Tap Team Two is a Philadelphia based tap company that has been exploring rhythms for over 30 years. For the first time company members Robert F. Burden Jr., Corinne Karon and Timothy Yue have been independently working on the ideas of using color and visual arts as another way to explore Tap choreography with the idea of seeing rhythm. Artistic Director, Robert F. Burden Jr. has been creating paintings with his tap shoes for the past 5 years. He has been creating images of Love, Peace or Balance through tapping on wood with paint. His dancing has steady beats and uses paint that will be placed on the surface of the wood floor that will become the painting. He uses his feet as the brush dabbing, splatting or smoothing to create these images that represent our life. Executive Director, Corinne Karon has been working with New York based artist Greg Lockhart since 2013, when she created a piece called “Golden Sounds – The Death of Silence” which premiered in Philadelphia in 2014. Based on another concept of Greg Lockhart, Corinne will explore the idea of using color as the base of choreography, with the idea that these colors will flow through space and create a visual moving rhythmic painting. Dancers will be draped in colors as they represent the mood and feelings of the rhythm which will ultimately effect your perception of “The Dance.” Company member Timothy Yue has been playing around with the idea of traffic lights and the concept that the colors of the traffic lights have an ingrained response in our lives. They are a basic code of communication that have come to take on a literal meaning. The piece he has been working on is a meditation on this response and how energy stops and starts as the sight of these colors direct anticipation and release.
Tap Team Two was originally put together by Robert F. Burden Jr and Troy McLaughlin, after a year of performing as a duo Troy stepped down and Arthur Leo Taylor became Robert’s new partner.
Robert and Arthur made Tap Team Two into a thriving Philadelphia based tap company that was sought out all over the United States! Creating theatrically based shows such as “CyndiElla” and
“The Nuttapper,” Tap Team Two was no longer just a duo, it became Tap Team Two and Company, Inc. with as many as 10 dancers and a Junior Company.
Tap Team Two has performed in every major dance venue in Philadelphia such as the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, the first series of Dance Boom, “2000 Feet – A celebration of World Dance” and Dance USA’s “Dance in Public Places.” (2012 & 2014) For many years Tap Team Two hosted “National Tap Dance Day,” bringing some of the pioneers of tap dance to the city. During the 2000-2001 season, due to their assembly program “Hoofin’ In America,” Tap Team Two became the #1 Artist in the country from the National Trusties of Young Audiences. During that time Tap Team Two was performing for 18 of the 32 Young Audience chapters through out the country.
In 1997, Arthur stepped down and Corinne Karon became Robert’s 3rd partner and Executive Director of the company. Corinne is celebrating her 25th year with the company and is still the Executive Director of Tap Team Two! Corinne also shares the Artistic development of the company with Robert and will be premiering a new work on Tap Team Two in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival in the Fall of 2018!
Currently Tap Team Two tap dance, known as Hoofing, as a means to educate audiences on the history of tap. Hoofing is an American art form that evolved from the roots of Irish clogging, African dance, street and social dances of the early 20th century. Sounds made by the feet are the “voices” or instruments of the performers, forming an “orchestra” capable of expressing a variety of moods, colors and poetry of movement. Performing mainly a Capella pieces, Tap Team Two tap can be used as a way to create music.
Rochelle Marie Haynes is a native of Dallas, Texas, where she began her dance training at the age of three. She attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Miss Haynes continued her dance training in Philadelphia while attending college at the University of the Arts, where she received her BFA in modern dance.
Rochelle joined Tap Team Two and Company as a principal dancer in 1997 where she traveled throughout the United States teaching the history of tap and promoting tap dance as an American art form. In 2012 she was asked to become the Dance Captain of the company. She has been teaching tap throughout the Pennsylvania and New Jersey area for over 23 years. Rochelle has also taught master classes in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Maryland, Louisiana, New York and Prague, Czech Republic. She is currently on faculty for Temple University and is in her thirteenth year as the Guest Artist in Residence for Tap Ties at Moravian College. Miss Haynes has been on faculty at the University of the Arts since 2005. She taught the tap classes at the Summer World of Dance for two years, Pre-College Program and at the High School Dance Festival which were all held at the University of the Arts. Rochelle was the Tap choreographer for five years for the Garden State Dance Festival. Her choreography has received high accolades, special awards and Title winnings in the competition industry.
Miss Haynes has studied with and taken classes from the Masters of tap for over 18 years. Her studies have taken her within the United States, Brazil and Prague, Czech Republic. She has been fortunate to perform in the Philadelphia area for over 20 years and has taken the stage with tap greats Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Nicole Hockenberry, Germaine Ingram and Dorothy Wasserman of the movie TAP. She performed the choreography of Germaine Ingram in “Danceboom 2005”, Philadelphia Folklore Project’s “Dance Happens Here” 2006 and 2008, the “Tap Extravaganza” in New York City, and at the University of the Arts in 2005 and 2008 which were special tribute performances to the late great LaVaughn Robinson. In 2011 she had the wonderful opportunity to perform original choreography of Bill BoJangles Robinson and Charles “Honi” Coles of the Copasetics in New York at the Symphony Space Theater. One of her favorite performances was “Prague-DC-Philly” in Prague, Czech Republic.