Dance Works (Taiwan) Debut in New York

Traveling all the way from Taiwan’s distant shores, the Dance Works troupe debut its one-of-a-kind East-meets-West tap dance performancefor New York audiences at the Kumble Theater (LIU) on July 12th. Combining tap dance with world music and technology media, Dance Works completely charmed New Yorkers with this new fusion of exotic tap dance music concert on the opening night.

Known as a tap dance group, Dance Works adheres to tap’s spirit of creative rhythm, with the fusion of oriental elements and traditional Chinese performance. The team has continued creating, performing, and raising the standard of tap dance in Taiwan in its 12-year history. Dance Works has already made international appearances in the U.S., Great Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Macau, and received tremendous response in everywhere. Dance Works also launched an annual “Taipei Tap Festival” in 2005, inviting famous tap teachers like Derick K. Grant, Jason Samuels Smith, Chloe’ Arnold, and Yukiko Smilie, to assimilate and turn Taiwan into a new hub for Asia’s tap culture.

This June, Dance Works is proud to unleash, a classic performance resulting from a collaboration with world percussion musician Alex Wu that took over two years to complete. Daydreamer+ will give audiences a new kind of concert experience, combining the rhythm of tap with live musical performance featuring soft instruments from Chinese and around the world, to create an abundant cross-cultural atmosphere. With the rich musical nature in this dance, the tap rhythm turns into a musical art. Dance Works has recently been recording themusic EP, and once completed will be the group’s first tap album.

<Daydreamer+> embarks from the confession of a daydream and brings forth several different images, taking the audience on a personal dream journey through tap dance. Aside from rhythmic music and beat of tap, projected images and laser effects add to the unbounded extension of dancer’s limbs. As one of the dance clips Breaking Trough, which used 220 strips of laser red line in pace with the tappers’ steps, explores the innermost being of oneself layer by layer, creating a moving visual that is sure to touch every member of the audience.

Dance Works has gotten rave reviews at every performance so don’t miss the opportunity to see them while they are in New York. Be sure to join Dance Works as they share a charming daydream in the Big Apple at Kumble Theater, July 12-15.

For more info: http://www.danceworks.com.tw

Rex Peng (Artist Director of Dance Works), Chi-Ping Yen (Cultural Officer of TPECC), Sandra Berger (President of the National Association of Women for the Arts)

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