Press Release

Tap Jamminí at the J
Monday, February 15, 2016
by M Groogan

Tap Jammin’ at the J

Houston, TX – Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston presents Tap Jammin’ featuring three outstanding tappers Acia Gray & Tapestry Dance Company, Arthur Duncan, Ayodele Casel and the Pelayo Parlade Jazz Trio. Experience the gathering of three of the most recognizable hoofers in the world of rhythm in a syncopated trip through jazz and sound Saturday, February 13 at 8:00 p.m. in the Kaplan Theatre.

Acia Gray, co-founder/producing Artistic Director Tapestry Dance Company, is a soloist, choreographer and master teacher who has appeared many times in Dance Month at the Kaplan Theatre. Arthur Duncan was born to dance. A highly visible performer he is often referred to as an “Entertainer’s Entertainer” as he performed around the world: a quintessential song and dance man, whose performances are a lively collection of sophisticated footwork and wonderful songs. For 18 years he was a regular on the weekly Laurence Welk show. He toured with Tommy Tune in the Broadway show “My One and Only.” He joined Bob Hope on several USO tours and even danced a high-spirited tap in a McDonald’s commercial.

“It is an honor to have Mr. Duncan be a part of Tap Jammin’ as he continues to make a significant contribution to the artistic legacy of dance and entertainment,” said Dance Director Maxine Silberstein.

Ayodele Casel is a native New Yorker and has worked professionally as an actor and tap dancer over the past 17 years. Hailed by Gregory Hines as “one of the top young tap dancers in the world today.” She originated the role of “The Doll” in “Imagine Tap!” She has performed at the White House, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall and off- Broadway in Savion Glover’s “Downtown: Live Communication.” Her work has been presented nationally and internationally and she strives to make tap dancing a relevant presence in the arts.

Joining Pelayo Parladé to form the Pelayo Parladé Jazz Trio are Pelayo Parladé pianist and bandleader who moved to the U.S. from his native Spain to study Jazz Music in its place of origin, Alexandre “Sasha” Loukachine born in Lativa and played in New York with greats such as Mr. Clark Terry and Louis Bellson and Andrew Gordon a freelance bass player from Houston.

Tap Jam and dance party follows the concert. Bring your tap shoes for a short Tap Jam following the performance and then dance to the music of Fred Dorin’s “Gumbo.” To purchase tickets online visit and scroll down to Dance Month or call the box office at 713.551.7255.

Dance Month at the Kaplan Theatre is funded in part by Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center Patron of the Arts, a grant from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Houston Endowment Inc., and RBC Wealth Management.  Marriott Houston Westchase is the official hotel for Dance Month.

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