Non-profit, #Taplife Hero Foundation, was created out of the experiences of #Taplife Company producing their own live shows in Brooklyn and Manhattan, participating in shows produced by other dance companies throughout the Tri-State and New England areas, as well as supporting non-profits such as Queensboro Dance Festival in the local, Queens community.
Therefore, at #Taplife Hero Foundation, the mission is to produce, create & promote positive, thoughtful, and insightful opportunities for people to experience tap dance.
The Foundation uses charity fundraising along with grant funding to help produce its programs, classes, events both in-person & remotely providing greater awareness of ways to experience tap dance.
Since both the #Taplife Company and Taplife Hero Foundations were created, we have been able to reach communities throughout Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Long Island, as well as other national and international communities.
Anthony Lo Cascio, a native New Yorker, made history as the first American to secure a standing role in the renowned 'Tap Dogs' production. For over 15 years, he dazzled audiences and shared his passion for teaching while touring with the show. Anthony has continued to teach across North America and at such prestigious institutions as Broadway Dance Center and nationally recognized conventions Dance Masters of America & Hoctor's Dance Caravan.
As Artistic Director of #Taplife Company, he's produced original shows and music videos while paying it forward to tap dancers and musicians. For 25+ years, he's mentored students and recently expanded accessibility through the #Taplife Remote Mentorship.
Co-founder of Taplife Hero Foundation, Anthony champions tap culture, earning grants for community engagement and programs.
Staci, a native of Kansas City, is a passionate advocate for the arts and philanthropy, with over four decades of dance and performance experience. Having choreographed numerous musicals, competition routines, and recitals, Staci's artistic flair is matched by her administrative prowess, honed over years in both industries. This unique blend of skills equips her to drive impactful initiatives within the organization. Beyond her artistic endeavors, Staci is a published author, collaborating with her husband, in the realm of food and nutrition to promote a healthy lifestyle. As a Licensed Massage Therapist with a keen interest in biomechanics, this helps her further delve into the intricacies of physical well-being.
Staci brings a wealth of creativity and expertise to her role at #Taplife Hero Foundation.
Bob was born & raised in Brooklyn, later moving to Queens, and eventually settling with wife, Nancy, to raise their family in Howard Beach. As a long-time Kiwanis Club Member, he is a former President, Vice President, and Board Member. He also co-owned and operated various transportation and logistics companies until his retirement in 2012. Since his retirement, you can find him tailgating at a NY Jets game, introducing people to and selling solar in both Queens and Long Island, or hanging out with his grandchildren. Bob has been an avid supporter of dance since his own kids started taking dance classes over 40 years ago.
He is pleased to bring his over 50 years of fundraising experience to The Foundation.
Born & raised in NJ, Raleigh's entry into the world of dance started in Long Island when her daughter was 2, which led to becoming a full blown “Dance Mom” AND an administrative assistant at the dance studio. A musician herself with a degree in Music Education, she noticed that the students who were serious about tap dancing (her daughter being one of them) had limited options compared to other genres. This resulted in a search for a supplemental program which united her with #TaplifeToo Pre-Professional Company. During this time, both Raleigh and her daughter made lasting connections with other tap dancers across the Northeast and down to Florida.
This experience with #TaplifeToo was so positive that it led Raleigh to become a board member for Taplife Hero Foundation.
Dr. Rob grew up in Queens, NY and has owned Gucciardo Specific Chiropractic and Natural Health Center for over 26 years. He is very passionate about health, family, and sports. One of the ways his passion for health is evidenced is in the foreword he wrote in the book, "Food As A Prescription". Dr. Rob is "Dr. Rob" because he watched his brother get quality Chiropractic care growing up. Additionally, one of his greatest sports memories includes being on the NY Mets Fantasy Camp team after having played baseball in both high school and college. Dr. Gucciardo is well-known for helping people feel better through both his Nutritional and Chiropractic care in Queens, NY as well as globally, through his varied mission trips.
We are honored to have him on the Board of Directors for Taplife Hero Foundation!