Performing Groups

American Rhythms


This unique project involved the West High School jazz band and Honey Taps dance ensemble in a special performance dedicated to America's great, original art forms: jazz music and tap dance. Pam Covas and WHS band director Jim Banim are the visionaries who created a program giving high school band students an opportunity to play live jazz music for professional tap dancers in front of a paying audience at the James Armstrong Theater. The bill included the Honey Taps and Generations along with special guests Chris Racine and Jeremy K from "Tap Dogs", jazz singer Laura Savitz and an educational video presentation on tap dance researched and presented by Pam. Before his passing, Dr. Henry LeTang was honored at American Rhythms and attended the performance showcasing some of his Tony Award Winning choreography.






Master Class Series



Founded by Pam in collaboration with the Torrance Cultural Arts Center, the Masters in Tap Series brought high profile tap instructors and Pam's mentors to students of the South bay and surrounding communities. The series featured classes with Arthur Duncan, Pat Rico and Henry LeTang, giving students an opportunity to study firsthand with these tap dance masters.



Entertainment On Tap


Produced by Pam and held at the Armstrong Theater, this show brought legendary tap dance sensation Arthur Duncan to audiences of the South Bay. Pam's choreography was featured in the Honey Taps and Generations performances throughout the show and her talents as a performer were showcased while dancing a duet alongside Arthur Duncan. The successful show lead to further performances at the Norris Theater entitled An Evening with Arthur Duncan and Friends.




An Evening of Tap Dance



Presented by the Marymount College "Concert on the Hill Series", this two-part event offered an educated look at the history and art of tap dance. Part one introduced school children to tap dance with a discussion and interactive class lead by Pam. Part two, billed as an "Evening of Tap Dance" consisted of a lecture featuring vintage film clips presented by tap historian and author of "TAP!", Rusty Frank. The concert portion of the performance was directed by Pam and showcased her choreography with the Honey Taps dance ensemble and included special guest artists Frances Nealy and Eddie Brown.



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