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.
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."
The moSTLy TAP ensemble is currently working on their next production, the premiere of "Latin Pulse," in partnership with the musicians of Acoustik Element. "Latin Pulse," an explosive collaboration of tap dance with latin styled cover tunes and originals, will premiere on November 5, 2022 at The Wildey Theater in Edwardsville, Illinois. More information will be available in the coming days!
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.