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Jul 27, 2007

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Please note:

MR. WIGGLES WORKSHOPS have been RESCHEDULED to:

Friday, August 17th (5-7pm)

Sunday, August 19th (1-3pm)

Located at Chelsea Studios, 151 West 26th Street, NYC, bet
6-7th avenues.

Cost: $25 per workshop with pre-registration by August
15th, $45 for
two when you pay upfront with registration at the first
workshop.
Student & Group Discounts available with pre-registration &
valid
student ID. $30 at the Door.

Please let us know if you are interested in either of these
dates and
we would be happy to reserve a spot for you. All we need is
your full
name, e-mail address, phone contact and indicate which
workshop or
both for your reservation. Space is limited - by
pre-registering you
help to secure your spot and make sure that we do not
overbook the
workshops.

There will be a dance cipher at the end of each workshop
with PRIZES
to top students courtesy of www.lifepop.tv, also featuring
the NEW MR.
WIGGLES for LIFEPOP SIGNATURE BAGS....

Also, if you are interested in private lessons around these
dates, please let us know and we will offer you optons for
one of the
remaining time slots for this purpose. Contact:
divinerhythmnyc@gmail.com

In the meantime, please check back for regular updates and
more at:

www.mrwiggles.biz

All information on the Rock Steady Anniverary schedule can
be located on
www.rocksteadycrew.com.

ALSO CHECK OUT:

THE MENU VOLUME 7___The new "MENU VOLUME 7" DVD for
Beginners, and Intermediate dancers._READY FOR
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You_will receive a paypal payment request for the
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BLOCH RELEASES EXCLUSIVE SHORT DANCE FILMS

For immediate release: Monday, 3 July 2007

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA/NEW YORK, USA: BLOCH International,
world-renowned makers of professional dance shoes and
apparel, proudly presents a stunning new series of
ground-breaking short dance films, starring a selection of
the world’s greatest contemporary dancers.

This first series of BLOCH shorts is made up of three
films, all shot on location in New York, and are available
free and exclusively on BLOCH’s redesigned website at
www.blochworld.com

Each mini-documentary concentrates on a contrasting dance
discipline and, in particular, a leading team or exponent
of that form. The films capture these remarkable artists in
full flight, highlighting not only their unique and
incredible talents, but also providing an insight into
their private lives, a glimpse into the dedication required
to stay on the cutting-edge of dance in the 21st century.

For this initial trilogy, BLOCH’s cameras focus on tap, hip
hop and ballet. The purpose of the films is to give
everyone – professional dancers, non-dancers and aspiring
young dancers alike – an understanding of what dance is
today. Each movie features awe-inspiring, innovatively-shot
dance sequences, along with exclusive interviews with the
stars.

Representing tap is the extraordinary talent of 26-year-old
New Yorker, Jason Samuels Smith, whose credits include an
Emmy and an American Choreography Award. A Broadway
professional since the age of 15, Jason talks about what it
was like growing up in Hell’s Kitchen, where wanting to be
a tap dancer wasn’t considered too manly a pursuit. As
Jason explains, he had little choice in what he would
become, because it was only through dance that he could
truly express himself. Jason’s interview is interspersed
with footage of him performing a most amazing rapid-fire
tap routine.

As far as genuine hip hop dancing goes, another of the
three films is dedicated to the celebrated New York
recording artists and street dancing crew, Amount Boyz.
Filmed on the same city streets where this most modern form
of dance first evolved, a lot of the moves these guys pull
are as much daredevil as they are dance. The crew joke
about the injuries they all regularly get – the “B-boy
scars, the stuff that comes with the territory”. But as one
of them points out, “It all starts when you’re young and
you catch that beat.”

The third film in the series has a more traditional bent,
albeit with a very modern twist. It tells the story of the
extraordinary husband and wife team of Max Beloserkovsky
and Irina Dvorovenko, principal dancers in New York. The
pair have known each other since they were 10 and
11-year-old students at the Kiev School of Dance, they were
married in 1993 when both were dancing at the Bolshoi
Ballet. The following year, they moved to America. Now in
their 30s and at the absolute peak of their art, Irina
talks about the “incredible discipline” required to remain
“gorgeous, glorious and artistic.” The piece they present
for the cameras, filmed inside a studio set high among New
York’s skyscrapers, is simply breathtaking.

These first three BLOCH shorts were filmed and directed by
the celebrated Australian music video maker, Anthony Rose
of the Sydney-based One Trick Pony Film Co. Anthony’s
credits includes over 100 video clips for many of
Australia’s leading recording artists. Production of the
BLOCH films was conceived and overseen by BLOCH’s Managing
Director, David Wilkenfeld.

Each of the BLOCH shorts runs under five minutes and can be
viewed exclusively
on BLOCH’s website at www.blochworld.com. Thirty-second
teasers of each movie will be distributed on public domain
sites such as YouTube to entice dance fans to
blochworld.com.

BLOCH was founded in Sydney in 1932 by David Wilkenfeld’s
grandfather, Jacob Bloch, and is one of the most
distinguished names in the production of dance shoes and
related apparel. To BLOCH, dancers are everything. This new
series of short films is a celebration of their artistry,
dedication and continual exploration for innovation.


PRESS CONTACT:

VANESSA HILE
VANESSA.HILE@BLOCHWORLD.COM
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FOOTAGE LINK:

Footage of special guest performer

Jason Samuels Smith

as featured on Fox's Hit TV series “So You Think You Can
Dance!”

_ENJOY!!!_

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcwcuFmdBh8_
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A message from Ofer Ben:

Tradition In Tap – Avi Miller & Ofer Ben, are honored to be
featured_on the cover of Dancer Magazine - July 2007
issue.__The cover story was written by Tap Historian Melba
Huber and titled:_"Dedicated To Tradition!" A picture of
the cover can be seen at:_www.JazzTapCenter.com__Dancer
Magazine always features tap dancing, with Melba's
monthly_column Tappin' In. This particular issue has
additional articles_regarding tap.__To obtain a copy of
this magazine please send a check payable and mailed
to:__Dancer_2829 Bird Ave._Suite 5, PMB 231_Miami FL
33133__Each copy is $6. A year subscription is $36. Include
the number of the_issue (Volume 18, Issue 11) and your
return address including zip+4__Update:_The upcoming
workshop in the 'Tradition In Tap - Series' will
be_dedicated to the work of the legendary Hollywood Tap
Star, Miriam_Nelson.__The workshop is scheduled to take
place in New York City on the_weekend of November 9-11
2007. Extensive information including the_faculty lineup
will be posted soon on the web
site:_www.TraditionInTap.org__Reserve the dates - space is
limited - register early!____Please feel free to e-mail me
with any questions or comments you might have.__My e-mail
address for this workshop is:
MiriamNelson@TraditionInTap.org_or call me directly at
Phone: 646-383-4949__Thanks and Shalom,___Ofer Ben -
Executive Director_Tradition In Tap, Inc.
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Roxane Butterfly's Worldbeats @ Lincoln Center
Out-Of-Doors_
August 15th/ 6pm-7pm_FREE!__

Excerpts of DJELLABA GROOVE_& Journey Of The Migrating
SOLE__'French hoofer Roxane Butterfly explores the
diversity of the mediterranean_culture thru a fusion of
percussive dances, flamenco and north-african-jazz'__Tap
dancers: Roxane Butterfly, Claudia Rahardjanoto, Ali
Bradley_Flamenco dance: SOL_Musicians: Graham Haynes
(cornet), Arturo Martinez (guitar_flamenca), Tony Vivo
(percussions), Damon Banks (bass) & guest artist_Sinan
(oud)__*** This work was partlly created thanks to the
support of the John_Simon Guggenheim Foundation***__

More info at http://worldbeats.free.fr_Videos at
http://www.youtube.com/roxanesemadeni
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Save the date:

Check out Full Circle @ St. Mary's Park!_Saturday, July
28th, 3PM at St. Mary's Park in the Bronx_(St. Ann's Avenue
@ 145th Street, Bronx, NYC)_Come out to enjoy some summer
sun and a FREE performance_by Full Circle Productions. It's
going to be a good time,_so don't miss it!
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OPPORTUNITY:


SPACE_Southport Performing Arts Conservatory &
Entertainment_collaborates with_MOSKOW BALLET_in_Great
Russian Nutcracker_Children's Cast__AUDITION_Friday, August
10th_6:00PM_Midwest Performing Arts Center_Streets of
Woodfield, Suite 172_Schaumburg, IL. 60173__Children ages 7
- young teens, under 5'4 must be commit to
weekly_rehearsals at SPACE's studios in Chicago__RSVP to
SPACE's office at_773-880-1701 or
info@spacentertainment.com__Download audition application
at www.nutcracker.com
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A message from Brian “Footwork” Green:

PEOPLE,_THANKS FOR THOSE THAT SHOWED UP TO SUPPORT THE
CHILDRENS FOUNDATIONS_THE HDC WAS SUPPORTING!! THE TURN OUT
COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER, BUT AT_LEAST IT WAS VERY GOOD! WE
WILL DO THIS MORE TO HELP CHILDREN!! THIS_IS WHAT IT'S
ABOUT! SO START READING EMAILS!! ALOT OF YOU WERE AT
THE_AFTER PARTY LOOKING FOR A SHOW!! LOL!!__HDC POPPING
CONTEST and DJ JUS-ED's BDAY BASH!!!!_DATE: AUGUST 2,
2007_PLACE: CLUB REMIX_ADDRESS: 27 Park Place between
Broadway and Church_DJS: Qu, JUS-ED, and P-FUNK( House,
House Classics, and Classics)._DOC: Funk, Breaks, HIp-hop,
and Classics_POPPING CONTEST: 1am SHARP finishing the
latest 2:30am_PRIZE: $800_JUDGES: BUDDHA STRETCH, SHALLOW,
JAZZY J, and Adesola "D-Incredible"_TIME: 10pm-4am_Price:
$15without flyer/$10 with flyer no
exceptions__www.myspace.com/housedanceconference_www.23prime.com/worldsoul
for bookings ( Brian Footwork Green's
crew)_www.eliteforcecrew.com for bookings (Buddha Stretch's
crew)_www.kr3ts.com for booking (Violeta's kids from the
children's foundation)_www.23prime.com ( CPD PLUS) for
bookings ( Andrew Nemr's crew)._www.unityandrespect.com (
Shallow & Tron's event)_www.freestylesession.com ( Cros 1's
event)_www.mrwiggleshiphop.net ( Mr. Wiggles
website)_....... check this sites for others!! LET's
SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER_BECAUSE IT's RIGHT NOT FOR OUR
SELF-GRATIFICATION!! THIS IS HDC's_MOTTO SINCE 1999!! Let's
follow.__COMING SOON: HDC LOCKING/WACKING WORKHSHOPS and
CONTEST!! YOU ASKED_FOR IT AGAIN!! BUT, I ADDED THE
WACKING!! SUPPORT WHAT YOU ASK FOR!!_OCTOBER 4!! ANA "
Lollipop" SANCHEZ, ARCHIE BURNETT, and more..._WORKSHOP
WITH ANA: WACKING/LOCKING and ARCHIE: WACKING/VOGUEING.
STYLE_and HISTORY by Archie Burnett, Ana " Lollipop "
Sanchez, and Tyrone_Proctor!!__MONEY FOR THE THEATRE SHOW
WAS DONATED TO KR3ts ( KR3ts.com), and_MUMATCHI; which is a
new child foundation being created by a dancer_named
Natalie from France that lives here. This is to help teach
kids_in Nigeria, Africa about dance, education, and give
them inspiration._THANKS FOR ALL THAT DID SUPORT!!__GOD
BLESS ALL, SUPPORT EACH OTHER, and KEEP DANCING,__Brian
"Footwork" Green
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Dance Review:

Tap-Tap-Tapping Out a Message of Style, Not Just Skill__
Julieta Cervantes for The New York Times_
From left, Michelle Dorrance, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and
Chloe_Arnold danced in "Charlie's Angels" at Tony Waag's
Tap City festival.__
By JENNIFER DUNNING__
Published: July 17, 2007__

The summer Tap City festival is always breezy, hard-dancing
fun. Tap_enthusiasts are the best kind of audience:
generous and appreciative,_including both fans and old-time
tap stars who don't happen to be_performing that night but
often join those onstage for the_infectiously spirited,
full-cast "Shim Sham Shimmy" that ends each_program. And
Tony Waag, the founder of the festival, is the most_genial
and relaxed of hosts, a slightly melancholic, blithe spirit
who_overcame the usual odds of dance presenting to end this
seventh annual_festival, which also included classes,
workshops and panel_discussions, with four sold-out
shows.__Related_Savion Glover's Objections to Festivals
Reflect a Schism in the Tap_World (June 19, 2007)__Briana
Blasko for The New York Times_Kazu Kumagai in the
festival's "Tap International" program._The "Tap Forward"
show on Friday at the Duke on 42nd Street didn't_need the
electricity of a packed house to be exciting. The program
of_dance by relatively new tappers, with a few veterans
thrown in, was_one of those "remember when" nights. Style
triumphed over mere_technique and concept here, with one
terrific act and soloist_following another, building to
mid-show standing ovations and a final_jubilant roar from
the audience.__Thursday's "Tap Internationals" program had
been heavy on technique_and concept and suggested,
dispiritingly, that the world was full of_disciples of
Savion Glover who lacked that tap star's
distinctive_exaltation. Friday's show opened with an expert
group number by the_Tap City Youth Ensemble, followed by
the feather-footed, musically_astute Margaret Morrison and
the Bay Area Dance Company. "Mr. Kicks,"_a solo performed
by DeWitt Fleming Jr., was more song than dance. And_then
the floodgates opened, with one dancer after another
pouring out_onto the stage to remind you that the styles of
the great old tap_stars — at least those who resurfaced in
the vivid 1970s tap reunions_around New York — were about
individual personality as much as dance_skills.__My
favorites were two irresistible soloists and two groups.
Michelle_Dorrance, who appeared in several numbers, looks
like the actress_Hilary Swank and dances like some of the
oddball characters Ms. Swank_tends to play. Ms. Dorrance
was an untamable, tomboyish force of_nature in "Baobabs," a
little jewel of a trio that also featured the_pianist
Matthew Chicurel and Miriam Chicurel, whose translucent
voice_sang of taming love.__Rangy, skinny and
unpredictable, Ms. Dorrance also danced in_"Charlie's
Angels," a sizzling trio of dancers choreographed by
Jason_Samuels Smith, and performed with two other exquisite
stylists,_Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and Chloe Arnold. And
Ms. Dorrance danced as_if she knew a secret or two but
wasn't telling in an exuberant and_crisp finale with
Barbara Duffy & Company.__Parris Mann's tap world is
universes distant from that of Ms._Dorrance. Tucked into a
large velvet jacket, Mr. Mann jousted with_gravity in a
solo in "With Love to Deborah Mitchell," performed by
Ms._Mitchell's New Jersey Tap Ensemble, which should
immediately set up_shop in Manhattan.__Mr. Mann is a
showman, but he has the tap chops to back up
the_good-natured pizzazz with musically phrased volleys of
footwork_punctuated by sudden quick tilts to the floor,
ponderous yet soufflé_light, that were a surprise and a
pleasure in a time when tap seems to_have settled into
loose verticality. The piano playing of J. Leonard_Oxley
added much to the suite.__The dancing of Jason Samuels
Smith, an established star and tap force_of nature, was
another great pleasure, as was that of Karen
Callaway_Williams, a gifted traditionalist with laughing
eyes. Sarah Savelli's_well-choreographed "Summertime"
offered ample opportunity for stylish_self-expression by
four vivid soloists: Ayodele Casel, a New York_favorite,
and Michela Marino-Lerman, Carson Murphy and Ms.
Savelli.__The evening included the presentation of the Tap
City Tap Preservation_Award to Susan Goldbetter, the Hoofer
Award to Ms. Mitchell and the_"Toe-Knee" Award to Michele
Ribble for what Mr. Waag described as her_sustaining
friendship.__Thursday's "Tap International" program, also
at the Duke, nearly_drowned in extraneous elements like
saxophones and a Carmen Miranda_getup. But there were a few
highlights, including a solo by the superb_Japanese tapper
Kazu Kumagai, an exuberant number by Sharon Leahy's_Rhythm
in Shoes tap and hoedown troupe from Dayton, Ohio, and
a_wittily phrased duet, "Pa' Los Rumberos," choreographed
and danced by_Max Pollak and Chikako Iwahori.__The level of
dancing was otherwise respectable, from
performers_including Jussi Lindroos (Finland); Alexander
Ivashkevich and Anton_Merkulov (Estonia); Reco Cheng and
Ringo Yang (Taiwan); a Japanese_quartet (Takahiro
Kobayashi, Mr. Kumagai, Daisuke Omiya and Shoko_Taniguchi);
Gilberto de Syllos and a mugging Christiane
Matallo_(Brazil); Ms. Iwahori (Japan); Ms. Duffy and Andrea
DelConte (United_States); and Mr. Pollak's multinational
Rumba Tap, described in the_program as representing "the
Globe."__Both shows were considerably buoyed by musical
accompaniment provided_by Bernice Brooks (drums), Theo Hill
(piano) and Joe Fonda (bass).
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DON’T MISS… “Jazz at the seaport!”___Friday July 27th at
8:00 pm (2 sets)_ admission
$10__Featuring:_roy campbell, trumpets and flute_louie
belogenis, tenor saxophone_adam lane, bass_michael
wimberly, drums____

S | P | A | C | E gallery_207A Front Street at Beekman
(South Street Seaport)_subway: 2,3,4,5 to Fulton Street or
A to Broadway/Nassau__rsvp: 1.212.393.9191___If you're
coming by train, exit on Fulton_Street, and walk east to
the Seaport. Once you reach the Seaport, walk an_additional
half block and you will reach Front Street; turn left, and
walk_one block and you will find the space gallery at the
corner of Beekman and_Front.___On Saturday July 28_THE
BRECHT FORUM_451 West Street_ between Bethune & Bank Sts.
presents_
9PM TRANSENDENCE + ONE*_RAS MOSHE Tenor & Alto SAxophones,
Flute_MATT LAVELLE Trumpet & Bass Clarinet
DAVE ROSS Guitar
SHAYNA DULBERGER Bass
CHARLES DOWNS (The artist formerlly known as Rashid Bakr)
Drums

10PM SABIR MATEEN ENSEMBLE
SABIR MATEEN Tenor & Alto Saxophones, Flute, Bb & Alto
Clarinets
RAYMOND A. KING Piano_DEREK WASHINGTON Violin_SHIAU-SHU YU
Cello
JANE WANG Bass & Cello_MICHAEL WIMBERLY Drums &
Percussion__$10 for both sets_ 212-242-4201
Take the A,C,E, TRAINS TO 14TH ST. or_ L TRAIN TO 8TH AVE.
walk norh on 8th_ Ave. unto end of small park where
Bethune_ and 8th Ave meets Hudson St. then go towards_
river (Hudson) turn left of West St._www.brechtforum.org
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LOOKING AHEAD:

Carnaval with Dendê in_Salvador da Bahia, Brazil_January 27
- February 10th, 2008_Experience Carnaval with Master
Afro-Brazilian Percussionist Dendê__Spend the week before
Carnaval in intensive classes at the Office of_Musical
Investigation in Pelourinho, the historic center of
Bahia._Then spend the week of Carnaval playing in bloco
Kizumba and parading_with bands like Ile Aiye, Timbalada,
Olodum and Muzenza. Travelling_with Dendê will give you
access to a side of Carnaval that most_tourists never see.
If you love to drum or want to learn how, this is_the way
to experience Carnaval in Bahia!__A former member of
Timbalada, Dendê has been performing_professionally since
the age of 14. With Timbalada he toured all over_Brazil,
Europe and Asia, and has performed and recorded with
such_artists as Marisa Monte, Gilberto Gil, Carlinhos
Brown, Yvette Sangalo_and Sepultura. Having left Brazil in
2001, Dendê now lives in the US,_performing with his groups
Hãhãhães, Arrastão, Ologundê, and Samba de_Tres. He has
also performed with such notable artists as
Giovanni_Hidalgo, Zakir Hussain, Cheikh Tidiane Seck,
Graham Haynes, Adam_Rudolph, Daniel Moreno and many other
exceptional musicians. He has_been featured in performances
with the Italian singer/percussionist_Alessandra Belloni
and has peformed internationally with Vinicius_Cantuaria.
Dendê also teaches Afro-Brazilian percussion classes in
the_New York City to both children and adults.

Mamadele Website__Afro-Brazilian Percussion Classes in
NYC__Buy Drums, Mallets & CDs
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