Even through all that Irish clogging hoopla a while back, tap dancing kept its constant, but not quiet, toehold in the minds of dance-fanciers. That's because tap dancing is not merely a fad -- as a style, it moves forward without losing sight of its roots, and that's what puts asses in the seats. Come see for yourself at the St. Louis Tap Festival's "All That Tap VIII" performance at 7 p.m. at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus (1 University Boulevard). Legends Dr. Jimmy Slyde and Ernest "Brownie" Brown with Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards (of Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk) and Riverdancer Bril Barrett tap the capstone event for the six-day festival. Tickets range from $15 to $25 and are available by calling 314-516-4949. Visit www.tapheritage.com or call the festival at 314-531-8277 for more info about the week's events. -- Alison Sieloff
Everyone knows that medieval Anglo-Saxons were inclined to dance around a pole to celebrate the growth of new crops in May, but did you know that Hindus in India's Gujarat state dance in circles to commemorate the Divine Mother? Every fall the colorful Gujarati festival of Navratri honors the female aspect of the universal life-force for nine nights with the performance of the garba, a wildly energetic circle dance, and the raas, a stick dance. But the Federation of Gujarati Associations of North America (FOGANA) would rather not wait for harvest to get their twirl on. That's why FOGANA's Midwest Regional Raas, Garba and Folk Dance Competition features the music and whirling of Gujarati-Americans from 1:30 to 8 p.m. in the Rickman Auditorium on the Fox C-6 school campus (745 Jeffco Boulevard, Arnold, Missouri; $10 to $50). If your head's spinning, call 636-441-2525 for more information or 636-922-7443 for tickets. -- John Goddard
Still Hedwig, Still Angry
It seems like you can't swing a Velvet Goldmine soundtrack album without hitting a production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch lately, but you know what? Count your blessings. This is a rare opportunity to see two different versions of the same play done by different companies, and it's not like Hedwig is something you can see every season, either. New Line Theatre and the Washington Avenue Players Project present their take on the glam/tranny rock musical at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday evenings (July 29 to August 21) at the ArtLoft Theatre (1529 Washington Avenue; 314-534-1111). Tickets are $10 to $15. -- Paul Friswold
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