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May 3, 2005 > Tap West celebrates tappers

Tap West celebrates tappers

Cloudy skies and cool weather proved no match for the energy of tap dancers who gathered at the Fremont La Quinta Inn to practice a special dance routine for all participants and attend an evening showcase with guest instructor, Mark Mendonca, co-director of the Los Angeles based dance company, Dance Electric.

Mendonca has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe performing in such venues as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center and the Bienalle de la Danse Festival in France, and has shared the stage with tap greats Jimmy Slyde, Gregory Hines, the Nicholas Brothers, as well as late tap legends Charles Honi' Coles, Eddie Brown, Steve Condos and Chuck Green.

Joining the fun and proving that everyone can tap dance (or at least try), Mr. Jelly Belly in distinctive purple hue, added his talents to the festivities.

Mayor Bob Wasserman welcomed participants and quipped that he would have brought sunshine if organizers had requested it earlier. However, spirits were high as young and old, including Girl Scout Troops 46 and 594 as well as "Red Hatters," enjoyed the event.

Organizer Marcia West stated that proceeds from the event were dedicated to Sister John Marie's Pantry, Furry Friends Rescue and Tsunami Relief efforts. Tap West performers traveled from as far as Arizona to take part in the event.

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