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"I will never be able to thank Chloe and Maud enough for everything they've done for me. I met them as a student in Brazil at 13 years old, and thanks to the scholarships they gave me, I was able to come train in the United States with some of the world's best tap dancers. Later on, also with their help, I moved to Los Angeles to pursue my tap dancing career. It is a true honor to be on faculty for the DC Tap Fest now, and I know nothing would have happened if I hadn't met these wonderful sisters."

Scholarship Student/faculty, BRAZIL

Christopher

Broughton

“I was one of the fortunate staff members who was able to take classes because of your donation. I never got a chance to show my gratitude and appreciation for allowing me to be a part of the first annual Washington D.C Tap Festival. The words in this email will never compare to how thankful I am for helping me get one step closer to pursuing my dreams as a tap dancer. Thank you so much again”

Scholarship Student/intern, new york, ny

MICHELLE MAY

 “Thank you for the great opportunity you gave me for the DC Tap Fest. It was exciting to learn and share part of Tap's history. I want to be a better Tap dancer, so please continue to mentor me. Thank you so much for your support."

Scholarship student, Los Angeles, ca

TESTIMONIALS FROM STUDENTS, FACULTY AND PATRONS

“I just can't say in words what it means to me to be part of the tap community.....there's this burning fire inside my heart to just keep tapping, and dancing, and getting better, and being around positive and powerful artists like yourselves has made ALL the difference in my life.”

 Robyn, 21, Intern, New York

 

“…[I wanted to] let you know how thankful I am that you and your sister put this all together. As an African American female that tap dances, I feel so privileged to have you and your sister as role models… Dancing – especially tap dancing - has become my world, and to have this opportunity right in my city is all I could ever ask for. I just had the BEST weekend of my life. The festival was AMAZING... it was everything and much much more than I could have asked for.”

Alison 16, Student Silver Spring, MD

 

“I just wanted to take time to tell you both thanks for the opportunity that was given to my daughter Myasia to attend the D.C. Tap Fest.  Without the scholarship that she received, it would not have been a possibility. We hope that you both will continue the D.C. Tap Fest annually and invite us back. We met a lot of new friends and had a really great time.  Everyone there was so wonderful and we look forward to doing this again. “

Rita, Parent of 13 year old Scholarship Student Myasia, Los Angeles, CA

“Thank you so much for having the DC Tapfest.  My kids enjoyed it so much. My husband is in Iraq and they needed something special like this.”

Johanna, Parent of 8 and 10 year Taylor New Jersey

“A great event! The vibe made me feel full and rich.”

-Hank Smith, Tap Historian and Professor, New Jersey

 

“Having the opportunity to be in the presence of those tap stars was a dream come true. It helped me fall back in love with the art of tap dancing.”

Clinton 20, Howard University Scholarship Student

 

“Thanks for offering the free beginners tap class this afternoon.  The children from Jones-Haywood School of Dance thoroughly enjoyed the class with Jason Holley.”

 Sherika Shaw, Parent Scholarship Student, Washington, DC

“I just had to let you know that the performances this evening were amazing!  I truly enjoyed every second of the show.  Great job on the organization of your first DC Tap Festival!  I am so hoping you will be making this a yearly event to help keep the love and joys of Tap dancing alive in the Metropolitan area.  My daughter has always loved Tap, but up until this weekend she was getting discouraged. The DC TapFest faculty has renewed her love and desire to be the best tapper she can be. Thanks so much Chloe  and Maud!”

- Kathy Sutphin, Audience Member, Washington, DC

 

“I just wanted to let you know you how grateful I am that Izumi was able to attend DC Tap Fest!! Truly, if it was not for you supporting him, arranging for his stay, he would not have been there.... I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your encouragement and support for him!!”

 Kyoko, Parent of Izumi Presberry 15 yr. old Scholarship Student, Pittsburg, PA