Lisa Swenton-Eppard

Founder, Director


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

Baakari Wilder

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