Tappin’ dat dance floor! ‘Love Taps’ show explores romance & rhythm

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO)-The award-winning Love Taps: An Evening of Romance and Rhythm is hitting the stage this February 19th-28th in a limited revival performance. The impassioned show will delve into the barrier-breaking universal truths of love and rhythm, showing how they connect humanity as one.

Theatre on Tap is bringing the popular, Big Easy Award winner to the Nims Black Box Theatre at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts where it will explore stories of fantasy, budding romance, finding courage out of grief, the strength of friendship, and the hope and optimism of our youth using the universal language of rhythm.

Under the direction of Emmy Award and two-time Big Easy Award winning artistic director and principal choreographer Heidi Malnar, performers will bring to life narrative works of dance theatre through tap and live music in an intimate, cabaret-style setting. With the audience on three sides, attendees can expect an immersive evening of rhythmic entertainment.

"Its a wonderful moment in time.  What you see isn't the same every time.  Its living, evolving, growing, a very live experience," Malnar said.

The original production pairs Malnar with leading female New Orleans artists Ainsley Matich, founder of local band Ainsley Matich and The Broken Blues (AMATBB), as the Musical Director and renowned Boutte family member Arséne Delay as the Lead Vocalist. All three have worked together on every Theatre on Tap project since the company’s beginning in 2014.

Love Taps dancer, Elizabeth Pulsinelli said, "This show is special because it celebrates love on lots of levels.  You have comedic moments and intimate moments, as well,".

Love Taps will feature a diverse array of music ranging from AMATBB and Delay originals, to Chet Baker, Blossom Dearie, Diana Krall, and Bruno Mars. The performance will also showcase Theatre on Tap’s Youth Ensemble in a sweet and uplifting medley of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “I’m Always Chasing Rainbows,” and “Rainbow Connection.”

Love Taps Dancer, Jordan Cruse said, "It's such an entertaining show, people love watching it, so it makes me love performing it for others.  As a dancer we have to be engaging.  You want to make them want to watch you, so you need to smile, and tap your heart out, and they'll feel it."

In the spirit of community, Love Taps will present performances by Nora Clark, founder of Tap That Brass band and a student-led work by Adrianne Mitchell, founder of Jazz City Tap Fest and director of Kelly School of Dance. Special guest performer Stephani Kammer will also tap her toes in this extravaganza of rhythm.

Love Taps will run for two weekends only on February 19, 20, and 21, and 26, 27, and 28 at the Nimms Blackbox Theatre at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), 2800 Chartres Street. Tickets ($18-$35) are available at www.theatreontap.com.

Theatre on Tap is performing in its third season, bringing together the region’s finest tap dancing talents while training younger generations in this truly American art form.