posted on August 15, 2006 12:43
Melba Huber, Julie Doyle and Edwina Perez attended the 15th St. Louis Tap Festival, July 24-30, 2006, honoring Arthur Duncan of Lawrence Welk fame.
Other senior hoofers attending and teaching class were Dr. Jimmy Slyde, Dr. Prince Spencer and Harold Cromer.
The faculty included 17 tap dancers. Classes were held all week and concluded with a performance at the state-of-the-art Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center in St. Louis. Making the legendary hoofers available to the current tap dancers has always been the feature attraction and the dream of Robert L. Reed who heads up the festival. Melba conducted a history panel and was presented a beautiful plaque designed by Eugene Mosley, the jazz artist. Doyle and Perez received scholarships to the Festival.
Other faculty members including Reed were Avi Miller, Ofer Ben, Deborah Mitchell, Reggio McLaughlin, Jeannie Hill, George Patterson, Lisa La Touche and John Kloss. Jo Rowan, Dance Chairman from Oklahoma City taught ballet classes. Darryl Sandoz and Wisdom Rounds taught hip hop classes.
The diverse and talented 17-member faculty afforded students many opportunities to choose classes from some of the best tap teachers and tap dancers in the world. Having the history panel in a beautiful meeting room, a tap jam in the courtyard, the classes and the student performance, all in the same hotel, created a close, family atmosphere, allowing everyone to get to know each other. Everyone is appreciative to Robert L. Reed for producing this festival every year.