about mostly tap and mostly jazz
The art forms of tap dance and jazz music have inspired one another throughout history, and are meant to be enjoyed together, creating a unique and rhythmic listening experience. moSTLy TAP and moSTLy JAZZ are the professional dance and music ensembles of STL Rhythm Collaborative. Together, the ensembles have presented live collaborations of music and dance that have been enjoyed by audiences of all ages throughout the St. Louis area for over 4 years.
In October 2021, the ensembles presented their first self-produced premiere of IN DUE TIME: A Live Music & Tap Dance Tribute to The Dave Brubeck Quartet to rave reviews.
Since its debut, an excerpt of the production was commissioned to be presented in July 2022 at the internationally renowned Rhythm World Festival in Chicago, IL, presented by Chicago Human Rhythm Project. The production has also been presented by The Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville, IL and will be presented in April, 2023 by Missouri Baptist University.
Most recently, moSTLy TAP has collaborated with the musicians of Acoustik Element to create Latin Pulse, a high energy, live music and tap dance experience, grounded in Latin rhythms. Latin Pulse premiered in November 2022. Scroll down to read more about the production.
moSTLy TAP & moSTLy JAZZ are currently the only professional ensembles in the St. Louis area presenting this type of collaboration between live music and tap dance. In September 2021, Ladue News featured STL Rhythm Collaborative as one of “The St. Louis Metro Area’s Leaders in Music,” and St. Louis Magazine praised IN DUE TIME for bringing "tap and jazz together through Brubeck’s complicated rhythms."
In addition to presenting their own original works, the ensembles often collaborate with local nonprofit organizations, such as CommUNITY Arts STL and The Salvation Army, to present performances at community events, fundraisers, and festivals.
Latin Pulse premiered at The Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville, IL on November 5, 2022. We must extend a huge THANK YOU to all of you who supported our production by purchasing tickets and merch (the link is still available below), helping to spread the word, and sharing our posts! We had an amazing show. If you missed it, you definitely missed out! Keep an eye on our socials (Facebook & Instagram) and our Events Page for information about our upcoming appearances.
About Latin Pulse:
Latin music meets tap dance in this electric collaboration between STL Rhythm Collaborative’s professional dance ensemble, moSTLy TAP, and the musicians of Acoustik Element. Familiar tunes come to life through percussive music and dance and beautiful originals inspire the soul. Choreography includes works by renowned artists Maria Majors, Amy Gammon, and Megan Mayer, with arrangements by musical artist Aaron Burlbaw.
If you aren't already following Acoustik Element, we highly recommend it.
A 'Latin Vibe' best describes the instrumental group, Acoustik Element. Revolving their sound around the nylon-string guitar, AE is best known for their reinvention of popular songs by artists such as The Beatles, Santana, The Eagles, etc...while also staying true to Latin and Jazz Standards. AE specializes in creating the right atmosphere for every event. AE was the house band, performing every Wednesday night from 2005-2018 at Barcelona Tapas. In 2013, they performed before the legendary Carlos Santana at the Peabody Opera House. Acoustik Element has released 5 CD's and 1 DVD.
Learn more about Acoustik Element HERE.
In our Conversations with the Cast, the musicians of Acoustik Element and dancers from moSTLy TAP sit down to discuss Latin Pulse.
How did Acoustik Element get started?
What inspired them to pick up the instruments they currently play?
What types of music and rhythms can folks expect to experience in this show?
What do the dancers and musicians do to prepare just before they take the stage?
What was it like for the musicians of Acoustik Element to play for Carlos Santana?!
Learn all this plus check out some behind the scenes rehearsal footage! Click below to view!