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FLO-BERT is dedicated to preserving, supporting, showcasing and educating the public about the great American Art Form, Tap Dance. Annually, we present "Tap Ex", a production which features today's great tap dancers and their choreography / improvography, and honors those who have contributed to the life, history, preservation and expansion of Tap Dance. This year's show, "TapEx 2020" will be held at The High School of Art & Design on Saturday, June 6, 2020. We are thrilled to announce this year's Honorees: The Stellar Tap Artist Ayodele Casel, who recently presented her own show with Arturo O'Farrell's Latin Jazz Band at The Joyce Theater. Our other Honoree for "TapEx 2020" is the talented Tap Dancer and Actor DeWitt Fleming, Jr. DeWitt recently portrayed Jelly Roll Morton in a Washington DC Production of "Jelly's Last Jam". DeWitt has performed world wide. We celebrate the past and bring the form into the future. Our show presents new and veteran talent, crossing generations, ethnicities, cultures and performance genres.



at "TapEx 2020" on Sat., June 6, 2020 at the High Svchool of Art & Design in Manhattan. Our distinguished presenters are Tap Icons Baakari Wilder and Deborah Mitchell, Artistic Director of New Jersey Tap Ensemble. 



Credit...Andrea Mohin/The New York Times

“I want to create more experiences of joy for myself — it’s all that I’m craving right now,” the tap dancer Ayodele Casel recently told Gia Kourlas, The Times dance critic. 

Casel, above center, has been in the field for more than 20 years and inspires people to describe her with words like illuminating, electric, mesmerizing — as Aaron Mattocks, director of programming at the Joyce Theater in New York, put it. It was about time that Casel, 44, got her due, Kourlas wrote.

Casel’s collaboration with the composer Arturo O’Farrill at the Joyce this year earned her that. The performance was a spectacular display of technique and heart, skill and spirit, Kourlas wrote. And there was history too, as Casel paid homage to the female tap dancers who came before her.

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