Arts and Entertainment

BRAVO presents tap sensation Barbara Duffy & Company's 'Stages'

As one of the few all women tap companies touring today, Barbara Duffy & Company has created
As one of the few all women tap companies touring today, Barbara Duffy & Company has created 'Stages' not only as a vehicle to do what they do best, but also to find new forms of expression and ways to connect to a broader audience through tap dance.
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The City of Auburn’s BRAVO Performing Arts Series continues with tap sensation Barbara Duffy & Company Stages on Friday, Feb. 26 at the Auburn Performing Arts Center.

The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. at APAC, located at 700 E. Main St.

With emotionally driven choreography and stylistic variety, the narrative of Stages touches upon life’s little everyday challenges such as love, friendship, self-doubt and the courage to express one's true identity.

As one of the few all-women tap companies, Barbara Duffy & Company has created "Stages" not only as a vehicle to do what they do best, but to express new tap forms and connect to a broader audience. Stages incorporates song, dance, dialogue and improvisation into an evening of high energy entertainment, paying tribute to the masters who shaped the tap dance as an art form, providing a unique perspective on its future, and celebrating life through the universal power of rhythm.

Tickets for the performance are $18 regular, $16 students and seniors. To order, call 253-931-3043, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For information and online tickets, go to www.auburnwa.gov/arts.

Duffy also will present both beginning and intermediate tap classes on Feb. 27 at the Auburn Senior Activity Center, located at 808 Ninth St. SE. To register for the classes, contact the City of Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation at 253-931-3043, or in person at 910 Ninth St. SE, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Pre-registration is required.

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Beginning Tap, 10-11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 27

Master tap artist Barbara Duffy will work with beginning tap students (ages 14 and up) to learn and practice basic steps and moves, shuffles and heel and toe footwork. The workshop will ignite your passion and spirit for dance. $15 (class only) $30 (includes one ticket to Stages on Friday, Feb 26). Register for class #32112.

Intermediate Tap, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27

Learn alongside Barbara Duffy in this intermediate tap class focusing on technique, musicality and expression. $20 (class only) $35 (includes one ticket to Stages on Friday, Feb 26). Register for class #32113.

Barbara Duffy’s Teaching Experience includes: Steps on Broadway & Broadway Dance Center (1990 to present), Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center (1990-1995), Professor at Manhattanville College (Spring 2006), For 16 years, Barbara has traveled to 20 countries giving workshops, master classes and residencies.

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