The real purpose of tap dance? To spread joy. Nemr is leading tap full circle back to its roots of community and shared experience. “ Jimmy Slyde , one of the old guys, and one of my mentors, used to say, ‘Your job as a tap dancer is to spread joy. That’s what you do.’ When I’m working with a group, I always say: ‘We get to do this thing that other dancers don’t. We get to share the tradition and art of tap with people — and have a smile on our faces because we’re having fun.’ The whole thing becomes a play date. We all want to be kids again, to a certain degree, and if I can make those moments happen, that’s a huge gift.”
Larry Smarr is the founding Director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), a UC San Diego/UC Irvine partnership, and holds the Harry E. Gruber professorship in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) of UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering. At Calit2, he has continued to drive major developments in information infrastructure-- including the Internet, Web, scientific visualization, virtual reality, and global telepresence--begun during his previous 15 years as founding Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).