The North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble is proud to present: With Flying Colors! This exhilarating show features tap dancers, ages 8-18, from all over North Carolina. Founded in 1982 by Gene Medler, NCYTE is now under the artistic direction of Nicholas Van Young. Over the past 40 years, the ensemble has traveled throughout the country, as well as ventured to destinations such as Brazil, China, and Mexico. Don't let the word "youth" fool you! This pre-professional company of dancers commands the stage with choreography from some of the best tap dancers of all time. Work by Brenda Bufalino, Michelle Dorrance, The Condos Brothers, and more will be presented alongside a live jazz trio and vocalist. NCYTE will be joined by the incomparable Anthony Morigerato. Join us for a celebration of percussive dance April 29 at 7:30pm and April 30 at 3:00pm at the Carolina Theatre in Durham.
The North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble's mission is to preserve and promote percussive dance forms.
What is NCYTE?
The North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble is repertory tap dance company comprised of a group of young dancers who are between the ages of 8-18. Founded by Gene Medler and led by Artistic Director Nicholas Young, Operations Director Caroline Vance, and Assistant Director Zoe Foote, the company has performed all over the world. In 2016-2017, the dancers performed in Chicago, West Virginia, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida!
What is expected of NCYTE dancers?
The company is built around a repertoire of dances that begin with classic dances and evolves into advanced, cutting edge choreography. Dancers grow in skill and experience as they move through the company, which requires patience, hard work, and dedication. As a dancer-led company, older dancers are expected to teach and guide younger dancers, and younger dancers are expected to seek out support and help from the older dancers. Together the group works to support and encourage each other’s growth as dancers.
How often do you rehearse?
Company rehearsal is every Saturday from 1-4, with additional rehearsals held as needed. Dancers are also expected to put in additional hours outside of rehearsal learning dances and polishing choreography.
How can I join?
Every year, dancers from all over North Carolina come to the Ballet School of Chapel Hill to audition to become members of the company. The auditions are held in October.
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