Hello to all and welcome back to the Tap Blog,
I have always been a huge fan of promoting and supporting other tappers – both here in Australia, and overseas – and now it’s time for me to throw my unbridled support behind the fabulous Sydney Tap Dance Festival!
It has been a long time coming – but finally this little known city, in the Southern Hemisphere, has its very own Tap Fest! And what a spectacular backdrop it has too – which is why I think this particular Tap Dance Festival, is one that tappers from all over the world may like to add to their tapping calendar!
I mean – what better excuse to travel to Australia and revel in the delights of this amazing harbour city! And as Aussie Tappers start gaining more and more recognition globally ,it has been perfectly timed with its Inaugural Festival being held last year in 2017!
For the first ever event, the numbers were incredible and the vibe totally unique!
Visiting USA masters Kelsey McCowan and Caley Carr impressed everyone with their super friendly approach that saw them tapping alongside our homegrown line up of teachers including Peta Anderson, Nathaniel Hancock , Thomas Egan, Jack Egan, Jesse Rassmussen, Ritchie Miller and me – Christine Denny!
The man behind this incredibly welcoming and friendly Tap Fest is local Sydney-Sider, Jake Murray and I have to say that he did a stellar job.
I have been to many tap festivals before – both as a participant and as a tutor – and I can honestly say that Jake has managed to create a totally unique vibe, where everyone – no matter their experience or ability feels welcome. Whether staff or student – everyone was there together – simply loving, sharing and enjoying TAP!
It was stellar from start to finish!
Maybe it was Jake’s Dad firing up the BBQ at lunch time and providing the iconic Aussie treat of a “Sausage Sizzle” that brought everyone together! You really can not beat a sausage on a bun with some fried onions and tomato sauce ha a ha! Or his Mum lending her support to the event and giving it that ” family feel”!
Maybe it was all the staff – including our visiting USA legends, sitting around together sharing a yarn and a snag that made the difference?