & Sunday - Nov. 10-12
          Friday Classes with Adult #1 or #2
           Saturday Classes with Older Teens #1 or #2
           Sunday Classes with Older Teens
           ($525 and no complimentary show ticket
            from October 23)


  • $495 $495  
    2 Days Registration Packages:        
  • Saturday & Sunday - Nov. 11-12
         Saturday Classes with Older Teens #1 or #2
          Sunday Classes with Older Teens
          ($360 and no complimentary show ticket
           from October 23)


  • $340 $340  

    - Registration By Days:
      Daily rate includes:
    All Tap Master Classes & Tap Exercises on the specific day, Tap History Talks,
    Video Presentation & the Festival T-shirt.
    Daily rate does not include free admission to the Participants Showcase
    and the Registration Fee.


     
    Older
    Teens
    #1
    Older
    Teens
    #2
     
  • Friday, November 10:
           Register with one of the Adult Programs
           Older Teens (15-16 only)
  • $165 $165  
  • Saturday, November 11:
  • $165 $165  
  • Sunday, November 12:
  • $165 $165  
  • Non-Refundable Registration Fee:
  • $30 $30  


    *  Younger Teens: (Ages 13-14)
    - Registration To The Entire Festival:
      Rate includes:
    All Tap Master Classes & Tap Exercises, Tap History Talks, Video Presentation, one nontransferable admission to the Participants Showcase, the Festival T-shirt & the Non-Refundable Registration Fee.

      Younger
    Teens
     
  • Saturday & Sunday - Nov. 11-12
         ($360 and no complimentary show ticket from October 23)
  • $340  

    - Registration By Days:
      Daily rate includes:
    All Tap Master Classes & Tap Exercises on the specific day, Tap History Talks,
    Video Presentation & the Festival T-shirt.
    Daily rate does not include free admission to the Participants Showcase
    and the Registration Fee.


      Younger
    Teens
     
  • Saturday, November 11:
  • $165  
  • Sunday, November 12:
  • $165  
  • Non-Refundable Registration Fee:
  • $30  


    *  Pre-Teens Program: (Ages 10-12)
    - Registration To The Entire Festival:
      Rate includes:
    All Tap Master Classes & Tap Exercises, Tap History Talks, Video Presentation, one nontransferable admission to the Participants Showcase, the Festival T-shirt & the Non-Refundable Registration Fee.

      Pre-
    Teens
    Program
     
  • Saturday & Sunday - Nov. 11-12
         ($360 and no complimentary show ticket from October 23)
  • $340  

    - Registration By Days:
      Daily rate includes:
    All Tap Master Classes & Tap Exercises on the specific day, Tap History Talks,
    Video Presentation & the Festival T-shirt.
    Daily rate does not include free admission to the Participants Showcase
    and the Registration Fee.


      Pre-
    Teens
    Program
     
  • Saturday, November 11:
  • $165  
  • Sunday, November 12:
  • $165  
  • Non-Refundable Registration Fee:
  • $30  


    *  Additional Rates:
    - Participants Showcase Tickets:
        All the performers must obtain a ticket in order to enter the theater.
  • Entire Festival participants (Before October 23):
          (Adult Prog. #1 & #2: 3 days / Older Teens: 2-3 days /
          Adult Prog. #3, Younger Teens & Pre-Teens Prog.: 2 days)
  • Free  
  • Registration By Day participants:
  • $25  
  • Advance sales:
  • $25  
  • At the door: (pending availability)
  • $28  


    - The Big Apple Tap Festival T-shirts:
  • Additional T-shirts:
          (sales at the festival only)
  • $20
     
     


    Special rates and
    performance opportunity
    for groups


    Call for details!
    (646) 383 4949


    Space is limited - register early!


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    Dianne Walker and Fellow Dancers
    Dianne Walker and Fellow Dancers


    3 Steppers and Cab Calloway
    3 Steppers and Cab Calloway




    Festival Locations:
    • All Tap Classes, Tap History Talks & Video Presentation:
      Pearl Studios
      500 8th Ave., New York City
      (Between 35th and 36th St.)
      Click here to find this location on Google Maps.
      Subway: A, C, E, 1, 2, 3.

    • Participants Showcase & Award Ceremony:
      The Kaye Playhouse
      695 Park Ave, New York City.
      Theater entrance is located on East 68th Street.
      (Between Park and Lexington Avenues.)
      Click here to to find this location on Google Maps.
      Subway: 6 (stops at Hunter College station).

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    Dianne Walker and Savion Glover
    Dianne Walker and Savion Glover





    Lodging:


    The Big Apple
    Tap Festival
    Sponsoring Hotel



    The
    Holiday Inn
    New York City - Times Square Hotel


    Holiday Inn New York City - Times Square
    Holiday Inn New York City - Times Square


    585 Eighth Avenue
    (Between 38th and 39th St.)
    New York City, NY 10018
    Phone: 212-473-6200 (Ext. 4610)
    Group Coordinator: Kimberly Charles

    Click here to find this location on Google Maps.



    Holiday Inn New York City - Times Square - King Bed Guestroom Holiday Inn New York City - Times Square - Hotel Entrance
    Holiday Inn New York City - Times Square - Restroom Holiday Inn New York City - Times Square - Double Bed Guestroom


    Click Here For More Information About The Hotel





    The Big Apple Tap Festival block of rooms at the Element Hotel is
    SOLD OUT!

    Visit the Travel & Lodging section
    for alternative nearby hotels.


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    Dr. Jimmy Slyde, Dr. Cholly Atkins, Dianne Walker and Dr. Henry LeTang
    L To R: Dr. Jimmy Slyde, Dr. Cholly Atkins, Dianne Walker and Dr. Henry LeTang




    While In New York City:






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