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Tap to Togetherness

Building Family Relations & Enhancing Child Development Through Tap Dance

The K-State Tap Dance Ensemble is partnering with Parents as Teachers to bring our families a series of tap dance classes this spring.  The classes are open to any family in Parents as Teachers who has a child over 12 months of age. The classes will be held on Tuesday evenings, with two sessions each evening.

Sample T3 Session
K-State Tap Dance Ensemble Performance
Buffalo Demonstration

Program Goals

Enhanced self-esteem

Increased positive discipline

Assess and improve body movement coordination

Identify sensory needs and then collaborate on ways to meet children’s sensory needs through tap dance sessions

Examine and enhance family relationships (bonding and communication between parent and child).

Program dates

September 1 and 15

October 6 and 20

November 17

December 8

February 9 and 23

March 8 and 29

April 5

May 3

About the K-State Tap Dance Ensemble

Julie L. Pentz, Associate Professor and Director of Dance and The K-State Tap Dance Ensemble is a group of K-State students who share the love of tap dance on the K-State campus, local Manhattan community, regionally, and nationally.  This ensemble has been established for 7 years. This ensemble has reached thousands of elementary and middle school students regionally and has performed at dozens of community events that include, but are not limited to, Spooktacular at the Sunset Zoo, Purple Power Play on Poyntz, and Family Fun Nights at local elementary schools.  Please visit the K-State Tap Dance Ensemble online to learn more.

Read more about early childhood development research at K-State.

For information about this program, contact Julie L. Pentz at jpentz@ksu.edu.