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Mar 21, 2008
NEWS UPDATES & EVENTS
The Ailey Extension and Divine Rhythm Productions present
MASTER TAP WORKSHOP SERIES with
Jason Samuels Smith
IN HONOR OF NATIONAL TAP DANCE DAY!
MAY 24th 2008
1-2pm - Intermediate Advanced Level - Chloe
2-3pm - Intermediate Advanced Level - Jason
3-4pm - OPEN FLOOR/TAP JAM
4-5pm - Advanced Beg Level - Chloe
5-6pm - Beginner Level - Jason
1- class = $20
2- classes = $35
All four = $70
*Any Class Purchase Includes Open Floor/Tap Jam with the
*Tap Jam with Artists only - $5 entry
***STAY TUNED FOR UPCOMING REGULAR TAP PROGRAMMING AT THE
STAY TUNED FOR A SPECIAL HOOFERS HOUSE AT THE KITCHEN
MAY 23rd 2008
HOSTED BY JASON SAMUELS SMITH
CAMARADAS & DIVINE RHYTHM PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS
OPEN FLOOR OPEN MIC NIGHT
HOSTED BY DORMESHIA SUMBRY-EDWARDS
Thank you to everyone who made it out this past Monday...
Look out for this event as it will be a regular monthly
SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY IN NYC:
(Star of Alex in Wonderland, Co-Director LA Tap Festival,
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AVAILABLE for Private Lessons or Choreography
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All levels and ages welcome!
SPECIAL HOLIDAY RATES!
Contact 2122621394 to book yours today!
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NEWS UPDATES & EVENTS
The Danny Daniels Tap Experience - New York City, May
A message from Ofer Ben:
The upcoming workshop in the 'Tradition In Tap - Series'
will be dedicated to the work of Legendary Broadway
Choreographer Mr. Danny Daniels.
The workshop is scheduled to take place in New York City on
the weekend of National Tap Dance Day, Memorial Day
weekend, May 24-26 2008.
This workshop will feature original choreography created by
the master himself, and taught by his direct protégés.
The faculty includes:
Ofer Ben, Maggie Danielsen, Rod Ferrone, Melba Huber, Avi
Miller, Michael Minery, Prof. Robert L. Reed, Germaine
Salsberg, Mark Santoro, Prof. Hank Smith, Shea Sullivan,
Jimmy Tate & Horace Turnbull.
The workshop is sponsored in part by New York City
Department of Cultural Affairs & Dance Spirit / Dance
Teacher Magazines, and will take place at Nola Studios in
The Participants Showcase will take place on Saturday May
24, at Peter Norton Symphony Space - Leonard Nimoy Thalia
Theater (on Broadway). See the website for guidelines and
The workshop includes:
- Three days of intensive tap experience.
- Original Choreography created by the 'Master' himself
and taught by his direct protégés.
- Honorary Master Classes by leading tap artists.
- Participants Showcase.
- Tradition In Tap - Award Presentation.
- Tap History Talks.
- Video Presentation.
- Tap Technique.
- Related Events
- 'Dance Teacher Recognizes' certificate (For Teachers
The workshop consists of:
- Two separate adult programs for intermediate, advanced
and professional levels (Adults, Teens 14+).
- Youth program for tappers age 10-13, exposing them to
the genius of the masters.
Tradition In Tap is proud to announce an expanded
scholarship program, so that more aspiring tap dancers may
attend The Danny Daniels Tap Experience.
Scholarships are made possible by funds granted by New York
City Department of Cultural Affairs, 'Sponsor A Tap Dancer'
program & The Tradition In Tap - Advisory Committee. Please
refer to the web site for more information and an
If you are interested in becoming a personal sponsor to a
tap dancer in need, join our 'Sponsor A Tap Dancer' program
and provide additional dancers with the partial or full
tuition for the workshop.
Extensive information and an online registration form is
now available on the web site: www.TraditionInTap.org
The workshop's poster will be sent out in few days - please
be sure to update us with your current mailing address.
Space is limited - register early!
Special group rates available – call for details.
Due to his inability to travel in person, Mr. Daniels has
graciously authorized us to use his choreography, routines,
protégés and live interview so that he may be present in
every aspect of this Danny Daniels Tap Experience.
Danny Daniels - bio:
Danny Daniels has had an extensive career as dancer,
choreographer, director, and teacher. Born in Albany, New
York, Danny Daniels was already a 'pro' by the age of nine,
dancing in clubs and private parties in and around the
Albany area. At the age of fourteen Danny made his film
debut dancing with Bing Crosby in 'The Star Maker' (1939)
and at sixteen his Broadway debut in the George Abbot
musical 'Best Foot Forward' (1941) with choreography by
Gene Kelley. He subsequently danced leading roles on
Broadway in many shows and received Tony nominations for
two of them, 'Billion Dollar Baby' (1946) and 'Street
In 1952 Mr. Daniels collaborated with the distinguished
American composer Morton Gould on the creation of the 'Tap
Dance Concerto'. He danced this work with all the major
symphony orchestras in this country as well as in London
and Berlin with the London Philharmonic and the Berlin
Symphony. This concerto was an innovation and brought tap
dancing to a concert level never before achieved.
On Broadway Danny Daniels has choreographed over fourteen
musicals. He received a Tony award for his outstanding
choreography for 'The Tap Dance Kid' (1984), and Tony
nominations for 'All American' (1962), 'High Spirits'
(1964), 'Walking Happy' (1966), and 'Annie Get Your Gun'
(Lincoln Center revival 1966). He also choreographed the
highly acclaimed Italian show 'Ciao Rudy' with Marcello
Mastrianni. He began directing with a revival of 'Best Foot
Forward' (1963) launching the career of a young new talent
named Liza Minelli, following this with the Ahmanson
Theatre of Los Angeles' production of 'Love Match' (1968)
and his own revue for children which he also wrote and
choreographed, 'Stuff 'n Nonsense' (1971).
Mr. Daniels' work can be seen in the movies 'Pennies From
Heaven', Woody Allen's 'Zelig', Stephen Spielberg's
'Indiana Jones', and 'Stepping Out' with Liza Minelli.
He has choreographed over 200 television shows for such
stars as Perry Como, Judy Garland, Danny Kaye, Dick Van
Dyke, Bing Crosby, John Denver, and Gene Kelly. Mr. Kelly
asked Danny to dance with him and choreograph for his last
television special, completing a cycle that began with
Danny's first Broadway show thirty years earlier.
In 1974 Mr. Daniels decided it was time to start a dance
company of his own, one that would explore dance forms
indigenous to this country, specifically tap. He realized
he would have to train his own dancers, thus opening his
school in Santa Monica, CA. With his wife Bea and his
eldest son D.J. Giagni, he began to train dancers and three
years later the Danny Daniels Dance America Company made
its debut in Los Angeles. The company toured with John
Denver, toured nine states in the western United States on
a Columbia Community Concerts Tour in 1977, and made many
concert appearances in Los Angeles, delighting audiences
with a history of tap dancing.
Mr. Daniels has put out four wonderful records of music
specifically to teach tap dance with, and a series of video
tapes recording his routines for classes.
The following information was passed on to us by Prof. Hank
Our past Tradition In Tap Honoree, Mr. Harold 'Stumpy'
Cromer, will receive an honorary degree acknowledging his
life achievements. The degree is from Bloomfield College at
its 135th commencement on Thursday, May 22, 2008. The
ceremony will be at 9:30 am. Those interested in attending
can go the following link for directions to the college in
Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions or
comments you might have.
My e-mail address for this workshop is:
or call me directly at: 646-383-4949
Thanks and Shalom,
Ofer Ben - Executive Director
Tradition In Tap, Inc.
Tradition In Tap, Inc.
Postal Address: P.O.Box 1050
New York City, NY 10276, USA
Phone: (646) 383-4949
Broadway Dance Center Tap Classes
As most of you know, Broadway Dance Center has had a great
deal of difficulty with our downstairs neighbors. The tap
program has made many sacrifices to try to appease this
issue. First, we went to Ripley Grier while the new
Broadway Dance Center was under construction. After being
in the new space for a short time we, once again, were
forced to travel somewhere else for classes. Being
displaced to Fazil's while the installation of a new floor
took place was a huge sacrifice and I thank you all for
following me over there. It seems that the new floor did
not solve the problem as hoped. As of the beginning of
April, there will be no more daytime tap classes at
Broadway Dance Center. I feel that this is a huge blow to
the community and to my colleagues. I have been offered
options, none of which are ideal, and am thinking them
over. The only tap option I have at Broadway Dance Center
is a 7:30 PM class on Wed. and Fri. I would love to hear
from you regarding that time slot. Would you come or not?
I'll certainly let you know when I make some sort of
decision. In the meantime, please come to my Wed/Fri 10 am
class at Steps. I realize that it's very early, and I will
try to remedy that. (Of course, it depends on the existing
schedule at Steps.) It's most probably the only tap I will
be offering for a time until I can resolve this other
situation. I thank you for your support over the years.
Some of you have come all the way from 55th Street and
Broadway----our first (and best) location. Come celebrate
with us next Thursday, March 27th, for our last daytime
class at BDC.
Tuesday March 25
B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
237 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036
Jared Grimes and DeWitt Fleming, Jr.
The BU Band
TADAH DANCE COMPANY
special guests stars
THE OPEN SESSION
(BRING YOUR GROOVE)
Purchase tickets at Ticketmaster
or Visit the box office on 42nd Street
Att: Broadway Underground
520 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10018
Check out "Stage Buzz » 2008 » March
Here's a review of "Seesaw". They obviously didn't have
enough room in their column to write about the
multitalented actress who played Ethel but I'll get over
Join Jaye Allison & Germaine Ingram at the Cotton Club NYC
It's TRUE!!! New York City IS hosting a fundraiser for a
Philadelphia event! Let's get out of TOWN and benefit
others! Only $75! WOW! (details below)
The Silver Belles Benefit Gala at the Cotton Club NYC!
Part of Women's History Month...
The Original Dancing Divas of Harlem's 1930's Golden Age.
These Legendary Showgirls of the Cotton Club and Apollo
Theater(s) : Marion Coles, Elaine Ellis, Cleo Hayes and Fay
Ray Present their Annual Fundraiser Gala Event! Proceeds
benefit Jaye Allison's Philly TAP Challenge '08 "ON FIRE!"
mini festival. http://www.phillytapchallenge.webs.com/
The Legacy continues as they introduce the 2nd Generation
Jaye Allison, Mercedes Ellington, Germaine Ingram, Jacqui
Malone, Delphine T. Mantz, Deborah Mitchell, Dianne 'Lady
Di' Walker and Karen Callaway Williams.
With Special Surprise Guests
Saturday, March 29th, 2008
7pm Buffet 9pm Showtime
at the Cotton Club
656 W. 125th street NYC 10027 (212) 663-7980
(ample parking and taxi service available)
Tickets $75 (includes soul food buffet with cash bar)
*50% of ticket price is tax deductible
*Proceeds benefit JAPTC festival workshops
*make all checks payable to The Philadelphia Civic Ballet
Contacts for tickets:
in NYC Geri (212) 316-4162
in Phila Jaye (215) 490-3717 or email
Founding Director, New LEJA Dances & Philly Tap Challenge
From "Akeelah and the Bee", Marianne Williamson, A Return
to Love (from chapter 'Personal Power') "Our deepest fear
is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we
are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our
darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'who am
I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually,
who are you not to be? There is nothing enlightened about
shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around
you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. And as we
let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own
fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
The Plumm (formerly Nells)
246 w 14th st off 8th Ave.
Doors open at 6pm
Free buffet from 6 - 7 pm & 2-4-1 Drink Specials
Free Salsa Lessons 6 - 7pm
Live Bands and special surprise guests
Music By DJ Eric and DJ Broadway
Salsa ~ Merengue ~ Bachata ~ Latin Hits
The guys that brought you Tavern on the Green "Salsa Night"
have teamed up with some of the top Salsa Promoters in NYC
to bring you a great party for those who can't wait for the
Just say at the door that you are on SouLatino's guest list
for discount admission
A Message from Brian “Footwork” Green:
GOD BLESS ALL!!
WELL!! FOR SOME REASON THE PICTURE IS NOT COPYING and
PASTING OUT HERE IN ISTANBUL, TURKEY ( could be because I
am partly computer illeterate!! LOL!! But here is the info:
EVENT: HOUSE DANCE CONFERENCE
DATE: APRIL 3 & 4, 2008
CONTEST: HOUSE DANCE ALL STYLES CONTEST ( all can join from
OG to now!!)
JUDGES: CHI-TOWN's KING CHARLES of FOOTWORKINGZ and guest
DETROIT's STRINGZ and MUNCH
4 NY surprise judges!! Voodoo Ray, Phuture,
TRUE JUDGEMENT BY THE FULL HOUSE CULTURE!!
CONTEST TIME: 12:30am SHARP
PERFORMANCE by CHITOWN and DETROIT judges ( seperately of
PERFORMANCE TIME: Before finals of contest!!!
DJs: Guest DJ TYRONE FRANCIS ( House and House Classics)
DOC rockin the Hip-hop, breaks, funk, Classics and that
stuff that you just wish you had!!
ADDRESS: 27 Park Place between Broadway and Chambers
DOOR: 10pm-4am GET THERE EARLY!
INVESTMENT: $15 with flyer/$20 without! Pay $45 for the
event and both classes on April 4 at Champion Studios! Info
APRIL 4, 2008!!
WORKSHOPS IN DETROIT and CHICAGO House styles: JIT, JUKING,
CHAMPION STUDIOS: 257 W.39th St. between 7 & 8th Ave.
PRICE: $ 35 for both classes, $20 for one class, and $45 at
the door of HDC for the event and both classes!!
NY JUDGES TBA AT THE EVENT!! WORKSHOPS IN NYC focusing on
DETROIT, CHI-TOWN, and NY HOUSE STYLES NEXT DAY!! GET YOUR
HISTORY and TECHNIQUES ON!! WORKSHOP INFO JUST EMAIL ME:
www.myspace.com/housedanceconference (popular event for all
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
www.juste-debout.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
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 Barrio!!)
www.dance-unity.com ( Funkstyles in Germany website).
www.breaklife.com (bboy website of Ken swift and 7 gems,
www.themovementfoundation.com ( House/Hip-hop dance and
HDC!! CONSTANTLY BRINGING YOU THE TRUTH IN ALL DANCE
STYLES!! WITH TRUE SUPPORT OF THE PEOPLE!! NO SPONSORS!!
STILL PAYING THE PEOPLE!! WITH JUDGES THAT KNOW THEIR
STYLES!! TRYING TO MAKE PEOPLE LEARN THAT YOU CAN MAKE YOUR
OWN HOLLYWOOD!! STOP COMPLAINING and SUPPORTING THE
INDUSTRIES/EVENTS THAT GIVE YOU WHAT YOU DONT WANT!! MAKE
YOUR OWN THANG and SUPPORT THOSE THAT ARE DOING IT BEFORE
YOU DO!! THIS WILL HELP BRING FORTH WHAT YOU WANT and WE
CAN ALL BENEFIT THE RIGHT WAY!! SEE ALL THERE!!
GOD BLESS ALL and KEEP YOUR EYES ON JESUS
Brian Footwork Green
samba nation productions
WOMEN in CAPOEIRA
A SPECIAL EVENT
WOMEN in CAPOEIRA | 3.27.08 | 6 - 11p | 290 Henry Street,
Lower East Side Manhattan, NY 10002 |
Samba Nation Productions is celebrating International
Women's Day & Women's History Month 2008 by honoring the
work of various women who support, promote and teach
capoeira in NYC and the Tri-State Area. Join us for this
first-of-its-kind celebration and awards event featuring an
award ceremony, Caco's Famous Home-Cooked Feijoada
(vegetarian and non-vegetarian options!), open caipirinha
bar by Sagatiba cacha a, a women's roda (capoeira circle),
live AfoxŽ, Samba Reggae, and Samba Afro by Ajah-Yo (debut
performance), and Eli Efi DJ Laylo spinning soul, samba and
For more info contact: firstname.lastname@example.org | 718 484
Admission: $10 advance or online | $15 at door
Admission Feijoada Dinner (veg. or regular): $25
Dinner Reserves table for 6 (six): $150
| Thursday March 27 2008 | 6:00 - 11:00pm | St. Augustine's
Episcopal Church |
290 Henry Street, Lower East Side | Manhattan, NY 10002 |
for 1 (one)
Feijoada for 1
Veggie Feijoada for 1
Admission Feijoada (veggie or regular) for 6 (six)
SPECIAL THANKS to ST. AUGUSTINE'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH for
making this event possible!!
| Roots Samba Productions | PO Box 26544 | Brooklyn | NY |
11202 | Tel/Fax: (718) 484-1801 |
| Mobile: (347) 524-8968 | email@example.com |
| myspace.com/rootsambaproductions |
Catskill Mountain Women's World Drum & Percussion Happen'n
The 11th annual Happen'n will be held Thursday, August 21 –
Sunday, August 24, 2008 in a beautiful new location. The
Circle Lodge Camp and Retreat Center on Sylvan Lake in
Hopewell Junction, New York, will provide us with a
spacious private setting on the lake, to drum to our hearts
content. From single rooms to groups, we have doubled our
availability of indoor housing. Some features include all
indoor accommodations, most with private bath, large dining
area, multiple workshop spaces, performing arts building,
heated pool and boating on the lake. The Circle Lodge is
two hours north of NYC and is accessible by train.
We will be welcoming new and returning teachers including
Edwina Lee Tyler, Nurudafina Pili Abena, Bonnie Devlin,
Caru Thompson, Valerie Naranjo, Elaine Fong, and many more.
Keep checking our website: www.drumcentral.net for the
latest Happen'n details and updates.
We are also expanding our Marketplace. Women interested in
vending can send an email or mail a packet to Drum Central,
PO Box 231, Saugerties, New York 12477. Products must be
drum or percussion related in some way.
Registration forms and scholarship applications will be
available in April. Please support the Scholarship Fund
with a tax-deductible contribution. Make checks payable to
The Arts Community.
In our 11th year, we are looking forward to many exciting
changes. Our connection to the heartbeat keeps our energy
Until we meet and drum again,
Leaf Miller, Fre Atlast, Ubaka Hill, Co-Producers
NEWS UPDATES & EVENTS
World Festival Sacred Music LAUNCH. This weekend!
Join us as we launch our new initiative for the 2008 World
Festival of Sacred Music. Over 150 young artists have
worked together to prepare a collaborative finale for you.
Never has such a diverse group of highly creative youth
shared the stage and engaged in such a rich interaction.
The artistic directors have taken the project to heart and
are fulfilling our hopes for these young people. This is a
great family program and the accomplishments of these
young performers is inspiring. Judy Mitoma, Festival
WORLD FESTIVAL OF SACRED MUSIC PRESENTS
Live in concert for the first time!
Saturday, March 22, 2008. 7 PM
Aratani/Japan America Theatre
244 S. San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
TICKETS: $20 reserved seats; $15 (JACCC members; 2008
Festival applicants; UCLA faculty/staff) $10 students &
Buy online Or Call: (213) 680-3700
Four of LA's leading and most creative youth ensembles come
together in a rare performance of spiritual music and dance
traditions from Hawaii Halau Keali'i O Nalani; India Shakti
Dance Company; Mexico Mariachi Tesoro de San Fernando; &
USA Crenshaw High School Elite Choir.
Keane Sense of Rhythm News
KSR UPCOMING PERFORMANCES!
Please save-the-date for these 3 exciting performances!
Visit our website for more information.
April 6, 2008 - For the Love of Tap: 5:00pm - U of M St.
Paul Student Ctr
A showcase of KSR Companies: Professional Company, Youth
Tap Ensemble and the Social Club. $7 student /& $14 adult.
For tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org
May 25, 2008- National Tap Dance Day: 1:00-4:00pm- MOA
KSR Companies and friends celebrate National Tap Dance Day
June 19-21, 2008- About a Mile: 7:30pm- Stepping Stone
KSR 10th Annivesary Show- Celebrating a history of KSR
repertoire from the last 10 years!
KSR is proud to be celebrating our 10th Anniversary of
creating tap dance in the Twin Cities. We have come quite a
long way in those 10 years. In honor of this occasion, we
will be presenting "For the Love of Tap" - a showcase of
all our companies; the KSR professional company, the KSR
Youth Tap Ensemble and the KSR Social Club. Please join us
on April 6 at the St. Paul Student Center for this showcase
of our three companies.
Join us also June 19-21 for "About A Mile"- a 10-year
journey of tap dance- at the Stepping Stone Theater in St.
Tickets can be purchased for any of our shows by emailing
KSR Youth Tap Ensemble Returns from China!
The Keane Sense of Rhythm Youth Tap Ensemble to proud to
have just returned from a debut tour of China! Six members
of the YTE were invited to perform as guests of the Chicago
Human Rhythm Project under the direction of Lane Alexander
at the 5th Annual Beijing International Dance Festival.
While there, they performed "JUBA! Masters of Tap," before
an audience of 2,900 people in the historic Beijing
Exhibition Hall along with tap masters Jason Samuels-Smith,
Sam Weber, Harold Cromer and Lane Alexander.
The KSR Youth Tap Ensemble was invited to perform along
with five other youth ensembles as a result of their
participation in the annual Chicago Human Rhythm Project
(CHRP). This group of dancers from around the United States
was honored to present the final concerts of the three-week
festival. More than 50 tap dancers from China also joined
the cast for a grand international finale!
Youth Tap Ensemble Auditions
Does your child have "happy feet"? Are you a student
taking tap classes, but have always wanted MORE?
If you are age 10-18, consider auditioning for the Keane
Sense of Rhythm Youth Tap Ensemble!
These fun, talented youth range in age from 10 to 18 years
and are trained in American rhythm tap, musical comedy,
improvisation, and performance art.
The KSR Youth Tap Ensemble will be holding auditions for
the 2008-2009 season this spring. Stay tuned for dates!
Please email email@example.com if you would like to
Please visit tapcompany.org for more information on KSR,
classes, performances and news! And we hope to see you at
the upcoming shows!
EMPOWER YOUR SOLE!