ABOUT

Capitol Tap was founded in 2010 by Lisa Swenton-Eppard to shape the next generation of tap musicians, dancers, historians, improvisors, technicians, educators, and performers.  

Guided by directors Lisa Swenton-Eppard and Baakari Wilder, these young artists, ages 9 to 25, are trained in understanding tap as both an auditory and visual art.  With an emphasis on a strong technical base, they learn and perform choreographed works and improvised phrasing.  Their training includes specific instruction on becoming future professionals and tap instructors.  

 

They have performed in notable venues such as Wolf Trap (VA) and Symphony Space (NYC), television appearances on Fox 5 Morning News (DC) and ABC 7's Good Morning, Washington (DC), and guests at tap festivals including DC TapFest (DC), Jersey Tap Fest (NJ), and TAPFest (PA).  The repertoire consists of historical works from the original tap masters (Bojangles, Sandman Sims, Eddie Brown, Buster Brown, and more) to contemporary pieces from today's leading choreographers (Heather Cornell, Michelle Dorrance, Josh Hilberman, Sarah Petronio, Chloe Arnold, Caleb Teicher, and more).  

 

Noteworthy company achievements include garnering two Metro DC Dance Awards nominations their first season collaborating with the 50-piece Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia for a full-length concert, and selected to perform in a Kennedy Center special program.  Capital One Small Business chose Capitol Tap for their Spark Plug campaign awarding a 30-second online ad and multi-week print inserts in The Washington Post.

 

Capitol Tap members have been awarded merit-based scholarships, booked for professional gigs/tours, and selected for the prestigious School at Jacob's Pillow Tap Program.    

 

Capitol Tap is the in-residence ensemble at Knock On Wood Tap Studio in Washington, DC.