You’re a mean one
Tis the season of nutcrackers, ballerinas, and dancing sugarplums, whatever those are.
So of course Regan Mann of Fredericksburg Dance Company wanted to toss a little grinchiness into this sometimes syrupy season.
Sure, her dancers will offer a Nutcracker Ballet. But she is adding a different seasoning for audiences — a show with tap dancing.
Trouble is, most people have never seen it presented live in “non-recital” form.
“They think it is a bunch of buffaloes,” she said with a laugh. “Unless you are of an age to remember Fred and Ginger, or the Nicholas brothers, you don’t know what tap dance is.”
Mann thought the best way to feature tap dance would be in a holiday show with a touch of humor. Fred and Ginger, meet Max and the Grinch. Mann has adapted Dr. Seuss’s evergreen story “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.” She considers it the perfect vehicle to pair with tap for a stage production.
“A recital is dances and steps,” she said. “It is a completely different forum to learn and rehearse a production. Every step on stage is a tap step. You never walk, you have to use your feet as instruments, and your character has to be related through that. You make music with your feet so people know what is happening. You are going to hear another side of the music, but with feet.”
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