Las Vegas is a name with a lot of meaning. Especially lately.
I had too much fun in Vegas, in my early 20’s, so in recent years, the idea of Vegas makes me think of late nights and hangovers. And this very strange encounter with Andy Dick? Which… is a story for another time.
For many of us, that’s the spirit of Vegas. Drinks the size of fishbowls. Sometimes literally served in fishbowls. Dancing. Poker tables and the ringing of slot machines. The THUNDER DOWN UNDER.
And of course, in the couple of weeks – Las Vegas has taken on the burden of unspeakable tragedy. No city wants that, no matter their spirit or style.
But speaking to todays’s guest, I saw a different side of Las Vegas.
Vegas is a place of history too. It’s an enclave of performers, but it’s also a bustling culture in its own right, with subcultures of artists and dancers. Today’s guest, Victoria Jones, is an active member of the Vegas Community, and the Tap Dance community, and she works to keep these two cultures intertwined.
So, if you feel like you’ve only heard bad news out of Las Vegas lately. Heck if you feel like you’ve only heard bad news in general lately, I think this episode will perk you up. I always enjoy interviewing someone with strong passion for their work, and Victoria’s passion for tap dance, and for Las Vegas, shine a new light on some old tropes.
You’ll hear how the history of tap dance is deeply connected to the history of African American performers, and to Las Vegas performers. How tap developed throughout the 20th Century, and we’ll also hear from Victoria about her own journey, from a kid dancing in her kitchen to the coordinator of a festival that draws tap dancers from all over.
Welcome to the Zip.