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National Tap Dance Day in Toronto! 2013 Celebration

23 May
National tap dance day Toronto with choreographer Shawn Byfield

National tap dance day Toronto with choreographer Shawn Byfield

What’s the best way to celebrate Bill “Bojangles” Robinson’s birthday?

Totally FREE tap dance classes in Toronto!

Saturday May 25th is National Tap Dance Day, which honours the birthday of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. The left-footed tap dancer paved the way and opened the doors for Black entertainers to perform in film and stage.

To celebrate, expert tap dance choreographer Shawn Byfield is hosting FREE tap dance classes for dancers aged 16 and up, at Byfield Dance Experience, 819 Yonge Street, Toronto.

— 4pm Dancers with lots of tap training
— 5pm Dancers with a bit of tap training
— 6pm Dancers with very little tap training

Limited Spots Available, CALL 416-917-1169 to Register

National tap dance day Toronto

National tap dance day Toronto

ALSO: big discounts on drop-in passes and merchandise will be available on National Tap Dance Day only, this Saturday.

Even if you’re broke, you CAN afford this day of awesomeness! Pick up the phone right now, RSVP your time and get involved. Come celebrate tap dance in Toronto and around the world!

National Tap Dance Day Toronto

29 May

Bill Robinson and Shirley Temple

Happy National Tap Dance Day to all the hoofers, tap dance supporters, teachers, photographers, videographers, researchers and everyone who continues to share the love of tap dance.

We honour the birthday of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson (May 25th, 1878) who opened the doors for tapdancers around the world to perform on film.

Bojangles was famous for his work teaching and performing with Shirley Temple (in photograph). He was a left-footed tapdancer, light on his toes, with a charming stage presence.

His personal life not as charming, and Bojangles used alcohol as a councellor. Despite his private life’s worries, Bill Robinson left a historic impression and memory for all tap dancers worldwide.

Toronto has an annual celebration at Nathan Phillips Square, 12 pm. [*UPDATE: Unfortunately there is NO performance in 2010] Cities around the world continue the celebration with shows, screenings, lectures and tap dance classes from pioneers of the art to the next generation of tap instructors and choreographers.

Here’s footage of myself performing at City Hall in honour of “Mr Bojangles”

Dance is universal. I encourage you to keep the dance alive and support the art form however you can,  where ever you are!

– Shawn Byfield


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