From the Register-Mail:
Heâ€™s a 6-foot something Knox College sophomore with a goofy grin who plays soccer, is in a fraternity and is 20 years old. If thereâ€™s one thing you wouldnâ€™t expect Oliver Horton to do, itâ€™s probably tap dance. But tap dance he does.
â€œI got started because I saw Billy Elliot,â€ Horton said. â€œI bugged my mom for like three years about getting lessons.â€
He started tapping at age 12, and was taught by a former Broadway star. From there, his love for tapping bloomed.
â€œI saw every performance I could involving tap dancing after that,â€ he said. These days, Horton practices on his own and performs with a Knox College band, sometimes providing the bandâ€™s percussion by playing off a drummerâ€™s beats.
â€œStarting the tap band was sweet,â€ he said. â€œIâ€™d never tapped with instruments before.â€
Knox has a big dance scene â€” the Terpsichore Dance Collective, or TERP for short, draws huge crowds to its show every term â€” but there are few other tap dancers on campus. In Galesburg, however, there is a lot of interest in tap.