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Tapology Tap Dance Festival for Youth

Flint Institute of Music

  • Program Flint Area
  • Program Area Enriching Lives Through Arts and Culture
  • Grant Amount $50,000
  • Grant Period July 1, 2010–December 31, 2010
  • Location Flint, MI, United States
  • Geographic Focus Flint

About this grant

This grant to the Flint Institute of Music will provide continued support for the annual Tapology Tap Dance Festival for Youth held on the Flint Cultural Center campus. The festival is a collaborative effort with Tapology, Inc., to introduce children, ages 8 to 18, to the art of tap dance and to offer instruction by professional artists to aspiring young dancers. Other partners include the Flint Community Schools, the Flint Public Library, local media, and other cultural center organizations. Students from dance studios throughout Michigan and other states attend workshops and receive mentoring from professional dancers from around the country. In addition, several hundred Flint public school students are brought to the campus to learn about the history of tap, receive tap instruction, and gain an appreciation for the music and culture it represents. The festival also includes a student dance competition and public performance by the professional dancers.