Have you ever seen a live tap show? I have visions of men dressed in black, with maybe a hat and a cane, tapping on a stage. Traveling Tap Dance Super Show is so much more than that. For starters, the stage is on the ground level- the company brings in a special floor to cover the concrete found in the Firefighter’s Union Hall. Sitting in the front row, I was about three feet from the dancing.
The Traveling Tap Dance Super Show not only showcases some great tap dancing and modern dance, it also educates the audience on the history of tap and several styles of dance. It’s fun to see adults do what the love to do, and do it well. Watching a tap performance is multi-sensory, because the music of the dancers’ feet is as much a part of the performance as the visual they create.
This super show is a combined effort from Tapman Productions based in Chicago, and the Circle City Tap Company based here. Fun fact: one of the younger members of the company watched a 2013 IndyFringe Tapman/Circle City Tap production, and shortly after joined the company. She performed on stage with them Tuesday night. That, right there, is the power of IndyFringe.