Though the night was mostly filled with the happiness of love, it wouldn’t have been complete without showing the side of love we all dread. Perhaps one of the most moving pieces of the night was of a young woman dancing to “Lilac Wine,” a piece that was leased to Theatre on Tap by Mark Yonally and Chicago Tap Theatre. The yearning for a love that is struggling was captured so beautifully. The rhythm of the taps combined with powerful music brought to life the pain we all feel when things don’t go the way we wish in a relationship.
Don’t worry; similar to the ups and downs of our lives, with the start of Act 2, we were right back to the part of love we love most and one of the fiercest tap numbers you’ve ever seen filled with strong women tapping their hearts out.
For so much passion they demonstrated, it’s hard to believe that the young ensemble are still in high school. Sophia Happoldt, one of the Youth Ensemble members, spoke about tap with such excitement and passion after the performance. She said, “It’s rhythm tap, which is different from the tap you see on Broadway. I had to learn a new style of dance and way of thinking, but I love it.”
If you want a night filled with happiness, love, and tap, I highly recommend Love Taps: An Evening of Romance and Rhythm. From start to finish, true appreciation and love for tap was evident on the face of every performer and audience member.
WHAT: Love Taps: An Evening of Romance and Rhythm by Theatre on Tap
WHERE: NOCCA’s Nims Black Nox Theatre (2800 Chartres St.)
WHEN: February 19, (7:30pm-9:30pm); February 20 (7:30pm-9:30pm); February 21 (2:00pm- 4:00pm; February 26 (7:30pm-9:30pm); February 27 (7:30pm-9:30pm); February 28 (2:00pm- 4:00pm)