Under the guidance of Instructor and Choreographer Christine Martin, Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) intermediate and advanced tap dancers; Deja Foster, Viva Graff, Hannah Graff, Elizabeth Hinz, Nadia Hocum, Annabeth Kerr, Mattie Kriesel, Izzy Livingston, Preston Meinke, Isaac Meinke, Justine Meinke, Carmelle Meyer and Keeli Meyer auditioned and were selected to perform in the Twin Cities Tap Festival Showcase on Thursday, Oct. 17th at 7:30 pm at the Cowles Center in Minneapolis, MN. 

The piece selected is an excerpt from Symphony No. 143 (Eine Kleine Nachtmusick) which was performed last April during MCA’s Dance Repertory Company’s concert, Classically Speaking. Symphony No. 143 is an American tap dance inspired by the teaching of Fred Rogers including the themes of acceptance, respect, and love for oneself and one’s neighbor.

Through the rehearsal process the dancers have spent time exploring concepts like gratitude, communication, confidence, and the power of artistic expression.

Winona area dance enthusiasts don’t have to travel to the Cities to see the performance, they are invited to attend the dancer’s final dress rehearsal on Sunday, Oct. 13th at 7:00pm at Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts. This preview performance is free and open to the public lasting approximately 15-20 minutes and will include the dance performance and a little explanation of the process.

Information about the Festival can be found on the TCTF website: https://www.twincitiestap.com/