SUMMIT - Instructor Karen Callaway Williams, Dance with Tap Hall of Fame, will lead a free Master Class Tap Workshop at The Connection in Summit on November 18, from 2 - 3:30 p.m. The class provides a unique opportunity to refines one's existing skills and learn new techniques from an international, award-winning artist.
Recognized for her outstanding artistry and contributions to the tap world, Callaway Williams is known for being both the first African-American female tap dancer and dance captain in Riverdance – The Show, and the only African-American female tap dancer and dance captain in Riverdance – on Broadway.
Her other Broadway credits include the Tony Award-nominated Duke Ellington musical Play On. She has been featured on the cover of Flow Magazine and in the documentary Been Rich All My Life the story of the Silver Belle, a group of Chorus Girls from the 1920’s, 1930’s and 1940’s.
Callaway Williams has toured extensively, performing in 35 States and 13 countries, and is a Featured Artist and charter member of the New Jersey Tap Ensemble. She was featured in Essence Magazine, interviewed on Bojangles The Legacy for Showtime, as well as a special guest spot on Sesame Street. A graduate of Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia, she is also an alumna of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center (AAADC) in New York.
Dance Magazine heralded her as “a graceful dream with taps as happy as a song” and the New York Times called her “a gifted traditionalist with laughing eyes”. Her teaching history includes Spelman College, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan, The New Jersey Performing Arts Center Dance Academy, the New York City Dance Alliance, national and international tap festivals, dance camps, master classes and enrichment programs.
The workshop is free and open to the public, ages 13+. To reserve a spot, visit The Connection -- located at 79 Maple Street -- or by call 908-273-4242. Tap shoes are required.
Funding for the workshop has been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.
For those who love to dance and want to keep moving to the music beyond this workshop, The Connection offers a full range of adult dance classes, free to Total Facility Members of The Connection. Members can free their minds and get in shape with the following weekly dance classes: Ballet, Ballet Body Sculpt, Jazz, Tap, Ballroom Dance, Belly Dancing, Cardio Dance Fusion, Lyrical, and Zumba. For just $67 month, members can enjoy unlimited adult dance and fitness classes in addition to The Connection’s five-lane pool and Fitness Center.