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Local dancer takes a bite out of the Big Apple! | - The Weekly Challenger

June 30, 2016 - "STOMP" has become a part of the New York City landscape at the ... casts of "STOMP" will include the Tap Girl of Florida, Kayla Cowart. Long gone are the days of Cowart's pink tutus and classical music. She is all about the rhythm and ethnic dance with exciting music, authentic patter and urban flair. Her southern swagger premiers star talent, but in real life this tap dancer and percussionist sports a quick wit, mischievous musicality and a clownish sense of humour with a humble laid back charm.

Local dancer and New York entertainer features free community tap dance workshops

August 16, 2018 - The Florida Tap Dance Project taps its way front and center Saturday, Sept. 15 at its ribbon cutting and dolphin unveiling ceremony. Sponsored by Clearwater resident, dancer, choreographer and instrumentalist Kayla Cowart.

Inaugural Tap Dance Festival makes its way to Dunedin

August 16, 2018 - Florida is known for many things, but did you know that we are home to a large tap dance community? In order to draw attention to these percussion-based moves, Kayla Cowart, who has been tapping since she was 2, created the inaugural Dunedin Tap Dance Festival.

Local dancers look to make some noise with Dunedin Tap Dance Tap Dance Festival

September 13, 2018 - So, the self-described "Florida tap dance ambassadors" created the Florida Tap Dance Project, which presents its first Dunedin Tap Dance Festival on Saturday, Sept. 15. "We wanted to create more opportunities for people here locally," Cowart said. "We wanted to give back to the community."

Tap your way into the weekend with free dance lessons -

Sep 13, 2018 - The first ever Dunedin Tap Festival is happening this Saturday, September 15.  "I started dancing at Miss Patty's studio at about 8 years old. After I graduated from Largo in 2015, I ended of joining the NY Cast of Stomp," said Kayla Cowart. Cowart coordinated the huge effort that is now embraced by the city of Dunedin.

Meet Rhythm the dolphin with tap dance shoes on his tails

September 27, 2018 - Kayla Cowart, the Tap Girl of Florida, is creating quite a splash in Pinellas with her Dolphin "Rhythm"-the newest addition to Clearwater's Dolphin Trail and the official mascot of the Florida Tap Dance Project.

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Published on Sep 13, 2018 - Gayle Guyardo and Leigh Spann 'Try' Dunedin Tap Festival

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Florida Tap Dance Project Puts Its Best Foot Forward To Promote Florida's Tap Dance Industry

Aug 5, 2018 - With its undeniable mastery of musicality the Florida Tap Dance Project (FDP) is putting its best foot forward and taking the spotlight on Saturday, September 15th. Kayla Cowart Program. Likewise in 2015, the emerging American tap dancer/choreographer founded Tap Dance Ambassadors of Florida.

Dunedin Tap Festival Delights With "Rhythm" and Dance

Sep 20, 2018 - As a first-time event, The Dunedin Tap Dance Festival was a great community success and it will be back next year. "Florida enjoys a thriving tap dance industry," Kayla Cowart explained. "Florida tap dancers are an integral part of our country's national tap dance community and the Tampa Bay area pulsates at the heart of it." Cowart's dream is to have Florida's tapping feet be heard and recognized from coast-to-coast and the Dunedin Tap Dance Festival has helped to make her vision a reality.

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Kindermusik Visits Broadway: A Review of STOMP | Kindermusik with ...

Posted October 3, 2016 - Kindermusik Visits Broadway: A Review of STOMP. Down in the East Village on the southern end of Manhattan, a few blocks from the ...The heart of the show for me was a trio performed by Penelope Wendtlandt, Kayla Cowart, and an uncredited guest performer. Floridian Kayla Cowart has been with the cast for two months, though you'd never know it. Her tap background finds a home in creating rhythm with the body on stage. At 19, she finds herself setting the tempo for many moments on stage, creating bass-thumping rhythms with large plastic trash bins.

The First Annual Dunedin Tap Dance Festival | No matter where life takes you, never forget your roots.

Posted September 26, 2018 - Tap Classes, live performances, and the unveiling of the newest dolphin to the Pinellas County's Pod... Needless to say, Saturday, September 15th, was filled with tons of fun and love in the dance community.No matter where life takes us, it's important to appreciate how we got there. Kayla has truly done this. It's wonderful to see successful people giving back to their community. I am so impressed with everything Kayla has done, and I cannot wait to see what the Florida Tap Dance Project does next.