LaVern Rector is a New York-based artist and captain of the “Tapping Seniors,” who has been dancing since she was nine years old. Rector grew up in the Lincoln Houses in Harlem where she was introduced to African dance by the late LaRoque Bey, and to tap by her mother’s cousin, Fitz Darlin. After training in Theater, Modern and African dance at the Harlem School of the Arts she started performing professionally with, Richard Gordon, in The Dance Mix. Rector has also performed with Ludie’s Tapping Seniors and with Betty Brisbane at senior centers and hospitals. LaVern has written twenty plays and her article Death of a Landmark was published in American Legacy Magazine (2000). She won first prize for her play The Blond Weave, Riant Theater, New York, NY (1996). Currently LaVern is a member of the Central Harlem Senior Citizen Center where she teaches tap, and line dancing and has a basketball team, The Seniorifics. Rector was the recipient of LMCC’s Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by LMCC (2014, 2015). She received an A.D. from Bronx Community College, and a B.A. and an M.A. in Creative Writing from the City College of New York.