Mr. Taps
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Mr. Taps

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Chicago, Illinois, United States
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The program traces the history of tap dance from the days of vaudeville to the present with demonstrations of vaudeville, soft shoe, the dance styles of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson and the Nicholas Brothers, and tap to today’s music. “Tea for Two” from the musical No No Nanette. The performer teaches a short routine for the audience to do standing in place and in the finale, Mr. Taps and the audience all dance together.

Ayrie King III, better known as “Mr. Taps” has been captivating and thrilling audiences for most of his life. Mr. Taps has performed at such places as The Apollo Theater and The Cotton Club Review in New York and ABC Television and in the Warner Brothers Motion Picture “The Fugitive”. Mr. Taps was the opening act for Patti Page at the Harborside Convention Hall in Fort Myers Florida. His appearances also include the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago, Illinois and special solo performances for Sammy Davis Jr. and his family, and also at the Chicago Bulls Pre-Game.

Mr. Taps defines a style uniquely his own, as he showcases the innovative flair of Fred Astaire, the quick action of Ann Miller and the classical flash of the Nicholas Brothers. From the jumps of Bojangles to the fancy footwork of Gregory Hines… Mr. Taps’ charismatic, high-energy delivery creates an infectious current of excitement, always leaving the audience wanting more.

Mr. Taps has displayed his unique talent in schools, colleges, conventions, theaters, charities, corporate events and more!