Operation: Tap is an online forum for dancers, artists, students, teachers, choreographers and or enthusiasts of tap dancing. This forum will be a place to discuss and put into action ideas for immersing the art form into the public’s consciousness, maintaining and educating the public about tap’s history and roots while pushing and forging the art form forward within the context of the 21st century. Weekly debates will be framed by professional tap dancers, teachers. choreographers, musicians, interdisciplinary artists, producers, parents of aspiring tap dancers, and any other person that has a meaningful addition to the conversation. This community dialogue coupled with weekly education outreach will result in a MISSION that every person who is a part of Operation: Tap actively tries to facilitate within their own personal community. Missions may take five minutes to complete, they may also take five years to complete. All are welcome regardless of skill or experience. All ideas, thoughts, and questions are to be entertained with an open mind. Civility in disagreement are the only strict requirements to participate. Disagreement and dissent are expected and welcome to spawn conversation and debate, however it is expected that all will act with respect and compassion towards differing points of view. Operation: Tap represents an inclusion of ideas. The hope is that there are power in numbers and that through the understanding/creating of a standard and the harnessing of ideas, we as a group of artists can achieve goals larger than any one person.
Anthony Morigerato is the Executive Producer of AM Dance Productions which has produced live theatrical performances and film in NYC since 2006. As a performer Anthony was a soloist and member of Michael Minery’s Tapaholics (2002-2012), the lead tap dancer and choreographer for the musical group Matt and Anthony (2009-2012), and a soloist and associate choreographer for Stacey Tookey’s Still Motion (2012-Present). Anthony has appeared as a choreographer and or a performer on several television shows including America’s Got Talent, The Arsenio Hall Show, So You Think You Can Dance, and the Tony Danza Show. Anthony holds the world record for “most tap sounds in one minute” having made 1,163 sounds.
Ayodele Casel began her professional training at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and is also a graduate of The William Esper Studio in NYC. Ms. Casel's television and film credits include “Third Watch”, “Law and Order”, “The Jamie Foxx Show”, “Bojangles”, "Savion Glover’s Nu York”. Ayodele currently serves on the Artist Board for New York City Center's Encores! under the artistic direction of Tony Award winner Jeanine Tesori. www.ayodelecasel.com
Mike Minery, a New Jersey native, has established himself as one of the finest tap dancers and choreographers working today. Mike has been named the 1997 World Tap Champion and was a recipient of a Princess Grace Dance Fellowship Award. He toured the world as a soloist with the internationally acclaimed Manhattan Tap company, and has been featured at The Supper Club on Broadway, in the '40s revue This Joint is Jumping. He has created his own tap company, "Tapaholics", which debuted at the famed Duke Theatre in New York City and has performed in countless theatres and on television as a feature guest on The Tony Danza Show.