On May 25, tappers everywhere will celebrate National Tap Dance Day in honor of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson’s birthday. Check out this sampling of events held in May to get your tap on and honor some of the biggest hoofers in tap dance history.
- For the second year, San Diego Civic Dance Arts will organize a tap flash mob in Balboa Park on Sunday, May 24. Registered dancers learn choreography from YouTube videos and will meet the day of to rehearse.
- May 17–24 in New York City, the American Tap Dance Foundation will host its first-ever Tap Treasures Tap Dance Hunt and Tour. The event will lead participants through the city’s most famous and historic tap dance locations, where they’ll take photos and answer clues. The winner will take home a $500 ATDF gift certificate.
- May 29–31, the Las Vegas Tap Festival (LV Tap Fest) will offer tap jams and classes, culminating in a finale featuring the instructors, dance companies and special guest performers.
Photos from top: by Debi Field, courtesy ATDF; by Chantal Darquenne, courtesy of San Diego Civic Dance Arts