Tucson's second annual celebration of National Tap Dance Day is Saturday and Sunday, May 22-23, on the West Campus of Pima Community College.
Classes, a live big band swing dance finale, other performances and activities featuring regional and national tap dance celebrities are being held at the Pima Community College Center for the Arts, Proscenium Theatre, West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam, Tucson. For more information, go to www.dancinc.biz/ntd and www.dancinc.biz/swing
Rusty Frank, a Los Angeles tap and Lindy Hop promoter, choreographer, producer, international teacher/lecturer and award-winning preservationist, is the guest dancer. She's the author of "TAP! The Greatest Tap Dance Stars and their Stories 1900-1955."
A performance of "Sounds of the Soles of the Southwest" is Saturday, May 22, at 7 p.m. Featured performers are professional and advanced tap dancers from Tucson and Phoenix, and ethnic percussive footwork dance groups. Among them are Tap 24.7, Danswest Dance Productions, Tucson Dance Academy, University of Arizona Tap Cats, senior groups Tap Sensation and The Tucson Prunes, Tir Conaill Irish Dancers, and soloists Audrey Roberts, Austin Twaits, Aaron Honda, Angela Swanson, Melissa Aguirre (flamenco), KP Black and Rusty Frank.
Norm Marini, magician and comedian, is the master of ceremonies.
Tickets are available through the PCC box office at 520-206-6986. They are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and $10 for students 12 and under. Tickets also available online at www.BrownPaperTickets.com/event/110704
Tucson tap dance talent performs in a free concert Sunday, May 23, at 3 p.m. Young tap dancers from Tucson Dance Academy and Danswest Dance Productions get the spotlight, along with Tap Sensation, the Tucson Prunes and the Sun/Saddle Cloggers. Ethnic percussive footwork dance groups include Tir Conaill Irish Dancers, flamenco students of Barbara "La Flamencista" and the Seven Scottish Pipers Society. Passes are required; call 743-1349.
A grand finale event is Sunday, May 23, at 5 p.m. at the Old Pueblo Square and Round Dance Center, 613 E. Delano, a block south of Fort Lowell on First Avenue. Classes and performances are planned. Admission is $15, and $12 for students. Music is provided by the Tucson Jazz Institute's 20-piece Ellington Big Band. Desserts will be served. Vintage apparel is encouraged. The Tucson Prunes will perform.