Choreography: Bill "Bojangles" Robinson (1928)
The athletic Stair Dance showcases Robinson's inventive style and was featured on Broadway in "Blackbirds of 1928." Robinson performed a version of his signature piece as a duet with Shirley Temple in "The Little Colonel" in 1935.
Begin the Beguine
Choreography: Fred Astaire, Bobby Connolly, Hermes Pan & Eleanor Powell (1940)
The lively classic duet was first performed by Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell in "Broadway Melody of 1940."
Taking a Chance on Love: Coles and Atkins Softshoe
Choreography: Honi Coles & Cholly Atkins (late 1940s)
Affectionately known as the slowest softshoe, this duet is pure elegance. Our version is charmingly performed by the mother/daughter duo of Nancy Boskin-Mullen and Adi Mullen.
Eddie Brown's B.S. Chorus
Choreography: Eddie Brown (1970s)
This intricate work is quintessential Eddie Brown, known for his "scientific rhythm." Pam Thompson-Spinner, protégé of the late, great, tap master, learned the steps first-hand and passed them on to the Company.
Leon Collins' Routine #1
Choreography: Leon Collins (1970s)
Created as a teaching routine, this elegant tap composition embodies Collins’ signature melodic style.
Waiting Room (excerpt from Life Could Be a Dream)
Choreography: Pat Catterson (1980)
Originally choreographed as a tap solo in an evening length modern dance piece, dancers’ gestures convey a sense of merely going through the motions.
Crucial Country Breakdown
Choreography: Group choreography by Rosina Didyk; solos based on choreography by Gary Larsen; restaged by Nancy Boskin-Mullen (1998)
This Appalachian clogging style dance premiered at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center in a performance by AMAN Folk Ensemble. Fast footwork and joyful partnering make it an audience favorite.
Choreography: Pam Thompson-Spinner (1998)
D3 is Thompson-Spinner's homage to her mentors and teachers. Woven throughout the choreography are rhythms and themes inspired by Eddie Brown, Fred Strickler and Stan Mazin.
Choreography: Pam Thompson-Spinner (2003)
Inspired by Savion Glover and Keith Terry, this piece features quirky, off-beat rhythm changes and incorporates vocalizations. The piece was most recently accompanied by original poetry that was written and spoken by Ernie McCray at the 2014 San Diego International Fringe Festival.
Stick to the Rhythm
Choreography: Nancy Boskin-Mullen
Tap dancers play with the rhythms of the Philippines in this tinikling-inspired piece. Bamboo poles set the beat while dancers leap in and out of the moving sticks.
Choreography: Keith Terry (2006)
Choreographed for California Rhythm Project, this body music piece in 12/8 time is an exploration of rhythm and "the body as a beat box."
Choreography: Donna Flournoy (2008)
This gospel music inspired piece features a vibrant cast of characters in Sunday hats and dresses. Friends greet one another, a little girl plays pranks and small groups of dancers blend into a larger whole as they all make their way to the meeting place to join in dance together.
Choreography: Nancy Boskin-Mullen (2009)
True love is hard to find and even harder to keep, but that doesn't stop a young man from trying in this duet inspired by Berkley Hart lyrics.
Choreography: Nancy Boskin-Mullen (2011)
A wandering band of dancers circles the stage in a Cuban flavored tap number. In a dance shaped by the traditional music of the island nation, chugs and digs play the drum beat for this lyrical voyage through Latin rhythms.
This Land Is
Choreography: Nancy Boskin-Mullen (2012)
Originally choreographed as a "rock the vote" number with a retro groove, each dancer in this quartet has the chance to make her voice heard. Later versions feature a larger cast and the piece rolls its way to a rousing tap jam finale.
We Create the World We Live In
Choreography: Summer Briggs (2012)
A dynamic fusion of tap rhythms and street sounds. Dancers create a collage of beats as they start their early morning work day.
On Green Dolphin Street
Choreography: Pam Thompson-Spinner (2013)
In this piece, a jazz beat is overlaid with complicated rhythms, from bolero to swing with steps inspired by Eddie Brown and Honi Coles, culminating in a sand dance in the style of Sandman Sims.
From the Sole
Choreography: Nancy Boskin-Mullen (2013)
A trio of dancers plays with rhythm, riffs and crawls accompanied by an a cappella version of Stevie Wonder's "Overjoyed" mixed with a traditional Brazilian melody.
The Best Is Yet to Come
Choreography: Nancy Boskin-Mullen & Pam Thompson-Spinner (2014)
Boy meets girl in this elegant duet inspired by the iconic stair dances of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Shirley Temple, the Nicholas Brothers, Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers. A new romance blossoms as our dancers play with variations on a theme.
Choreography: Summer Briggs (2014)
A street performer wows the crowd with her clever rhythms and precision taps. “What’s the sound of one girl tapping? Pure joy.” – Janice Steinberg, San Diego Story
Coffee, To Go!
Choreography: Nancy Boskin-Mullen (2014)
An ever-increasing tempo drives this Broadway style number. A coffee cart line transforms into a chorus of riffs and stomps as dancers chase a caffeine rush.
Fork in the Road
Choreography: Sara Dickman & Cari Goodwin (2014)
A playful mix of taps, percussion and live vocals.
Restore to Factory Settings
Choreography: Nancy Boskin-Mullen (2014)
A techno beat drives dancers in trench coats in this athletic tap piece. Imprisoned by the rhythm of work, they move with angular precision, one by one trying to break away from the tedium of the daily grind, but they are pulled back into their rut with no hope for freedom. Until…
Choreography: Pam Thompson-Spinner (2014)
This exuberant slice of life number is a playground romp as hop scotch, jump rope and basketball dances are interspersed with body music and variations on classic rhythms.
Choreography: Divya Devaguptapu, Nancy Boskin-Mullen, Summer Briggs (2015)
Choreography: Vincent Padilla (2015)
La Rumba y El Ritmo
Choreography: Chloe Arnold (2015)
Created for California Rhythm Project by world-renowned tap star Chloe Arnold, this salsa-inspired piece thrills with fast footwork, hot music and latin style.
Choreography: Kristina Cobarrubia (2015)
Complicated rhythms drive the tempo of this emotionally intense flamenco piece choreographed for California Rhythm Project by Kristina Cobarrubia of Flamenco Arana.
Choregraphy: Summer Briggs (2015)
This high spirited piece combines West African rhythms with the toe-tapping sounds of rhythm tap.