Rhythm…funk…innovation…excitement: that’s the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble (NCYTE). One of the best youth tap ensembles in the world, NCYTE features 40 dancers, ages 8 to 18, who hail from throughout North Carolina. Don’t let the word “youth” fool you. These dancers tear up the floor with poise, passion and professionalism. NCYTE honors the traditions of this unique American form while infusing it with youthful energy, contemporary music, and innovative dances from some of the world’s most talented choreographers.
Founded by JUBA award winning artistic director Gene Medler in 1983, NCYTE entertains audiences with cutting-edge contemporary choreography along with traditional rhythm tap. NCYTE has toured throughout the U.S. and the world, with performances in Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, Germany and Mexico. The company has toured or collaborated with the Greensboro Symphony, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Mallarme Chamber Players, and the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra, among others.
NCYTE alumni—including tap virtuosos Michelle Dorrance and Jason Janas—have gone on to Broadway and beyond. The list of choreographers who have created the company’s repertory reads like a who’s who in the tap world, including the legendary Savion Glover.
16 Santo Lane, c/o Loyd Artists, Au Sable Forks, NY 12912
K – 12th: North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble Presents Percussive Dance Review
This non-stop percussive dance review carries student, family and adult audiences into a wide world of percussive dance. The performance is peppered with stories, history, and facts about the forms presented. The performance includes pieces ranging historically and geographically from traditional rhythm tap, South African Gumboot, French Canadian Waltz Clog, Irish Step Dance, a Tribute to Vaudeville throwing in a few unique twists from NCYTE including song, body percussion, pencil drumming and even Taiko drumming! Students will be learning about dance from professional level dancers from 8 years to 18 years. An extensive study guide accompanies each educational concert of this production. Educational concerts are appropriate for elementary, middle and high school.
Susan Lounsbury, Loyd Artists
Day or evening; weekends okay
Hardwood surface, preferably at least 30′ x 30′; company can offer Lecture Demonstration in smaller space and provide hardwood surface
Theater and school
$850 per performance when in area; $750 per performance for multiple performances, same day, same site when in area
Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Use a variety of thinking skills to analyze and evaluate dance.
Understand cultural, historical, and interdisciplinary connections with dance.
Understand how to use performance values (kinesthetic awareness, concentration, focus, and etiquette) to enhance dance performance.