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Dec 13, 2007

Master Musician Carlos "Patato" Valdez Dies at 81

On December 4, 2007, a renowned musician, innovative
conguero, and
Latin Percussion design collaborator, Carlos Valdez, whom
the world
knew affectionately as "Patato", died of respiratory
failure. A Cuban
of diminutive stature, born November 4, 1926, he generated
an enormous
tonal presence on congas that belied his modest size. And
that rings
especially true in light of his passing. Now we shiver when
hearing
recordings that display his monumental sound, the very
thing death
cannot claim.
As a youth, he was well known from Cuban television
appearances, in
which he combined a theatrical flare, sometimes dancing
around and
atop his congas, always maintaining solid musicality.
Emigrating from
Cuba to New York in 1955, co-sponsored by Candido and Mongo
Santamaria, he quickly saw action with Kenny Dorham, Tito
Puente,
Herbie Mann, Dizzy Gillespie, and most major Latin and
jazz figures
of the day.
His melodic intentions frustrated by traditional
fixed-tension
instruments, Patato pioneered the first tunable congas,
which he put
to good use accompanying the great band leaders with
melodic lines in
addition to the customary indigenous rhythms. Soon after
he became a
close friend of LP founder Martin Cohen and advised Martin
on a
variety of technical and design issues. The two were bound
by an
implicit trust and passion for Latin music. Their
collaboration
resulted in the LP Patato Model Congas, which became among
the
top-selling congas of all time.
Patato's dramatic style garnered him a role in the classic
Brigitte
Bardot film And God Made Woman. Here Patato gives the film
goddess a
lesson in dancing the mambo.
Patato was also well-recognized for his contributions to
Latin music
and culture. The Puerto Rican Jazz Festival, the
International Latin
Music Hall of Fame, and the New York Hispanic
Entertainment
Journalists were three among a distinguished list of
institutions that
recognized Patato's lifetime achievements with awards.
Many recordings, on the LP and other labels, showcase
Patato's
musicality. Examples on LP are Ready for Freddy and
Authority. But
two revered ensembles most clearly express Patato's
legacy—his
indelible touch, organic tone, and sense of musical
communion. One is
the Latin Percussion Jazz Ensemble, assembled by LP
founder Martin
Cohen, which immortalized another LP artist, the late Tito
Puente,
documented on the recording Live at Montreux 1980. The
other is a
later collaboration, The Conga Kings, in which Patato
performed with
fellow icons Candido Camero and Giovanni Hidalgo,
recording several
significant albums. It was with the Conga Kings that Carlos
"Patato"
Valdez performed his last concert.
His melodic musical contribution and dancing legacy live
on, as do the
LP congas bearing his name. Latin Percussion mourns his
passing.
Indeed, we shed a tear for our friend, collaborator and
inspiration,
Carlos "Patato" Valdez.
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On Monday, December 10, the dance worlds of Ballet, Tap,
Modern,
Contemporary, Jazz, and Broadway converged on the stage of
Cedar Lake
(527 West 26th Street, New York City) for the latest
edition of "Dance
from the Heart," the yearly one night only dance experience
benefiting
Dancers Responding to AIDS (DRA) a fundraising program of
Broadway
Cares / Equity Fights AIDS.

"Dance from Heart" was hosted by multi award winning
choreographer and
dance visionary Bill T. Jones, who recently added Tony
Award for his
choreography in the Broadway musical Spring Awakening to
his already
full mantle of accolades. This year's edition of "Dance
from the
Heart" featured a roster of ten internationally acclaimed
artists and
dance companies including American Ballet Theatre, Atlanta
Ballet,
Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Martha Graham Dance
Company, Keigwin +
Company, Paradigm, Wendy Seyb, Shen Wei Dance Arts, Jason
Samuels
Smith, and members of the cast of Disney's The Lion King on
Broadway.

"Dance from Heart" was made possible in part, thanks to the
generous
support of DRA's Corporate Sponsors: The New York Times,
Continental
Airlines, MAC AIDS Fund, NEXT Magazine, Cedar Lake
Contemporary
Ballet, BV, Movmnt Magazine, christiania Vodka and Passport
Magazine.

Founded by Denise Roberts Hurlin and Hernando Cortez,
Dancers
Responding to AIDS is a program of Broadway Cares/Equity
Fights AIDS
(BC/EFA), the nation's leading industry-based AIDS funding
and
grant-making organization. The funds raised are distributed
to seven
programs of The Actors Fund and as grants to over 400 AIDS
and family
service organizations across the United States. Since its
founding in
1988, BC/EFA has distributed over $140 million for
critically needed
services for people with AIDS, HIV, or HIV-related
illnesses.

For more information on DRA, visit www.dradance.org. For
more
information on BC/EFA or to make a donation visit
www.bcefa.org
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New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble Announces
New website launch www.njtap.org


Bloomfield, NJ - December 12, 2007 - NJTAP proudly
announces the launch of our new website. Visit
www.njtap.org to see the exciting new design, and get the
latest information about upcoming performances and
programs. See company pictures and video clips of the
dancers, read about the NJTAP artists and programs and
contact us. Friends of NJTAP can sign up for our mailing
list, and support the company via on-line contributions.
While you are visiting the new www.njtap.org, please let us
know what you think!

Visit our website to see where NJTAP is dancing this
winter!

We have holiday
performances coming
up - find out how you
can brighten your
winter with NJTAP's
dynamic artists.

Check out our
web-site calendar
and come see us!

www.njtap.org
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I.T.A. EVENTS HOTLINE - CLASSES WITH SARAH & LEE!!!

TAP CLASSES WITH
LEE HOWARD AND
SARAH REICH!!!
@ Tap Academy
Lee Howard
Saturday- December 29, 2007
4:00- 5:15 pm
Int./Adv.
$15.00

Sarah Reich
Saturday- January 5, 2008
4:00- 5:15 pm
Int./ Adv.
$15.00

Tap Academy
1334 Lincoln Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
www.tapacademy.bizland.com
310-656-1562

Lee Howard
Lee Howard is a young tap dancer from Chicago, Illinois.
Lee is
currently attending Columbia College Chicago pursuing a
major in
Performing Arts Management. Eight years ago Lee began his
study of tap
dance at the Sammy Dyer School of the Theater with Idella
Reed-Davis
and Brill Barrett. While at Sammy Dyer, Lee was invited to
join a
newly established Tap company called M.A.D.D. Rhythms where
he has
been a member for the past six years.
Lee performs both, with the M.A.D.D. Rhythms company and as
a soloist.
Lee's love for tap dancing is due in part to the
opportunity it
provides him to express his creativity.
Lee joined the teaching staff at Studio One Dance
Conservatory as a
junior tap instructor in the fall of 2004 and is now an
established
member of their faculty being there for three years. He was
featured
in a Leo's Dancewear ad for a new tap shoe in 2006. He is
now featured
in the December 2007 issue of Dance Spirit magazine as the
"Tap Whiz
Kid".
Aside from Tap dancing, Lee also enjoys listening to as
well as
creating all types of music, graphic designing,
airbrushing,
skateboarding, drawing, and video production.


Sarah Reich
Sarah Reich was born in Culver City, California and began
dancing at
age 5. At age 7, she started training in tap with Alfred
Desio and
later with Cyd Glover. She continued her studies under the
late Paul
Kennedy and Arlene Kennedy at the age of 10, and soon
joined the
Kennedy Tap Company. After Paul Kennedy passed away in
2002, Sarah
started training with Jason Samuels Smith at Debbie Allen's
Dance
Academy. Sarah is currently in Jason's tap group "Anybody
Can Get It",
Steve Zee's LA Ironworks and Chloe Arnold's Syncopated
Ladies. She was
also a part of Jazz Tap Ensemble's Caravan Project for
gifted teenage
tap dancers. In 2004 and 2006, Sarah was featured in Mike
Wittmers'
instructional tap DVDs, "The World is my Drum" Vol. 1 and
2. Sarah was
featured in an article titled "20 Hot Tappers Under 20" in
Dance
Spirit Magazine. She received an award for Performing
Artist of The
Year at the 2005 OMNI Awards. Sarah has been a promotional
tap dancer
for the movie Happy Feet. Sarah has performed at many
venues around
Los Angeles including the Kodak Theater, Getty Museum, the
Ford
Amphitheatre, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Madrid
Theatre, Temple
Bar, African Market Place, the Nosotros' Golden Eagle
Awards at the
Beverly Hilton Hotel, as well as attended and taught at the
NYC, Twin
Cities, Chicago, St. Louis, and Los Angeles Tap Festivals.
She will
perform at the Beijing International Dance Festival in
China. Sarah
has been teaching for four years at her home studio to
share the art
form that she loves with others. Sarah has a deep passion
for tap
dancing and aspires to be a headliner in the tap world in
the effort
to keep tap dancing alive.
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THE CHICAGO JAZZ ENSEMBLE,
WITH ARTISTIC DIRECTOR JON FADDIS,
FEATURES DUKE ELLINGTON'S SACRED CONCERTS
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 8:00 P.M., HARRIS THEATER

The Chicago Jazz Ensemble (CJE), led by Artistic Director
Jon Faddis,
continues the Ninth American Heritage Jazz Series with The
Music of
Duke Ellington: Featuring Ellington's Sacred Concerts,
Friday, December
14, 2007, at 8:00 p.m. at the Harris Theater for Music and
Dance, 205
East Randolph Drive. Preceding the concert, Faddis will
discuss the
legacy of Duke Ellington with music aficionado, writer and
broadcaster
Neil Tesser.

Jazz maestro Ellington called his Sacred Concerts the most
important
works he'd ever written. These works, composed between 1965
and 1973,
combine elements of Jazz, European classical, choral music,
blues,
dance, spirituals and gospel. Faddis leads The CJE, joined
by a full
gospel choir, under the direction of Chip Johnson,
featuring The CJE
vocalist Bobbi Wilsyn with special guest vocalists
Stephanie A. Dixon,
Maggie Brown and Robert Sims. Tap dancer Bril Barrett also
joins the
Ensemble for an evening of extraordinary entertainment.
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Dancing across the globe
Tapping teen set to perform in China with the Chicago Human
Rhythm
Project at international festival

By Marty Farmer

Following the fancy footsteps of legendary entertainers
like Bill
"Bojangles" Robinson, Howard "Sandman" Sims and Clayton
"Peg Leg"
Bates, tap dancer Nico Rubio deserves a good nickname like
his heroes
of the past.

Perhaps the locally grown phenom could be the "Tap Dance
Kid," an ode
to the Broadway musical, or Nico "White Shoes" Rubio since
he's known
for wearing white kicks during his performances. Sobriquets
aside,
Rubio is busy making a name for himself via his
improvisational dance
routines that conjure up adjectives like "inspiring" and
"preternatural."

Whether he's cutting the dance floor with precise moves
like the
shuffle ball change, cramp roll, Maxie Ford, or Shim Sham
Shimmy, Rubio
treats audiences with an unforgettable, visceral
experience.

"When I perform, I want people to feel how I feel when I'm
dancing,"
Rubio said. "A lot of people say tap dancing has died but
it really
hasn't. Everybody in the tap dancing world would like to
see it become
more mainstream again in movies and music, but we aren't
trying to make
tap dancing the next big thing. We're just trying to give
it the
respect it deserves."

Rubio's most ardent supporter, his mother, Karen has spent
the last
nine years helping the dedicated 17 year old hone his
skills. On
Christmas Eve she'll be at the airport to pick up her son
when he
returns from China after performing in an international
dance festival
there.

"It hasn't always been easy because it involves a lot of
time, money
and commitment," Karen Rubio said. "What I always liked
about tap
dancing though is that you can see how tap dancers respect
each other
and the history of it. We have made some sacrifices, but I
truly can
appreciate Nico's talent."

With members of the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Rubio's
career will
hit a high this month when he travels to China on Dec. 17
to perform in
Beijing. The Beijing International Dance Festival, which
will be
broadcast to millions of Chinese viewers, will be the
largest-ever
presentation of tap in China. Sponsored by the Ministry of
Culture for
the People's Republic of China and the China Performing
Arts Agency,
the Chicago Human Rhythm Project will join the Paul Taylor
Dance
Company and 13 other countries in the historic tap dancing
event.

"I'm really excited about the trip," Rubio, who will be
making his
first international engagement, said. "It's a really big
show and an
introduction for the Chinese to tap dancing."

Rubio discovered his love of the art form and its rich
history during
formative visits with his mom and sister to the Chicago
Human Rhythm
Project tap dancing festivals. Inspired by the experience,
Rubio has
since performed at festivals and competitions in Los
Angeles and St.
Louis, as well as improvisational gigs in the busy streets
and subways
of Chicago.

"Basically, I started dancing along with my sister
[Michelle] who was
in all types of dancing at Panda Studios [in Forest Park],"
Rubio said.
"At the first tap festival I attended, I watched my sister
perform and
my mom helped out with the event as well. I roamed around
and checked
out the classes. The atmosphere of the festival and how
they talked
about the art form was very interesting."

After his return from China on Dec. 24, Rubio will resume
his intensive
rehearsal and performance schedule, while also finishing up
his senior
year at St. Joseph.

Rubio, a member of the M.A.D.D Rhythm Tap Company, recently
performed
at the Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago. Through the years, he
has
participated in workshops like the Chicago Dance
Connection, Bradley
Tap Festival and M.A.D.D Rhythms Chicago Tap Summit. He's
also appeared
on television broadcasts in Chicago and Los Angeles, taken
classes from
Debbie Allen and met Dick Van Dyke.

"Nico is able to internalize what tap dancing is all about
on a deeper
level," Diane Walker, a tap dancing legend and one of his
instructors,
said. "Nico's tap dancing is full of soul. It's honest and
you can hear
it in his dancing."

Rubio, an avid student of the history of tap, loves to
improvise when
he's dancing, particularly in "cutting contests" and street
performing.
Also known as challenges, cutting contests are analogous to
rap
battles. Two tap dancers essentially engage in a call and
response, can
you top this exchange of tap dancing steps.

"Timing is really important," Rubio said, who has won
cutting contests
in Los Angeles and Chicago tap festivals. "You can beat
another tap
dancer on a visual aspect with steps or on a musical aspect
with
rhythm."

On the streets and in the subways during summertime, Rubio
hooks up
with his funk band, Ill-Noise, also featuring friend and
fellow dancer
Jaybo Dixon, a clarinet player and a drummer.

"We do a lot of choreography but also improv," Rubio said.
"Street
performing really allows you to bring out your personality
and be
creative."

Metaphorically speaking, Rubio's unassuming, affable nature
blended
with his passionate style of dance is like the calm before
the storm.

"Still water runs deep-that's Nico," said CHRP
Founder/Artistic
Director Lane Alexander. "If you just met him, he's a nice,
unassuming
kid. But when he puts on his tap shoes and you see all his
talent come
out, he's like the perfect storm."

Armed with a confluence of talent, dedication and respect
for tap
dancing, Nico "The Perfect Storm" Rubio is on course to
reach his
dreams.
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News from The American Tap Dance Foundation:

New Business Address
We've moved our business office
Our class locations remain the same, but our business
office has moved:

American Tap Dance Foundation
18 West 27th Street - 6th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Support the ATDF

Without individual support we cannot continue to educate,
present and
preserve this amazing art form. Please join us in
strengthening our
community of rhythm.

SAVE THE DATE!!!
Tap City 2008 - the New York City Tap Festival
July 5 - 11, 2008

You can now donate through our website at: www.atdf.org
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Tappy Holidays! at Symphony Space

Friday December 14, 2008 at 8:00 pm
Back by popular demand for the second year in a row, "Tappy
Holidays!"
is the must-see tap performance of the Holiday season. This
high energy
performance features all live Holiday music performed by
The Jackie
Warren Trio and the percussive talents of some of the best
tap dancers
in the country. Come hear "Winter Wonderland," "Sleigh
Ride" and more
of your favorite Holiday classics sung, danced and jazzed
up in a way
that is sure to put you in the Holiday spirit!

Featuring Ayodele Casel, Sarah Savelli, Jared Grimes,
Michela Lerman,
Carson Murphy, Ray Hesselink, Jumaane Taylor, Jason Janas,
Jason
Bernard, and Mable Lee. With Special Guests Aisha DeHaas.

Also featuring our very own Tap City Youth Ensemble, David
Rider's
World of Tap, Cleveland Tap Collective, Sound Out Tap
Company, New
England Tap, Columbus Tap Project!, The Legacy Dancers and
Kids on Tap.
Presented by Tandem Act Productions.
www.tandemact.com
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NEW JERSEY TAP DANCE ENSEMBLE
Deborah Mitchell, Artistic Director

Press Release Contact: Sue Simek Executive Director
sue@njtap.org

New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble Announces
New website launch www.njtap.org

Bloomfield, NJ - December 12, 2007 - NJTAP proudly
announces the
launch of our
new website. Visit www.njtap.org to see the exciting new
design, and
get the
latest information about upcoming performances and
programs. See
company
pictures and video clips of the dancers, read about the
NJTAP artists
and
programs and contact us. Friends of NJTAP can sign up for
our mailing
list, and
support the company via on-line contributions. While you
are visiting
the new
www.njtap.org, please let us know what you think!


Visit our website to see where NJTAP is dancing this
winter!


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We have holiday
performances coming
up - find out how you
can brighten your
winter with NJTAP's
dynamic artists.

Check out our
web-site calendar
and come see us!

www.njtap.org

THANK YOU New Jersey Cultural Trust for our new web site!

As we launch our exciting new website, we thank the New
Jersey Cultural
Trust,
which made this project possible through a generous grant.
For more
information
about the New Jersey Cultural Trust, visit
www.njculturaltrust.org.
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Save these dates! June 26-29 2008

Motor City Dance Productions Presents:
1st Annul Motor City Tap Fest

At the Renaissance Center Marriott

Featuring Dr. Price Spencer of the legendary Four Step
Brothers

Professor Robert L Reed

Dianne ‘Lady Di’ Walker

Shea Sullivan

Brit Barrett

Rod Ferrone

Robert Reed III

Greg Russell

Sponsored in part by: HOUR Magazine
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Ted Louis Levy DVD Demo

Video Description
Ted Levy, award winning, choreographer & tap dancer
performs at 2 Tony
Award Show, in Japan & the Delacorte Theatre He is seen
with Gregory
Hines, Sammy Davis Jr., Savion Glover, Jimmy Slide & many
others.

Watch video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKbxuvwIeII
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A message from Mignon Grayson-Fagains:

Hi Everyone:

We're ecstatic to say...

This past Friday's Sacred Mysteries event was so nice,
we've been
asked to have an encore presentation for those who want to
come back
and bring friends and for those who wanted to make it but
couldn't.
The festivities will continue on Saturday, December 15th
from 3-6
p.m. You and your guests are invited to come hang out,
munch, see what
we've got. Start the holiday celebrations early with us!

Music, refreshments and good company....and of course
Sacred
Mysteries Healing Stones Collection.

RSVP 212-724-7663, mignon@sacredmysteries.org
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HEY PEOPLE!! Doing a showcase with some friends - A few
numbers from Dreamgirls, and I"m going to also tap dance
one number. It's $10 - info is below. Hope this reaches
everyone well in the holiday season, and much love. Also I
am having a showcase myself on the 28th and will be sending
out a flyer for that soon so look out for it! take care and
hope to see you soon,

Maya


Christmas Showcase Spectacular -- Evening of Performing Art
Presentations in song, dance and drama
presented by Paul Robeson Theatre Co.

40 Greene Ave.
Brooklyn, NY (Couple blocks away from Brooklyn Academy of
Music [BAM])
C line to Lafayette stop/ G line to Lafayette stop

Sunday evening @ 7:00 p.m.
Tickets $10 advance reservations/$12 at the door (no
reservations)

Theatre Phone: (718) 783-9794
Andrew Horton -- Coordinator (614) 551-7142/hrmuj@aol.com
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Hi Everybody,
It's time !!!!!!!!!!!
For those of you that do not already know it is time for
the "Grupo Ribeiro
Holiday Fundraiser"... featuring student performances, the
Grupo Ribeiro
dance company, capoeiristas, and other special guests.
Come and celebrate
the holidays with us at "Judson Memorial Church" this
Friday.

Samba, Samba Reggae, Afoxe, Capoeira, Orixa dance, Capoeira
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Come celebrate with us.

Where: Judson Memorial Church 55 Washington Sq. south
When: 12/14/07 Friday Doors open at 7:30pm show at 8pm
Cost: 15$ Donation at the door
Directions at www. Judson.org

For more information about Quenia Ribeiro, and Grupo
Ribeiro check
www.sambasambasamba.com or email us at
gruporibeiro@sambany.com

As always, Thanks for all your support, Happy Holidays!!!!
Quenia and Grupo Ribeiro
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STATIK ENT. PRESENTS: CHRISTMAS WITH
PATTI LABELLE & FRIENDS LIVE IN NYC!
SATURDAY DECEMBER 22, 2007
@ UTOPIA'S PARADISE THEATER

STATIK ENT. INVITES YOU TO A SPECIAL CHRISTMAS EVENT
FEATURING LEGENDARY R&B/SOUL VOCALIST PATTI LABELLE.

PATTI LABELLE IS THE ORIGINAL DIVA OF THE MUSIC BUSINESS.
WITH A STRONG AND SOULFUL VOICE, SHE HAS BEEN A
RECOGNIZABLE FIGURE IN THE MUSIC WORLD FOR OVER FORTY
YEARS. THE TWO TIME GRAMMY AWARD WINNER IS TAKING HER FOUR
OCTAVE VOICE ON THE ROAD AGAIN AND SHE IS A TRUE TESTAMENT
TO THE LEAPS AND BOUNDS THE WORLD OF RHYTHM AND BLUES HAS
MADE SINCE HER START IN THE 1960'S. SHE HAS RELEASED MORE
THAN TWO DOZEN ALBUMS AND SOLD MILLIONS OF RECORDS
WORLDWIDE AND IS DEEMED ONE OF THE GREATEST VOCALISTS IN
THE HISTORY OF MUSIC.

SOUL DIVA PATTI LABELLE ENJOYED ONE OF THE LONGEST-LIVED
CAREERS IN CONTEMPORARY MUSIC, NOTCHING HITS IN A VARIETY
OF SOUNDS RANGING FROM GIRL GROUP POP TO SPACE AGE FUNK TO
LUSH BALLADS. BORN PATRICIA HOLT IN PHILADELPHIA IN 1944,
SHE GREW UP SINGING IN A LOCAL BAPTIST CHOIR, AND IN 1960
FORMED A GROUP CALLED THE ORDETTES. A YEAR LATER, FOLLOWING
THE ADDITIONS OF VOCALISTS NONA HENDRYX AND SARAH DASH, THE
GROUP WAS RECHRISTENED THE BLUE BELLES AND SCORED A TOP 20
POP AND R&B HIT IN 1962 WITH THE SINGLE "I SOLD MY HEART TO
THE JUNKMAN," SUBSEQUENTLY HITTING THE CHARTS IN 1964 WITH
RENDITIONS OF "DANNY BOY" AND "YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE."

BY 1973, LABELLE HAD GONE GLAM, TAKING THE STAGE IN WILDLY
THEATRICAL, FUTURISTIC COSTUMES; A YEAR LATER HER GROUP
BECAME THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN ACT EVER TO APPEAR AT NEW
YORK'S METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE, A LANDMARK PERFORMANCE
THAT ALSO INTRODUCED THEIR LONE CHART-TOPPING SINGLE, THE
FAMOUS CLASSIC "LADY MARMALADE." AFTER TWO MORE ALBUMS,
LABELLE MOUNTED A SOLO CAREER, ISSUING HER EPONYMOUS DEBUT
IN 1977. PATTI WENT ON TO SCORE NUMBER ONE R&B HITS IN 1983
AND ALSO REACHED THE POP TOP 20 WITH HER BEVERLY HILLS COP
SOUNDTRACK CONTRIBUTION "NEW ATTITUDE." HER 1986'S "THE
WINNER IN YOU" WENT PLATINUM AND SHE FOLLOWED IT UP WITH
1989'S BE YOURSELF WORKING ALONGSIDE ROCK LEGEND, PRINCE.
LABELLE'S CAREER EVOLVED IN THE NEXT MILLENIUM AS SHE
RECORDED DUETS WITH MARY J. BLIGE, ELTON JOHN, AND RELEASED
NUMEROUS WORKS AS WELL AS BOOKS.

PATTI LABELLE IS KNOWN FOR A VOICE THAT PRACTICALLY DEFINES
THE R&B GENRE. LONG RECOGNIZED FOR HER GOSPEL-FLAVORED
SOUL, SHE IS NOW OUT ON THE ROAD PERFORMING THE HITS THAT
MADE HER A LEGEND. PATTI LABELLE CONCERT TICKETS ARE A
GREAT GET FOR ANYONE WHO LOVES R&B AND SOUL, AND MS.
LABELLE IS KNOWN TO NEVER DISAPPOINT HER AUDIENCE WITH HER
ENERGETIC AND ENGAGING PERFORMANCES. LABELLE HAS BEEN
PLAYING TO HER LOYAL LEGION OF FANS FOR OVER 40 YEARS, AND
PATTI LABELLE TICKETS WILL BE A LIVING TRIBUTE TO HER
MUSICAL LONGEVITY. SHE'S PERFORMED LIVE AT THE WHITE HOUSE,
CARNEGIE HALL, AND JUST ABOUT EVERY WORLD-CLASS VENUE ONE
CAN NAME.

NOW FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER AND FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY,
EVERYONE'S FAVORITE R&B LEGEND IS COMING TO THE BIG APPLE!
SO, GET READY FOR A NIGHT PACKED WITH EXCITEMENT AND
SURPRISES AS THIS SOUL DIVA TAKES TO THE STAGE LIVE AT THE
BRONX IN UTOPIA'S PARADISE THEATER!

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TO BUY TICKETS UPFRONT AND NO WAIT CONTACT SK STEVE :
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From Crystal:
OMG! If you didn't already know about this, it's a MUST
see.
Click Here: Check out "BlueGobo.com | online musical
theatre video archive"

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PARTY PEOPLE,

HOUSE DANCE CHRISTIANS ( a.k.a. Conference), is here this
month to
give people CHRIST (who says,' I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH,
and THE
LIGHT!! Whoever believeth in me shall not perish, but have
eternal
lift!!).

HAUS FRAUS did very nicely. They wanted to perform, and
they did it!!
Good job. WELL!! HDC PATRONS!! It's been 2 months of the
HOUSE ROOM
BEING MORE PACKED THEN THE FUNK ROOM!! If the FUNK ROOM
don't take it
in JANURARY for the bboy contest!! WELL!! THAT's IT!! TO THE SHOWERS!!
The FUNK ROOM will be in the small room!!

MESSAGE: LOVE ALL OF YOU and stay truly loving, tolerant of others
that are still sinning against others while you are not and have
realize the errors of your ways. Because when you were in sin against
others, there were people who were tolerant of you. If you have to
take a person 1 on 1 and tell them their errors of their ways, and
listen to them as well. Have forgiveness, and try not to repeat what
you hear. Passing what you hear, only passes sin to another's ear, and
then makes a person assume about another person. Which does not give
the person talked about any time to grow and change in the mind of the
person that listened to the rumor said. Let's start to change.

EVENT: HOUSE DANCE CHRISTIANS ( conference)
DATE: JANURARY 3, 2008 ( HAPPY NEW YEAR!!)
PLACE: CLUB REMIX
ADDRESS: 27 Park Place between Broadway and Church
DJS: Qu and P-Funk ( HOUSE and HOUSE CLASSICS)
DOC ( Hip-hop, Breaks, Funk, and Classics).
CONTEST: BBOYING/BGIRLING ( mix it up)
PRIZE: $500
JUDGES: KEN SWIFT & HONEY ROCKWELL
THEME: DANCE ALL NIGHT!!!!!
TIME: 10pm-4am
PRICE: $15

GET READY FOR MARCH!! HOUSE DANCE CONTEST!! THIS WILL BE SOME
SERIOUSLY REAL EDUTAINING EVENT!! BE READY and SAVE MONEY! THERE WILL
BE MANY THINGS ON SALE!!

www.myspace.com/housedanceconference (popular event for all dance
styles) www.housedanceconference (home website of the event for basic
info!! Site changing soon!) www.23prime.com/worldsoul. for bookings
www.eliteforcecrew.com. for bookings
www.kr3ts.com. for booking
www.23prime.com. ( CPD PLUS) for bookings
www.style2ouf.com ( french dance website for the world of urban dance)
www.justedebout.com ( french dance website for the world of urban
dance) www.mrwiggleshiphop.net ( U.S. website for history of
Funk,Hip-hop, and urban related dance styles)
www.housedancer.com (U.S. website focusing on House culture)
www.freetylesession.com (U.S. website/event focusing on Hip-hop and
Funk styles culture) www.bboysummit ( U.S. website/event focusing on
Hip-hop and Funk styles culture) www.KR3ts (U.S.
website/event/children foundation for kids in the Barri o!!)

MONEY FOR THE THEATRE SHOW IN JULY 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. She will be selling her T-SHIRTS at the coat check of the
next House Dance Conferences. ALL SUPPORT!! BECAUSE THE MONEY GOES TO
A GREAT CAUSE!! THANKS FOR ALL THAT SUPPORT; MENTALLY, PHYSICALLY, and
SPIRITUALLY!!

GOD BLESS ALL, SUPPORT EACH OTHER, and KEEP DANCING,

Brian "Footwork" Green
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Welcome to Monsters of Hip Hop

REGISTRATION WEBSITE
1st Annual Monsters of HipHop LA INTENSIVE
August 11-15, 2008
5 DAYS FEATURING:
-Classes with select Monsters Faculty & Special Guests
-Agency auditions with BLOC, CTG, DDO, MSA
-Lots of scholarships & great giveaways
-Seminars to make you more marketable and better prepared to make it in
LA.
Plus the LA Intensive Package includes a ticket to an exclusive
viewing of
Monsters of HipHop: The Show 2008,
Cast meet & greet and other behind the scenes extras.

Most importantly, select dancers will be chosen to attend additional
private rehearsals to perform live as the pre-show entertainment for
the Monsters Matinee Show.
Space is limited to the first 130 dancers!!

This event will undoubtedly SELL OUT so register your spot in advance
before it's too late.

REGISTRATIONS RECEIVED BEFORE DECEMBER 19th, 2007
will receive in the mail a personalized certificate & free gift for
the holidays!
Be sure to include the full mailing address in the registration form.


NOTE: THIS IS AN ADVANCED LEVEL WORKSHOP OPEN TO ALL AGES
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Fleetwood - Jourdain Theatre

invites you to Join us as we make History!

Are you a local writer interested in Evanston's rich history?

FJT is embarking on an exciting project to capture the distinctive
history of Evanston's African-American businesses, families, community
leaders, churches
and institutions!
Can you help preserve our history?

INTERESTED IN CONTRIBUTING YOUR VOICE TO THIS PROJECT? JOIN US
Sat., Jan. 5, 2008
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m
Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes in Evanston.

All ages can join us and any style of writing is welcome.
No experience is required, but please bring a writing sample. Writers'
works will be rehearsed and performed by actors during this
extraordinary 10-part Series.


Ebony Joy
Artistic Director

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre

Noyes Cultural Arts Center
927 Noyes St.
Evanston, Illinois 60201
(847) 448 - 8260 x109
ejoy@cityofevanston.org
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Entertainment Industry Expo
January 27, 2008 The Westin Hotel, Times Square

Free when you register before January 27th!
Or $10 on January 27th at the door.

WHAT TO LOOK FORWARD TO THIS YEAR AT EIE:
- 3 rooms filled with great workshops/seminars all day
- 3 floors of Exhibitors providing products/services for the
Entertainment Industry
- "Designer's Showcase" - designers may showcase their portfolios
all day
- Be a part of the first-ever Entertainment Industry Directory
- Job Interviews with top entertainment production companies
- Auditions for blockbuster Broadway productions
-VIP Networking Cocktail Reception with top shelf open bar
- And more!

For more information:
www.EIENYC.com
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Inspired by art?

Make a gift to the Inspiration Fund of the
New York Foundation for the Arts
For 36 years, NYFA has always been an organization for artists and our
strongest supporters have been the artists we serve. Please give a
gift today – you are going to be in great company. If you have given
already this year – THANK YOU! Please encourage your friends to also
lend their support.
This year has been busy and groundbreaking for NYFA. In the brief
three months since we started registering online users of NYFA.org,
we have reached over 40,000 artists, arts administrators, and
supporters. We have heard from those of you who are across the
street, across the country, and across the ocean – in Korea , South
Africa, the Netherlands, and beyond.
Also in 2007, we have received an endowed Artist Fellowship thanks to
the Buddy Fund. The 2008 NYFA Fellows will be announced in May. We
are also excited to initiate NYFA MARK, a professional growth program
for 80-100 visual artists in New York State .
Across the country, there are currently 400 NYFA sponsored artist
projects and 75 sponsored emerging organization working in film,
dance, theater, literature, and more. And NYFA Current continues to
bring you the latest issues and writings from artists on art. In the
works is a special New Orleans edition - just in time for Mardi Gras.
The spring benefit is being planned with a variety of performance
artists. These are just a few of the many things keeping the office
a-buzz.
No matter how modest or large your contribution, your generosity will
go a long way to our mission to support working artists. Here is a
sampling of how your dollars can help:
$50 – provides one-on-one expert consultation for an emerging artist
$100 – keeps our technology bug-free
$250 – brings you updated and personalized searches
$500 – opens the door for at least 100 artists to a full day of
learning

You can give online by clicking here. Or if you prefer to be retro
and send a check, please make it payable to New York Foundation for
the Arts, and mail it to: New York Foundation for the Arts, 155
Avenue of the Americas, Fl. 6, New York, NY 10013, attention: The
Inspiration Fund.
We knew we could count on you!
From all of us at NYFA

"The NYFA Fellowship gave me the financial freedom to gather up
courage, broaden my creative palate, and strike out in a new
direction. In 1986, I completed my first draft of M. Butterfly the
play which remains to this day my most well known. NYFA was a
creative lifeline for me in the 1980's; today, with grants to
individual artists more scarce, it has become an even more important
engine for America 's cultural life."

-David Henry Hwang, 1985
Playwriting/Screenwriting Fellow
The New York Foundation for the Arts is a 501 (c)(3) public charity.
All donations are tax-deductible according to the full extent of U.S.
tax law. Visit us online at www.NYFA.org to learn more about NYFA's
programs, events, and artists we've helped.
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CASTING CALL

Humboldt Park Productions, LLC.

and

SHARON KING

ARE CASTING FOR THE ROLES OF

LATINO MALES AND FEMALES

AND ALL ETHNIC GROUPS

18-50 + YEARS OLD

FOR THE FEATURE FILM

"HUMBOLDT PARK"

(The story of a close-knit Puerto Rican Family)

SEEKING:

Actors and actresses, and people with interesting faces.

*Please bring headshots and resumes or non-returnable photo and pen

WHEN: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2007

WHERE:

CLEMENTE COMMUNITY ACADEMY

HIGH SCHOOL

1147 N. WESTERN AVE.

CHICAGO,IL 60622

TIME: 10:00 AM TO 3:00 PM

$$ Also Seeking Extras $$
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www.divinerhythmproductions.com
EMPOWER YOUR SOLE!