Here are some sample introductory texts and Q&A questions to use when hosting a live Q&A with Andrew. Feel free to adjust as needed for your event.
An official selection of the Justice Film Festival, Identity journeys with Andrew Nemr, a Lebanese American tap dance artist, as he navigates the question, “Who am I?” Now we are going to join him, as Andrew literally dances his way through questions about family, ethnicity, race, art, and where his identity really comes from…
Andrew Nemr is an international tap dance artist with a diverse roster of collaborators and performing credits – from Grammy Award winning musicians, and off-broadway productions, to TED talks and roots music festivals. Nemr is a TED Fellow, recipient of grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, and the co-founder of the Tap Legacy Foundation, along with his mentor Gregory Hines. Of all his accomplishments he is most proud of his ability to wiggle his ears.
Additional biographical information about Andrew:
- Only son of Lebanese parents
- Born in Canada
- Started tap dancing at 3 1/2 years old
- Mentored by Gregory Hines, Jimmy Slyde, Mable Lee, Tina Pratt, Henry LeTang, Buster Brown, LeRoy Myers, Brownie Brown, and more
- Worked with Savion Glover for more than 10 years (D.C. Crew, Real Tap Skillz, TiDii)
- Received Bachelor of Fine Arts in Computer Art from the School of Visual Arts
- co-Founded the Tap Legacy™ Foundation with Gregory Hines in 2002
- Founded and Directed the tap dance company Cats Paying Dues for 10 years (2005-2015)
- Awarded TED Fellowship 2012
- Recorded on the Grammy nominated track Itsbynne Reel by Dave Eggar
- Apprenticed to become a pastor in the Southern Baptist Tradition
- Artistic and Executive Director of the Vancouver Tap Dance Society (2018-2020)
Feel free to use some of these questions as starting points for the Q&A time with Andrew.
- What is your relationship like with Savion now?
- Did you really write out a list of your identities?
- How would you describe your identity today?
- What have you found most difficult about this journey?
- Has your family helped/hindered the journey?
- Is there anything particular about being an only child that you’d like to share?
- Has being an artist simplified or complicated matters for you?
- What is it like being generation 0?
- It seems like you do a lot, have you ever encountered burnout?
Download a PDF of the sample questions here.