WINONA, Minn. — Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts advanced tap dancers were selected via audition to perform​ ​in​ ​the​ ​​Twin​ ​Cities​ ​Tap​ ​Festival Showcase​ ​on​ ​Thursday, ​Oct.​ ​19, ​ ​​at​ ​7:30​ ​p.m.​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Cowles​ ​Center​ ​in​ ​Minneapolis. Under​ ​the​ ​guidance​ ​of​ ​Instructor​ ​and​ ​Choreographer ​Christine​ ​Martin, the dancers will perform “Counting Stars,” a performance about reaching for the stars, counting blessings, and expressing joy of life, rhythm, and movement.

Performers will include: ​ ​​Carter​ ​Full,​ ​Hannah​ ​Graff,​ ​Nathan​ ​Graff,​ ​Viva​ ​Graff,​ ​Nadia​ ​Hocum,​ ​Justine Meinke,​ ​and​ ​Lucy​ ​Wilfahrt​​.​ Through​ ​the​ ​rehearsal​ ​process,​ ​the​ ​dancers​ ​have​ ​spent​ ​time​ ​exploring​ ​concepts​ ​like gratitude,​ ​communication,​ ​confidence,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​power​ ​of​ ​artistic​ ​expression.

Winona​-area​ ​dance​ ​enthusiasts​ ​don’t​ ​have​ ​to​ ​travel​ ​to​ ​see​ ​the​ ​performance; ​ ​everyone is ​invited​ ​to attend​ ​the​ ​dancer’s​ ​final​ ​dress​ ​rehearsal​ ​on​ ​Sunday,​ ​Oct.​ ​15, ​at​ ​7:30 p.m.​ ​at​ ​the Minnesota​ ​Conservatory​ ​for​ ​the Arts, located at the Valéncia Arts Center at 10th and Vila streets.​ ​This​ ​15-20-minute performance​ ​is​ ​free​ ​and​ ​open​ ​to​ ​the​ ​public​ ​​and​ ​will​ ​include​ ​the dance​ ​performance​ ​and​ ​an ​explanation​ ​of​ ​the​ ​process.

Information​ ​about​ ​the​ ​festival​ ​can​ ​be​ ​found​ ​at www.twincitiestap.com.

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