J.W. Mitchell High School’s Emma Meyers Earns Coveted Spot on the United States Tap Dance Team!
Congratulations to 15-year-old Emma Meyers, who will be representing the United States and Florida as a member of the United States Tap Dance Team. Emma, a tenth grade student at J.W. Mitchell High School, auditioned for the team and was the only tapper from Florida to make the 2015 USA Tap Dance Team. Emma will travel with the team to Riesa, Germany to compete at the World Tap Championships this December. The team boasts dancers from a dozen different states. The dancers will represent the United States at the competition, which also is known as the “Olympics of Tap Dance.” The International Dance Organization (IDO) sponsors the event.
The dancers have been traveling to Boston for rehearsals on the weekends. They have rehearsal for six hours on both Saturdays and Sunday before traveling back to their respective home states. The team will be competing with 17 different dances within three separate age categories. They will be performing solos, duos, trios, small groups and formations all choreographed by Nancy Chippendale and her daughters, Karen, Kelli and Kristina Carberry.
Upon arriving in Germany, the dancers and their families will have two days to sightsee before the competition begins and will have a chance to tour Dresden, Leipzig and Meissen.
Emma attends J.W. Mitchell High School for two periods a day for math and science and then takes her other four classes online at Florida Virtual School. This allows her the flexibility to fly out to Boston on Friday afternoons for rehearsals. She has studied all genres of dance since the age of three, but is very passionate about tap dancing, and is proud to be a fourth generation tap dancer. Emma is currently taking dance classes at Dance Extreme Academy in Trinity, which she considers her “home studio,” as well as at Tampa Bay Taps in Safety Harbor (where she is also in the Rhythm and Sole Tap Ensemble) and Dance Evolutions in Tarpon Springs.
Emma’s mother, Gina, says, “She has been very lucky to have an extraordinary tap teacher, Cathy Scavelli, since she was five years old. She has taught her over the years at all three studios Emma currently takes classes at.” Emma will be competing at Worlds Competition in Germany at the junior level in a large formation, a small group and a trio. You can cheer Emma Meyers on by tuning into the event via LIVE STREAM (www.idodance.com). The competition begins on Tuesday, December 1st and continues through Saturday, December 5th.