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May 11, 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
- Don't Miss Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Omar Edwards, Eboni Edwards & Jeremiah Edwards in this Episode of MTV's MADE
- JA's Philly TAP Challenge '08"ON FIRE!" On Sale NOW!!!

*EAST COAST*
- Special viewing of HOOFALOGIES
-Healing the Dancer Seminar
-Joseph Webb/BEAUTIFUL FIRE ALBUM RELEASE FRI. 5/16/08
-Broadway Underground
-A Message from DeWitt Flemming
-Early Registration for Manhattan Tap Intensive with Heather Cornell
- Open Mic Mondays – Tap Dancers Welcome!
-Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer receives an Honorary Doctorate Degree
-A Message from Brian Footwork Green
-Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
- Dan Mitra at Amateur Night at the Apollo
-Silent Fire Productions Presents: “Caught in the Act of Love”
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*WEST COAST*
-Celebrate National Tap Dance Day at DADA
-TAP TRIBUTE ADDED AT MADRID-Canoga Park

*WORLD-WIDE*
-Summer Dance Course News
-Tap Into A Cure
-A Message from Lisa La Touche

*DRP ARTISTS *
NEWS UPDATES & EVENTS
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Los Angeles - May 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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Don't Miss Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Omar Edwards, Eboni Edwards & Jeremiah Edwards in this Episode of MTV's MADE:

MTV's
MADE (Season 9) | Ep. 2 | Life After MADE 'Tap Dancer' | Interviews and never before seen clips
http://www.mtv.com/overdrive/?id=1585328&vid=224235
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JA's Philly TAP Challenge '08"ON FIRE!" On Sale NOW!!!
Announcing Special rates for Jaye Allison's Philly TAP Challenge '08 "ON FIRE!"
Available 12:00am, Tuesday May 6th!

Mail-in Deadline – June 10th 2008

All Day Dance Pass Now Available

Ages 8-12 $50. Ages 13 and up $65.

This value package is available online only at behinddoors.biz (through paypal and mail in checks accepted)

You will receive the pass and the up to date schedule in the mail.
2 Special Kids classes (8-12 yrs) each day (*), plus a variety pack of dance workshops to choose.

Thursday - The Kimmel Center's Innovation Studio (KCIS) or Merck Education Studio (KCME)
KCIS - morning... 10a Stretch Class (Carla Krochak) – 10:30a Tap (Rochelle Haines) - *11:30a KidsJazz (Jaye Allison)
KCME – 11:40p Shim Sham (Corinne Karon) – 12:50pTap History discussion / lunch break
KCIS- afterlunch... *2p Hip Hop 'Campbelllocking'( Dennis Danehy)

Friday – The Arts Bank Rehearsal Hall (ABRH)
ABRH - morning... 10:15a Irish Step Dance (Corinne Karon) – 11:30a Flamenco (Anna Castellanos)
afterlunch... 2:20p Improvisation and Challenge (Robert Burden Jr.) – 3:30p African (Cachet Ivey)

Friday – Kimmel Center Innovation Studio (KCIS) or Merck Education Studio (KCME)
KCIS - morning... 10a Stretch Class (Carla Krochak) – 10:40a Tap (Jaye Allison) – 11:50 Tap (Karen Callaway Williams)
KCME – afternoon... 1pm Tap History discussion / Lunch Break – 2:10p Kids Tap (Pamela Hetherington)
KCIS- afterlunch...3:30p Tap (Dianne Walker)

Saturday – The Arts Bank Rehearsal Hall (ABRH) or Arts Bank Stage (ABS)
ABRH - morning...9:45a-Stretch Class (Darrell Waytes) – 10:25a Tap (Chloe Arnold) –11:45a Tap (Ali Bradley)
afterlunch... 1:50p Campbelllocking (Dennis Danehy) – 3p Tap (Dormeshia Sumbrey Edwards)
ABS - morning...10:30a Jazz (Jaye Allison) 11:40a GQ Step (Rennie Harris) 12:40p Tap History Roundtable / Lunch
afterlunch... 2pTap (Jason Samuels Smith) –3:30p Salsa (Buster Adams)

Peace,
Jaye Allison
Founding Director, New LEJA Dances & Philly TAP Challenge "ON FIRE!"


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."

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*EAST COAST *
NEWS UPDATES & EVENTS
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Special viewing of HOOFALOGIES!
Friday May 9th @ 8pm
Clemente Soto Velez Center/ Drew's cafe (ground floor)

An "attempted" documentary
by ROXANE BUTTERFLY
Come and (re)-discover NY's vibrant hoofing scene in the nineties

FREE!!!
It will be nice to see everyone and have a drink too!!
107 Suffolk Street, bet Rivington and Delancey
(F train to Delancey)

Preview (in french) is available at:
http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=33304385

See you there I hope!
Roxy
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HOOFALOGIES was shot and edited by tap-artist Roxane Butterfly. It premiered at the Cinema Etoile during the festival of JAZZ DANCES in Mortagne (France). It was since shown at the Penn Acadamy of Dance, Sarah Lawrence College (USA) and at the Janana Rhythm Festival in Israel. This film is here for educational purpose only and is not destined to any commercial circuit. Come and enjoy this rare opportunity to see how" the masters of the then" taught " the dancers of the now" !
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This event is partly permitted by the generous support of the Fund For Creative Community supported from the New York State Council on the Arts and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.



Roxane Butterfly's Worldbeats
Spain: +34 651 684 430
USA: +1 212 636 9584
http://worldbeats.free.fr

Watch our last videos!
http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&VideoID=23832553
http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&VideoID=21532320
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Healing the Dancer
Annual Seminar

When: Thursday, May 15th Time: 3-7 pm
Where: The New 42nd Street Studios, 229 West 42nd Street
Contact: Alice Vienneau, 212.221.7301 ext. 261 or avienneau@actorsfund.org

To register, please e-mail avienneau@actorsfund.org, or call 212.221.7300 ext. 261.
This seminar is FREE and open to professional dancers and those who serve them.

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Joseph Webb/BEAUTIFUL FIRE ALBUM RELEASE FRI. 5/16/08

It's been a long... long time coming.. but BEAUTIFUL FIRE is finally HERE!!

Announcing the official, long-awaited debut album of that fresh and all-the-way LIVE tap-dancing wordsmith JOSEPH WEBB!!!

Beautiful Fire represents a collection of work that Joseph Webb has masterminded over the past few seasons of his life.

We invite you to come through to celebrate the release of this monumental labor of love, Beautiful Fire the album! OnFridayMay 16th @ the Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) be ready for aLIVE,adrenaline pumping, life affirming performance by Joseph Webb and his accompanying band, followed by a courtyard reception with light hors d'oeuvres.

Who: Joseph Webb & live band
What: The Beautiful Fire Album Release Party!!!
When: Friday May 16, 2008, 5pm - 9pm
Where: HSA- 645 St. Nicholas Avenue (between 141st and 145th), New York, NY 10030

Admission: By way of PURCHASING a copy the Beautiful Fire album for $15. Joseph will graciously be on deck to sign your copies!!!

Why: Because you've yet to feel the cool flames of this Beautiful Fire!!!!!!!!

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Don’t Miss

"BROADWAY UNDERGROUND" on Monday, June 2 at 8:00pm.

DeWitt says, "We're back!! If you're in town check it out. If not pass the word. $12 Goldstar tickets click here https://www.goldstar.com/join?p=F359798N ".

Event: BROADWAY UNDERGROUND
"When I say "B" you say "U""
What: Performance
Host: Jared Grimes and DeWitt Fleming
When: Monday, June 2 at 8:00pm
Where: B.B. King Blues Club and Grill 42nd st Time Square

To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:
http://www.facebook.com/n/?event.php&eid=16647327494


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A Message from DeWitt Flemming:


Hello all, Big Brothers and Sisters of New York is desperately looking for Male mentors of color. I promised a lady i know that works there that i would reach out to some people. It is a volunteer mentoring program and only recommends about 6-8 hours a month out of your time. I signed up myself. As we all know our youth can definitely use some positive guidance. They take female volunteers too, but really need males now. If you can not do it yourself maybe you know someone that can. The link for the application is below.

DeWitt

http://volunteer.bigsnyc.org/weborientation/WebVolunteerWeb.aspx

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Early Registration for Manhattan Tap Intensive with Heather Cornell

Hello all.

Just a quick reminder that you can still receive an early registration
discount for Manhattan Tap's New York City Rhythm Tap Intensive with Heather
Cornell. The discount is good this year until June 15th. There is still
space in all the classes for this 58 hour intensive with live music. Here's
your chance to get really comfortable working with musicians. Feel free to
email if you have any questions.

I'll be premiering a new Eddie Brown "Lost Routine – Latin" in the second week Master's class.

Hope to see you all there.

Best

Heather

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Open Mic Mondays!
NEW STYLE JAZZ JAM SESSION ....POETRY, JAZZ, HIP HOP, LATIN JAZZ, AFRO-CUBAN, NEO SOUL, COMPAS
TAP DANCERS WELCOME!

7-10PM
$5 ADMISSION
WITH KUNI MIKAMI ON PIANO/MUSIC DIRECTOR
CLEMENT SOLO VELEZ CULTURAL CENTER
107 SUFFOLK STREET
NYC, NYC
TAKE THE F TRAIN TO DELANCY OR J,M,Z TO ESSEX
FOR INFO, 212-253-2280


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Marilyn invited you to "Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer receives an Honorary Doctorate Degree"" on Wednesday, May 21 at 4:30pm.

Marilyn says, "This is an invitation to send Harold a congratultions email not an invitation to the ceremony. ".

Event: Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer receives an Honorary Doctorate Degree"
" This is an invitation to email Harold congratulations"
What: Ceremony
Host: Tap Into A Cure
When: Wednesday, May 21 at 4:30pm
Where: Bloomfield College

To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:
http://www.facebook.com/n/?event.php&eid=16777206125
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A Message from Brian Footwork Green:

GOD BLESS ALL!!
In thought of so many OGs getting up in age and physically not doing well. We have a great LEGENDARY HOUSE DJ CAMACHO, who has been dealing with diabetes for many years. He has now suffered a 3rd stroke, and needs help. We are taking donations at the door of the HDC for the next three months to help him and his family in this trying time.

Info below:

THANKS TO ROXANNE BUTTERFLY for her greatness in the art form of Tap!! Many learned and were inspired!!

EVENT: HOUSE DANCE CHRISTIANS ( conference)
DATE: JUNE 5, 2008
DJs: Djs Qu and P-Funk ( House and House Classics)
DP-1 on the wheels for Hip-hop and more.......
CONTEST: HIP-HOP
PRIZE: $300 and special prizes for 2 and 3rd place winners
TIME: 1am SHARP NO EXCUSES
ADDRESS: 27 Park Place between Broadway and Chambers
DOOR: 10pm-4am
INVESTMENT: 15 with flyer and $20 without

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.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 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 Barrio!!)
www.dance-unity.com ( Funkstyles in Germany website).
www.breaklife.com (bboy website of Ken swift and 7 gems, and more.).
www.cypherstyles.com
www.themovementfoundation.com ( House/Hip-hop dance and information website!!)

T-SHIRTS and clothes to help children in NIGER through the MAMATCHI organization will be sold at the HDC!! PLEASE DONT FORGET TO SUPPORT!! ALL MONEY GOES TO THEM!!

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 DAY and NIGHT,

Brian Footwork Green

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Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Join the Party
The Jacob's Pillow Season Opening Gala signifies not only the beginning of the Festival, but the beginning of summer in the Berkshires. This year's Gala kicks things off June 14, featuring performances by Garth Fagan Dance; Keigwin + Company; a solo appearance by Bill T. Jones ; a world premiere set on the Ballet Program participants of The School at Jacob's Pillow, choreographed by Stephen Mills, Artistic Director of Ballet Austin; and a Jacob's Pillow film montage. We will also announce the winner of the second annual Jacob's Pillow Award for Creativity. The evening includes cocktails, dinner, a live auction, and dancing to the music of The Colbys, featuring Bev Rohlehr, on the Pillow's Great Lawn. New this year, an Online Auction will launch May 26 at jacobspillow.cmarket.com. Tickets for the Gala range from $350 - $750. Call 413.243.9919 x24 for more information and to purchase tickets. The popular event, considered to be "the best party in the Berkshires," routinely sells out, so purchasing early is recommended.
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Spend the Day at the Pillow
As you plan your visit to Jacob's Pillow this season be sure to remember all there is to do during a day at the Pillow. This season, in addition to 110 ticketed performances featuring renowned choreographers, international companies and emerging artists, the Pillow will offer more than 200 free events, talks, performances, and exhibits. For example, during just one visit to the Pillow on June 28 you can:

1:45 - Hear a free Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company Pre-Show Talk by a Pillow Scholar-in-Residence

2:15 - Attend a matinée performance of that same company's award-winning work Chapel/Chapter

4:00 - Walk over to Blake's Barn after the performance for a free PillowTalk, featuring a screening of a film exploring issues of identity and life in Nigeria with French/Algerian choreographer Heddy Maalem

5:00 - See a past performance by Bill T. Jones (or hundreds of other artists) in the Archives

6:30 - Pick up a picnic at the Pillow Pub to enjoy during the free Inside/Out showing by participants of the Flamenco Program at The School at Jacob's Pillow OR enjoy a gourmet meal at the Pillow Café (reservations required, call 413-243-2455)

7:30 - Catch the free Pre-Show Talk about Compagnie Heddy Maalem in Blake's Barn

8:00 - Enjoy Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du Printemps) by Compagnie Heddy Maalem in the Ted Shawn Theatre

10:00 - Stop by the Pillow Pub for a post-show drink or a cup of coffee for the ride home (open until midnight).

The Pillow offers different free programs, classes and ticketed events every day to ensure that you enjoy many dance-filled days throughout the season. Visit www.jacobspillow.org for more information and to plan your day.

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Dance on Film
Jacob's Pillow continues to collaborate with the Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) this year, presenting two stunning and diverse examples of dance on film. At 11am on Saturday, May 17, the Pillow and BIFF will present Alonzo King Goes to Venice and Garth Fagan's Oatka Trail at the Triplex+ Cinema in Great Barrington, MA. Tickets are $10 per person and include both films. After seeing them on film, catch them live during the 2008 season: Garth Fagan Dance will perform June 18 - 22 and Alonzo King's LINES Ballet will perform July 23 - 27.

Alonzo King Goes to Venice documents the San Francisco-based choreographer Alonzo King and his company, LINES Ballet, as they prepare to perform at the Biennale Festival in Venice, Italy. Urban scenes from San Francisco are inter-cut with gorgeous performances in this spectacular documentary, directed by Dikayl Dunkley.

Highlighting Fagan's lyricism and musicality, Garth Fagan's Oatka Trail, was filmed at Jacob's Pillow in 2002. This TELLY Award-winning film was directed by Carvin Eison and captures the essence of eminent composer Antonin Dvo?ák with a male trio in Fagan's signature choreography, a hybrid of African, ballet and contemporary dance.

Tickets: http://biffma.com/

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CONTEST
Win tickets to Compagnie Heddy Maalem and be one of the first to see the company during its U.S. debut tour! The first complete correct response sent to info@jacobspillow.org will receive two FREE tickets to the opening night of Compagnie Heddy Maalem in The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du Printemps) June 25, 2008.

Question: Which two prominent photographers with amazingly similar names and photography will be featured in one of the Pillow's 2008 exhibits?
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Dan Mitra at Amateur Night at the Apollo

"Everyone this Wednesday is May 14th which means I will be performing in a few days. Make sure you bought tickets and for those that haven't yet get on it!! I'll try to make everyone proud.
See you all Wed!!"
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Silent Fire Productions presents...

"No matter how violent and hateful this world can be, we should never underestimate the power of being..."



"Caught in the Act of Love"
A Dance and Spoken Word Performance
Saturday, May 31st and Sunday June 1st @ 8p.m.
(Reception to follow)
STEPS on Broadway
2121 Broadway between 74th and 75th st.
(Take the 2 or 3 to 72nd st.)
Featuring Guest Artists:
Jana Hicks and The Next Stage Project
Karen Gayle and Xodus Dance Project
Eyes of a Blue Dog
Just East of Broadway and Mind Builders Creative Arts Center

Special Guest Spoken Word Artists:
Marauder, LaZaRuS, and Athenaa
Tickets $20/$17 for Students, STEPS Work Study and Faculty
Call (718) 786-2696 for Reservations (we accept cash only please)
or check out www.silentfireproductions.com


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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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TAP TRIBUTE ADDED AT MADRID-Canoga Park-

Desio's memory continues-

As many of you know, Alfred Desio passed away on February 14, 2007. As both his wife and creative partner, this has been an unusual time - I almost used the word transitional, but that would not be accurate as Alfred's presence and work will always be part of mine.

Since his death, some of Alfred's tributes include the Lester Horton special award for Excellence in Teaching last May, as well as in August "The Kennedy Advocate of the Art of Tap Dance Award" at the 5th Annual 2007 Los Angeles Tap Festival for his contribution of Teaching, Performing, and Innovations in Technology.

This Saturday, another tribute to Alfred will be added on our programs at the Madrid Theatre. I realized I had missed adding a number of people who had written after his death to our e-mail list, so for those of you who have received this, please forgive me for the repetition. For those of you who are getting an e-News from us for the first time, please click to our web site and recent newsletters for the complete program. The tap portion is accented below and in our newsletter. At the end is the complete program and details.
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Tribute to tapper Alfred Desio

The performance at the Madrid Theatre will include a Tribute to tapper Alfred Desio. On the left is a photo of Alfred Desio the summer before he became ill, and on the right is Alfred centered in the back row, and left to right beginning with Gina Nicholson, Channing Cook Holmes, the legendary Harold Nicholas, M'saada Nia, and Ayeisha Morgan taken around the time of the "Brandenburg Boogie" premiere, April 21, 1994. Alfred and Harold have passed on, but the others are alive and quite well. In the tribute to Afred section, two of those dancers Channing Cook Holmes and M'saada Nia will be performing, along with some of the students who studied with Alfred more recently and are now studying with Hiroshi Hamanishi (pictured below) at the Colburn School . He has staged some of Alfred older works on the students who include Rachel Rosenbaum and Joshua Villanueva. Louise Reichlin will also show some video footage of Alfred solo with both traditional and Tap-Tronic(tm) work, and possibly some of his group choreography. In our newsletter is a section "Desio's Memory Continues" with news of activities on his behalf. Go there to read about it. And more about Channing (below left) and Hiroshi (below right). The hard copy version is in the mail. If you would like to receive our ground mails, please go to our web site and e-mail to be added to that mailing list in the future.
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The performance at the Madrid Theatre will include a Tribute to tapper Alfred Desio. On the left is a photo of Alfred Desio the summer before he became ill, and on the right is Alfred centered in the back row, and left to right beginning with Gina Nicholson, Channing Cook Holmes, the legendary Harold Nicholas, M'saada Nia, and Ayeisha Morgan taken around the time of the "Brandenburg Boogie" premiere, April 21, 1994. Alfred and Harold have passed on, but the others are alive and quite well. In the tribute to Afred section, two of those dancers Channing Cook Holmes and M'saada Nia will be performing, along with some of the students who studied with Alfred more recently and are now studying with Hiroshi Hamanishi (pictured below) at the Colburn School . He has staged some of Alfred older works on the students who include Rachel Rosenbaum and Joshua Villanueva. Louise Reichlin will also show some video footage of Alfred solo with both traditional and Tap-Tronic(tm) work, and possibly some of his group choreography. In our newsletter is a section "Desio's Memory Continues" with news of activities on his behalf. Go there to read about it. And more about Channing (below left) and Hiroshi (below right). The hard copy version is in the mail. If you would like to receive our ground mails, please go to our web site and e-mail to be added to that mailing list in the future.

COME SEE US -

Louise Reichlin & Dancers/ LA Choreographers & Dancers
The Reality Series (Premiere), an interactive dance/multimedia work. Audience members volunteer and propel the work as it unfolds. Some participate on stage, others watch from their seats.

"The Shampoo" "Los(t) Angeles" "Identity"
Also excerpts from "The Tennis Dances" including "Harem" not seen since 1999.
Plus Tribute to tapper Alfred Desio.

Where: Madrid Theatre, 21622 Sherman Way, Canoga Park CA 91303
When: Saturday, May 10, 2008, 2 performances @ 2:00 and 7:00 pm.
Tickets: $25, $20 general, $20, $15 DRC/senior/student
Box Office: 818-347-9938 or click here for on-line orders
Low-priced group sales: 213-385-1171
Videos at: click here for Reichlin on You/Tube
Please contact us if you would like more information about anything you see here or in the on-line Newsletter Spring 2008. Besides articles about our performances and activities, there is also info about the Southern CA Dance Directory (490 companies at press time), auditions (coming up on May 18 and June 1), and our fundors. Here is direct link for last season's online Education Notes '07, this season's Education Notes '07-'08, and last year's newsletters. To learn more about our activities in general and our premiere "The Reality Series", please visit our company web site.

Sincerely,

Louise Reichlin, Director
Louise Reichlin & Dancers/
Los Angeles Choreographers & Dancers
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Summer Dance Course News
This is to inform dance professionals, dance students and teachers of our upcoming Summer Course.
Dear Dance Friends,
Here at Dance Master Class we have some Great News!!
Due to newly received funding, we have reduced our prices. Rather than offering large scholarships to a select few, we have decided all applicants should benefit. We will of course still be awarding limited scholarships in Urbania to deserving, motivated and hard working dancers.

Don't stay at home this summer! Join us in Urbania, Italy 3rd -14th August 2008 and experience one of the most beautiful areas in the world!
We offer an extraordinary opportunity for emerging artists to grow technically and artistically, as they work with a renowned faculty.
Applications are coming in and the available places are filling up!
To apply on line visit our website at www.dancemasterclass.com

Take a look at these rates on our intensive comprehensive dance curriculum which may also be uniquely combined with Italian or English language classes! The Package course fees include shared accommodation and transport from Bologna Airports.

1. Comprehensive dance course: €uro 900. This option comprises of all dance type classes available.
Comprehensive dance course PACKAGE: €uro 1050.
2. Two dance disciplines combination: €uro 750. A choice of two dance styles from jazz, ballet and contemporary. Please note that Pointe may not be taken unless ballet is one of your chosen disciplines.
Two dance disciplines combination PACKAGE: €uro 900.
3. Single dance discipline: €uro 600. Technique class in one dance style plus choreographic workshop/rehearsals in that dance type and participation in the performance.
Single dance discipline PACKAGE: €uro 750.
4. NEWJazz and Hip/Hop Special: €uro 350. Choreographic workshop/rehearsals and participation in performance.
Jazz and Hip/Hop Special PACKAGE: €uro 500

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact:
Angela DeMello
Phone: +44(0) 795 0266523 or +39 333 2059563
E-mail: ademello@dancemasterclass.com http://www.dancemasterclass.com/
USA contact - California Dance Arts: info@CalDanceArts.com
Phone: +1 818 790-7924

We kindly ask you to help us distribute our news through your electronic network. The information here has been prepared solely for general informational and educational & artistic purposes. You are receiving this e-mail because we believe you to be interested in enhancing your artistic pursuits.
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Welcome to Tap Into a Cure!
Register Now!

Hello everyone, Tap Into A Cure is back for another exciting year! Canada's only tap workshop for charity runs from August 13th through the 17th and will raise money for the Hope Mission of Edmonton and TAP: The Africa Project. Come enjoy three days of incredible classes followed up by a show of Masters and special guests, including the winner of 2008 Northern Star Talent Search – a display of talent that you will never forget, and that has never been seen in Alberta! The performance, Magical Rhythms, will happen in Sherwood Park at Festival Place on August 17th at 7:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased at any Ticketmaster box office, or on the Ticketmaster website.
We've moved the workshop from Sherwood Park to Edmonton`s west end. The address is 9764 182 Street, a quick hop, skip, and a shuffle away from the world famous West Edmonton Mall!
The 2008 edition of Canada's premiere tap experience will feature tap classes from Bril Barrett,Chloe Arnold, Sarah Reich and Emmy Award winning tap dancer Jason Samuels Smith! New to this year's workshop will be the inclusion of an incredible Hip Hop event featuring classes from the one and only Mr. Wiggles! Tap Into A Cure is ecstatic to bring such amazing talent to Alberta's capital city. We hope to see you with your shoes on and ready to go, as we raise money for two great causes and provide you with an incredible weekend of dancing!
VISIT: www.tapintoacure.com for more information
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A Message from Lisa La Touche:

May Issue of Dancer Magazine


Hi Everyone,

Please excuse the mass email. Some of you might already know and/or have seen this, but I wanted to let you all know that I have been featured in this month’s issue of Dancer Magazine and the article is available online. It is an honor to be showcased amongst my colleagues and mentors in the issue and am truly grateful for everyone’s support. Click on the www.danceruniverse.com/tap to check it out.

I know it’s been a while since I have touched bases with many of you. As always I extend the sincerest of best wishes and pray that God continues to shine light on all of us. I would love to hear updates!

Peace and blessings,


Lisa La Touche
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