Jahkil, Tap Dancer, with Leslie Tryon at ALA in Chicago

Jan Spivey Gilchrist modeled The Thumbtack Dancer, Gus, after Jahkil. While at the American Library Association Conference and Exhibition in late June 2017, Leslie and Jahkil shared a tapping stage on the exhibition floor.

In honor of Ashley Bryan’s 94th birthday today, we wanted to note that this book is dedicated to him by Leslie and he can be heard performing the story by accessing the QRC on the back cover. Happy Birthday, Ashley Bryan!

Those in the Know

Gene Medler’s North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble (NCYTE) will delight their audiences this weekend in Durham. Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon will have them on stage at the Carolina Theatre. This dance troupe taps across this country and travels to dance on international stages. April 22 & 23, 2017 will have them close to us.
Gene Medler offered his thoughts on The Thumbtack Dancer and here they are!