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K-State Tap Dance Ensemble

Message from the Director

Welcome to the K-State Tap Dance Ensemble homepage. Our ensemble is committed to sharing tap dance with the local and regional community. We do this by offering live performances and lecture demonstrations. In addition to our performances, this unique ensemble is committed to the International Tap Dance Association. The ITA supports and promotes Tap Dance worldwide.

The K-State Tap Dance Ensemble has been in existence since 2007. The ensemble can be seen at local Manhattan Retirement Communities, Elementary and Middle Schools, The Sunset Zoo SpookTacular, Wamego Middle School Fine Arts Fair, Purple Power Play on Poyntz, Winter Dance and Spring Dance, and charitable walks such as Relay for Life, Walk for ALS, and Walk for Fragile X. A highlight of the Ensemble was the McCain Series Savion Glover Pre-Talk show and performance.

Recently the Ensemble has developed a partnership with the Manhattan Kansas Community Parents as Teachers Program. The Ensemble participates in programs that feature tap dance and rhythm for parents and children of the program. In the Ensemble off time they deliver Tap - A - Grams for all occasions. Halloween and Valentines Day are busy days for the K-State Tap Dance Ensemble. All proceeds from our events directly support the K-State Tap Dance Ensemble.

Please join with us in celebrating Tap Dance.

Tappingly Yours,
Julie L. Pentz, Associate Professor of Dance and Managing and Artistic Director of the K-State Tap Dance Ensemble