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posted Friday, May 2 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 18
Alchemy Tap Project's BeatScience 3 a fantastic and unbeatable show
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Alchemy Tap Project's BeatScience 3 a fantastic and unbeatable show

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

ALCHEMY TAP PROJECT
BEATSCIENCE 3
CENTURY BALLROOM
April 18


I, like most people I know, enjoy good dancing. I like to dance myself. I like to watch dancers who are really good at it. And I even like to watch old footage of Soul Train dance lines and the like. But what I like more than anything is when a group of people comes together - in this case youth from around the Seattle area - to form a dance crew that is just plain unbeatable; I can't help but rave about them.

On April 18 I saw such a group: The dancers at the Alchemy Tap Project.

I went to Century Ballroom where the youth tap dance students were showcasing some of Seattle's best dancing with the Alchemy Tap Project's third annual tap dance extravaganza Beatscience 3, which featured choreographed dancing to everything from jazz to classical, and electro-swing to hip hop.

BeatScience 3 presents a new and innovative take on a traditional American art form. Simply put - these kids are amazing.

'And we're back for a third round,' said the group's teacher and mentor Josh Scribner announcing BeatScience 3 on April 3. 'This year's lineup includes an epic classical piece (starring a beautiful ballet soloist), a terrifying (for the dancers) chair piece, the happiest tap dancer you've ever seen, and an impressive demonstration of power and stamina by a young man we've nicknamed 'Thunderfoot.'

The show was fantastic and there were some new faces in the group, too. Some of the previous dancers have moved on, but that is to be expected from a youth program. Still, as a collective, the dancers are just as fabulous as ever.

The beauty of BeatScience is that, aside from some of the best tap dance performances you will ever see, the youth have really found a second home on the stage doing their thing. It's truly a joy watching them perform.

Alchemy Tap Project dancers have performed in New York, Las Vegas, and here in Seattle with Teatro ZinZanni, as well as many other venues throughout the city.

Josh Scribner, a Seattle-based dancer and choreographer known for innovative and contemporary interpretation of tap dance, created the Alchemy Tap Project because he believes tap dancing can be more than top hats and canes, and shouldn't be limited to just jazz or swing music. Scribner has toured with Cirque du Soleil, and currently teaches at Premiere Dance Center and Century Ballroom, in addition to running Alchemy.

For more information about the Alchemy Tap Project, visit them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AlchemyTapProject or go to their official website at www.alchemytap.com.

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