32nd ANNUAL NATIONAL TAP DANCE DAY
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Dust off your tap shoes because National Tap Dance Day is just ONE MONTH away!
We are planning something small this year, details to come.
About Tap Day
Under the direction of Gracey Tune, noted tap dancer, choreographer, and historian, Arts on Tap, Inc., now doing business as ARTS FIFTH AVENUE, held its first official celebration on May 25, 1990 with retired Speaker of the House of Representatives, Jim Wright, as Master of Ceremonies and continues to celebrate this uniquely American art form today. Of note, The City of Fort Worth was the first and only city in the Southwest to celebrate Tap Day until 1995 when a small group from Fort Worth (also under Gracey's direction) helped Gloria Whetstone establish a similar celebration at the West End in Dallas.
A Bill to designate May 25th as National Tap Dance Day was introduced in the House of Representatives in September of 1988 and on November 7, 1989, President George H. W. Bush signed this into law. May 25th was chosen to commemorate the birth of Bill Robinson (May 25, 1878 - November 25, 1949) and his outstanding contribution to the art of tap dancing on both stage and in film through the unification of diverse stylistic and racial elements.
TOMMY TUNE TUESDAYS
Every Tuesday, we will share the life and history of American actor, dancer, singer, theatre director, producer, and choreographer Tommy Tune.
Over the course of his career, he has won ten Tony Awards, the National Medal of Arts, 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award (the highest honor for artistic achievement given by the President of the United States), has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was inducted into The Theater Hall of Fame by Gwen Verdon.
The Tommy Tune Awards, presented annually by Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) honor excellence in high school musical theatre in Houston.
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DJANGO IN JUNE...JUST THE MUSIC
June 5-6, 2021
8:00 pm, outdoor stage
Cost: (1) night for $20 or (2) nights for $35
Saturday, June 5th, 8 pm
Marcelo Berestovoy brings a new special show with surprises.
A 1920's Paris Vibe (more info to come)
Sunday, June 6th, 8pm
"String Theory Manouche"
Featuring: Kim Platko - Guitar
Wana Hong - Violin
Jason Jones - Guitar
Mark Deffebach - Bass
Ticket info to be announced soon!
Under the stars on our outdoor stage - more details to come.
If you are a guitar player and know Django's Minor Swing - please bring your guitar and play with us.
Two nights of music, hors d'oeuvres, libations & french ambience honoring the life and legacy of the gypsy guitar genius, Django Reinhardt. Under the stars on our outdoor stage, we will be practicing social distancing and CDC rules.
Reinhardt was an important influence on the likes of contemporary guitarists such as Les Paul, Charlie Christian, B.B. King, Jerry Garcia, and Chet Atkins. With no formal training, the Roma guitarist created a new style of music in the 1930s and '40s that came to be dubbed "gypsy jazz." His playing was at times joyous, fierce and lyrical, and his intensity was such that he's one of the few European musicians to exert a serious influence on the American art form of jazz.
SPRING 3rd WALK-BY ART GALLERY
"SPRING IS IN THE AIR"
April 19-May 16, 2021, 24 hrs/day
Artist features are back! Check our social media daily to see a clip from our artists sharing the vision behind their piece.
See link below to see week 1!
This is our biggest gallery yet, with 116 pieces of art for you to enjoy!
A free event in which students, parents, friends, artists & neighbors created a work of art to fill one of our 100+ windows .
A new concept, an outdoor gallery in Fort Worth, Arts Fifth Avenue invites you to see our 3rd outdoor Spring walk-by gallery. With over 100 windows, we are inviting students, parents, friends, artists and neighbors to fill our windows with art!
You can walk-by, dance-by, drive-by or cycle-by a one-of-a-kind gallery for the people. This is the only outdoor gallery you will find in the Southwest! Grab your honey and make it a date night or an afternoon stroll in the Historic Fairmount District.
The Arts are Alive on the Southside!
YOGA WITH JULIE VITEK
6:30 pm-7:30 pm, outdoor stage
Thanks to Julie's generosity, she is currently offering her classes as a donation ($10 recommended) only class. All proceeds benefiting Arts Fifth Avenue!
Cash or Check
A5A Outdoor Stage
Social distancing and masks observed
This is a very welcoming class suited for all levels and everyBODY. You will enjoy a slow moving practice while learning how to connect mind and body using a variety of different postures (asanas) and breath exercises (pranayama).
"Yoga, a way to live, breathe, and connect!"
For questions or to be added to her email list: email@example.com
Welcome to Arts Fifth Avenue (A5A) in Fort Worth, TX ...where the arts are alive, waiting for you to discover, experience, and express at our eclectic neighborhood visual and performing arts center.
Located at the corner of 5th Avenue and West Allen Avenue in the Fairmount Southside Historic District of Fort Worth
We invite you to enjoy a variety of classes in the performing and visual arts for ages 4 years to adult.
Also enjoy our productions of theater, music, art exhibitions, dance, concerts and much more!
ARTS FIFTH AVENUE
1628 5TH AVENUE
FORT WORTH, TX
ARTS FIFTH AVENUE
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THE SPOTLIGHT SERIES
June 4-5, 2021
Mark your calendars!
The Spotlight Series, a fully student-led production is coming to Casa Manana, June 4-5
From high kicks and final poses to choreography and vocals, this fantastic cast of 8-12 graders are from 7 schools across the greater Fort Worth area!
The Spotlight Series is an initiative supported by the Slaughter Family Arts Awards to inspire a bond within the Fort Worth artistic community. The goal is to support a project or a production of a Fort Worth native that will positively impact and shift the attention to the blossoming artistic talent in Fort Worth. The voices of such projects are sure to evolve over time. Today, we are passing the mic to Joe Westermann.
For the first year of the Spotlight Series, Executive Producer Joe Westermann will help young artists in the Fort Worth area create a production of:
A Chorus Line: High School Edition!
A Chorus Line - High School Edition is a full-length version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, adapted for performance by high school students with family audiences. Every aspect of the show has been developed specifically for high school performers: dialogue and content are age-appropriate, dance sequences are of a length befitting high school dancers, and allowances are made to feature actors of any race or ethnicity. The materials have been prepared - with the authors' approval - to help your school or organization mount the best possible production and to give your students an exciting and rewarding experience.
A Chorus Line is a stunning concept musical capturing the spirit and tension of a Broadway chorus audition. Exploring the inner lives and poignant ambitions of professional Broadway performers, the show features one powerhouse number after another. Memorable musical numbers include "What I Did for Love," "One," "I Can Do That," "At the Ballet," "The Music and the Mirror," and "I Hope I Get It." A brilliantly complex fusion of song, dance, and compellingly authentic drama, the show was instantly recognized as a classic.