From Tap to TADA!
Jaden Daniel González picked up tap dancing early. “[It was] when I was six, and it helped me develop a sense of musicality,” said González, whose first grade music teacher showed his class a video of a tap number. It so piqued his interest it drove him to pick up the form.
It also helped draw him out of his shell. “I was shy,” he recalled. But soon, performing “felt natural.” Now 15, González is playing Jason in the musical Sleepover, which centers around a party everyone is fretting about and which tackles the social difficulties of modern teen-hood.
While Simone worries about not fitting in because she’s new to the city and doesn’t know anyone at the party, Mia worries about whom to invite. Meanwhile, the boys are plotting a way to crash. “Sleepover shows true teenage interaction, especially between boys and girls, and it highlights the many aspects of growing up,” says González. “The show displays more real, face-to-face interactions that a lot of teenagers don’t experience nowadays, especially due to social media.” TADA! Youth Theater, the award-winning nonprofit youth theater, is producing the original musical. Founded in 1984, the group focuses on original musicals for family audiences and will present Sleepover from November 16 through December 2nd at the TADA! Youth Theater.
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