Tampa Bay area teen tap dancer to perform in DC for 45 celebration

Tampa Bay area teen tap dancer to perform in DC for 45 celebration
Tampa Bay area teen tap dancer to perform in DC for 45 celebration

TRINITY, Fla. (WFLA) – A Tampa Bay teen is set to take the stage tomorrow in Washington D.C., performing as one of the acts for Donald Trump’s inauguration events.

Emma Meyers, 16, of Trinity, is a member of the USA Tap Team and the only Floridian dancing with a group Thursday, at Voices of the People Inaugural celebration.

She’s performed across the world, but tomorrow she’ll be tapping on the biggest stage of her life.

“It’s going to be fun. I’m really excited. I’m really nervous cause there’s going to be like I think 700,000 to 900,000 of people there,” she said.

Emma, who is part of the American Tap Company, was selected to perform after auditioning at Nancy Chippendale’s Dance Studio in Boston.

The Welcome Celebration starts Thursday. It’s the kick-off event for Trump’s inauguration.

“It’s crazy like, thinking that I’m going to be dancing in the presidential inauguration at the age of 16, is like a dream for any person,” she said.

She is part of a group of 28 tap dancers to perform at the historic event.

Emma left for Boston earlier this week, to rehearse for the upcoming event. She and the other dancers are driving to Washington D.C. today.

Emma has been an active member of the American Tap Company for 2 years. The company brings together the best tap dancers from across the country to represent the United States in tap.

With this company, Emma was also selected for the USA Tap Team the past two years and traveled to Reisa, Germany to represent the USA in the World Tap Championships, placing 4th in the world.

Emma auditioned two weeks ago for the part.

“You go back knowing like, I was the only person from Florida, like, that is so cool because nobody else went up and did that,” she said.

Emma is a junior at J.W. Mitchell High School and FLVS. She is also a 4th generation tap dancer and has trained in tap since she was 3 years old.

Emma’s parents flew out of Tampa International Wednesday morning, to cheer on their superstar.

“I think it’s wonderful that she is going to participate in a part of history, doing what she loves,” said her mother, Gina Meyers.

Emma said she’s grateful,” “I am so thankful to have this opportunity because this is a once in a life time thing.”

The Welcome Celebration will be held at Lincoln Memorial.  Emma is expected to perform between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

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