2023 Minnesota Tap Dance Experience
Presented by: Keane Sense of Rhythm
Official MN Tap Experience Competition Sponsor:
Ovation Dance Challenge, THE Competition for Tap Dance
Come experience a unique competition geared just for tap dancers, featuring 3 talented tap judges: Acia Gray, Mark Yonally and Jensen Freedman.
- Tap on a sprung wood tap floor with exceptional acoustics
- Get valuable, immmediate feedback on your performance
- Fine-tune your routine before you head off to Nationals
- 3 ability levels and 6 ages groups
- Awards for choreography, artistry, precision and more
- Improv contest with cash prizes
- Tap games with fun prizes
- Professional tap DJ - Rick Ausland
Meet the 2023 Judges
As a musician, soloist, choreographer and master teacher of the indigenous American art form of jazz tap dance, Ms. Gray has toured extensively across the U.S. and abroad as a tap dancer and in 1989 co-founded Tapestry Dance Company in Austin, TX with Deirdre Strand and currently serves as Producing Artistic Director of Tapestry Dance & Artistic Director of The Soul 2 Sole Tap Festival.
Jensen Freedman, LA native, has been enjoying the art of tap dance since the age of 3. As a young dancer, Jensen was a featured dancer in two LA-based dance companies: Tap Sounds Underground and Rithem Dance Company. Jensen has been training for 15 years with Tap Into The Network/ TITN Intensive, working with Gregg Russell, Angela Carter, and Ryan Lohoff. Jensen excels in creating commercial tap work and has been featured in Dunkin' Donuts and Kikkoman Soy Sauce commercials.
Mark is a noted educator and has taught at festivals throughout the U.S. and has served on the faculty at Oklahoma City University and Hope College. He is sought after for his multidisciplinary approach to tap teaching, which includes history, basic music theory and an emphasis on jazz music, and has taught in France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain and the United States. Mark is also a published author, with pieces appearing in Dance Spirit, Dance Teacher and Dance Magazine.