Local Dance Ensemble Brings Joy to Carlsbad
The Toe Tappers
With performances such as their recent appearance at Carlsbad by the Sea’s “Roaring ‘20s” event, the local dance troupe The Toe Tappers, made up of eight tap-dancing seniors, strives to bring entertainment to the communities of North County. The group started over 30 years ago in an exercise class at a senior mobile home community. Their manager Fran explained, “Some of the members were dancers and it didn’t take long before they kicked up their boring exercise class to include tap dance, and then costumes, and then performances.” While the original members of The Toe Tappers are retired, the current dancers carry on their legacy with exciting choreography and dazzling costumes.
Fran continued, “Our mission is to bring joyous entertainment to our audiences. My best memory was a holiday performance at a retirement community. Seated in the front row was an elderly lady in a wheelchair – she smiled and danced in her chair the whole time. When I greeted her after the show she just smiled and patted my hand, but her daughter told me that the lady had owned a dance studio for years and had been a fabulous dancer. She was 101 years old! We dance for people like her.” With additional help from their two emcees Bernie and Bob, their two music technicians Roger and Ken, and their talented web designer Ivy Hall, the Toe Tappers are always ready to share their love for dance. In addition, the group is open to new members with dance experience who are 55 to 74 years old. For more information visit www.toetappers.org.