Rising to the Tap

About the Show

A collaboration with hoofers Khalid Hill and Andrew Nemr, this mash­up of autobiographical solo performance and dance concert features breathtaking tap dance interspersed with poignant storytelling. Tap virtuosos Andrew Nemr and Khalid Hill present a double bill of one­-person shows, each depicting their respective struggles with bullying, identity, and culture. 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 mentorship under the legendary Gregory Hines. Hill traces an arc of feeling timid and small while growing up in Boston as the son of Caribbean parents, discovering a great talent for tap, and facing insecurities as the youngest member of Bring in da Noise, Bring in da Funk.