Rhythmic Souls Tap Company
For the past 11 years, Watertower Theatre’s "Out of the Loop Fringe Festival" has wowed audiences with an exciting and unmatched artistic lineup. Featuring some of the best acts in theatre, music, dance and art from around the region and the world the "Out of the Loop" continues to bring all three spaces of the Addison Theatre Center alive with exciting contemporary work.
Included in this year’s lineup is the fan-tapping-tastic "Tap That" presented by the Rhythmic Souls Tap Company. The 45-minute performance piece toggles fairly seamlessly between comedy and talent. The dynamic duo of Katelyn Harris and Keira Leverton entertain us with all their shuffle ball changes, time steps, wings and other tap steps. They are occasionally accompanied by bass/acoustic guitarist/singer/songwriter Ashely Boucher.
The show begins with a very funny self-deferential slideshow. This is followed by a home video of friends trying to help the clueless Katelyn and Keira get organized. Then the show winds up to an amazing tap performance by Keira and Katelyn with music from "Carmen." This opening number almost slips in an unnecessary, distracting fumbling of costumes. Leave this bit out ladies, you don’t need it.
Between performance pieces we learn some history of tap dancing, soft shoe and a soulful solo by Ashely.
Keira and Katelyn then provide a soulful percussion like precision as they dance through Bizet’s "Carmen," The Beatles "Blackbird," Go West’s "King of Wishful Thinking" ending the performance with very simple and clever moves to "O Fortuna." Keira and Katelyn are very talented performers but it’s because of their love for their art form that makes "Tap That" such a treat.
Rhythmic Souls Tap Company was formed in North Texas for the purposes of promoting and preserving the indigenous American art of tap dance through educational classes, workshops and performances.
"Out of the Loop Fringe Festival" runs through March 17, with productions of "Tap That" on March 10 and 16 at Watertower Theatre, 15650 Addison Road in Addison. For info or tickets call 972-450-6232 or visit email@example.com