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The Moravian College Music Institute announced that Tap Team Two & Co. will perform "An Evening of Tap" on Friday, January 29, at 8:00 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall. Tap Team Two & Company will present a program that incorporates the old form of hoofing (street tap dance) with the toe tapping and foot stomping of the Irish jig along with African rhythms. The result is an innovative and exciting tap dance show. The company uses sounds made by their feet to form an orchestra, with each dancer being a different instrument, creating many colors and moods.
The Philadelphia-based Tap Team Two & Company, Inc. began in 1988 as the Young Audience Program. The company later became incorporated as a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving tap dance as an art form. The company has been rewarded for its excellence in education through the support of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Bolfinger-McMahon Foundation, Douty Foundation, The Quaker Chemical Foundation, The Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, and the New Impulses for the University of the Arts.
The artistic director of Tap Team Two is Robert F. Burden, Jr. He received his BFA in Jazz Dance from the University of the Arts in 1988 and studied with LaVaughn Robinson and Germain Ingram. Mr. Burden received an Independent Performing Artist Award from the Community Education Center in 1992. He was recognized as a Discipline winner in 1996 by the Pew Foundation. He has also been awarded the PRDI by the Pew Charitable Trusts in conjunction with Dance USA and the Philadelphia Dance Alliance. In 1997, he received the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Award for Emerging Dance Choreographer.
Tap Team Two & Company, An Evening of Tap, will be held in Foy Concert Hall at Moravian College’s Church Street Campus, Church and Main streets in Bethlehem. General admission to the performance is $12. Admission is $10 for LVAIC members, and $8 for senior citizens. For more information, contact the Moravian College Music Department at (610) 8611650.
What people are saying about Robert F. Burden Jr. & Tap Team Two & Company, Inc.
Burden virtuosity reminds me of an Art Blakey solo. His steps make noises like the different timbres of the bass snare, trapdrums & cymbals… City Paper May 1996
Burden … fast feet and genuine manner brought down the house in a recent Next Move performance. Philadelphia Weekly May 1997
Burden… calls tap a form of percussion with musical credits attributed to his feet and the body …Solo rhythm posits dance that speaks for itself… Philadelphia Weekly February 1997
Tap Team Two has already made its mark on dance tradition … with novel & innovative approach to tap. Philadelphia News Observer May 1997
…. Pieces composed are as lyrical and layered as a jazz band's music… City Paper 1996
….Update tap dance with club dance moves, sitcom chatter and youth culture take on the world… Philadelphia Inquirer 1996
Tap Team Two….performed the most hip-hop tap of the evening. Philadelphia Inquirer 1997
They educate as they entertain and are high on the fun factor … Seven Arts March 1997
Best of School Assembly…Philadelphia Magazine August 1996