“America’s Got Talent,” according to NBC.
In fact, America’s got enough talent that the television network has made the variety talent show a recurring summer series now beginning its eighth season.
And Samantha Enck — a junior at Grand Island Senior High this fall — and the clogging dance group, “Tap This,” also have talent, as evidenced by the group winning three national championships in clogging.
Enck, who loves to clog, is part of “Tap This,” which holds its rehearsals in Lincoln. That has meant lots of commuting time between Grand Island and Lincoln for Enck and her mother, Michelle.
But the road trips have paid off, with “Tap This” advancing through various levels of competition until it won its national championships in Knoxville, Tenn.
Winning the three championships earned enough attention that “Tap This” got invited to San Antonio this past March for a taping of an episode of “America’s Got Talent.”
Michelle Enck said she and Samantha thought the episode was going to air this past Tuesday, but now believe it will air tonight on NBC. Michelle said TV ads now running have shown some clips of “Tap This” performing. She noted that Samantha can be seen clogging and can also be viewed as she is tossed into the air as part of the performance.
“America’s Got Talent” is a competitive show, but neither she or Samantha can reveal how the competition turned out. “I signed my life away,” said Michelle, laughing. Samantha signed the same confidentiality agreement.
But she still is able to give a few behind-the-scenes glimpses of her experiences. Samantha said “America’s Got Talent” paid for the air fare of all the members of “Tap This” to get to San Antonio.
She also revealed that “Tap This” reached out to members of some of the clogging dance groups they often compete against to make their numbers appear a little bit more impressive for the television viewer. She said four dancers were invited in all, including two female dancers and two male dancers.
Samantha said the two additional male dancers allowed the group to do some higher and more impressive tosses as part of their choreography.
Samantha said that the group arrived in San Antonio on a Friday evening and spent that first evening rehearsing, including developing the full choreography for the routine they were going to perform on TV.
“We needed to add a little spunk to it,” she said.
But the group did not have access to the television studio to rehearse. Samantha said they spent much of their rehearsal time in the parking garage attached to their hotel. When it came to “the fly” — the basket tosses that sent Samantha soaring into the air — those were practiced in a hotel hallway that had a high enough ceiling to allow Samantha and her fellow dancers to practice the tosses.
Samantha said “Tap This” reported to the studio in the morning for a “sound check” of microphones that also allowed them to do one run-through of their dance routine. She noted that when it comes to a studio or dance floor, they are all similar enough that members of “Tap This” are almost instantly comfortable in a new venue. It did not bother anyone that the group only had one run-through.
“It was enough,” Samantha said.
Still, the taping of the show, including the dance performance, was a long day for everyone involved with, Samantha said. She noted that members of the group had a little time to do some sight-seeing on Saturday evening, but she also said everyone was so tired they did little more than stroll and take in a few sights before turning in for the night.