AMY SWEENEY/Staff photo Jill Wolins, left, a former Rockette and a member of the Dance Festival teaching staff, leads a class at the Chippendale’s Dance Studios in North Andover. Hundreds of dancers traveled from Europe and all around the U.S. to train participate in the Tap United Festival at the Collins Center at Andover High School.
By Leah O’Keefe firstname.lastname@example.org
NORTH ANDOVER — Raise the curtains, hit the lights and cue the music.
The Collins Center at Andover High School will be the showcase tomorrow night at 7 for “Tap United” featuring a multitude of creative styles such as hoofing, rhythm, improv, hip-hop, giving the audience a chance to witness the evolution of tap.
The inspiration for the show started when Nancy Chippendale Carberry, owner and founder of Nancy Chippendale’s Dance Studios in North Andover, attended the World Tap Championships in Germany, where dancers compete to win gold, silver and bronze medals.
Carberry befriended many of the performers she met in Germany and invited them to come to Massachusetts, where they would stay with families of local students who attend her dance school. They come from the Ukraine, Switzerland, England, Czech Republic, Ireland and all the over the United States.
All this week they have been training at her studio to prepare for tomorrow night’s performance.
Tomorrow’s show will also include Boston native and creator/director of “Imagine Tap!” Derick Grant; six time solo World Tap Champion Dani Borack of Switzerland; “So You Think You Can Dance” finalist Peter Sabasino of Florida, and Maud Arnold, cover girl for the 2009 edition of Dance Spirit Magazine.
Carberry’s daughters Kelli, Karen, and Kristina will also be dancing in the show.
“It has inspired and trained us to be better dancers and choreographers…we speak the same language of tap but with different dialects,” Kristina Carberry said about this week’s experiences.
Tickets for tomorrow’s show can be purchased online at www.tapunited1.com for $25 or at the door for $30.