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Tap Matters in Las Vegas: Teacher bringing Black artform to new generation of dancers

Posted at 7:13 AM, Feb 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-25 11:37:04-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Local woman Victoria Jones says she fell in love with tap dancing when she was in junior high and now she is feeding that passion to a new generation of performers by opening up Tap Matters.

The dancing school accepts kids from 9 to 17 years old.

One of the dancers 13 Action News spoke to was 11-year-old Alexis who says she just loves to dance.

"My favorite dance is the shimmy," she said.

Beyond just dancing, Jones says she also tries to tie in Black history with her lessons.

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"Not many people know that tap dance is the originator of many dance styles we see today," Jones said. "A lot of famous dancers you know were African American, like Sammie Davis Jr."

The dance group hasn't been performing as much due to the pandemic but the group says they've found an audience online.

Their latest video brought in hundreds of views on YouTube.

You can also find another example of excellence beneath the dancers' feet.

Jaia Perkins was 9 years old when she created tap boards that turn the taps into drumbeats. They are called Jaiaboards.

Perkins says she sells them along with her dad in a newly created company.