Storytelling Through Tap Dance

On May 4, Andrew Nemr, in residence through the CUNY Dance Initiative, and in collaboration with Flying Carpet Theatre will offer a workshop that blends public speaking, storytelling, and tap dance. “Storytelling Through Tap Dance” is for artists (dancers, writers, actors) interested in mining their own personal life experience for material. This will appeal to artists interested in autobiography, memoir, solo theater shows, and stand-up.

Nemr will present portions of his upcoming autobiographical show, Andrew Nemr: Rising to the Tap. In the show, Nemr uses his own stories about growing up and his dazzling explosive footwork to tell his sweeping life story that includes his experiences as the child of Lebanese immigrants, being bullied as a child in suburban New Jersey, and finding a new family among America’s elite and largely African American tap dance community. In the workshop, Andrew and Flying Carpet Theater staff introduce the same tools used to develop Andrews’s show and blend personal stories with his virtuosic dance.


Workshop participants will:

  • Explore the basics of tap dance.
  • Learn new tools to develop and write personal narrative.
  • See a world-class dancer display his chops.
  • Craft and share material (either written or performed) about their own lives.
  • Discover ways movement and dance can amplify traditional storytelling.

“Storytelling Through Tap Dance” will take place from 5:30-7:30pm on Thursday, May 4 in Theatre 2 of the Tribeca Performing Arts Center.

199 Chambers Street, S115-K
New York NY 10007
Near intersection of Chambers Street and Greenwich Street.

The workshop is free for all participants; if you wish to attend please RSVP.


About Andrew and Rising to the Tap

Flying Carpet Theatre Company is collaborating with tap dancer Andrew Nemr to create Rising to the Tap, an original one-man-show weaving tales of Nemr’s pursuit and understanding of community through the lens of his personal immigrant story, his discovery of tap dance, his experiences of being bullied in high school, and his mentorship at the feet of the legendary Gregory Hines. From being one of tap’s real insiders by a young age, to finding himself isolated and alone, and to a radical new understanding of himself and the role of Tap dance in his life, Andrew Nemr candidly reveals a unique American journey.

Mentored by Gregory Hines, Andrew Nemr is considered one of the most diverse tap dance artists today. He has played with Grammy Award winning musicians across multiple genres, founded and directed the tap dance company Cats Paying Dues, and co-founded the Tap Legacy Foundation, Inc. (along with Hines). “A masterly tapper” (New York Times), Nemr’s work has been recognized with a TED Fellowship, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces: Dance Initiative and the CUNY Dance Initiative, a FloBert Award for Tap Dance Excellence, and residencies with Quarterly Arts Soiree at Webster Hall, BRICLab, More Art’s Engaging Artists program, and Surel’s Place.