Untapped

Untapped


Based in Little Rock, Untapped is Arkansas' first and only professional tap dance company. Matt Boyce founded the nonprofit organization in 2013 with the mission of cultivating awareness and appreciation for the art of tap dance in the state of Arkansas. Through performances and educational workshops, Untapped showcases our nation's rich and diverse tap dance culture and history. Originally from New Jersey, Boyce was formerly involved with two distinct tap dance companies: an educational nonprofit group, and a strictly performance-based group. He was inspired by these two separate experiences to create an organization that combines the aspects of both groups.

Boyce studied at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey, with a focus of Music Education. He is an active leader in the company’s workshops, and has been a guest artist in residence for the Dance Department at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Untapped has held over 150 interactive educational workshops across the state since 2014, working with students young and old from all backgrounds, demographics, and levels of physical ability. Untapped also performs at local events, fundraisers, concerts, etc., as well as produces their own full-length productions to further the mission of promoting the art of tap dance in Arkansas.

Untapped produces original tap dance productions, and has a varied repertoire of performances, such as Holiday shows, swing-style shows, cabaret performances, tap dance history-based shows, jazz shows, and percussive rhythmic-based shows.

Current repertoire:

Legends of Rhythm - takes audiences on a journey through time, highlighting and profiling the biggest legends in tap dance history through reenactments and tributes to iconic routines of stage and screen. Experience the styles of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Gene Kelly, Howard "Sandman" Sims, Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers, Ann Miller, Gregory Hines, & more, all set to live music.

Rhythmic Roots - a percussive symphony of tap dance combined with the playing of unconventional instruments such as buckets, crates, and more. Audiences will experience the diverse background and percussive music of tap dance, as well as the other percussive dance styles that influenced its creation.

Cabaret Performance - general program featuring routines of various styles. Can include live and/or recorded music

Holiday Performance - Holiday-themed performances featuring tap routines set to holiday favorites


Region: Central
Discipline: Dance
Fees: $250/ performance less than 1 hour; $500-$5,000/performance of 1 hour or more, up to full-length productions; mileage for travel outside Pulaski County; lodging fee may apply for travel outside of Pulaski Country
Availability: Year-round
Requirements: Adequate stage flooring for tap dancing (no marble, tile, plastic, concrete, or carpet); can provide portable floor if notified in advance. Will require stage floor mics for in-theater productions

Contact

Savannah Boyce
Little Rock, AR
(501) 940-5595
www.untappedlittlerock.org
[email protected]


Untapped