Walker/Collins Project

Diane blackWalker/Collins Project is a unique program that is creating an authorized library of routines that will be taught to future generations through Tapology.

The project collaborator is Dianne "Lady Di" Walker, who coaches Tapology faculty on the professional routines developed by herself and her late mentor Leon Collins. Students are hand-picked to participate in this project and appear on stage performing the routines in the fall Tapology Concert.

Free weekly training takes place at Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village. 
To get involved in this project, phone 810-787-0197 new classes begin each quarter.

Murals for Flint

Frances BradleyThe visual arts project, Murals for Flint, begins in August of 2012. It's goal is to: use instruction in visual arts as a means to provide at risk youth with a culturally defined mission to find the pride in their heritage; then give them a means to demonstrate that pride in mural projects that will also beautify the City of Flint and exhibit the diversity of talent in its youth.

Coordinated by Frances Bradley, Visual Imaging Director for the Tapology Festival.

Her artwork has been used on T-Shirts, brochures and advertising media. It has been a colorful delight to dancers and art lovers throughout the festival years. During the 2010 Festival season, two art exhibits featuring Frances' works were held in conjunction with the dance festival highlighting the historical component of tap. Just returned from a humanitarian trip to Bamako, Mali- West Africa, where she used art instruction to help abused and homeless youth from a project she founded called, The Murals for Mali Project; Frances has received the Share Art Mini Grant through the Greater Flint Arts Council to use the same practice to give a number of Genesee County youth outlets for talent and alternatives to street violence and other crime over the school year.

Apply to participate

Visiting Schools Day

Each Fall, Tapology kicks off Festival Weekend with an exciting two days hosting nearly 800 elementary through high school students from Flint and Genesee County Schools for Visiting School Days at Flint Institute of Music, Flint Public Library and Sloan Museum.

Alexandria Bradley at Tapology Visiting School Days

For 14 years we have provided Arts exposure and physical activity with this extremely popular program in which schools are chosen to participate on a first come, first served basis.

Shanzell Page, original Youth Ensemble member, teaches young students fundamental tap dance steps at Tapology.

Activities for students consist of a fast paced day filled with learning opportunities as follows:

  • Introductory tap dance workshop taught by visiting artists
  • Historical presentation by historian/curator/photographer C. Daniel Dawson or Dianne Walker, world renowned dancer, performer, educator.
  • Brown bag lunch
  • Mini concert performance by Guest Artists in FIM's recital hall

To Register your class to attend Click Here. (coming soon)                

Tapology's STAR Volunteers make this project happen!  They organize,  monitoring classrooms, direct luncheon activities and assist Teachers and students through the rotation of activities.

To become one of an elite group of STAR Volunteers, Click Here

This project is facilitated by Flint Institute of Music, Creative Expressions Dance Studio, Flint Public Library, Sloan Museum, Flint Youth Theater, The Whiting.

Supported by:

James A. Welch Foundation, Genesys Regional Hospital, Serra Foundation, Stanley Foundation, Flint Sunrise Rotary and many individual donors.  

Be a part of turning Flint students into Stars!  Support this project by CLICKING HERE.  Or go to: http://giving.tapology.org

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