Tappenstance is an innovative Washington, D.C. based rhythm tap company dedicated to maintaining the legacy of tap dancing while expanding the boundaries of traditional tap. The company works showcase diverse musical styles from electronica to rock, reggae to R&B and incorporate elements of other dance styles from hip hop to tango. Tappenstance is designed for intermediate-level adult tappers who want to improve their technique and performance skills. Tappenstance offers tappers a chance to preserve and promote the unique American art form of tap dance while growing as individual dancers.

Tappenstance Director: Michelle Michaels

Register for Tappenstance Auditions: Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 8-10 p.m. at JOMDC Bethesda

Required Rehearsal Schedule: Mondays 8 – 9:30 p.m. at JOMDC Friendship Heights


Company Requirements:
1. Members must be 19 years of age or older at a low-intermediate and above tap level.
2. Members must pay $742.50 annual company tuition. Payment plans will be offered and may be arranged with the Friendship Heights Studio Manager.
3. Members must attend all rehearsals and performances.
4. Members are representatives of JOMDC and will maintain high standards of artistic integrity, ethics, and professionalism.


For program inquiries, email Tappenstance@joyofmotion.org.  To register for the Tappenstance auditions email FriendshipHeights@joyofmotion.org.



  1. How do I prepare for auditions?

We recommend tappers who are interested in auditioning attend Rhythm Tap classes on Mondays (Aug 15 and 22) before the auditions. You can schedule the classes here –



  1. What if I can’t make auditions?

If you are not able to attend the auditions on August 23, you can set up an in-class audition in August. Please email Tappenstance Director Michelle Michaels at Tappenstance@joyofmotion.org to set up an alternative audition.


  1. When will the required performances take place?

At this time there is one required Tappenstance performance in Spring 2017.   Information regarding this performance is coming soon.  

Other performances may be added to the Tappenstance performance schedule as the DC-area opportunities are defined throughout the Tappenstance season.  These performances will not be mandatory.