The 17th Annual Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival gets underway next week. Here are five reasons you should go:

1. The festival is not just for the tap dance community, but is an opportunity for anyone interested in the dance genre to see some of the world’s best tappers on stage.

2.  The first of two shows, And Still You Must Swing is a Canadian premier featuring three influential ambassadors of tap: Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Derick K. Grant, and Jason Samuels Smith.

3.  Along with a long list of accolades and awards for her tap dancing prowess, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards was the private tap instructor to Michael Jackson for eleven years. The award-winning Derick K. Grant was an original company member and dance captain in the Tony Award-winning musical Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk. At the age of 15, the Emmy-award winning Jason Samuels Smith, was understudy for the lead rold in Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk.

4.  In the festival’s second show, Tap Masters! presents an unprecedented roster of soloists who take to the stage in a showcase of tap talent. Among those performing are Ted Levy, Billy Siegenfeld, Terry Brock, Joel Hanna, Travis Knights, Claudia Rahardjanoto and Andrew Prashad.

5. For dancers, the festival presents a series of workshops and classes for all ages and dance abilities.

The 2016 Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival takes place September 1-4. Visit for more information.