Beginning in 2003 Group Theatre Too formed a new tap company, Generation Tap which creates "tap theatre", a mix of song, scene and dance to be used in performances and dance education. The company's mission of 'never skipping a beat' continues the passing down of tap dancing and welcomes members of all ages. The four founding members of Generation Tap include: Broadway, film and television veteran Michael Blevins, whose credits range from The Tap Dance Kid, Bring Back Birdie and Little Me on Broadway to the films Chaplin, Woody Allen's Zelig and 'Mark' in Richard Attenborough's film, A Chorus Line. For the latter he was featured on the cover of Dance Magazine, December 1985. Blevins trained under Mallory Graham, Danny Daniels, Bettye Morrow and continued handing down the torch by guest instructing at Broadway Dance Center and training Savion Glover, Alfonso Ribeiro, Dule Hill, Melissa Errico and Jimmy Tate. The next 'generation' of Generation Tap is Justin Boccitto, New York tap choreographer, performer and instructor with credits including The Juilliard School, Circle in the Square Theatre School and currently at Astoria Dance Centre in Queens. Justin trained extensively under Blevins and continued his training with Bettye Morrow in New York. Following him in the company are Nicky Romaniello, Eddy Francisco, Jeff Brelvi and Brian Duryea - who all trained extensively under Blevins. Completing the company is tap master Bettye Morrow acting as Senior Artistic Advisor. Bettye is a protege of Leslie 'Bubba' Gaines of The Copasetics and her credits include International and Broadway fame having danced with the likes of Gene Kelly and Sammy Davis Jr. She has instructed tap at Broadway Dance Center for 22 years.
Generation Tap functions as a training ground for young talent and the future of tap dancing. Current students include children and professionals from all around the country including Sean Fosse-Greiner, grandson of the legendary Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon. Since it's incarnation Generation Tap has appeared Off-Broadway at Tap City, performing a tribute to Bettye Morrow, as well as performing at the United Nations, Circle in the Square, Queens Theatre in the Park and the Tap Extravaganza to celebrate National Tap Dance Day. Generation Tap also works in public/private schools and theatre troupes creating dance/musical theatre residencies, providing teaching artists and performing 'The Broadway Kid', a turn-of-the-century history musical, featuring the music and tap dance of George M. Cohan. Also, in the works is TAPARET a rhythmic cabaret - vaudeville style!
Bettye Morrow, Senior Artistic Advisor