Soul'd Out

The Brightside was proud to present, The Tap Factor in “Soul’d Out!”  a live music event featuring tap dance sensations Christopher Erk, Derick K. Grant, Anthony J. Russo, and Jabu Graybeal. Come share an evening with these four globetrotting tap dancers as they give their only public performance in town after spending a month touring their show ‘Feet Speak” throughout Dayton area public schools on behalf of the Muse Machine.

Accompanied by Dayton’s own Premium Blend, this highly energetic and collaborative dose of music and Tap dance was one like never seen before. An all ages show, there was even a tap class prior to the show with Chris Erk, and some crowd interaction during the performance.

The Tap Factor was founded in Dayton by former resident Christopher Erk over ten years ago. While teaching at Wright State University, Sinclair Community College, Dayton Dance Conservatory and beyond, participants would meet weekly at the Tap Factor’s Front Street studio where donation-based Tap classes evolved into a local community of dancers that could be found sharing their joy for Tap at city events throughout the year. Since then, they have taken to the stage collaborating with organizations such as Best Buddies, the Boys and Girls Club of America, with performances at Carnegie Hall and more. Check out the Tap Factor’s journey online by visiting

Photos by Babckcock Studio

The Company

Christopher Erk via New York City/Los Angeles

Off-Broadway touring production of Tap Dogs

Founding Artistic Director of the Tap Factor

Absinthe, Caesar’s Palace Las Vegas

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox

Derick K. Grant via Boston/New York City

Broadway’s original cast, Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk 

Creator of Imagine Tap

Anthony J. Russo via St. Louis/New York City

 Off-Broadway touring production of Tap Dogs

Cirque du Soliel 

Founder of Tapademics

Absinthe, Caesar’s Palace Las Vegas

Jabu Graybeal

Recipient of the Young Arts Award

Member of the North Carolina Youth Ensemble

Highlight in Dance Spirit Magazine as one of “Tap’s Next Generation of Stars” 

Premium Blend

Photos taken by the incredible Sarah of Babcock Studio

Check out just a short clip of the show in the video below!

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