Tap Day Events

Our annual Tap Day celebrations are produced in partnership with the National Music Centre, Tri-Tone Rhythm Society, and Jaimie Hill & Tammy-Lynn Powers Memorial Foundation, bringing together the Alberta tap dance community for an evening of rhythm and expression.

National Tap Day was first presented to U.S. Congress on February 7, 1989 and was signed into US-American law by President George H.W. Bush on November 8, 1989. It is now celebrated internationally every year, from Tokyo to New York City and throughout Canada, Europe and Asia. Tap dance enthusiasts, students, and professionals come together to celebrate the art form with performances, workshops, tap jams and more. Tap Day is celebrated online, with over 27.5 million mentions on social media in 2018.

Honouring the legacy of Tap Legend, the late Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, over 60 Tap dancers from across the province gather to present an eclectic evening of rhythm. This all-ages event includes music selections of jazz greats, classical icons, and contemporary artists, performed by inspired youth and professional artists.

The focus of the concert is to develop a vibrant, inspired, and expressive tap dance community, to create a platform for the creation and presentation of new work, and to advance and celebrate rhythm tap and the percussive arts in Alberta. Tap Day is an inclusive, community-oriented event open to all rhythmic artists and musicians.

Lawson Percussive Dance Arts Company Presents: 

Play It Forward

CALGARY ALBERTA, Saturday, May 21, 2022

In partnership with National Music Centre with support form Scotiabank Backbeat, Lawson Percussive Dance Arts Company is excited to bring live tap dance, body percussion and movement to Studio Bell for an afternoon of pop-up performances. 

The company will activate numerous museum exhibits with tap battles, rhythmic soundscapes, body music, staircase dances, and choreographic compositions, celebrating Canadian icons Oscar Peterson, KD Lang, Diana Krall, and music from around the globe. Live musicians include bass player Kodi Hutchinson and vocalist Johanna Sillanpaa.

Play It Forward, integrates rhythm tap, body percussion and somatic movement practices into a unique visual and rhythmic experience, invigorating the viewers’ senses.  LPDAC will have you snapping your fingers, while tapping into the heartbeat of our shared human experience during the pandemic. 

Please join us for our Premiere Performance, Play It Forward

Saturday, May 21, 2022 @ 12:00-2:30PM

Studio Bell, Home of the The National Music Centre

Performances included with NMC General Admission ($15 recommended donation)

LPDAC was made possible in part through funding from Calgary Arts Development Authority, The City of Calgary, Artsvest and numerous private donors and sponsors.