News Release

Southeastern to host tap dance concert November 8

 

HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University's dance program will present "Tap Dance Etcetera" Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.

 

The free, one-hour concert is dedicated to performing arts educators Cynthia F. Tricou and Artie F. Gautier, who both teach at Hammond Eastside Elementary Magnet School.

 

"The concert features swift, dazzling tap dancing, but also an innovative dance style performed by the dancing duo, Tokyoswagg; for this reason I entitled the concert Tap Dance Etcetera," said Dance Coordinator Martie Fellom. "The program also features the Tenacious Tappers, a tap group of local ladies over 40, the oldest of whom is 81. The one-hour concert promises an evening of fun entertainment."

 

Fellom said that Tokyoswagg, the dancing duo of Southeastern students Steven Ban of New Orleans and Jaquan Warren of Franklinton, will present contemporary dance exchanges that are funky, fun and comedic between three of the tap dances.

 

In addition to the Tenacious Tappers and the Tokyoswagg, Fellom said the concert also features the choreography of four other Southeastern students: Ariena Hodge and Leah Reeb of Slidell, Destiny Levert of Denham Springs and Crystal Schayot of New Orleans.

 

Reeb's piece, "Tappin' Jazzin'" features seven dancers and includes the themes of urban, fun, jazz twist and high energy.

 

Dancers for "Tappin' Jazzin'" include Gina Bankston of Walker, Samantha Barnes and Korie Battaglia of Slidell, Brandi Kenworthey of Abita Springs, Rachel Nance and Katy Truluck of Denham Springs, and Reeb.

 

"Come on Over," Hodge's piece, features four dancers and includes speed tap with a girly flare, Hodge said.

 

Dancers performing Hodge's piece include Amelia Benfatti of Lacombe, Hodge, Denee' Johnson of Baton Rouge, and Ashley Royerre of Hammond.

 

Schayot's piece, "Senior Year," showcases hip hop tap in the classroom and features six dancers: Banfatti, Gautier, Averi Harris of Slidell, Mindi Matherne of Des Allemands, Schayot, Tara Thiel of Slidell and Truluck.

 

Levert choreographed two pieces for the concert. The first, "Let's Swing on This Town," features fun, fabulous, fast tempo swing tap dance, Levert said. Dancers in the piece are Hodge, Levert and Ashli Tallo of Hammond.

 

"The Blues," Levert's second piece, showcases comedic heavy to light tap rhythms and features the talents of Kaleigh Brandt of Slidell, Levert and Tallo.

 

The Tenacious Tappers will perform "Sweet Tap Suite" and include Arlene Anzalone, Cindy Aucoin, Elsa Blessey, Becki Bradford, Courtney Daussat, Cheryl Donakey, Beverly Drude, Gautier, Patti Gautreaux, Willie Iwanczyk, June "Doobie" McNeil, Susan Ooms, Elizabeth Partridge, Carla Paul, Renae Perret, Cheryl Quarles, Melanie Ricketts, Roxanne Stoehr, Renee' Swalm, Cynthia Tricou, and Andrea Turner.

 

For more information contact Fellom at mfellom@southeastern.edu or (985) 549-2133.


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