Knock On Wood Tap Studio Marks 20th Anniversary
Celebrating June 7 with Student Showcase and Special Guest Performances
For two decades, Knock on Wood Tap Studio (KOW) has passed down the excitement and energy of tap with dancers of all ages and abilities. As one of the few studios in the nation dedicated exclusively to tap dance, KOW has preserved and promoted this uniquely American art form, ensuring that it not only survives, but thrives in the Washington area and beyond.
To mark reaching its 20th Anniversary milestone, KOW is expanding its annual Student Showcase, bringing back distinguished alumnus and other troupes that have been part of our history for special performances and a reception. The KOW 20th Anniversary Celebration is set for Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 2pm at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, MD.
Renee Kreithen and Yvonne Edwards (Miss Yvonne) founded KOW in 1995. Miss Yvonne, who continues to teach and perform, said “What I am most proud of is how many young people have not just learned this truly American art form and its rich history, but have built life-long friendships and given back by teaching.” Students at KOW range in age from 5 to 80+ years old. “Tap is something you can enjoy throughout your life and it provides great exercise, a fun way to relieve stress and enjoy the camaraderie of learning and performing together.”
KOW’s youth tap ensembles, first Tappers with Attitude, and now Capitol Tap (an in-residence ensemble), have performed around the world and across the nation. KOW alumnus, including Mya, Bakaari Wilder (who has performed on Broadway), Jason Holley, and Justin Lewis have gone on to careers in entertainment and tap dance, with several passing along the tradition by teaching new generations and tapping across the globe. Last winter, two current members of Capitol Tap who grew up at KOW, appeared in Maurice Hines Tappin’ Thru Life at Arena Stage in Washington.
Those scheduled to perform at the June 7 event include:
- Alumni of Tappers with Attitude
- Capitol Tap
- Former members of Step Aside
- Shannon Dunne Dance
Date: Sunday, June 7, 2015
Where: Montgomery Blair High School, 51 University Blvd East, Silver Spring, MD
When: Performances 2:00 p.m. with Reception immediately following the showcase.
Cost: $15 at the door; and $12.00 in advance; Free for children under 5.
More information: www.knockonwood.org