Tap Program Director, Instructor, Artistic Director RPM Tap Ensemble
A Native Texan, Barbara Phillips Teaches Rhythm Tap As A Faculty Member And Guest Artist In Both Public And Private Dance Institutions Including Intensive Workshops, Residencies And Master Classes Throughout The U.S. Her Passion And Inspiration Were Ignited By Many Of The Great Contemporary Artists And Masters Including Sam Weber, Lynn Dally, Lane Alexander, Dianne Walker, Fred Strickler, Acia Gray And Heather Cornell To Name A Few. She Is Dedicated To Passing It On To The Next Generation, Providing Opportunity Through Accessible Programming, Producing Outreach Programs, Concert Performances And Collaborations Within The Extended Dance Community.
Barbara Has Appeared As A Soloist And Master Teacher Nationwide Including The Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s Rhythm World Summer Festival, Soul To Sole Tap Festival, Tap Jammin At The Kaplan Theater, Rhythm Extravaganza, Dance Festival SA, Dance For USA, Dallas National Tap Dance Day Celebrations Among Others And Is The Founder Of Third Coast Rhythm Project Now Celebrating Its 20th Season. She Appeared In The Live Concert Series Of “JUBA ” Masters Of Tap And Percussive Dance With Lane Alexander, As A Guest Performer With Especially Tap Chicago, And Has Staged Numerous Productions For The San Antonio Symphony’s Pops Series Including “Big Band” Under The Baton Of The Irrepressible Michael Krajewski.
Barbara Teaches Throughout The Year At Third Coast Rhythm Project’s home studio, Works With Numerous Youth Companies Across The U.S., And Is Currently Artistic Director Of The Critically Acclaimed R.P.M. (Rhythm & Percussion In Motion) Youth Tap Ensemble, And Artistic Producing Director Of Third Coast Rhythm Project’ International Summer Festival. She Was Recently Recognized By San Antonio Women Magazine As San Antonio’s First Lady Of Tap And Honored As The Recipient Of The 2009 Texas Tap Legend Award By The Dallas Dance Council, And Again At Space City Tap Fest In 2012 For Her Contribution To The Art Form, Artistic And Educational Achievement And Service To The Community.
RPM TAP ENSEMBLE ASSISTANT REHEARSAL DIRECTOR
Keaton is a multi-disciplined dancer and performer with an extensive background in ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical, and rhythm tap. Keaton began dancing at the age of three, but most notably are her several years of tutelage under the direction of Barbara Phillips. Through dancing with RPM Youth Tap Ensemble since 2007, Keaton has studied with inspirational professionals including Dianne Walker, Sam Weber, Lane Alexander, Nicole Hockenberry, Tasha Lawson, Martin “Tre” Dumas, Derick Grant, Lisa La Touche, Nicholas Young, Michelle Dorrance and many others. In addition to RPM, Keaton enjoys passing on the traditions of tap to the next generation as a tap instructor and choreographer in studios including Third Coast Rhythm Project and San Antonio Dance Academy since 2016.
In 2012, Keaton was selected by Michelle Dorrance as an understudy in Dorrance’s suite that was performed in JUBA! Masters of American Tap Dance presented by Chicago Human Rhythm Project at the Eisenhower Theater in the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. Keaton was the first recipient of the Rhythmic Souls Tap Scholarship awarded through the Dance Council of North Texas in 2012. In 2014, Keaton was also awarded the Buster Cooper Tap Scholarship through the Dance Council of North Texas.
Keaton has appeared in numerous concerts and events including Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s JUBA! at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Third Coast Rhythm Project’s Jazzed on Tap, Sole to Soul’s Participant Showcase, Houston’s Space City Tap Festival’s Showcase, and as a soloist in the Dance Council of North Texas’ Before-the-Show Show.
Keaton currently attends the University of Texas at San Antonio where she is majoring in Psychology/Pre-Nursing and is a 2015 Traditional Terry Scholar. In her future, she hopes to pursue a career in healthcare as well as continue creating and passing on the traditions and history of tap dance to the next generation.