As with Walker, the nuance of tap rests in the personalities of those doing the tapping. Jason Janas, for example, danced ever so close to the stage’s edge with unrelenting force, as if toying with the idea of losing balance or falling over the edge. He’s a risk taker, and it showed. At one point, he somehow channeled a Michael Jackson slide-step on the inner portions of his shoes—the one possible comparison that comes to mind. Jumanne Taylor is a gentle, introspective soul, based on his soft, subtle, quick steps. Alexander opened the second act with taps and turns to Bach’s French Suite #3 in A Minor–classic mover dancing to classical—and Yuji Uragami from Japan began cautiously but built to a furious pace of phrases, akin to the pace of a drum roll. Clad in fiery-red clothes and golden shoes to match a fiery-red finish, Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards closed. Like the shoes, the rest of this week’s lineup should be golden.
via Time Out Chicago