The Dallas Tap Dazzlers, organized in 1990, is a non-profit 501©3 group of jazz-tap dancers with an average age of 65 – the eldest an octogenarian! In addition to being at least 45 years of age, the requirements are dancers must be skilled in high intermediate to advanced tap, have the time to commit to rehearsals and performances and most importantly… have sparkle, sparkle and more sparkle! Since that time, the organization has more than tripled, growing from just 7 members to 24 and still growing. They have performed throughout the State of Texas more than 1,750 times! They perform for all types of occasions, from nursing homes with an audience of 15-20 to conferences, conventions and banquets attended by thousands.
Director and choreographer, Frances Dempsey, felt the routines performed by the group should be more challenging with dazzling costumes than your typical senior dance group. Frances knows how to get things done and sets very high standards for everything... performance level, energy, makeup, hair, high kicks, and fun! As a result, the Dazzlers have established a reputation as one of the most entertaining and recognizable groups in the Metroplex and are the premier senior tap group in Texascontinuing to prove “age is only a number.”
The Dazzlers have appeared on all major TV stations in Dallas and national television and have been featured in the Dallas Morning News over a dozen times.
The Dazzlers have paraded in Ann Richard’s Inaugural parade and other local and out-of-area parades, the largest being the Children's Christmas Parade in Dallas, televised and broadcast in 300 cities where they are referred to as the “Dallas Rockettes.’
In 2000, they accepted an invitation to parade and perform at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City -- a 2.5 mile long march in red glittered heels.
In 2002, the band, Cross Canadian Ragweed, featured the Dazzlers in their first music video, which received a nomination as "Best Country Music Video of the Year." Other appearances include opening for a Lee Greenwood Concert in Dallas, yearly Iwo Jima Survivors' Reunions, Ms. Texas Senior America pageants, the annual Kilgore Rangerettes "Revels" spectaculars, Morton Meyerson Symphony Center and Billy Bob's Texas in Fort Worth.
The Dazzlers are particularly proud of the Regional and National Championship titles won: "Most High Points" 2004 Regional Star Power Competition, sneaking right past all those teenagers! They have also won five national dance competitions from Las Vegas to New York including an award for ‘Best Legs.’
This enthusiastic and up-beat dance troupe welcomes your invitation for engagements year-round.
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