The Vancouver Tap Ensemble and TapCo throw up their hats to It’s About Time

The Vancouver Tap Ensemble and TapCo throw up their hats to It’s About Time

Ensemble to hoof up a storm

Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre opens its dance season with some of Vancouver’s best tap dancers

The clickety-clack of metal taps hitting a shiny floor have been immortalized in some fine dance numbers over the years.

Think of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers clicking their toe-heels to Pick Yourself Up from the film Swing Time or Gene Kelly’s masterful moves in Singin’ in the Rain.

Tap dancing has come back in fine fashion, as locals will see ––and hear–– when The Vernon Performing Arts Centre Society presents It’s About Time as the start of its 2012-13 dance series Oct. 20.

Featuring the Vancouver Tap Ensemble, TapCo and guest artists, It’s About Time is a rhythmic romp energized by technical prowess and innovative choreography.

Some of the city’s finest hoofers and hottest feet are backed by live musicians to engage audiences in an unforgettable percussive conversation that features tones, syncopated rhythms and over-the-top steps executed in rapid-fire succession, said Kip Whelpley, the Performing Arts Centre’s new dance outreach coordinator.

Think of Sammy Davis Jr. dueling with Gregory Hines, and times that by 50 or more dancers.

“To see the Vancouver Tap Ensemble and TapCo perform is to be truly inspired; not only by the sheer excitement of top-ranked tap dancing, but also by witnessing what the youth have acquired directly from masters of the art they perform next to,” said Whelpley.

Developed by the Vancouver Tap Dance Society, the Vancouver Tap Ensemble was created out of a desire to build an avenue for local, professional tap dance in the city. To ensure the future of tap, the society created TapCo, a youth performance ensemble that features a crew of 14 youth ages 11 to 17 and eight young adults ages 18 to 24.

All practise out of a studio located on Vancouver’s East Hastings Street, a hub of tap dance in the city.

“The Vancouver Tap Ensemble and TapCo truly embrace the passion of youth in dance and it’s growing in leaps and bounds,” said Whelpley.

Local tap dance students, instructors, and those who love the spirit of what tap dance stands for won’t want to miss this one.

It’s About Time takes the stage at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30/adult, $27/senior, $25/student, $5 eyeGO, with discounts for members of the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Society. They are available at the Ticket Seller box office, 250-549-7469,