Dancers Over 40, Apr 2012
TAP!, Dancers Over40’s final event of their 2011 – 2012 season brings the world of tap center stage for a discussion and performance by DO40 members and guests. This May’s event is hosted by Mercedes Ellington, (Sophisticated Ladies, No, No, Nanette!)and begins with a discussion of the history of tap by DO40 members Mercedes andLee Roy Reams (42nd Street). The program includes two panels and performances, featuring tappers from Broadway and beyond, as well as a salute to the tap teachers of the golden ages of theater and film. Featured guests include HarveyEvans and Noah Racy, with KarinBaker, Randy Skinner and Karen Prunzik (42ndStreet), Bob Audy, James Dybas andPatti Mariano (George M!), Linda Rose (No, No, Nanette!), TeakLewis, Lawrence Merritt, Joy Serio Dunbar, Max Pollack and Diane Walker, as well as performances by Noah Racy, Karen Prunzik, Linda Rose, Karen Callaway and Kathy Calahan. Video and film clips will also be a highlight of the evening, featuring many of the tap greats of the 20th Century.
This is the first time Dancers Over 40 is celebrating a specific genre of dance, instead of a performer, director or choreographer. DO40 will continue the discussion next season with a ballet panel in October and eventually feature jazz and modern dance. Dancers Over 40 is dedicated to preserving the History, Legacy and Lives of our creative community, while sharing the knowledge with the younger generation just beginning their careers. To that end, the event will be videotaped and donated to the Jerome Robbins Dance Collection at the Lincoln CenterLibrary for the Performing Arts.  CALENDAR