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A Tappin’ Tribute

It’s your last chance to catch Thank You, Gregory: A Tribute to the Legends of Tap as it concludes its national tour on the east coast. The show honors the late Gregory Hines with performances by Maurice Hines, Chloe Arnold, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and Joseph Webb. April 6–7, 9, 16; thankyougregory.com


Richmond Returns to NYC

Grand jeté to The Joyce Theater this month to see the Richmond Ballet. The company will celebrate the fifth anniversary of its NYC debut with six of its most popular works, including Ancient Airs and Dances. April 6–11; richmondballet.com

 

Cancan in Canada

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet completes its tour of Moulin Rouge—The Ballet in Ottawa, Ontario, this month. The RWB is the first ballet company in the world to collaborate with Paris’ own Moulin Rouge, the birthplace of the beloved cancan! April 15–17; rwb.org


Gus Giordano Day

The state of Illinois honors April 25 as Gus Giordano Day—but you don’t have to be in Chicago to celebrate the jazz pioneer. Watch Giordano’s video Jazz Dance Class to honor this father of American jazz dance. (Available on amazon.com) April 25; giordanodance.org

 

Tappers Only!

The Royce Gallery in San Francisco will host the semifinals of So You Think You Can Tap this month. Dancers will compete in improv, tap challenge and group dance to advance to the finals on May 25: National Tap Dance Day! April 30; soyouthinkyoucantap.com

 

Photo of Joseph Webb by Carl McClarty/Courtesy Divine Rhythm Productions

(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)

Congratulations to Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers by clicking on their names here:

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And then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.

We also want you to get social! We'll be factoring social media likes and shares into our final tallies. Be sure to show your favorite finalist some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sharing their profile pages and using the hashtag #DanceSpiritCMS.

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