September 9th marks the grand opening of the Tap Dance Centre, eastern Canada’s only studio devoted solely to tap dance. Located at 2480 Cawthra Road in Missisauga, Ontario, the Tap Dance Centre is co-founded by Kim Chalovich, founder of What’s On? Tap!, and Everett Smith, fourth-place finalist of So You Think You Can Dance Canada (SYTYCDC) Season 2. It aims to provide both private and open classes for people of all ages while offering opportunities to audition for companies and professional shows. In a press release, Chalovich remarks that this is “big for the dance community”, describing it as a “centre for all ages with the full commitment to one discipline: Tap!” Smith commented that, “Creating a space and standing behind something that represents solely tap is such an uplifting and breathtaking experience. The ‘Tap Dance Centre’ is a place for any tap enthusiast to call home.” Chalovich has a career in dance spanning over twenty years and she is also the founding director of the Eastern Canadian Tap Conference. In addition to Smith’s rise to fame on SYTYCDC, he has danced for Katy Perry and Ludacris, appeared in Hairspray: The Movie and onstage in Grease and Footloose.
October 15, 2013: Everett Smith has not been involved with the Tap Dance Centre since June 2013.