On May 25th starting at 10:00 am, Philadelphia hoofer, Robert Burden will begin his 24 hour “tap journey”. Why would this Artistic Director of Tap Team Two, with a BFA in Jazz Dance from the University of the Arts and a protege of LaVaughn Robinson and Germain Ingram, choose to take on such a venture?
Robert is trying to raise $5,000 to send at risk young men to arts programs for the Summer. For youth that may not even graduate from high school, Robert hopes to instill in them a sense of accomplishment, pride and a desire to pursue their edcuation and a career in the arts. Robert goes on to state, “I am looking at my own community and I see so many young men in need of the guidance.”
This city-wide arts venture is nothing new to Robert, who three years ago danced 24 hours and with the help of Tap Team Two, the dance community, and citizens of Philadelphia, raising $2,100 for young students affected by Hurricane Katrina.
Robert encourages everyone to help him in his cause by just hanging out, tapping or even accompanying with an instrument to get through the day and night at the University of the Arts, 211 South Broad Street in Philadelphia.
At 5 PM on May 25th, with still another 17 hours to go, he hopes to be joined by fellow tap dancers in the area, of all ages and levels, in helping to celebrate this fundraising event on the Avenue of the Arts.
If you would like to make a donation to this worthy cause, checks can be mailed to the Canaan Christian Arts Ministry, 5430 Pulaski Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144. Please note on your check “24 Hour Tap”. Cash donations may also be made on site during the 24 hours of tap!
Robert Burden in Training for 24 Hour Tap Marathon