TAP WORKSHOP With William "Bill" Evans and Debby Robertson
October 28, 2017
132 South 800 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
AGES: 12+ // Tuition: $15/class or $40/day
A tap workshop with two of the country's leading tap artists, William "Bill" Evans and Debby Robertson.
|9:00-10:00 am||BEGINNING Tap with Debby Robertson|
|10:15-11:30 am||INTERMEDIATE Rhythm Tap Repertory with Bill Evans|
|11:45-1:00 pm||ADVANCED Rhythm Tap Repertory with Bill Evans|
Bill Evans was a dancer and major choreographer with RDT from 1967-1974. He has had an ongoing relationship with the company for several decades and has created 18 works for RDT, served as a guest performer and teacher and also serves on the RDT national advisory board.
Since leaving RDT, Bill has become an internationally known choreographer, performer, teacher, administrator, writer and movement analyst. More than 200 of Evans' works have been performed by professional and pre-professional ballet, modern dance, and tap companies through the United States, including his own Bill Evans Dance Company, Repertory Dance Theatre, Concert Dance Company of Boston, Ballet West, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Ruth Page Chicago Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theater, Stars of American Ballet at Jacob's Pillow, Chicago Tap Theatre and many other companies. He has also created works for companies in Canada, Mexico, Europe and New Zealand.
He has served as an assistant professor of Modern Dance at the University of Utah, as a visiting professor of dance at the University of Washington, and as an associate professor of modern dance and coordinator of the Contemporary Dance Program at Indiana University. He is Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Dance at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where he served as a full-time faculty member from 1988 to 2004. Since 2004, he has served on the full-time faculty of the Department of Dance at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, with the rank of Visiting Professor/Guest Artist.
Debby Robertson ... moved to Utah 25 years ago from New York City, where she was deeply involved in the rhythm tap scene beginning in 1979. After receiving her Master’s degree in dance education from Columbia University she began training in the jazz-tap style now known as rhythm tap, studying with such masters as Brenda Bufalino, Charles “Cookie” Cook, Honi Coles and Dianne Walker.
Robertson performed with Bufalino and was an original member of her company, The American Tap Dance Orchestra. She also performed for several years with Anita Feldman, and was a founding member of the company NYCTapworks. Over the years she has shared the stage and collaborated with tap artists Bill Evans, Josh Hilberman, Heather Cornell, Sara Petronio, Tony Waag, Katherine Kramer, and many others.
Though her childhood dance studies were centered in tap, Robertson holds a BFA degree in modern dance from the University of Utah, and has for many years taught at the college level, recently retiring from Salt Lake Community College. In 2003 she was awarded an individual artist grant from the Utah Arts Council for a tap choreography project, the first local dancer to do so. She directed SLC Tap for six years, producing several concerts in collaboration with other dance artists, one of which was at the Rose Wagner as part of RDT’s LINK series. Debby is the Utah representative for the International Tap Association.
For more information, please visit www.slctap.com.