In honor of National Tap Dance Day, students from the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will present a Tap Showcase Sunday, June 5th at 4:00 p.m. at Saint Mary’s University’s Figliulo Recital Hall.

The showcase will highlight the talents of students who range in age from 4 to adult and range in ability from beginning- advanced. They will be performing rhythm tap pieces they learned in workshops this month and a revival of the tap piece from the spring Dance Repertory Company Concert. The evening will also include a special tap history presentation featuring the “Shim Sham Shimmy,” a dance known as the national anthem of tap. The showcase is open to the public, and freewill donations will be accepted.

Students performing in the Winona showcase will include: Ava Amann, Baily Bestul, Lilia Civettini, Ruthie Civettini, Carter Full, Shari Fusillo, Hannah Graff, Nathan Graff, Viva Graff, Samantha Heaver, Autumn Herber, Elizabeth Hinz, Arianna Jacobs, Mattie Krisel, Rachel Lepper, Mary Kay Looney, Justine Meinke, Isaac Meinke, Preston Meinke, Cory Meier, Beatrice Sanders, Corrie Swenson, Kaia Van Tol, and Lucy Wilfart. The showcase is choreographed by MCA tap instructors Jessy Dienger & Christine Martin.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University, a nonprofit organization offers programming in dance, music, visual art, and theatre. Classes, lessons, workshops and camps are offered for ages 18mo. To adult at the Valencia Arts Center, corner of 10th and Vila Streets, Winona. For more information about MCA’s National Tap Dance Day Showcase or other arts programming, visit MCA online, email MCA@smumn.edu, or call (507) 453-5500.