‘Tap Kids’ steps onto RIC stage, Oct. 19

(Photo: David Starr)

(Photo: David Starr)
An enduring and revered American art form shines with contemporary brilliance in “Tap Kids,” a Performing Arts Series presentation at Rhode Island College on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium in Roberts Hall.

A talented troupe of young performers take tap dance to new levels while telling the story of teenagers coming to terms with first love, graduation and impending adulthood in a family-friendly celebration of American youth culture.

Created in 2002 by choreographer Lisa Hopkins and composer Philip Stern, “Tap Kids” is an exhilarating event that has been described as tap’s answer to High School Musical.

The show has been performed across the country and abroad, including a performance for the Queen of Holland at The Royal Theatre Carre in Amsterdam. “Tap Kids” debuted on national television on the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon.

In 2009, the group performed in a sold-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where the show was awarded the first five-star review that year.
The Erie Times News called “Tap Kids” “one of the dance world’s hottest commodities,” while Journal News wrote, “their talent is unmistakable, their passion is fierce.”

Tickets for "Tap Kids" are $35. Discounts are available for seniors, children and RIC faculty/staff/students/alumni. Purchase tickets in advance with Visa, MasterCard or Discover, by calling (401) 456-8144 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays; online at www.ric.edu/pfa; or in person at the Nazarian Center Box Office in Roberts Hall. The Box Office is also open for sales two hours prior to performance start time in the appropriate show venue.