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Posted on: August 15, 2017

Temecula Presents 2017-2018 Dance Season Opens with the Return of Rhapsody In Taps

Rhapsody in Taps 2017-18

The Old Town Temecula Community Theater welcomes back Rhapsody In Taps, last seen hoofing it on Temecula’s Stage in OCT of 2013. #ExperienceMemorableNights at Temecula Presents’ Dance Series opening performance on OCT 7, 2017 at 8:00 pm.

Rhapsody In Taps’ six dancers and six musicians will present a retrospective program of tap dance partnered with live jazz, percussion and world music.  Artistic Director, Linda Sohl-Ellison, shares the company’s remarkable 36 years of creative contributions to the rich heritage and evolution of tap dance.  

The longest operating professional tap dance company in the U.S., and hence the world, Rhapsody In Taps is recognized for its choreographic invention and experimentation, its efforts to preserve and present tap’s legacy, and for its significant contributions to the worldwide resurgence of tap dance since the company’s beginnings in 1981.

The program will feature both traditional works and innovative dance/music works that have pushed the boundaries of tap.  In addition to diverse and dynamic choreography by Linda Sohl-Ellison and an exciting new solo by multi-talented RIT dancer/musician Aaron Williams, Rhapsody In Taps will perform historic works created for the company by great American tap masters Gregory Hines and Eddie Brown!  The art of rhythm tap dance, the excitement of live jazz and world music and an original repertoire make an evening with Rhapsody In Taps a unique visual and musical event.

Temecula Presents brings you Rhapsody in Taps as part of the City of Temecula Mayor’s #commUNITYpride theme as we continue to educate and inspire our community through rich and diverse arts and cultural experiences.  Rhapsody In Taps will offer a FREE Master Dance class on SAT, OCT 7 at 11:00 am in the Old Town Temecula Community Theater’s Dance Studio as part of Temecula Presents’ Arts Education and Outreach efforts. Please sign up for this free tap dance master class through the Ticket Office.

Temecula Presents’ 13th Season Dance Series also features Nannette Brodie Dance Theatre (FEB 3, 2018) First Place Winners at the 2017 Front & Main Dance Festival. Avocado Dance Theatre (MAR 16 & 17, 2018) is Temecula’s resident dance company since 2012, lead by Lori Craig Torok, also our Dance Scholar-In-Residence.  The Dance Season ends on a high note with the Front & Main Dance Festival (MAY 29, 2018 through JUN 3, 2018). 

2017-2018 Dance Season packages and individual tickets are on sale now.  Tickets can be purchased at Temecula’s Theater and are also be available online at www.TemeculaTheater.org. For more information, please contact the Ticket Office at 866.OLD.TOWN (866.653.8696).

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