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Tribute to Tap Dance Comes to Frostburg State University
10/16/2009

Tribute to Tap Dance Comes to Frostburg State University
Eight tap dancers, a trio of jazz musicians, multimedia projections and live narration combine when the Frostburg State University Cultural Events Series Main Stage Series presents “Thank You, Gregory! A Tribute to the Legends of Tap” pays tribute to the late Gregory Hines and past and present “hoofers.” The performance will be on the Drama Theatre stage in the Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m.

Celebrating tap dance’s history, artistry and rhythms, the show not only honors the late Gregory Hines but also features tributes to the “Kings of Tap,” including Fred Astaire, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, John Bubbles and Gene Kelly. The show also honors the “Leading Ladies of Hollywood”: Ruby Keeler, Ann Miller, Eleanor Power and Juanita Pitts. The “Unsung Hoofers,” who were frequently overlooked because of race, gender or social circumstances, will also be honored.

Adding to the evening’s festivities is the Cultural Events Series’ Pre-Performance Dinner Club, which offers concert goers an opportunity to enhance their cultural experience. Guests arrive on campus early, enjoy the benefit of easy parking access in the Performing Arts Center parking lot and dine on a delicious catered meal in a private restaurant setting in the Lane University Center. Dinner includes soup or salad, entrée with sides, dessert and coffee or iced tea. A cash bar is available throughout dinner. Cost of the dinner is $26 per person.

Tickets for “Thank You, Gregory! A Tribute to the Legends of Tap” are $20 for adults and $14 for young people under 17. Group rate tickets are also available. Tickets may be ordered by calling 1-866-849-9237 or 301-687-3137, or by visiting ces.frostburg.edu.

This tour is made possible by a grant from Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program, and is sponsored in part by the Allegany Arts Council with funds from the Maryland State Arts Council. The Cultural Events Series is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business & Economic Development, MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to non-profit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities. Funding for MSAC is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 13 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. -end-

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