BROOKSVILLE — Live Oak Theatre is known for its quality standards in the performing arts, from a talented team of local members to dynamic educators and dedicated board of directors. And with the Brooksville theater company’s reputation, it makes sense the state of the art facility would attract some big talent to offer instructional workshops.
The theater group’s Live Oak Conservatory will hold a Tap Master Class 1-4 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Morsani Center for Arts, 21030 Cortez Blvd. The workshop is open to all ages at a cost of $25.
The Tap Master Class will also include a tap demonstration and showcase by Jane Goldberg and Friends at 7 p.m. with students participating in the finale. Tickets are $15 for Jane Goldberg & Friends Tap Showcase.
Three tap classes will be offered for all levels of skill, from beginner to professional. And three celebrated instructors, including the legendary Jane Goldberg, well-known Sarah Sanford and local celebrity Ashlyn Bolton, are heading the classes.
According to a press release, “Jane Goldberg is a rara avis — a dancer who is also a writer.” Her resume is impressive.
“In the 1980s, Goldberg apprenticed herself to many old classic hoofers while at the same time interviewing and documenting their work,” the press release stated. “She was best known for teaching her students in her Bleeker Street basement where students included master choreographer, singer, writer and composer Meredith Monk. Over the years her universal appeal attracted Japanese scholars, doctors, lawyers and ‘closet hoofers’ to Goldberg’s underground quarters.”
Goldberg was the artistic director of Changing Times Tap, a nonprofit “preservation, promotion, and performing entity”. She taught workshops and master classes at New York University to college and dance students.
Goldberg was also recognized as the “hoofer with angst,” performing “her comedy-tap act, rhythm and schmooze, topical tap with running commentary over the feet in countless jazz, contemporary and experimental venues throughout the United States.”
“Sarah Safford is a rhythm tap dancer, choreographer and songwriter who was part of the tap revival in the 1980s, which brought women to the foreground.”
Safford connected with Goldberg, co-writing and appearing in “The Depression’s Back,” “So is Tap,” “The Tapping Talk Show” and “Shoot Me While I’m Happy.”
Ashlyn Bolton is from Brooksville and her teaching and performing is nationally recognized. She began training at age 7 with Patel Conservatory, in Tampa, and trained with the Rockettes. Bolton choreographed and performed in two music videos and film and television credits. Bolton also directed the Rhythm & Soul Ensemble.
To register for the Tap Master Class, call Live Oak Theatre Company Box Office at 352-593-0027.
For more information about Live Oak Theatre Company performances and events or auditions, visit the website at live oak theatre.org.