The Tapology Youth Ensemble, formally called the Flintstone Hoofers, evolved initially from Creative Expression Dance Studio’s tap program, developed by Alfred Bruce Bradley. Seeking increased training and exposure for his students, Bradley traveled to Chicago, New York, St. Louis, New Orleans, Detroit and abroad. His pioneering efforts resulted in his students’ exposure to many of the world’s greatest tap dancers, and an increase of their artistry and dance proficiency.
In 2000, the Flintstone Hoofers were invited to perform at New York’s Tap Extravaganza, held at the historic Town Hall for National Tap Dance Day. Bringing the house down, they performed an intricate number choreographed by Alexandria Bradley to the music of “Take 5” by Al Jarreau. World-renowned performer Savion Glover — who later invited the Flintstone Hoofers to perform “Take 5” at his touring show “Footnotes” in Detroit — noticed the success of that performance.
The group is now called the Tapology Youth Ensemble, and includes many who have trained with the likes of dance legends such as as Dianne Walker, Savion Glover, Derick Grant, Arthur Duncan, Jeni LeGon and many others, as well as Bruce, Cherisse, Ali and Frances Bradley throughout the year.
The Tapology Tap Festival for Youth and its Summer Youth Tap Intensive have attracted students from a number of local studios, as well as other cities and states. They have the benefit of working with members of the original Flintstone Hoofers, who as adults give freely of themselves to train and encourage their efforts.
The Tapology Youth Ensemble has performed for former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, the American Tap Dance Foundation’s “Rockin n’ Rhythm” performance in New York, the Tap Extravaganza in New York, Savion Glover’s “Footnotes” in Detroit, the St. Louis Tap Festival, Michigan nonprofit awards ceremony, the Flint Institute of Arts’ on-the-road performance for the Department of Education in Washington, D.C., the 2013 Youth Grant makers’ Summer Leadership Conference and more.
The young people of the Tapology Youth Ensemble are a symbol of promise. They are an example of the intrinsic abilities lying buried in our youths. They are an example of the power of commitment from adults who can make a difference in their lives with just a gift of time and concern. The young people of Tapology are the product of foundation support from the business and donor communities. And they are proof that it takes a village to raise a child, and to give that child the ability to take his or her place in the world as a productive and contributing adult.