Great Tappers from the Golden Age of Hollywood: Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, and Ann Miller
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Join Rice University’s Debra Dickinson for a lecture and video presentation on Sunday, March 15 at 4:00 PM in the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center’s (the J) Kaplan Theatre. The Golden Age of Hollywood was the era of extraordinary tap dancing. Suave Fred Astaire, athletic Gene Kelly and rapid-fire Ann Miller were among the pantheon of stars that made tap an audience favorite. This lecture will explore the work and lives of these famous stars, complete with videos of their exciting performances. To set the mood for the afternoon, the J’s The Golden Girls + One tap group will perform a number as a special treat.

Debra Dickinson teaches the Opera Workshop classes at The Shepherd School of Music and classes in the History of Musical Theater in the Theater department and the School of Continuing Studies of Rice University. As a dancer, she appeared as Queen Guinevere in Camelot, opposite both Richard Burton and Richard Harris. “We are very excited to have Ms. Dickinson return to J with her lecture/video presentation Great Tappers from the Golden Age of Hollywood,” stated Joyce Wilkenfeld, Dance Committee Chairwoman. 

Dance community outreach, audience expansion and professional artistic development are continuing goals of Dance at the J. Dance concerts take place in the Kaplan Theatre, I W Marks Theatre Center, The Gerald Rauch Cultural and Performing Arts Wing at the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC. Tickets are $10 Member | $15 Public and are available at or by calling the box office at 713.551.7215.

Patron sponsors for the event are Vicky and Michael Richker. Dance at the J is funded in part by the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC Patron of the Arts, a grant from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, RBC Wealth Management, a grant from Texas Commission on the Arts, and with support of the consulate general of Israel to the Southwest. Marriot Houston Westchase is the official hotel for Dance at the J.

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