About the Show
In Rising to the Tap, a breathtaking dance concert interspersed with poignant autobiographical solo storytelling, tap virtuoso Andrew Nemr depicts his struggles with loneliness, bullying, and cultural identity. Nemr performs episodes from his immigrant story — his parents dramatically leaving Lebanon in 1976, his victimization at the hands of bullies in New Jersey, and his eventual mentorship under legends Savion Glover and Gregory Hines. From being one of tap’s real insiders by age thirteen, to finding himself isolated (and even violently threatened) from the very tap community that nurtured him, and to a radical new understanding of his role within Tap dance, Andrew Nemr candidly reveals a unique American journey. Rising to the Tap engages and inspires with a great story and musically explosive footwork.