Our first PTA arts assembly for this school year will be Friday, March 14. It’s a tap dancing performance and demonstration by Mark Mendonca and his company. Mark has an extensive career as a dancer and choreographer, performing on Broadway, television, and concert stages around the world. Mark’s dancing was motion-captured for the animated feature film “The Polar Express“, and his dancing was featured in the Emmy Award-nominated documentary “Juba: The Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance”, aired on PBS.
The performance consists of tap dance, drumming, found object percussion (like the Broadway show Stomp), audience participation, and some history of the American art forms of tap dance and jazz music. They will perform different styles of tap, from early Bill “Bojangles” Robinson and Shirley Temple in the 1930’s, to Broadway, to what tap dance is today. They will get the audience on their feet to learn a tap dance combination, and will have a question and answer section. The show is high energy and the kids always love getting their feet moving and making rhythms.
The performance will take place on the stage. Parents who would like to see the performance are welcome to join us. K-2 will see the show at 9:40 a.m., and 3-5 at 10:40 a.m.
Laurie Utterback, PTA Arts Assemblies Coordinator