The Kennedy Center

Baakari Wilder


Baakari Wilder is internationally known for starring in the Broadway musical Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk. He received a Bessie Award for his performance, and later assumed the lead role for a year. At the age of twelve, he opened the show at the Kennedy Center for a star-studded tap revue that included the legendary Brenda Bufalino, Sandman Simms, Harold Nicholas, and Savion Glover. He was the first recipient of the Steve Condos Award, created by Lorraine Condos in honor of her late husband. At sixteen, Baakari became a member of Savion Glover's tap group "Real Tap Skills," consisting of three other tap dancers from the D.C. metropolitan area. Baakari's dancing has delighted audiences around the world in places such as the Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, France, Africa, Brazil, Germany, and Japan. He appeared in Spike Lee's Bamboozled, the Discovery Channel's Time Warp, and as a guest performer on FOX channel's So You Think You Can Dance. Baakari has a Bachelor's of Arts degree in theater from the University of Maryland at College Park. He is the assistant artistic director of the Washington, D.C.–based company Capitol Tap. Baakari was recently granted the 2014 Pola Nirenska Award for Achievement in Dance.
Lotus: Tap Stars with Joseph Webb, Baakari Wilder, Omar Edwards, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Derik Grant, Dulé Hill, and Jason Samuels Smith