CHAPEL HILL-Over the course of its dance seasons, the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble has traveled all over the world for performances,—and this weekend, they’ll wrap up their year a little closer to home with a finale dance concert spectacular.
Ensemble artistic Director Gene Medler says the performance, which is called “Rhythm Evolved,” covers a variety of different percussive dance styles.
“It ranges from French-Candian waltz clogs and Irish jigs, all the way up to the cutting edge contemporary choreography of Michelle Dorrance.”
Michelle Dorrance is the daughter of highly touted UNC women’s soccer head coach Anson Dorrance.
Each year, the ensemble performs about 15-25 shows; this year, one of them took place at Washington D.C.’s prestigious John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Senior dancer Laura Matrazzo says the company’s been working on their finale show for about six weeks.
“We basically have to come up with a show order, organize costumes, pick who will be in each number, and then watch it all happen,” she says.
Earlier this week, Matrazzo and fellow dancer Luke Hickey stopped by the WCHL studios to give a sneak peak of their fancy footwork in this weekend’s performance.
The ensemble’s final performance will take place Sunday afternoon at 2:00 at Durham’s Carolina Theatre. To purchase tickets, click here.