Past Performances

Traveling the globe…

The North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble entertains audiences in our home state, throughout the country and around the world. We have crisscrossed North Carolina and performed from South Carolina to southern California and from northern Minnesota to southern Louisiana.

Some highlights of our international travels include: Vienna, Austria (2000); Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (August  2001, 2002, and 2003); Vancouver, Canada (2010 and 2011); Beijing, China (2007); Helsinki, Finland (2001 and 2004); Berlin, Germany (2002); Heidelberg, Germany (2000); Stuttgart, Germany (2008), and Puebla, Mexico (2008).


February: Stanley Co Arts Council, Washington Elementary, Durham Academy

March: Meyers Park Traditional School, Tryon Children’s Festival, Forsythe Country Day

April: Goose Creek Elementary

May: Carolina Theatre Show  “LISTEN IN” with special guests Michelle Dorrance and Jason Janas

June: NC Rhythm Tap Festival- Chapel Hill NC, Brevard NC

July: Chicago Human Rhythm Project 

August: Greensboro, NC; VancouverCanada

September: Nags Head, NC; Spartanburg Day School

October: Pawleys Island, SC


February: “Red Hot Swingin’ Blues Tap Happenin’,” PSI Theatre at the Durham Arts Council, Durham, NC; “Rockin’ in Rhythm,” Symphony Space, New York, NY

April: “Rhythm Evolved”, Carolina Theatre, Durham, NC

May: Charlotte Country Day School, Charlotte, NC

August: “JUBA!” Chicago Human Rhythm Project performance at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

November: NCYTE Homecoming



February: “Second Annual Percussive Dance Review,” Carrboro ArtsCenter, Carrboro, NC

March: Ashe County Civic Center, West Jefferson, NC; Ridgecroft School, Winton, NC

April:  “Gotta Dance!,” Carolina Theatre, Durham, NC

May: Carrboro Elementary School, Carrboro, NC; Southern Village Green, Chapel Hill, NC (guest performers with John Dee Holeman, at Music Maker Relief Foundation show)

July:  Festival for the Eno (guest performers with John Dee Holeman), Durham, NC  

August:  “JUBA!” Chicago Human Rhythm Project performance at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

September:  CenterFest, Durham, NC

October:  Martin Middle School, Raleigh, NC; St. Thomas More School, Chapel Hill, NC

December:  “JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance,” John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.


January:  Carolina Friends School, Durham, NC; “Percussive Dance Review,” Carrboro ArtsCenter, Carrboro, NC

February: UNC Pembroke, Pembroke, NC

March: Durham Academy, Durham, NC

April: “Feat of Feet,” Carolina Theatre, Durham, NC; Estes Hills Elementary School, Chapel Hill, NC; East Millbrook Magnet Middle School, Raleigh, NC; May: Briarcliff Elementary School, Cary, NC

August: “JUBA!” Chicago Human Rhythm Project performance at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

September: Vancouver Tap Festival, Vancouver, Canada

October: Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center, Florence, SC

November:  “Tap the Blues,” (collaborative performance with legendary blues musicians Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen, John Dee Holeman, Ironing Board Sam and Big Ron Hunter), Chapel Hill, NC; “Let’s Dance,” Burning Coal Theatre (guests in Footnotes Tap Ensemble’s show), Raleigh, NC


January and February: Ten day California tour featuring 17 shows: Chaparral Middle School, Moorpark, CA; Crane Country Day School, Santa Barbara; Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks; Civic Arts Plaza, Thousand Oaks; Oak Grove School, Ojai; Matilija Junior High, Ojai; Citrus Glen Elementary, Ventura; Richard Bard School, Port Hueneme; Mound School, Ventura; Parkview School, Port Hueneme; James R. Armstrong Theatre, Torrance

March: Charles House, Chapel Hill, NC

April: “Mass Appeal” Carolina Theatre, Durham, NC; Greenville, NC

May: Contra Dance performance, Binkley Baptist Church, Chapel Hill, NC

August: Carol Woods Retirement Community, Chapel Hill, NC


January: “Maple Leaf – Stars and Stripes,”  Vancouver Tap Dance Society presentation of North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble and TapCo, Norman Rothstein Theatre, Vancouver, Canada

February: Valentine’s Gala at Carolina Club of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,  Chapel Hill, NC

March:  Wake Forest Elementary School, Wake Forest, NC; “Tap Your Feet to a Brassy Beat” with North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra, Durham Arts Center, Durham, NC

April:  “Good Vibrations,” Carolina Theatre, Durham, NC; Durham Academy, Durham, NC

June: Fletcher Auditorium, Raleigh, NC

August: Pritzker Pavillion, Chicago, IL; “Juba!” at Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

September:  Perry Harrison Elementary School, Pittsboro, NC

October: Chalberg Theatre at Central Lakes College, Brainerd, MN; First Flight High School, Nags Head, NC


January: Hampton Street Auditorium, Waltersboro, SC; James Armstrong Center, Torrance, CA; Historic Yuma Theatre, Yuma, AZ

February: St. Thomas More School, Chapel Hill, NC; Trinity Academy, St. Anselm College, Dana Center, Manchester, NH – 2 School Shows

March: Universidad de las Americas, Puebla, Mexico; “Tap Reloaded!” Stuttgart, Germany

April:  “25 Years of Rhythm,” Fletcher Auditorium, Raleigh, NC; East Chapel Hill High School

July/August: Juba!, Pritzker Pavillion, Chicago, IL

November: American Orff-Schulwerk Association National Conference, Charlotte, NC

December: Make a Wish Show, Cary Academy, Cary, NC


February:  Rylander Theater, Americus, GA

March: Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Hilton Head, SC (with Tappers with Attitude)

April: “Percussion in Motion” Carolina Theatre, Durham, NC; “Rhythm in Time: A Tap Dance Concert”, The Kirby Theatre, Roxboro, NC (guest performers at this Footnotes Tap Ensemble show)    

September: Meadowmont Art Festival show, Chapel Hill, NC

October:  “Rhythm Is Our Business and Swing is the Thing,” Memorial Hall, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC (guests of North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra); school and public shows at the  Dixie Theatre, Ruston, LA

December: “JUBA! The Masters of Tap,” Beijing, China (As part of the 5th annual Beijing International Dance Festival, NCYTE dancers performed with four other youth tap ensembles and the most talented professional tappers of our time.)



February: Emma Kelly Theater at the Averitt Center for the Arts, Statesboro, GA

March: North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Durham, NC; Glenwood Elementary School, Chapel Hill, NC; Seawell Elementary School, Chapel Hill, NC

April:  “Rhythmic Perspectives” Carolina Theatre, Durham, NC

June: The Cedars at Meadowmont, Chapel Hill, NC

August:  Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Federation; Juba! at Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Josephine Louis Theatre, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

October:  Isothermal Community College, Spindale, NC; Ritz Theatre, Brunswick, GA

December:  “Rhythm in Time: A Tap Dance Concert,” Carrboro ArtsCenter, Carrboro, NC (joint NCYTE/Footnotes Tap Ensemble production)


April:  “Knock on Wood” Carolina Theatre, Durham, NC

September:  Southern Pines Elementary, Southern Pines, NC; Pinehurst Elementary, Pinehurst, NC; Episcopal Day School, Southern Pines, NC; and New Century Middle School, Cameron, NC

October:  Raleigh Museum of History, Raleigh, NC

December:  Ephesus Elementary School, Chapel Hill, NC; Frank Porter Graham Elementary School, Chapel Hill, NC