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Centenary College Dance Grant Project Brings Internationally Known Tap Dancer Gracey Tune to Shreveport March 15

SHREVEPORT, LA -- Gracey Tune, an internationally known tap dancer, will instruct free tap lessons on Sunday, March 15 beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the Dance Arts Studio, 6607 Line Avenue, Suite F, under the auspices of the Centenary College dance program.

A tap history presentation will be held from 1:30-3 p.m., with a beginning tap class to follow from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. A class for intermediate to advanced level tap dancers will be held from 5-6:30 p.m.

Ms. Tune, a choreographer, performer, director and producer, is also the founding artistic director of Arts on Tap, a non-profit performing and visual arts organization that educates, preserves and develops interest in the art of tap and the collaboration of all art forms.

A pioneer in the resurgence of tap in the southwest, Ms. Tune is a frequent guest artist at many of the major events in the world of tap. One such appearance included a four-week tour of the South China Sea, performing with her brother, Tommy Tune, and the Manhattan Rhythm Kings aboard the Queen Elizabeth II. She has also performed with legendary tap masters Cholly Atkins and Buster Brown in the Portland International Tap Festival.

Currently, Ms. Tune is serving as the chairwoman of the Advisory Board of the Department of Dance and Theatre Arts at the University of North Texas.

Ms. Tune's visit is being funded by the Centenary College Dance Program through a grant received from the Louisiana Division of the Arts Decentralized Arts Funding Program for a project entitled: "The Master Dance Teachers Series." This project has two components: free dance classes taught by master teachers open to the public and classes in creative dance movement taught by master teachers at seven Caddo Parish schools.

Other free dance classes to be offered during March and April include:

  • Jazz Dance taught by Aaron Girlinghouse, Dance Arts Studio, March 22
  • Modern Dance taught by Sonja Pelletier, Haynes Gym, March 29
  • Tap Dance taught by Ginger Folmer, Dance Arts Studio, April 5
  • African Dance taught by Lucretia Roberson, Haynes Gym, April 9

    The second component of this project involves seven master teachers who will teach four classes at seven different public schools in Caddo Parish. The schools have been selected at the recommendation of Henry Price at the Caddo Parish School Board and Cari Bolinger, coordinator of the Arts in Education Program for the Shreveport Regional Arts Council.

    The dance masters who will instruct at the schools are Candy Peavy, Alexander School; Emily Hildebrand, J.P. Timmons; Sonya Pelletier, Queensborough; Aaron Girlinghouse, Riverside; Renee S. Chevallier, Oil City; Randy Allen, Keithville, and Frank Vega, Werner Park.

    For more information, contact Ginger Folmer, professor and coordinator of the Centenary College dance program, at 318-869-5077.

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