February 17, 2012 Leave a comment
INTERSECTIONS: A New America Arts Festival starts February 23rd at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in NE DC. The festival includes 12 days of dance, music, theater and spoken word performances at reasonable prices. Some of this year’s performances featured in the dance genre include alight dance theater, DancEthos and Glade Dance Collective’s Trio of Perspectives, DCypher Dance’s Access Granted, Furia Flamenca’s Los Caminos del Flamenco and Just Taps’ SOLE Defined. I met up with Quynn Johnson, Director of Just Tap, to find out what they have in store for their show.
What can audience members expect from SOLE Defined? Any significance in the title of the show?
The audience can expect a fun, exciting, crazy rhythmic performance. Really outside of the box for a tap show. As a tap dancer I’m always asked, “Where does tap come from?” or “Are you a rhythm tap dancer or Broadway tap dancer?” It’s like people want to define it so they know what box to put the dance in. With this show, I’m saying that there is no one thing that defines the sole of a tap dancer. The influences come from so many different places and styles of music. It’s the way that we express ourselves.
What aspect of the show are you most excited about?
There are so many things about the show I’m excited about. I can’t name just one. We’ve created a sand dance that will be accompanied by an awesome Grammy nominated performing artist Christylez Bacon. We have a special guest, Ryan Johnson, from the Off-Broadway show STOMP, presenting tap fused with body percussion. We’re intersecting the roots of tap with West African dance to be performed with special guest Lesina Martin, and we have an amazing singer and live band, The Akua Allrich Quartet, to bring some hot jazz and funk to the show.
Why did you want to get involved with the INTERSECTIONS festival?
I think the INTERSECTIONS Festival is an awesome way for emerging and established artists to present their stories to a larger audience, many of whom may not have seen a tap show before. INTERSECTIONS also gives the artist an opportunity to push the boundaries of their creativity and that’s definitely what we’re doing. With the INTERSECTIONS festival, Just Tap will be bringing the dance to you in a way that makes it accessible for anyone. Young or old, you’re gonna walk away loving what you saw.