Scholarships & Work Study

Lloyd Storey Memorial
Scholarship Program

Born on July 24, 1923, Lloyd Storey was a Tap Master and National Treasure. Lloyd Storey was born in Detroit, but he grew up in New York where he spent countless hours watching tap dancers in vaudeville shows. He quickly picked up tap's intricate rhythms, fused them with his own gliding energy, and developed a style that seemed effortless in its execution. When he was 14 years old, he began dancing in New York's Apollo Theatre as a member of the famed Apollo Chorus Boys. Although World War II interrupted his career where he served as a member of the U.S. Navy shore patrol, Ninth Naval District, he quickly fell into step upon his return home, returning to the stage with the greats of the time: Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Redd Foxx, Peg Leg Bates, and Count Basie, among others. One of Mr. Storey's most notable accomplishments was his membership in New York's exclusive Hoofer's Club.

 

Throughout his life, Mr. Storey introduced the joy and beauty of tap dancing to appreciative audiences around the globe. A social worker by training, he knew the cultural and historical significance of this indigenous dance form, and he dedicated his life to teaching others of its value.

 

Whenever he was asked to name the person who had the greatest impact on his career, Mr. Storey did not hesitate. He named his great friend and mentor Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. Not only did Mr. Storey dance with Bojangles' famed troupe, he learned from him the importance of passing his craft to the next generation of tappers.

 

In addition to his dance career, Mr. Storey earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Social Work degree from Wayne State University. He was a program director for the Neighborhood Service Organization in Detroit until his retirement in 1989. When Mr. Storey moved back to Detroit from New York, he formed the “Detroit Sultans” tap ensemble with Fletcher “T Bone” Hollingsworth and Frank Colvard; he also directed the city’s Tap Repertory Ensemble, as well as teaching at the Center for Creative Studies. Art Beat Dance Center’s Director, Brenna Kuhn, was fortunate enough to dance in that Repertory Ensemble and study with Mr. Storey at the Center for Creative Studies. He was her first mentor and foundational tap teacher.

He taught her the joy and passion of rhythm tap and importance of community and giving back. These values: joy, passion, and community, create the foundation of Art Beat Dance Center. Recipients of the Lloyd Storey Memorial Scholarship must embody these qualities in their dancing and their lives.

To apply for this scholarship, or to donate to the scholarship fund, please email brenna@artbeatdancecenter.com.

Work Study Program

The ABDC Work Study program provides an opportunity for students to take classes at the studio in exchange for working at the front desk. These positions require excellent organizational and customer service skills. Duties include checking-in clients, handling payments, maintaining student records in Jackrabbit Software, as well as answering phones, relaying messages, fielding questions, and light cleaning and organizational duties. Employees must be able to work in a fast paced environment with detailed accuracy and perform multiple tasks simultaneously with agility. Proficiency with standard computer programs such as Microsoft Word and Excel is necessary.

 

There are a VERY LIMITED number of shifts available. Program participants must be available for at least one 3-4 hour shift per week in exchange for one dance class per week. Minimum 6 month commitment required.

Those interested in applying should send a cover letter and relevant work experience to lindsay@artbeatdancecenter.com.
 

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