Established in 2018
WHO WE ARE: Cleveland Tap Repertory (CTR) is a tap company comprised of tap dancers dedicated to sharing their passion for tap through participation in educational events and public performances. The goal of CTR is to provide a fun and inspiring environment for tap dancers to learn, perform, and grow with no competition pressure. Founded in 2018 by Kelsey Rose, this talented group is ready to grow! This diverse group includes elementary, middle, high school, and college students as well as dance educators, professional dancers, and business professionals. Most members attend weekly classes at a dance studio and are part of a competitive dance team while others have had previous training but are no longer taking formal classes.
WHAT WE DO: Members meet for a few hours on Sundays at dance studios around the Metro Cleveland area. At the beginning of the season, professional choreographers are brought in to set signature pieces. In addition, the team choreographs various pieces, giving members the opportunity to see their work on stage. Throughout the year, the team performs their repertoire at various local and regional shows, festivals, and charity events. The season culminates with the Motor City Tap Fest in August and the performance in the festival’s annual show at Detroit’s famed Orchestra Hall in Detroit. Additional opportunities include workshops, master classes, and performances at tap festivals, shows, and parades locally and across the country. Travel is optional.
FOUNDER / CO-DIRECTOR - KELSEY ROSE YOUNG: Kelsey Rose is an up-and-coming performer, teacher and choreographer based in Detroit. Kelsey is on faculty with Showstopper conventions, Fuzion Dance Camp, and Motor City Tap Fest. Kelsey just wrapped up her second stint as a contestant on Season 14 of So You Think You Can Dance successfully advancing to The Academy round in Los Angeles. She was previously a featured participant on Season 12 qualifying through to the Las Vegas round. Kelsey recently performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as part of the DSO Educational Series and was a guest speaker at the Moving with Detroit seminar for dance educators. Kelsey has had the privilege of studying under and performing alongside many of today’s most respected tap dancers and legends. She is currently a member of Shelby Kaufman’s tap company, G.L.Y.D.E., and Detroit’s Jordan Mac hip hop crew. Kelsey is a member of Cecchetti Council of America and is branching out into the ballroom arena having just completed her first season of amateur competition. She is currently working as a competitive tap instructor at several Midwest studios and works independently as a choreographer for students throughout the region. Kelsey is also the founder and director of Wing It Tap Intensives and designed a line of tap show covers, 'Wrap My Taps'.
CO-DIRECTOR- TORIE GRAY: