all-inclusive tap dance!
The Tap Factor applies tap dance as a tool for social inclusion and change. Through custom designed facilitations and workshops, the Tap Factor is characterized by its effort to increase civic awareness and leadership development through active team-building exercises. Led by Founding Artistic Director and professional tap dancer Christopher Erk, participants are quickly taught how to use the basics of tap dance as a mode of self expression and outlet for engaging with their communities.
"I started the Tap Factor as a way for people to understand how to use tap dance as a way to engage with their communities. In my experience, tap dance is easily learned, shared, and celebrated by all. Our inclusive workshops strive to increase self-awareness and ability to confidently approach new situations. There is something for everyone to learn by spending five minutes in a tap dancers shoes. I can prove it."
Founding Artistic Director - Christopher Erk
Tap in the Night
Here is a short compilation of clips from the September 22, 2016 world premiere of Christopher Erk's Tap in the Night, an original production of the Tap Factor designed for Hapag LLoyd's MS Europa 2.
Cast- Christopher Erk, Eden Berlin, Dewitt Fleming Jr., Luke Hawkins, Mykal Kilgore, Lisa LaTouche, and Anthony Russo.
The Tap Factor - Berlin, Global Goals Curriculum
See how Christopher got a group of 650 global educators on their feet and tap dancing in moments as a part of the 2016 Global Goals Curriculum Conference at Humbolt University in Berlin, Germany.
"Christopher Erk is a dynamic teaching artist. He has been both a core faculty member at Wright State University and, later, a guest artist. He is inspiring in his imaginative use of rhythm, in his incredible technique and in his ability to help students master these skills with style and joy. Chris bridges traditional tap, funky rhythm tap and the most current trends. I can't think of another tap artist who I'd rather have come back to work with my students."
Professor and Director, Musical Theater Initiative, Wright State University - Joe Deer
The Tap Factor has facilitated projects in a variety of settings. This Youtube playlist offers an idea of its diverse and all-inclusive nature. The Tap Factor is up for the challenge to demonstrate how tap dance can make the world a better place!
Please enjoy this slideshow to glimpse into the history and progress of the Tap Factor and its community!