A Conversation in Rhythm

Riley Skworoda

Performances take place on Canada Day, Saturday July 1, at 1:20 and 4:00 pm.

A Conversation in Rhythm is a tap dance piece exploring how dialogue can transcend what we generally think of as language. Tap dance is its own unique rhythmic language where dancers use dynamic sounds to replace words in order to talk to each other and convey a message. Through this piece, the artists challenge the norms of tap dance and place the focus not on flash but on musicality and creativity. The artists use dance to express what words often cannot.


Riley Skworoda and Emily Rogers are tap dancers who both grew up in the Edmonton area. Riley, after completing her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Recreation Sports and Tourism from the University of Alberta, has focused on traveling the world to train and perform with today’s leading tap dancers including a nine month Professional Tap Training Program in Barcelona, Spain. Currently she lives in Edmonton and is teaching at 3rd Street Beat and working on producing a dance show for the 2017 Edmonton Fringe Festival. Emily has just completed her Graphic Design Diploma at Grant MacEwan and continues to perform in Edmonton and travel to various tap dance events and festivals in Canada.