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Local tappers put age aside to form group

Gay Whitt looks on as the Timeless Tappers run through a practice routine. (Photo contributed by Joe Barr)
Gay Whitt looks on as the Timeless Tappers run through a practice routine. (Photo contributed by Joe Barr)

Much like stories, the art of dance can be timeless.

Using the floor as a canvas, local tappers have the opportunity to tell their stories, thanks to the Gay Whitt School of Dance.

The Timeless Tappers are described as a group of tap dancers between the ages of 16 and 80 years old who are “tapping their hearts out” every Tuesday, according to Whitt, at her dance studio located in downtown Erwin.

“The ensemble is made up of ladies, some whom have dance experience and others who have never danced before their first lesson in January of this year,” Whitt told The Erwin Record on Thursday, May 12.

Age is just a number, according to Whitt, as the Tappers’ ages vary. The classes are taught by ‘Ms. Gay’ and her daughter, Amy Whitt-Bachman, and consist of tap techniques and dance, which are taught specifically to the skill level of each dancer.

Whitt praised the dancers for their performances at a recent recital.

“The classes have been well received and enjoyed by all participants,” she added.

Since January, the Timeless Tappers have learned three routines, including “Boogie Wonderland,” which was performed during their spring recital. Dancers donned their T-shirt, designed by Ms. Gay and printed by Blue Tech Printing of downtown Erwin, which featured “Timeless Tappers” on the back of the shirt and the Gay Whitt School of Dance logo on the front.

During their first lesson, Whitt shared a statement with her students that she says ultimately sums up the Timeless Tappers.

“This is your time, ladies,” she said. “You can concentrate on yourself and what you’re doing for the next 45 minutes without any interruptions.”

While providing an outlet for the students to perform, Ms. Gay also said the class is a “wonderful, fun experience for both body and mind.”

Classes will resume during June and July and Whit said the class is looking to expand its numbers. For more information about joining the Timeless Tappers, contact the school by email at [email protected] or call 735-0929.