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May 3, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE:

*DRP ARTISTS*
-Spring Tap Workshops w/ Chloe Arnold
-Kathak Master Class w/ Pandit Chitresh Das (Special Participate by Jason Samuels Smith)
- The Kitchen & The Studio Museum in Harlem present Hoofers' House
-Mr. Wiggles in NYC May 11-17 2008- Private lesions
available
-Master Tap Workshop Series with Jason Samuels Smith &
Chloe Arnold
- Harlem Tap Studio: WEEKLY TAP CELEBRATION honors NATIONAL
TAP DANCE DAY
- LA TAP FESTIVAL - Pre-Register Today
-Tap Extravaganza
-Chicago Sun-Times Article featuring Martin “Tre” Dumas

*EAST COAST*
- Samba Percussion Course
-Mamadele Newsletter: Dende & Hahahaes @ DROM & Timbal Workshop!
-ATDF 3rd Annual Spring Gala
-The Danny Daniels Tap Experience

*MIDWEST*
-Register now for the 17th Annual St. Louis Tap Festival
-1st Annual Motor City Tap Festival

*WEST COAST*
-Celebrate National Tap Dance Day at DADA
-Robert L. Reed Master Classes in Parker, Colorado


*DRP ARTISTS *
NEWS UPDATES & EVENTS
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Los Angeles - May 5 & 12
Debbie Allen Dance Academy

Master Classes w/
Chloe Arnold

6:30-7:30 Adv. Beg. $15
7:30-9:30 Int/Adv. $20

Debbie Allen Dance Academy
3623 Hayden Ave
Culver City, CA 90232

RSVP to chloetapcouture@gmail.com
www.chloearnold.com

(pay at the door cash/check)

WASHINGTON, DC - May 21st
DC Dance Collective
Chloe Arnold - Wed. May 21st
Technique/Warm Up:
7.30pm - 8.30pm
Adv.Beg/Int/Adv - Cost: $25


Technique/Choreography:
8.30pm - 9.30pm
Adv./Pro- Cost: $35
Both Classes: $50

Ayodele Casel - Thursday, May 22nd - same schedule and prices


www.dcdancecollective.com

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Divine Rhythm Productions & American Tap Dance Foundation present
Pandit Chitresh Das
Renowned master of Kathak
(Special participation by Jason Samuels Smith)
Monday, May 26th
6:00 - 8:00 pm
$30...limited space
Pre registration is suggested

This master class is specifically for Kathak and Tap students and will accommodate multiple levels, as Pandit Das makes the class accessible for beginners and challenging for more advanced students.

Jason Samuels Smith will be in attendance and he and Pandit Das will end the class by giving a demonstration of how these two great artists communicate through their deep understanding of their respective traditions.

"The Master Class with Pandit Chitresh Das will be spiritually enlightening and technically challenging for people of all walks of life."
Jason Samuels Smith
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The Kitchen & The Studio Museum in Harlem present Hoofers' House
Press Contact:
Blake Zidell & Associates
tel: 718.643.9052
fax: 718.643.9502 blake@blakezidell.com
For Immediate Release
The Kitchen and The Studio Museum in Harlem present Hoofers’ House, May 23 Hosted by Jason Samuels Smith; Featuring DJ Reborn and video artist Rashaad Newsome Evening is part of citywide weekend of events celebrating National Tap Dance Day

New York, NY, April 29, 2008—On Friday, May 23, The Kitchen and The Studio Museum in Harlem present Hoofers’ House, an ongoing quarterly series in which some of the best of New York City’s rhythm tap community come together to share and showcase their work. The evening will be hosted by performer, choreographer and director Jason Samuels Smith and will feature DJ Reborn. Film and video artist Rashaad Newsome will create unique visuals to accompany the performance. Tap dancers of all ages are invited to take the floor for a jam session. Curated by Rashida Bumbray, Hoofers’ House will take place at 8:00 P.M. at The Kitchen (512 West 19th Street). Admission is free. Among the most unique and cutting edge tap jam sessions in the city, Hoofers’ House has been propelling a rejuvenation of the genre for the last several years with the addition of live and electronic music and projected visuals. This year, Rashaad Newsome has reprogrammed a Logitec duel action video game controller to manipulate moving images live during the performance. Past hosts and performers include Chloe Arnold, Jason Bernard, Ayodele Casel, Marshall Davis, Omar Edwards, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Michaela Lerman, Tamango and Joseph Wiggan. Tap Legends including Harold Kromer, Fayard Nicholas, Tina Pratt and Jimmy Slyde have also attended. From the 1920’s through the 1940’s, the back room of Harlem’s Comedy Club on 131st Street, owned by Lonnie Hicks, was the home of the legendary “Hoofer’s Club,” a site for the creation of, the listening to and stealing of steps. Among the rhythm tap dancers given the esteemed title of “hoofer,” celebrated performers including Legendary Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, King Raustus Brown, John Bubbles, Charles “Honi” Coles and many more graced the floor of this intimate room. In honor of this important place in Harlem’s history, The Studio Museum in Harlem and The Kitchen are proud to co-host a new home for hoofers. Jason Samuels Smith (performer, choreographer, director) is a leader in the art form of Tap. He won both an Emmy and American Choreography Award for “Outstanding Choreography” for the opening number of the 2003 Jerry Lewis/MDA Telethon—a tribute to the late Gregory Hines. Samuels Smith recently received the Gregory Hines Humanitarian Award. Past honors include a Certificate of Appreciation by the City of Los Angeles for creating the First Annual Los Angeles Tap Festival in 2003; the “Ivy of Education” from Brainerd Institute; the “President Kenny Award” from Stony Brook; an Alpert/McDowell Residency Award; and an Arts International Grant among others. Samuels Smith recently appeared as a choreographer for Grammy Recording Artist Mya on CBS’s Secret Talents of the Stars, and as a special guest on Fox’s hit series So You Think You Can Dance. He also co-starred in Dean Hargrove’s Tap Heat, an award-winning short film; Outkast’s feature film Idlewild; and Debbie Allen’s AMC television series Cool Women. Performance credits include Sammy (a tribute to Sammy Davis jr.), a leading role of the production of Soul Possessed; the Tony Award winning Broadway cast of Bring in Da’Noise, Bring in Da’Funk; and starring in the critically acclaimed production of Imagine Tap! Mr. Samuels Smith continues to tour the U.S. and beyond with India Jazz Suites, a dynamic collaboration with Kathak Master Pandit Chitresh Das, his own tap company A.C.G.I (Anybody Can Get It), JaJa Productions Band featuring jazz-influenced hip hop music, and Charlie’s Angels: A Tribute to Charlie Parker, featuring some of the best women performers today. DJ Reborn spins a mix of soul, hip-hop, reggae, house, afro-beat, nu-jazz, rock and more. A Chicago native, she now resides in New York and spins at clubs, parties, museums including The Studio Museum in Harlem and the Bronx Museum and live performances with The Roots, Common, Talib Kweli, India Arie, John Legend, Alice Smith and Goapele. Reborn is also a mentor/workshop facilitator for N.Y.C. teens. She has crafted a new workshop specifically for teen girls, which explores djing, creative writing and women’s images in music and media culture. Since 2002, DJ Reborn has been the musical director and a live on stage DJ with Will Power on the off Broadway Hip Hop theatre hit show Flow. She partnered with Will Power again in 2007 as the musical director and sound designer for his original children’s theatre production Little Honey Bo. Reborn was the 2004- 2005 international tour DJ with Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam and she has made four appearances on BET’s Rap City. She has been featured in Trace, NRG, URB, Scratch, DJ Times and recently appeared on the cover of The Village Voice. Born in New Orleans, LA, Rashaad Newsome received a B.A. in Art History at Tulane University before studying Film at Film Video Arts in New York. He has been the recipient of several awards and grants including the 2008 Location 1 International Residency Program, New York, NY; the 2007 BCAT/Rotunda Gallery Joint Multimedia Residency, New York, NY; the 2006 Franklin Furnace grant for Performance Art, New York, NY; the 2005/2006 l’Entreprise Culturelle Artist in Residence, Paris, France and the 2005 Harvestworks Artist in Residence, Harvestworks, New York, NY. Newsome has also exhibited and performed nationally and internationally at such renewed institutions and galleries as K.U.E.L., Berlin, Germany; Glassbox Gallery, Paris, France; Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY; Veletrzni Palace, Prague, Czech Republic; Ingalls & Associates Gallery, Miami, FL; Fondation Cartier, Paris, France as well as The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA. The Studio Museum in Harlem is the nexus for black artists locally, nationally and internationally, and for work that has been inspired by black culture. It is a site for the dynamic exchange of ideas about art and society. Located on 125th Street, between Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd. and Lenox Avenue in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, New York, The Studio Museum in Harlem was founded in 1968 as the first museum in the U.S. devoted to the art of African-Americans. The museum specializes in 19th and 20th century African-American art; 20th century Caribbean and African art; and traditional African art and artifacts. It has a collection of over 1,600 works including pieces by Romare Bearden, Robert Colescott, Jacob Lawrence, Norman Lewis, Chris Ofili, Betye Saar, Lorna Simpson, Kara Walker and Hale Woodruff. The museum also maintains an extensive archive of the work of James VanDerZee, photographer of the Harlem community from 1906 to 1983. Funding Credits This program is made possible with generous support from Altria Group, Inc., The Harkness Foundation for Dance, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. ABOUT THE KITCHEN The Kitchen is one of New York City’s oldest nonprofit performance and exhibition spaces, showing experimental work by innovative artists, both emerging and established. Programs range from dance, music, and theatrical performances to video and media arts exhibitions to literary events, film screenings, and artists’ talks. Since its inception in 1971, The Kitchen has been a powerful force in shaping the cultural landscape of this country and has helped launch the careers of many artists who have gone on to worldwide prominence. Box Office Information: 212.255.5793 ext. 11 Tue-Sat, 2-6pm The Kitchen 512 West 19th Street New York, NY 10011 www.thekitchen.org

>>>CHECK OUT THIS INTERVIEW ABOUT THE UPCOMING EVENT:

http://infinitebody.blogspot.com/2008/05/rashida-bumbray-body-and-soul-podcast_01.html
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HIP HOP LEGEND MR WIGGLES IS IN NYC FROM MAY 11th-17th
2008...

PRIVATE LESSONS AVAILABLE NOW
(act now as slots fill up fast!)

Focus on: ONE ON ONE POPPIN, TUTTING, or BRONX FREESTYLE
TOP ROCK CLASSES

CONTACT ELKA SAMUELS SMITH AT:

E-MAIL: divinerhythmnyc@gmail.com
PHONE: 212-262-1394
www.divinerhythmproductions.com
EMPOWER YOUR SOLE!

VISIT WWW.MRWIGGLES.BIZ for new products, history, footage
and so much more!

*Catch MR.WIGGLES as featured in Scene Interactive's "IN
THE SCENE" with Kelly Peters on www.SceneInteractive.com!

An in depth conversation with In the SCENE Host Kelly
Peters. From The Bronx to Paris, The Legendary Mr. Wiggles
has been a force unparalleled. Not only in Dance but as
part of the very fabric of pop culture itself.

http://www.sceneinteractive.com/podcast_video.php

So much of the movement we see globally today in studios,
stages, music videos and movies can be traced directly to
this man. He is the energy and creative force behind much
of what we may frequently take for granted in the world of
Dance. We are honored to present to you a true master of
his craft. A Conversation with Mr. Wiggles and our host
Kelly Peters

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The Ailey Extension and Divine Rhythm Productions present

MASTER TAP WORKSHOP SERIES with

Jason Samuels Smith

and

Chloe Arnold

IN HONOR OF NATIONAL TAP DANCE DAY!

http://www.alvinailey.org/page.php?p=arti&v=125

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
artists hour
*Tap Jam with Artists only - $5 entry

***STAY TUNED FOR UPCOMING REGULAR TAP PROGRAMMING AT THE
AILEY EXTENSION***
www.divinerhythmproductions.com
www.alvinailey.org
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WORLD FAMOUS WEEKLY TAP CELEBRATION

honors NATIONAL TAP DANCE DAY!

at the HARLEM TAP STUDIO

Located at:

401 West 149th street (take the A train to 145th and dance
4 blocks
north) bet St. Nick & Convent

OPEN FLOOR - LIVE MUSICIANS

FREE REFRESHMENTS FOR DANCERS

Small Donation required for FOOD

(DON'T MISS DORMESHIA'S FOUR CHEESE MACARONI & CHICKEN!)

ONLY $10 for SPECTATORS (includes 2 drinks)

MAY 24th 2008

8-12pm

www.harlemtap.com
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Debbie Allen Dance Academy presents...
The 6th Annual
LA TAP FESTIVAL
Register Online Today and Save!
August 4-9, 2008

www.latapfest.com

Debbie Allen Dance Academy presents
6th Annual 2008 Los Angeles Tap Festival
Director Jason Samuels Smith, Co-Director Chloe Arnold

6 days, world-renowned faculty, 85 classes, jam sessions,
student showcase, The cutting contest, and The concert -
New classes, programs, and specials

All Levels and ages are welcome! Pre-Register and Save!
Attracting students from over 35 states and 8 countries.

Faculty: Jason Samuels Smith, Chloe Arnold, Dianne Walker,
Arthur Duncan, Derick Grant, Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards, and
many more...

CONTACT US:
310-280-9145
310-936-7989
latapfest@gmail.com
WWW.LATAPFEST.COM

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Don’t Miss:

Tap Extravaganza
May 25, 2008 at 7:00 pm
The Tap City Youth Ensemble will be performing in a line-up with Dance Alumni from Oklahoma City University, Michelle Dorrance, Rod Ferrone, DeWitt Fleming, Mable Lee and her Dancing Ladies, Michela Marino Lerman, Rhythmutation, Chris Scott Company, Jason Samuels Smith,The Peggy Spina Tap Company. Schedule Permitting: Savion Glover, Jimmy Slyde

Location:
Haft Auditorium at Fashion Institute of Technology
227 West 27th St., New York City

Tickets:
$68, $55, $45, $25
Click here to purchase!

You may contact questions@nytap.org with any questions.
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Old friends aren't 'Risky Business' for Tom Cruise
Cruise reunites with Chicago 'co-star' from film
May 2, 2008


BY BILL ZWECKER Sun-Times Columnist
Chicagoan Candace Jordan got quite the thrill Wednesday afternoon when she ran into none other than Tom Cruise -- along with wife Katie Holmes, baby daughter Suri and Cruise's mom and sister -- shopping at Neiman Marcus on Michigan Avenue.
But this wasn't just a normal fan-spots-a-favorite-star story. Cruise, of course, was here to tape some stuff for ''Oprah'' shows today and Monday marking the 25th anniversary of his breakout role in ''Risky Business'' -- filmed here in 1983. Jordan, then known as Candace Collins, happened to have a small part in that film!
Without missing a beat, she walked right up to the actor and told him about ''co-starring'' in that iconic film. Among her few scenes in ''Risky Business,'' Jordan had one that many will remember: ''I was the call girl who broke in on Tom when he was having his important college admission interview with the guy from Princeton.''
Jordan, a popular regular with hubby Chuck Jordan on Our Town's social and charity scene, also told Cruise about a running gag she has with friends, telling them, ''He would've been nothing without me!''
The actor loved the joke, took Jordan by the hand and immediately introduced her to Katie, Suri and the rest of his family. Though the Cruises were clearly shopping at Neiman's, Jordan reported there was nary a shopping bag to be seen, ''just a salesgirl standing there'' -- a Neiman's personal shopper assisting them during the 90-minute shopping spree.
While Jordan didn't notice any security guards, there were two quietly on hand as the Cruises hit various departments, including women's, shoes and, natch, children's.
Suri was so taken with one outfit, they cut off the tags -- and she wore it right out of the store.
Even 25 years later, Jordan reports, ''I'm still getting residual checks from the movie,'' in which she was cast a few years after being named Playboy's Playmate of the Month for December 1979.
As Candace Collins, Jordan also appeared in the Chicago-made ''Class'' and ''Smokey and the Bandit, Part 3.''
FUNNY FILM: West Side native Robert Townsend has snared Bill Cosby to participate in his documentary about black comedians, a project that is really gathering steam. Cosby joins Chris Rock, Steve Harvey, George Wallace, Paul Mooney and Katt Williams in the film inspired by comedian and writer Darryl Littleton's book, Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy -- a look at African-American humor and its cultural influence in this country.
ON HIS TOES: Talk about just in time! Given that CBS quickly canceled ''Secret Talents of the Stars,'' it's lucky that Chicago dancer Tre Dumas was seen on its only aired episode -- helping pop singer Mya showcase her tap- dancing skills. Dumas is now back home co-directing the Chicago Human Rhythm Project's upcoming annual concerts celebrating National Tap Dance Day.
'JERSEY' HEADS WEST: It seems appropriate that the latest production of ''Jersey Boys'' opens in Las Vegas Saturday -- which just happens to be Frankie Valli's 74th birthday. The Chicago production of the Tony Award-winning show, about the rise of Valli and the Four Seasons, continues here at the LaSalle Bank Theater, with Jarrod Spector playing Valli.
Bill Zwecker is seen at 5:50, 6:25 and 11:25 weekdays on WBBM-Channel 2.
http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/zwecker/928234,CST-FTR-zp02.article
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NEWS UPDATES & EVENTS
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Samba Percussion Course
Instructor: Philip Galinsky, Ph.D.
Director, Samba New York!

Monday, May 5
Monday, May 12
Monday, May 19
Tuesday, May 27

Beginning Section:
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Course fee: all 4 classes for $90 (includes $10 donation to Frederick Douglass for use of the instruments)
$25 per individual class

Advanced Section:
8:00 - 9:30 PM
Course fee: all 4 classes for $90 (includes $10 donation to Frederick Douglass for use of the instruments)
$25 per individual class

Frederick Douglass Academy
2581 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Boulevard
Corner of 149th Street
New York City

The Samba Percussion Course is an intensive workshop designed to train students in the fundamentals of samba percussion, drawing on Samba New York!'s original arrangements and the styles of some of Rio's top samba schools. There is no other course like this one being offered in New York City!

The Beginning Section focuses on the basics of the samba school Bateria (percussion ensemble). Students will learn technique, the rhythmic structure of samba, and how to play with swing. The class will work on simple arrangements for samba-enredos (theme sambas) and will be asked to practice their instruments and to do listening exercises on a weekly basis. Students are encouraged to master the basics as quickly as possible and to move to the Advanced Section when they are ready. Beginning students may stay and participate in the Advanced Section for no additional charge.

The Advanced Section serves as training for performances of the Samba New York! Bateria. Students will learn more advanced techniques and arrangements and will be expected to focus on one instrument. Advanced students may arrive early and participate in the Beginning Section for no additional charge.

To register for either section, send us an email with your name, telephone number, and experience with samba percussion. The instructor will determine your level based on the information you provide and possibly an audition. Instruments will be provided.

Directions: By subway, take the 3 train to the last stop (148th Street). The building is directly above the station. By car, take the Harlem River Drive to the 155th Street Exit. At the exit ramp, turn left onto Frederick Douglass Boulevard and another left onto 150th Street to Adam Clayton Powell. Cross Adam Clayton Powell and drive up the ramp to the school's free parking lot.

917.684.9447
www.sambanewyork.com

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Dendê & Hãhãhães
Original Afro-Brazilian Music
Tickets: www.dromnyc.com
Friday, May 9th at 10pm
drom | 85 Avenue A | NYC
(212)777-1157
$12

Formed in 2002, Hãhãhães is named after the Indian tribe Pataxó-Hãhãhães that once inhabited the city of Salvador in Bahia, Brazil. Lead by master Afro-Brazilian percussionist Dendê, the beat is always central, but it is tempered by thought provoking lyrics and sweet melodies. Comprised of musicians of various backgrounds, the groups' diversity permeates its music with rhythms ranging from Nigerian Afrobeat to Brazilian Samba to Cuban Pilón.
About Dendê
A former member of Timbalada, Dendê has been performing professionally since the age of 14. With Timbalada, Dendê toured all over Brazil, Europe and Asia, appeared on various television shows 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 New York, performing and recording with his groups Hãhãhães, an Afro-Brazilian/Afro-Cuban band, Arrastão an Afro-Brazilian percussion band and Ologundê, an Afro-Brazilian folkloric music and dance group. With these groups he has toured all over the US and Europe. In addition to his own work, he has his performed and recorded with artists such as Mongo Santamaría, Jerry Gonzales, Daniel Moreno, Tico da Costa, Vinicius Cantuária and Alessandra Belloni. Dendê also teaches Afro-Brazilian percussion in the New York City area.

The Band
Dende: percussion and vocals
Leslie: percussion and vocals
Adriano Santos: drums
Gustavo Dantas: guitar
Ze Grey: bass
Ze Luis: sax and flute
Timbal Workshop with Dendê
Every Monday in May!
(5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26)
7-8:30pm
6 Temple Court
Brooklyn, NY (click here for map)
Train to Fort Hamilton Parkway (email for directions)
$90 for the series / $25 for individual classes

About the Workshop
Learn to play timbal first hand with a former member of Timbalada! Dendê will teach you proper timbal technique as well as the original timbal rhythms and breaks from bands like Timbalada, Ilê Aiyê and Olodum. Classes are open to all levels. Private lessons are also available. The workshops series will culminate in a performance in Prospect Park!
About Dendê
A former member of Timbalada, Dendê has been performing professionally since the age of 14. With Timbalada, Dendê toured all over Brazil, Europe and Asia, appeared on various television shows 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 New York, performing and recording with his groups Hãhãhães, an Afro-Brazilian/Afro-Cuban band, Arrastão an Afro-Brazilian percussion band and Ologundê, an Afro-Brazilian folkloric music and dance group. With these groups he has toured all over the US and Europe. In addition to his own work, he has his performed and recorded with artists such as Mongo Santamaría, Jerry Gonzales, Daniel Moreno, Tico da Costa, Vinicius Cantuária and Alessandra Belloni. Dendê also teaches Afro-Brazilian percussion in the New York City area.
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American Tap Dance Foundation's
3rd Annual Spring Gala

The Helen Mills Event Space
137 West 26th Street in North Chelsea

6:00 pm: Cocktail Reception
7:00 pm: Performance
8:00 pm: Event Concludes
All proceeds support the Gregory Hines Youth Scholarship Fund and ongoing youth education programs.

This year, one of our most generous major donors has pledged to match - dollar for dollar - any gift that we receive over $100,000 with a matching maximum of $30,000.
We are asking for your help in meeting this exciting challenge to exceed last year's impressive result, and to potentially double the impact of your contributions.
To purchase tickets at $250 per person in advance, please contact: gala@atdf.org
Or mail a check made payable to ATDF at:
American Tap Dance Foundation
18 West 27th Street (6th Floor)
New York, New York 10001
p (646)-230-9564 f (646) 230-7777
www.atdf.org
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Tradition in Tap Presents:

The Danny Daniels Tap Experience

May 24 - 26, 2008 in New York City.

Visit www.traditionintap.com for more information.

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NEWS UPDATES & EVENTS
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Register Now for...
The 17th Annual
St. Louis Tap Festival!!!

Celebrating International Rhythm!

Master Classes * Tap Jam
Panel Discussion
Participant's Showcase
ALL THAT TAP XVII

July 21 - July 26, 2008

Download Registration Form

World Class Faculty!
Something for Everyone!

Make hotel reservations before June 20!

See www.tapheritage.org for more details!


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1st Annual
Motor City Tap Festival
June 26 - 29, 2008
See www.motorcitytapfest.com
for details!


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Celebrate National Tap Dance Day
with some of L.A.'s best!!!

Sunday, May 25th, 2008

Debbie Allen Dance Academy

3623 Hayden Ave., Culver City , CA 90232
310-280-9145

Time
Beginning   Intermediate   Advanced
12:00 - 1:15 pm   Nicole Nicholas
Jason Rodgers   Sarah Reich
1:15 – 2:00 pm   Lunch for sale & film clip screenings
2:00 - 3:15 pm   Chantel Heath
Steve Zee   Charon Aldredge
3:30 - 4:45 pm   Arlene Kennedy   Mike Wittmers   Gregg Russell

5:00 - 6:00 pm   All invited to the TAP JAM

$15.00 per Tap Class
Charon Aldredge was featured in the national/international tour of "Riverdance the Show", "Cab Calloway's Legacy of Swing", Savion Glover's Improvography ll at Hollywood 's Kodak Theatre, and she was one of the first tap dancers to ever perform at Russia 's Kremlin Palace Theatre. www.Charonis.com.

Chantel Heath is a professional dancer and choreographer. She has performed in Savion Glover's group Ti Dii. Has performed in Cuba , Russia , and France . Featured in Paris Mann's Things Aint What They Used to Be. She has traveled with the Kennedy Tap Company. Chantel is currently teaching tap and hip hop at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy .

Arlene Kennedy is the co-founder and the artistic director of Universal Dance Designs and the world famous Kennedy Tap Company. To the credit of her and her late brother Paul Kennedy come such wonderful feet, as Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards, Derick Grant, Charon Aldredge, Cyd Glover-Hill, and the Nicholas Sisters. Ms. Kennedy teaches at Santa Monica College and the Debbie Allen Dance Academy .

Nicole Nicholas has traveled all over the world performing with her grandfather, Fayard Nicholas of the Legendary Nicholas Brothers and with the Kennedy Tap Company. She is the managing producer for the Debbie Allen Dance Academy and has produced a number of dance festivals and musicals.

Sarah Reich has been seen on The World is My Drum tap instructional DVDs. She performs with Anybody Can Get It, Syncopated Ladies and LA Ironworks. Sarah performed at International Dance Festival in Beijing , China . Sarah teaches at Everybody Dance and at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy . She also teaches across the country assisting the legendary Harold "Stumpy" Cromer.

Jason Rodgers has performed on the Academy Awards as well as the North American tour of "Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk". He has been featured in commercials for Levi's, ESPN, Hummer, and Verizon Wireless VCast. Jason is a member of the tap company A.C.G.I (Anybody Can Get It), alongside Jason Samuels Smith.

Gregg Russell is anEmmy nominated choreographer, worked with Gene Kelly and The Nicholas Brothers. He has his own company, Tap Sounds Underground. He has directed TV commercials and was featured in Dance Teacher Magazine.

Mike Wittmers has been tapping for 27 years. He's a former cast member of Tap Dogs and has been on staff at EDGE Performing Arts Center, Millennium Dance Complex and Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio. Mike is the owner/creator of Double Bass Productions. www.doublebassproductions.com

Steve Zee has been a member of the Jazz Tap Ensemble and Rhapsody In Taps and is the director of LA Ironworks. He is currently on faculty at CSU Long Beach and teaches on-going classes at the Tap Academy and the Dance Arts Academy . www.stevezee.com.
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Robert L. Reed Master Classes

May 17, Jun 21

Parker Dance Academy - Parker, Colorado -
- 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM & 7:00 - 8:30 PM
St. Louis Hoofers Club Auditions and Workshops

For more information:

http://www.stlouishoofers.com/COAudition.html

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