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Tap-dancing isn’t all that cool. Not that there haven’t been characters who’ve managed to make shiny black shoes seem dashing: From the Nicholas Brothers and Sammy Davis Jr. to Gregory Hines and Savion Glover, tap has had a long list of hip superstars. Still, no matter how many times they’re dragged to Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk, tapping doesn’t click with the younger generation the way, say, break dancing or cheerleading does. The Tappers With Attitude Youth Ensemble might change that. This multicultural group of dancers from Maryland, Virginia, and the District even went so far as to model its name after one of the most influential rap groups of all time to seem more with it. And with their cornrows, blue jeans, and airbrushed “TWA” jackets, they look more like Beat Street extras who battle rival tap gangs than dance nerds who spend all of their time in the studio. The tap-dance kids share the stage with LaVaughn Robinson, Harold Cromer, Germaine Ingram, Deborah Mitchell, and the Step Aside Tap Company at 6 p.m. on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. Free. (202) 467-4600. (Sarah Godfrey)