Tap Dance show: Family tradition continues

  • Wed Jun 15th, 2011 7:24pm
  • Life
The 2010 Tap Dance show at the Lopez Community Center.

The 2010 Tap Dance show at the Lopez Community Center.

For 35 years the sound of tap shoes have echoed against the walls of Woodmen Hall and the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts.

Andrea O’Bryant has spent those years on stage and in the audience watching the show.

“Ever since we started it has been a sell out show even when it was standing room only,” O’Bryant said. “Lopez is a great audience for us.”

So once again the Tap Dance show for the whole family has two performances on June 16 and 17, 7 p.m., at the Lopez Community Center.

The performance showcases various styles of tap from  A Capella to Swing. There will be a few Irish dances, which O’Bryants says are always crowd pleasers. O’Bryant is also throwing more modern dances into the mix. This year a group of middle schoolers will tap dance to hip hop music.

There is also wide variety in the age of dancers.

“We have three-year-olds to 70-year-old dancers, “ O’Bryant said.

O’Bryant has fifty students that will perform and her mother Jan O’Bryant, who initially started the Tap Dance show, has 30 students. Mother and daughter can also be seen on stage. O’Bryant started tap dancing  when she was just two and a half-years-old.

“I still perform every year, another dancer and I have a routine,” O’Bryant said. “My mom also performs in the Shim Sham Shimmy, a classic tap dance.”

Tickets are $10 at the door. Visit www.lopezcenter.org for more information about this event.