There’s nothing quite like the sound of taps on a dance floor, the crisp click, the smooth drag, the hypnotizing syncopated rhythms and so much more … just ask Alfred “Bruce” Bradley.
A Flint native, Bruce Bradley came back home to spread the good word – about dance. The veteran tap dancer, who made his mark in the Off-Broadway productions of “One Mo’ Time,” “Staggerlee,” and “A Raisin in the Sun,” and the Broadway smash “Black and Blue,” felt there was much more to this treasured art form than just its musicality and movement. There was history, cultural richness, tradition. He founded the Tapology Tap Festival for Youth, The Flintstone Hoofers, now the Tapology Youth Ensemble, and was co-founder of Creative Expressions Dance Studio.
Bruce has also performed for the Carr Center, most recently in our 2018 concert, The Sacred Music of Duke Ellington.
Bruce Bradley performing David Danced With The Lord, a selection from our March 2018 concert, The Sacred Music of Duke Ellington, on March 10, 2018 at Christ Church Cranbrook
Bruce didn’t learn from a tap school, he learned from people who were tapologists, artists who learned from the masters, and passed that knowledge on to new apprentices.
Tapology, The Science of Dance, the Art of Rhythm is now a nationally recognized institution. Originally founded as a way to give back to the community through teaching the art of tap dance, Tapology has become much more. Over the years hundreds of youth have also learned how to interact with their past, present and future, while maintaining the highest standards of artistic discipline, entertainment and quality productions.
A sneak peak at the work of Tapology, The Science of Dance, The Art of Rhythm.
The dedicated work of Tapology has been so successful in transforming lives that last April the troupe was invited to perform at the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem as part of its education programming, under the direction of Bruce’s daughter, Alexandria Bradley, who is now Artistic Director of the organization. Thank you Bruce Bradley for all that you’ve done and all that you do. We look forward to working with Tapology again soon!