2004-01-29 / Arts & Entertainment

City Students Invited To Free Shows At Town Hall

City Students Invited To Free Shows At Town Hall

For their 2004 Black History Month celebration, The Town Hall and Con-solidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. will present "Tap Legends Live!" Free performances are being offered to students in grades 3 — 8 on February 12 and February 13 at 10:30 am. This exploration into the history of tap dance in America and its roots in African-American culture is a wonderful introduction to both the art form and its origins in Black America.

The show features the Young Hoof-ers, a troupe of Brooklyn teenage tap dancers who will present a history of the form, through jazz dance to contemporary tap. The Young Hoofers will be accompanied by a piano/bass jazz duet and Harold "Stumpy" Cromer will host.

The Young Hoofers have toured nationally to glowing reviews. They are making waves in the dance world as they extend the typical boundaries of traditional tap dancing and incorporate hip-hop, breakdancing and street forms into their moves.

This is the seventh year that Con Edison has sponsored the festival at The Town Hall. Both organizations continue their commitment of bringing quality educational entertainment to grade school children to ensure that youngsters are reminded of the strides made by the African-American community and to illustrate the importance of Black History Month.

The students also have the chance to win cash prizes in a Poster/Essay Contest. Students are invited to design posters that celebrate the role of the African-American artist in music. They also have the option of writing an essay explaining how the tap legends in the performance (Jim-my Slyde, Bojangles, the Original Hoofers, etc.) influenced tap dance as we know it. Five selected winners will each receive $50 at an awards ceremony at Con Edison headquarters at 4 Irving Place in Manhattan. Their posters and essays will also be featured for one month on the Town Hall website.

Thousands of students from through-out Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx participating in the program. This Black History Month Fes-tival is one of a series of programs designed for young audiences at The Town Hall. To receive information on future events, fax request and contact information to The Town Hall at 1-212-997-1929.

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