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By The Skanner News
Published: 10 May 2006

Local tap dancers will have a chance to strut their stuff during a "tap jam" and "tap show" on Sunday, May 28 in the Wonder Ballroom. The event is in honor of National Tap Dance Day, which celebrates Bill "Bojangles" Robinson's birthday.

Learn a traditional tap dance, jam with other tappers and watch Portland-area tap dancers strut their stuff in honor of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson's birthday.

National Tap Dance Day will be celebrated locally on Sunday, May 28, in the Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St. Tap classes run from 4 to 6 p.m.; a tap "jam" begins at 6 p.m.; and a tap show starts at 7 p.m.

Robinson's birthday is May 25, the day that the U.S. Congress officially proclaimed to be National Tap Dance Day. This year's event is dedicated to the memory of Fayard Nicholas, of the Nicholas Brothers, who appeared in movies and on Broadway. Fayard Nicholas died earlier this year.

Area tappers, including the Jefferson Dancers, Hot Shot Tap Dancers, Aaron Wheeler-Kaye and Dancevolve with Erin Lee, will perform.

Tap classes will cost $5 to $8, and the performance is $7. For more information call Cindy Brenn 503-222-9853.

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