Raised in her mother's dance studio, Lisa Swenton-Eppard has spent all of her life learning dance. In addition to directing Capitol Tap and District Tap, Lisa is currently adjunct professor at Bowie State University, Programming Director at Knock On Wood Tap Studio, and faculty at Knock On Wood Tap Studio, Spotlight Studio of Dance, and Studio Dans. She was quoted in Dance Magazine (December 2018), Dance Studio Life magazine (December 2015), featured in Dance Teacher Magazine (May 2015), selected as the "Teacher in the Spotlight" for Dance Studio Life magazine (March/April 2013), and a recipient
of two Arts and Humanities Council of
Montgomery County grants. With over 30 years
teaching experience, Lisa additionally produces
events, including being tapped by the Kennedy
Center in 2017 for a special program connected
to their annual Honors. Raised in the competition
circuit, she went on to become a judge at dance
competitions, and served on the committee and
choreographed for a local Miss America pageant.
Lisa's credits include DC TapFest faculty
(2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020),
Maryland Council of Dance instructor and
adjudicator (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019), assistant
director of Tappers With Attitude Youth Ensemble
(2002-2010), Chloe and Maud Productions
Summer Tap Boot Camp faculty (2010), BlackRock Center for the Arts faculty
(2002-2009), and Step Aside Tap Company member (2001-2006).
Lisa holds a B.S. in Psychology from Frostburg State University.
Photo: Sandi Foraci Photography
Assistant Artistic Director
Baakari Wilder is internationally known for starring in the Broadway musical Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk. He received a Bessie Award for his performance, and later assumed the lead role for a year. In 2015, Baakari was presented the Pola Nirenska Award by Washington Performing Arts.
Baakari's dancing has delighted audiences around
the world in places such as the Kennedy Center,
Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, France, Africa, Brazil,
and Japan. He has appeared on Jazz Central on
BET, CBS's Secret Talents of the Stars, and an
episode of the Discovery Channel's Time Warp.
He also appeared as a tap dancer in Spike Lee's
A graduate of University of Maryland, Baakari has
more than 20 years experience in teaching his
knowledge of tap dance to people of all ages.
In addition to his work with Capitol Tap and
District Tap, Baakari is on faculty at Knock On Wood
Tap Studio. He previously served as adjunct
professor at American University, Montgomery
College, and Shenandoah University.
Photo: Enoch Chan