Florida Tap Dance Project Kicks off Dunedin Tampa Dance Festival
Date(s) - Sep 15 18
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Patricia Ann Dance Studios
The Florida Tap Dance Project puts its best foot forward to shine the spotlight on the art of tap dance Saturday, September 15, from 10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. at its free collection of various dance workshops and special events held throughout Dunedin.
Free Tap Dance Workshops open to all Tampa Bay area tap dancers will be held 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Patricia Ann Dance Studios located at 941 Douglas Avenue in Dunedin. At 2 p.m., a special ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held followed by a sculpture unveiling at 2:15 p.m. of Rhythm, the Florida Dance Project’s official dolphin mascot. Community festivities will continue from 2:30-4:00 p.m. at Pioneer Park at 420 Main Street in Dunedin with dance performances by the Tap Dance Ambassadors of Florida featuring Kayla Cowart (“The Tap Girl of Florida”), sponsor of the gala event; and, tap dancers from Tapped In, Inc., Truth Tap Company, the Rhythm and Sole Tap Ensemble and Patricia Ann Dance Studios.
Cowart graduated in 2015 from Largo High School’s Magnet Program. That same year, the emerging American tap dancer/choreographer founded Tap Dance Ambassadors of Florida; comprised of Cowart and St. Petersburg-Clearwater tap dance professionals: Morgan Angillilis-Storrison, Tapped In, Inc.; Ruth Ann Martin, Truth Tap Company; Ashlyn Bolton, The Rhythm and Sole Tap Ensemble; Aubrey Cheek, St. Petersburg-turned-New York dancer; and Raymond Bennett. It was also in 2015 that Cowart launched the Florida Tap Dance Project with the focus of showcasing Tampa Bay’s up-and-coming tap dancers in St. Petersburg-Clearwater.
“My goal is to garner attention for Pinellas County and St. Petersburg-Clearwater’s emerging tap dancers and brand the Tampa Bay area as the ‘Capital of Florida’s Tap Dance Industry,’ which is an integral part of Florida’s tap dance community,” says Cowart.
The Project’s sculpture of Rhythm, its mascot dolphin, will become the newest addition to a pod of more than 200 six-feet-tall mixed-media dolphins designed by local artists and sponsored by area businesses and placed along Pinellas County’s Dolphin Trail in St. Petersburg-Clearwater.
For more information about the Florida Tap Dance Project or this year’s Tap Dance Festival, visit floridatap.com.