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Tap Jammin' Brings Razzle-Dazzle to Dance Month in Houston

Dance enthusiasts attending the Tap Jammin' program — part of Dance Month at the Kaplan — should bring their tap shoes along and get ready to show off their own stuff. 

Tap Jammin' brings together tap-dance legend and Lawrence Welk show alum Arthur Duncan, Austin-based Acia Gray's Tapestry Dance Company and Ayodele Casel for an evening of high energy. Following the performance, there will be a party in the auditorium.

"It's a tap jam improv," says Maxine Silberstein, the director of dance for the Evelyn R. Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston, which hosts the annual celebration. "We're inviting everyone to dance with us. So, anyone who feels the rhythm is welcome to take part."

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"We've always had tap as part of the selection," Silberstein says. "But a few years ago, we got away from that. We brought it back last year, and this year we're excited to have a great program."

"Ayodele Casel in particular is a whole new generation of tap dance," says Silberstein. "I think younger audience members will really love her style, which is a lot like Savion Glover's. And Acia Gray has made such a name on the national and international scene. That's just super to look forward to."

The performance of Tap Jammin' is scheduled for 8 p.m. February 13 at the Kaplan Theatre, 5601 South Braeswood. For information, call 713-729-3200 or visit erjcchouston.org; $30 ($20 members; $15 students).

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