Go Into Your Dance- 7 p.m. May 24th Massey TheatreOur 2015 Tap Day Celebration May 24th at the Massey Theatre will honour Canadian tap dancer, Ruby Keeler. With MC Teryl Rothery and top Canadian tap dancers including Aaron Tolson.This will be an amazing show. Ruby Keeler's daughters will join us for the celebration. Tickets can be purchased on the Massey Theatre website at www.masseytheatre.com The price for West Coast Tap Dance Collective Members is $19 plus service charges and the price for non-members is $25 plus service charges. If you want to take advantage of this significant saving, memberships are available on our membership page.
Ruby Keeler, born Ethel Hilda Keeler, actress, singer, dancer (born-Halifax 25 Aug, 1910; died- Rancho Mirage, Ca 28 Feb, 1993). Ruby Keeler moved as a young child with her family to New York City and grew up poor on the Lower East Side. She started taking dance lessons at 10 years old and learned to tap dance. At 13 she began her show business career in the chorus line of the George M. Cohan Broadway production of The Rise of Rosie O'Reilly in 1923. When legendary producer Flo Ziegfeld spotted her in a musical called Lucky, he signed her up to star in Whoopee alongside Eddie Cantor.
Before Whoopee made it to the Broadway stage Ruby Keeler travelled to Hollywood for a small part in a short, Show Girl in Hollywood. There she married singer Al Jolson (star of the first "talkie," The Jazz Singer) in 1928. She returned to New York with Jolson, but was soon back in Hollywood for a brief, memorable career in film. In her 1933 debut, 42nd Street, Keeler played a chorus girl suddenly sent onstage to replace the ailing lead dancer, the director urging her on with the immortal lines, "You're going out there a youngster, but you've got to come back a star!"
The feature 42nd Street was followed by Warner Bros. tap-dancing musicals that became classics of the genre thanks to the spectacular, geometrically patterned routines choreographed by Busby Berkeley: Gold Diggers of 1933 and Footlight Parade in 1933, and Dames in 1934. Ruby Keeler made her last film in 1941, divorced Jolson, and retired from the screen to raise a family with her second husband John Lowe. With the revival of interest in Busby Berkeley's films in the late 1960s, Ruby Keeler made a brief comeback at age 61 to perform her tap-dancing numbers to critical acclaim in the 1971 Broadway revival of No, No, Nanette.
Aaron Tolson Workshop- May 23 Dance ExpressTHE WEST COAST TAP DANCE COLLECTIVE presents a workshop with AARON TOLSON. Aaron, a professional tap dancer, is also a producer, director, choreographer and performer. One of his career highlights includes accepting a role in the national and international tours of Riverdance. He was a featured soloist and captain of the tap dancers for six years as he performed on Broadway and at Radio City Music Hall, on various TV shows, at NBA games, and on stages the world over.
In 2006 Aaron began working with longtime friend Derick Grant on Imagine Tap!, a Chicago-based show whose formation would become the subject of a feature-length documentary, titled Tap or Die.
Aaron is currently on faculty with Broadway Dance Center in New York City and is the director of Tap2You, a traveling workshop series. In addition, he is the national spokesperson for SoDanca, and the Director of Speaking In Taps, a pre-professional dance company.
SATURDAY MAY 23rd
AT: Dance Express
4247 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby
3:30 Advanced Beginner
Everyone welcome, kids and adults
$10/class for West Coast Tap members*
$15/class for non members
*memberships are $20 annually and will be available at workshop
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2015 Scholarship WinnerCongratulations to Timothy Allen, a talented young dancer from Chemainus B.C.! Timothy is the winner of the West Coast Tap Dance Collective's $500 scholarship to further his goals in tap dance. You can see him in our Tap Day Celebration show May 24th.Thank-you to all of the amazing tap dancers who participated this year. Thanks also to Jennifer Bishop for teaching the scholarship class and for our panel of judges, Jim Hibbard, Barbara Tomasic, Tamara Thompson-Levi and Jan Kainer.
Educator's Scholarship WinnerWe're happy to announce that the winner of our scholarship for educators is Lindsay Sterk from Courtney, B.C. Lindsay is a gifted teacher, choreographer and performer who is respected in the tap community.