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Feb 5, 2009

IN THIS ISSUE:

*DRP ARTISTS*
-Ailey Extension & E.D. Entertainment Present, Robin Dunn's
F.A.C.E. Workshop
-Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards hosts Shim Sham @ The Kitchen
-Int/Adv class with Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards
-ATDF Benefit – "Take it to the Stage" Featuring Jason Samuels Smith, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards & Chloe Arnold! -CHICAGO HUMAN RHYTHM PROJECT PRESENTS WINTER TAP JAMBOREE
-Aily Extension presents, The Mind-Body Connection with Sue
Samuels! -Jason & India Jazz Suites in Hawaii
-Danceruniverse.com Article: Dormeshia, the Kennedys' Role Model
-Check out the YouTube video featuring Jason Samuels Smith
& Bril Barrett!
-Save the Date, LA Tap Festival, 2009!
-Save the Date, DC Tap Festival, 2009!

*EAST COAST*
-Legacy: A Tap Tribute to LaVaughn Robinson and Jimmy Slyde -BROADWAY UNDERGROUND FEBRUARY 16 @ B.B. King Blues Club &
Grill
- Spread the word...Tap Legacy Foundation Anniversary,
February 14th
-Sound Check, A Tap Dance Concert Series
-Announcing Special President's Day Monday Feb. 16th Workshop with Monsters Choreographers LUAM & WES VELDINK in Baltimore, MD - Register Today
-PC Octet /Rumbatap this Friday Feb 6th at Drom -Max Pollak Master Class Feb 8
-Tap Legacy Anniversary Celebration!!!
-NY! FEB. 5! HOUSE DANCE CONFERENCE! -Arias Dance NYC is expanding their dance program!! Check it out!
-See Over 20 Off-Broadway Shows for Only $20 Each -Bossa Nova Brunch -Jeffery Williams hosts TapSoul Sessions - "Tap Class with Drums"
-February at Jazz at Lincoln Center -Feb 12 & 13: KALUP LINZY & RASHAAD NEWSOME @ The Kitchen!
- MYELPRODUCTIONS PRESENTS: Salsa the Celebration
-Don't miss New York’s Premiere of RUINED
-See Daniels, Davis, Gandolfini and Gay Harden
OPPORTUNITY: Audition for NJPAC's Young Artist Talent Search!

*MIDWEST*
-Centre East One Day Sale at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie
-Upcoming Events at CHRP

*WEST COAST*
-See “World-Wide News Updates & Events”

*WORLD-WIDE*
-Arts Action Alert - Arts funding in Economic Recovery Package
- Ciné Claquettes Show in Bordeaux, France
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*DRP ARTISTS *
NEWS UPDATES & EVENTS
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The AILEY Extension
& E.D. Entertainment
Present

Robin Dunn's F.A.C.E. Workshop Winter 2009
For the performer in YOU!
January 25 - March 8, 2008
Sundays
4:30-7:30pm

Robin Dunn's F.A.C.E. (Focus, Attitude, Confidence, Energy

and Eye Contact) is a formal technique designed to aid
artists and business professionals with attaining their
ultimate power on stage, on camera and in the workplace.

Over seven weeks, Robin will offer tools and techniques to

help artists and business professionals project who they
really are with confidence and self-assurance. Participants


will also have the unique opportunity to perform in front
of industry panelists who will provide invaluable feedback

on their progress at Robin Dunn's F.A.C.E. showcase on
March 1st, 2009.

Workshop Cost:

$210.00 - Full seven week workshop
Save $15 when you purchase before Monday, January 19, 2009!


$225.00 - Full seven week workshop
(After January 19, 2009)
$35.00 - Single class
$17.50 - Observation Rate

$15.00 - F.A.C.E. Showcase
Sunday, March 1, 2009

The Ailey Studios
The Joan Weill Center for Dance
405 West 55th St. (at 9th Avenue)
New York, NY 10019

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DORMESHIA SUMBRY EDWARDS HOSTS Shim Sham @ The Kitchen!

Shim Sham (formerly known as Hoofer's House)
Hosted by Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards
featuring the Theo Hill Trio

Join tap dance innovator Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards for a free open jam session in which some of the finest of New York City's rhythm tap community come together to share and showcase their moves. The evening features live musical accompaniment by pianist Theo Hill's trio and promises to make for a unique and exciting gathering of rhythmic exchange. The jam is open to tap dancers of all levels and concludes with Leonard Reed's famous Shim Sham Shimmy, the hoofers' international anthem. So come enjoy the show or bring your shoes and join the jam!

To purchase tickets please click here or call the Box Office: 212-255-5793 ext. 11. Box Office Hours: Tue-Sat, 2-6pm
VISA, American Express, and MasterCard accepted. Paid reservations only. A $1 per ticket handling fee applies to all phone orders.

This program is made possible by a generous donation of tap floor instruments from The American Tap Dance Foundation, and with generous support from Altria Group, Inc., The Bay and Paul Foundations, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, IAC/InterActiveCorp, 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.

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Int/Adv Tap Class
With Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards
Where: 401 West 149th Street at Harlem Tap
When: Every Thursday from 6:00 till 7:30PM

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TAKE IT TO THE STAGE!
7-8:30 pm: Performance/Cocktail Reception

Join us for ATDF's 4th Annual Fundraiser with premiere
performances and new work created by Chloe Arnold, Barbara
Duffy & Company, Derick K. Grant, Kendrick Jones, Parallel
Exit, Melinda Sullivan, Jason Samuels Smith, and Dormeshia
Sumbry Edwards. The program also includes performances by
the dynamic Tap City Youth Ensemble directed by Susan
Hebach premiering new works created by Guillem Alonso from
Barcelona, the late Buster Brown, Michelle Dorrance, Josh
Hilberman and Tony Waag.

All proceeds support the Gregory Hines Youth Scholarship
Fund and ongoing education programs!

Performance only: $35
Performance & Meet the Artists Reception: $100

For tickets call (646) 230-9564 or
http://www.nycharities.org/event/event.asp?CE_ID=3334

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WINTER TAP JAMBOREE

Feb. 28–March 1 Season Opener Features Chicago Premiere of Award-
Winning Tap Documentary

CHICAGO—The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP), the world's only
year-round presenter of American tap dance and contemporary
percussive arts, opens its 19th season with its annual Winter Tap
JAMboree February 28–March 1, 2009 at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407
W. 111th St. in Chicago. Directed by CHRP Associate Director Martin
"Tre" Dumas, the weekend features a Winter Workshop of master
classes, Leo Harris Tap Scholarship audition and the Chicago premiere
of the award-winning documentary The Wonder Kids.

Written, produced and directed by Jim Petersen and
Pamela J. Richardson, The Wonder Kids is the inspiring story of a
tiny dance studio that set out to save the art form of tap dancing,
which not only produced many of the world's greatest dancers, but
transformed the lives of thousands of inner-city kids in the process.
Narrated by legendary hoofer Dick Van Dyke and featuring Savion
Glover, Debbie Allen, Jason Samuels Smith and other tap greats, the
film earned the prestigious Grand Jury Pr
ize for Best Documentary at
the New York International Film and Video Festival in 2008. The
Chicago premiere of this inspiring film takes place Saturday,
February 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12; proceeds benefit CHRP's Leo
Harris Tap Scholarship program.

On both Saturday and Sunday, February 28 and March 1,
CHRP will host its Winter Workshop, a series of 21 classes at the
intermediate, advanced and professional levels. Instructors include
Tony nominee and Chicago native Ted Levy, who is CHRP's 2009 Artist
in Residence; CHRP Associate Director, Mayfair Academy alumnus and
Jus'LisTeN Director Martin "Tre" Dumas; Dianne "Lady Di"
Walker, who was recently named a U.S. Artists Fellow; Idella Reed of
the Sammy Dyer School of Theater and Dance; independent New York City
artist Lisa La Touche; and Ashley DeForest, formerly of Savion
Glover's company and director of DeForest Dance Academy. In honor of
African-American History Month, the instructors will focus on the
music of Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson
and Miles Davis. Classes are $25 each plus a $15 registration fee. A
detailed schedule and registration form are available at chicagotap.org.

The 14th annual Leo Harris Rhythm World Scholarship
audition, which recognizes Leo's Dancewear founder Leo Harris's
contribution to the dance community and Leo's Dancewear's generous
support of tap and all forms of dance, takes place Sunday, March 1
from 3 to 5 p.m. JAMboree faculty will serve as judges, awarding
$15,000 in scholarships to aspiring, amateur tap artists between the
ages of 12 and 18, which they will use for classes during CHRP's
Rhythm World festival in July-August 2009. CHRP invites members of
the public to participate in a free "You Be the Judge" event
during the auditions, choosing their favorite of the competitors. The
winner will receive a $1,000 Rhythm World scholarship and a free pair
of Leo's Crescendo Pro tap shoes. The audition entry fee is $10.
Complete rules and an entry form are available at chicagotap.org.

CHRP's 2009 season also will include its three annual programs: Windy City Rhythms, performances celebrating National Tap
Dance Day featuring the postponed Chicago debut of the Brazilian body
band Barbatuques, May 29–31 at the Museum of Contemporary Art;
Rhythm World, the 19th summer festival of classes, master classes,
workshops and performances, July 27–August 9 at various downtown
Chicago venues; and Global Rhythms, contemporary percussive arts
performances featuring the Chicago debut of Washington D.C.'s Step
Afrika!, November 27–29 at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in
Millennium Park.

CHRP's 2009 season is supported by The MacArthur Fund for the Arts
and Culture at the Prince, The Chicago Community Trust, Prince
Charitable Trusts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Target,
American Airlines, Leo's Dancewear, The Illinois Arts Council, The
Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg Family Foundation, The Gaylord and
Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Jerome and Jeanette Cohen Family
Foundation, The Oppenheimer Family Foundation, L!VE Marketing (sic),
Charter One Bank, the Illinois Arts Council, the City of Chicago
Department of Cultural Affairs, the Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation,
Arts Midwest, The The Dr. Scholl Foundation, American Overseas
Transport, L and L Hardwood Flooring and generous individual donors.
All programming is subject to change. For information, visit
chicagotap.org.
Founded in 1990, the Chicago Human Rhythm Project is America's
oldest institution dedicated to preserving, presenting and teaching
tap and percussive dance by bringing together generations of tap
dance legends, professionals, students and enthusiasts for classes,
performances and workshops. CHRP has four artistic focuses:
presenting world-class dance concerts, building a permanent
educational forum for tap and percussive dance, sustaining the art
form through preservation and documentation and promoting respect and
appreciation between various communities by presenting ethnically and
aesthetically diverse artists.

For information about Chicago Human Rhythm Project's Winter Tap
JAMboree or tickets to the Chicago premiere of The Wonder Kids, call
773-281-1825. All programming is subject to change. For information
visit chicagotap.org.

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The AILEY Extension
presents
The Mind-Body Connection with Sue Samuels
February 8, 2009
Sunday
1pm-4pm
Learn what you need to know to get it right the first time.


The Mind-Body Connection is for dancers who dance for fun,

or for a living. No matter what technique you try, this
workshop is valuable for anyone who wants make sure they
are 'picking up' choreography quickly and correctly. This
workshop is also great for professional actors and singers

who want to improve their performance during the dance
portions of auditions.

The first hour of this workshop will focus on conditioning

the body with a complete warm-up including jazz barre,
floor exercises for stretching and strengthening,
isolations and turning techniques. The second hour of the
workshop includes step patterns across the floor and small

combinations to practice the Mind-Body Connection methods
of picking up choreography. The second hour will cover
several methods, including counting, step rhythm and step
names. In the last hour of the workshop, Sue will teach
choreography with staging. Attendees will then rehearse and


perform the choreography within the workshop.

Workshop Cost:
0A
$40 - Full Workshop
Save $5 when you register before January 31, 2009

Full Workshop - $45
After January 31, 2009

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The India Jazz Suites Tour in Hawaii

Chitresh Das and Jason Samuels Smith

Saturday, March 14 Leeward Community College, O'ahu
Thursday, March 19 Castle Theater, Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Maui
Saturday, March 21 Kahilu Theatre, Hawai'i Island

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Jason Samuels Smith Classes on Maui

Sunday, March 15 at the MACC
Omori Studio A

BEG/INT 3:00 P.M. INT+ 4:30 P.M.

$20 per class

Reservations & Information: 878-1482

Presented by Maui Arts & Cultural Center

www.MauiTapExperience.org
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Dormeshia, the Kennedys' Role Model by Melba Huber — Jan
12, 2009

http://danceruniverse.com/stories/issues/200901/dormeshia_the_kennedys_role_model-J4/

In 1994, Arlene Kennedy said, "Today's dancers are
skillfully trained as technicians, but as performers, they
are not entertaining. They do not have the role models. If
we want tap to grow bigger than it is presently, they must
entertain everybody, not just tap dancers." Fourteen years
after that interview, the Kennedy family (consisting of
Arlene, her brother Paul and their mother Mildred Kennedy
Bradic) has heeded those very words and trained role models
for this generation's tap dancers. Though the world knows
Paul and Arlene Kennedy primarily for the tap dancers they
have taught, they in fact train their students in all forms
of dance; many have appeared on Broadway, on television and
in movies. "The Wonder Kids," a new documentary written by
Jim Petersen and Pamela J. Richardson, tells the story of
the Kennedy's dance school. Narrated by Dick Van Dyke, it
recently premiered in Los Angeles and New York. Special
comments in the movie by Savion Glover explain the unique
way the Kennedys have retained the hoofer style, while
emphasizing an exciting performance presence. The Kennedy
siblings founded a dance school, Universal Dance Designs in
Los Angeles, and operated it together for more than 20
years. Arlene continues to run the studio after her
brother's death in 2002. They taught the children of Sammy
Davis, Jr., Bette Midler, Debbie Allen, the grandson of Al
Williams of the Step Brothers and the granddaughters of
Fayard Nicholas of the Nicholas Brothers. One of their
former students, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, is considered
one of the best tap dancers in the world. "I think that
Dormeshia is the most fascinating tap dancer in the world
today," says Robert Reed of St. Louis Tap Festival. "She
has it all. She has the looks, knowledge, sensibilities of
an artist and is extremely musical with poise, grace and
strength. Every female tap dancer in the world should
aspire to be Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards. I am proud to say
that the St. Louis Tap Festival was her first teacher, and
I have watched her grow into a master teacher. She is the
consummate professional dancer." Dormeshia began her dance
career in the parks of Carson, CA with the Kennedys before
they had even opened their school. "I watched her, at the
young age of three, duplicate every step my brother taught
to the older children," says Arlene. "I told Paul, 'take
that one and work with her, she is truly gifted.'"
Dormeshia performed her first solo when she was five years
old, at a large event, with a live band, hosted by Harold
Nicholas. Other performers included Leon Collins, Sandman
Sims and Dianne Walker. Present in the audience were names
such as John Bubbles, Willie Covan, the Four Step Brothers,
the Nicholas Brothers and Frances Nealy. "What a reception
this talented, but shy, child received," Arlene recalls.
The hoofers who came to Los Angeles were definitely an
influence on young Dormeshia. "Arlene was quiet, and Paul
had a huge personality," Dormeshia said. "Paul was about
style, presentation and technique, not just upper body, and
he made it clear that technique and presentation went
together. His choreography was not always complex, only
when it needed to be. He made sure that the rhythm was
there. He was animated and musically involved." "Arlene
helped teach me 'cool.' She would tap you on the shoulder
and say something simple. When I was eight years old my
parents let me go to Rome with my dance teacher (Arlene) to
the Tip Top Tap Festival. It wasn't overkill; she made sure
we knew our dances. At the performance backstage she said
to Cyd Glover and me, 'Kick 'em out the back door.' We had
a ball. She helped keep me cool." Starting from when she
was 10, Dormeshia attended Gregory Hines's classes when he
would come to Los Angeles to teach, and this added more
information to her developing skill set. Later, she had the
opportunity to appear in sitcoms, the movie "Tap," as well
as the 1984 Olympics where she performed as one of the Copa
Kids on the bill with the Hoofers, Copasetics and Peg Leg
Bates. Dormeshia recalls that Dianne Walker told the
directors of "Black and Blue" about Cyd Glover and herself.
The show was looking for two girls to dance with Savion.
They had met Savion in 1984 on their trip to Rome. The
producers traveled all over the world seeking two girls and
finally came back to Dormeshia and Cyd for Broadway's
"Black and Blue." Despite her overwhelming dedication to
dance and performance, Dormeshia did her homework every
day, and school and grades remained important to her.
Despite that, Dormeshia's mother was extremely supportive
and felt that if performing was what Dormeshia wanted to
do, she should take advantage of being in New York. Soon,
Dormeshia began classes at the Alvin Ailey School and
Broadway Dance Center in all forms of dance. Dormeshia
became the featured dancer in "Wild Women Blues" starring
Linda Hopkins. From Hopkins, Dormeshia learned the valuable
lesson that mistakes on stage happen, and when they do, to
move on. "Having fun on the stage in front of all these
people who paid to see you is ok," said Dormeshia. Hopkins
enjoyed the experience too. "It was such fun working with
Dormeshia. I am happy to know that I have worked with the
world's best dancer. She is a beautiful person inside and
out. She is beautiful to work with and I am very proud of
what she has made of herself." After "Black and Blue,"
Dormeshia moved back to Los Angeles to finish high school
and perform with Lynn Dally's Jazz Tap Ensemble. "I learned
how to improvise," Dormeshia says. "I had taught class and
done choreography but did not improvise. I would freeze up.
I wanted to leave, I was afraid. Now, there was a section
where I had to improvise. Derick [Grant, also a Kennedy
dancer] was part of the company too and helped break it
down for me. This forced me to get over the fear of
improvisation. Prior to this I would do anything to avoid
jam or improv. I wanted to leave, my heart would jump and I
was nervous and freaking out. Look how long it took! I was
17." One day, Dormeshia's phone rang. It was Savion, whom
she hadn't spoken to in years. "Savion asked, 'How do you
feel about coming out and being a part of Noise/Funk?'"
Dormsehia recalls. "Is he joking?" Dormeshia wondered. She
hadn't seen the show, but she quickly accepted. Coming
together for the show was an emotional experience for
Dormeshia. Most of the performers were fellow classmates of
hers, dancers she had grown up with. As the first female in
the show, she danced as a man and wore men's costumes. She
began as a swing, working with Marshal Davis, learning all
the group numbers. Later, she was offered the opportunity
to join the tour, with two special numbers where she
preformed as a woman in heels. She became a principal for
eight shows a week. Dormeshia was often asked how she could
perform the same routines as the men in heels. She has
helped answer some of the questions by teaching two
sessions on the topic: "How to Dance More Effectively in
Heels" and "Mastering Femininity in Tap Dance" at the
Harlem Tap Studio at 401 W. 149 St. (www.harlemtap.com)
that she and her husband, fellow tap dancer, Omar Edwards,
own. She met her husband, Omar Edwards, during "Black and
Blue" when he would visit his cousin, Savion, and stop by
to say hello to the other dancers he knew. They now have
two children, Jeremiah, age nine, and Eboni, age seven, who
is currently on Broadway in "Billy Elliott." "It is a
dream," Dormeshia exclaimed. "Is this really happening? I
am so busy running her back and forth. I am extremely proud
— a daughter doing a Broadway show! Eboni is enjoying
herself. She is still a sweet little girl and still
grounded." Arlene Kennedy watched and helped Dormeshia grow
into the woman she is today. She is "strong, confident,
mature, likable, passionate about dance, a studio owner, a
mother, a performer and I am more proud than ever to say
she is one of my daughters, not just in the dance world, or
this community of the Kennedy Tap Family, but of my
household with my mother and brother alike," Kennedy said.
Dormeshia's credits continue. She was nominated for best
actress in the award-winning film, "The Rise and Fall of
Miss Thang" and was the assistant choreographer for Spike
Lee's movie "Bamboozled." She was a featured soloist in
"Imagine Tap;" "The Rogers and Hart Story: Thou Swell, Thou
Witty," and Debbie Allen's "Sammy." Her choreography was
featured in Michael Jackson's music video, "Rock Your
World," and she is an official spokesperson for Capezio.
"Dormeshia combines the finest tap artistry with great
performing ability," says dance educator Joe Tremaine. "She
is the consummate pro and a tap dancer extraordinaire. I
watched her grow up with Paul and Arlene Kennedy."
"Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards is the definition of a tap
dancer," says Bril Barrett from Chicago's M.A.A.D. Rhythms
tap company. "She has technical precision, amazing rhythms,
fluidity of movement and style and grace. I know she is
often called the female Savion or the best female tap
dancer, but I think she is one of the best tap dancers in
the world. Period." Dormeshia's exposure to the tap
legends, mixed with training in all the different art
forms, plus encouragement from family, teachers and many
others, helped her become the world class dancer she is
today. Most of all, she will never forget Arlene and Paul
Kennedy for their gifts to her and the world of tap.

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Check out the YouTube video featuring Jason Samuels Smith &

Bril Barrett!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSzd_sXWwaY

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Save the Date – LA Tap Festival 2009!

2009 LA Tap Fest
Presented by The Debbie Allen Dance Academy
August 10-15th 2009
www.latapfest.com

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2009 DC Tap Festival
Presented by Chloe and Maud Productions
April 17th, 18th and 19th
www.dctapfest.com

Join us for one dynamic, inspiring 3-day weekend, April 17,


18, 19th, as we share and expand the language of dance
through master classes, history talks, jam sessions, a
student showcase, cutting contest, and Performance
featuring both world renowned Tap Master and accomplished
teachers and young dancers from the DC area and abroad. Our


Faculty includes Directors Chloe & Maud Arnold, Emmy-Award

winner Jason Samuels Smith, Grammy-Award winner Mya
Harrison (schedule pending), vaudeville star Dr. Harold
Cromer, Broadway Stars Bakaari Wilder, Joe Webb, Dewitt
Fleming, Tap Dog David Covington, Nancy Newell, Toni
Lombre, Heidi Schultz, and many more!!!

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*EAST COAST *
NEWS UPDATES & EVENTS
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Jane Performs in DC
At Legacy: A Tap Tribute to LaVaughn Robinson and Jimmy Slyde
Date: Saturday, February 7th at 7:30
Location: Winston Churchill H.S.
11300 Gainesborough Rd.
Potomac, MD 20854
Click for directions
Tickets: Buy online
For more information: Visit ActTwo.org

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BROADWAY UNDERGROUND
FEBRUARY 16 at BBKINGS
The New York Times calls Broadway Underground.....
"one sweet show: very funny, very happy and underpinned by
superb live music."
Jared Grimes taps solo during the open session
JOIN THE MOVEMENT
Monday Night
February 16, 2009
8:00pm
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
237 West 42 Street
(Between Broadway and 8th Avenue)
Tickets only $12.50 at:
https://www.goldstar.com/join?p=F359798N
Learn more at
www.broadwayunderground.org
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Celebrate Tap Legacy Foundation's 7th anniversary!!
Dear Friends,
I'm writing to let you know of a very important event fast
approaching. In 2002 I co-founded the Tap Legacy
Foundation, Inc., along with my mentor Gregory Hines, with
a charter to build a cultural center in New York City
dedicated to tap dance.
On February 14, 2009, the foundation will celebrate its 7th
anniversary with a special screening of the movie Tap, the
launching of the foundation's capital campaign, and a
champagne reception.
Andrew Nemr
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Sound Check, A Tap Dance Concert Series

Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South, NYC


Thursday, February 12th 8:00 PM

W-L-U-V
Tune in to W-L-U-V and behold three pairs of the hottest
young tap talents work out the rhythms of love to the
smoothest radio DJ spinning your favorite platters.
Director and chorographer Christopher Scott is joined by
Kendrick Jones, Michela Marino-Lerman, Baakari Wilder,
Carson Murphy, Melinda Sullivan plus Camille Gaston as DJ
Max Love.

STOP LOOK LISTEN
Choreography & Music by Katherine Kramer and Lanzallamas
Stop Look Listen fuses tap dance and contemporary dance
with an original score performed by "Lanzallamas" moving
alongside 4 dancers. The hybrid "afro-brazilian-gypsy"
score heartens and propels the performers as they become a
contemporary band of "tricksters" on a playful journey in a
dangerous world.

general admission: $25
child under 12/students/seniors/groups: $12.50

Purchase tickets:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/10955


Friday, February 13th, 8:00 pm

HEELING POWERS: RHYTHMS OF THE LEFT BRAIN
Tap soloist Joshua Hilberman draws on a restless
imagination in his one-man tour de force, a 'greatest hits'
extravaganza with 20-year collaborator pianist Paul
Arslanian. One-man band, improvisational virtuoso,
filmmaker, choreographer, and vaudevillian, Hilberman
presents tap dance past, present, and future: tap without
borders.

PRIMORDIAL MEMORIES
The wandering tap dance-nature poet Brenda Bufalino's
Primordial Memories is a dance of renewal, weaving the
sinuous, ecstatic shapes and sounds of nature into organic
counter-rhythms. Blackbirds, blue herons and flying
turtles evoke the e lemental and evolve into the
technological, covering the earth with it's own rhythmic
memory. Special guests include the Tap City Youth Ensemble.

general admission: $25
child under 12/students/seniors/groups: $12.50
Purchase tickets:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/10955

Thursday, February 19th, 8:00 pm
STAGES
Under the direction of Barbara Duffy and Tony Stevens.
Barbara Duffy & Company incorporates song, dance, dialogue,
choreography and improvisation into an evening of high
energy entertainment. Stages touches upon issues to which
everyone can relate such as love, friendship, self-doubt
and the courage to express one's true identity. It pays
tribute to the masters who have shaped the art form and
celebrates life through the universal power of rhythm.

TIME STEP
Directed by Mark Lonergan, Choreography by Ryan Kasprzak,
Brent McBeth, and Derek Roland. New York's Parallel Exit
presents a brand new work blending tap, rhythm, and
physical comedy. Fresh, funny, and filled with moments of
visual magic, Time Step pushes tap in a new direction by
conveying a story of three hoofers entirely through rhythm
and choreography.

general admission: $25
child under 12/students/seniors/groups: $12.50

Purchase tickets:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/10955

Friday, February 20th, 8:00 pm


TAPSPLOITATION
Directed/Choreographed by Michela Marino-Lerman. The story
of a young woman and man who search for meaning and
personal identity in 1970's urban America. Through tap
dance and the music of the era, Tapsploitation pulsates
with the energy and turmoil of this perilous and exotic
time, and follows the characters on their journey through
the streets of the American city, to the jungles of
Vietnam, to the abyss of drug addiction, and back to a
dawning awareness of the path to self-understanding.

RUMBATAP
Artistic Director Max Pollak, named one of "25 to Watch in
2007" by Dance Magazine, was the first person to merge
American Rhythm Tap with authentic Afro-Cuban music and
dance. Capturing the charged electricity and power of a
Latin jazz "Orquesta," RumbaTap features a multi-talented
international cast of musicians and dancers.

general admission: $25
child under 12/students/seniors/groups: $12.50
Purchase tickets:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/10955
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President's Day Workshop Featuring
LUAM & WES VELDINK
One Day Only! Monday February 16th, 2009
11:30AM - 5:00PM in BALTIMORE, MD MDD


Monsters Dance Conventions Presents, Hosted By
B. Funk Dance Company
10291 Baltimore National Pike (Route 40)
Ellicott City, MD 21042

Join Us On The President's Day Holiday For Dance Classes
With Our Monsters of HipHop & Monsters of Contemporary Faculty

REGISTER NOW - SPACE IS LIMITED

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PC Octet & Max Pollak's Rumbatap
This Friday at Drom
Max Pollak Master Class Feb 8

Upcoming NYC Show:
Friday Feb. 6th at Drom
Featuring: Rumbatap 8-8:45 PM
The Paul Carlon Octet 9-10 PM
Tickets: $10 advance/$12 at the door
Drom: 85 Avenue A (btw. 5th & 6th Sts.) (212) 777 1157

Who's on the gig? The Lineup for Drom
Rumbatap:
Max Pollak: Artistic Director & Choreographer
Paul Carlon: Musical Director & Arranger
Chikako Iwahori: Assistant Choreographer & Costume Designer
Becky Bliss
Warren Craft
Lisa Latouche
Carson Murphy
Claudia Rahardjanoto
Lynn Schwab
Dimtri Moderbach
Gottfriend Stoger
Christelle Durandy
Elisabeth Lohninger
Tim Collins
PC Octet:
Paul Carlon: tenor & soprano saxes, flute
Anton Denner: alto sax & flute
Dave Smith: trumpet
Noah Bless & Mark Miller: trombones
John Stenger: piano
Dave Hertzberg: bass
William 'Beaver' Bausch: drumset
Christelle Durandy: vocals
Max Pollak: Rumbatap
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Event: Max Pollak Master Class Feb 8
What: Rehearsal
Host: ATDF
Start Time: Sunday, February 8 at 3:30pm
End Time: Sunday, February 8 at 5:00pm
Where: Chelsea Studios

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Tap Legacy
Anniversary Celebration

February 14, 2009
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Special Screening of the movie Tap
Launch of the Tap Legacy Foundation's Capital Campaign
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Champagne Reception
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Tickets are on sale now!

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A Message from Brian Green:
HOUSE DANCE CHRISTIANS (Conference)

WEBSITES: www.myspace.com/housedanceconference
www.housedanceconference.com

DATE: FEBURARY 5, 2009
DJs: SHAN S (yes, the House Dancer) & Dj Qu: House and House Classics
DOC for the BREAKS ( mostly played b4 the contest), Hip-hop, Classics, and more....
ADDRESS: 27 Park Place between Broadway and Chambers
DOOR: 10pm-4am
INVESTMENT: $12 without flyer!! $10 with flyer!!

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!!)
www.idance.ru ( Dancing website in Russia!!).
www.jjstreet.ee ( Estonia dance website!!).
www.justmove.it ( Italian dance website)www.fazilstudionyc.com
www.fazilstudionyc.com ( famous NY rehearsal studio over 30 yrs. NOW IN TURKEY!! HARBORED MANY TALENTS from Hip-hop to Martial Arts!!).

MARCH 5, 2009! HOUSE DANCE CONFERENCE PRESENTS the 10th annual HOUSE DANCE CONTEST with new DVDS in Hip-hop, House, and Popping from 2002-2008!! AMEN!! LONG-WAITING (I know! LOL!! Better late then never!! AMEN!!). DJs from back n day and now: TYRONE FRANCIS, MANSKI, and DP-ONE!!

ALSO, special guest to come back and judge and perform with a workshop this time: DETROIT JITTERS: Stringz and Munch at CHAMPION STUDIOS from 6-8pm on MARCH 6!! Show by DETROIT JITTERS!!

SAVE YOUR MONEY FOR HDC and WORKSHOPS: At the door $25 for workshop and event. EVENT/WORKSHOPS: $40. Workshop: $25. EVENT: $20 without flyer and $15 with flyer.

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!!

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Roy Arias
Studios & Theatres
300 West 43rd Street, 5th Floor
New York, New York 10036
(212) 957-8358
www.RoyAriasStudios.com
info@royariasstudioscom

Expanding Our Dance Program!!!

Brand New Spaces
at a Great Price!

Small and Large Theatres Available
(Professional Lighting and Sound)

Rehearsal Studios of all Sizes

Prices Start at $10.00/Hour

Photos and Pricing Chart Available at our Website

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Arias Dance NYC, a new dance program directed by Geoffrey Doig-Marx, is here to provide you with an amazing dance experience at the unbelievable price of $10 per class. We encourage you to take advantage of this great opportunity and limited offer. Our studios are conveniently located in Times Square.

Please take a look at our schedule listed below. Remember that we are constantly expanding our schedule, hiring new teachers, creating new programs and growing!

Special Announcement

Arias Dance NYC welcomes renowned dancer and choreography, Robert La Fosse, as he joins our talented staff. Starting March 30, 2009, Robert La Fosse will be instruction ballet.


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20 shows for $20!!

In the spirit of NYC's Restaurant Week comes 20at20, your chance to see the Best of Off-Broadway for only $20!

TWO WEEKS ONLY!
Now - February 8th

ABSOLUTELY AFFORDABLE!
Here is your chance to catch up with shows you may have missed, get a sneak peek at the next big show, or revisit a favorite - all for only $20 each!

ALWAYS ON!
Since Off-Broadway has performances to fit everyone's schedule, you can see more than one: on Saturday for example,20you can see Gazillion Bubble Show at 11 AM, Altar Boyz at 2, Forbidden Broadway at 4, The Fantasticks at 8, and Sleepwalk With Me at 10! Where else can you see five shows in one day, for less than the price of ONE BROADWAY TICKET?

WHERE REAL NEW YORKERS GO!
With 20at20, you get the chance to see the next Avenue Q, A Chorus Line, In The Heights, Rent, Proof or Spring Awakening - before the prices go 'uptown'. Be part of the New York "in" crowd and enjoy the original productions in the intimate environment that can only be found Off-Broadway

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS!
For TWO WEEKS ONLY, from Monday, January 26 through Sunday, February 8, tickets for all 20at20 shows are only $20, starting 20 minutes before show time. Just go to the box office of the show you want to see 20 minutes before it begins and say, ''20at20." You'll get your ticket to a real New York theater experience!

SEE 7 SHOWS AND GET DINNER ON US!
See any 7 of the participating 20at20 shows from 1/26/09-2/8/09 and receive a FREE voucher for dinner for 2 at an area restaurant! Mail in your ticket stubs once you=2 0have seen 7 shows and we will send you your voucher while supplies last. Visit www.20at20.com for details.

20at20 is only two weeks long!
How many shows can you see?

For more on 20at20, visit www.20at20.com
See you Off-Broadway!

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Bossa Nova Brunch!

S.O.B.'s Bossa Nova Brunch is the perfect way to spend a sunday afternoon.
Attendees have been raving about the food & atmosphere since the series first started. Now that 2009 is here SoHo's best brunch is ideal to celebrate the start of a New Year.
Bossa Nova Brunch happens every Sunday from 12pm-4pm with seating at 12:00, 12:30, 2:00 & 2:30 and a Price fix three course menu costing $24.99 per a person.

Patrons at the 'Bossa Nova Brunch' enjoy our unlimited Sangria bar, a three-course meal that begins with a choice of an appetizer, continues with an entrée and ends with a delectable desert. Brunch hours are scheduled from Noon-4pm. Throughout the meal, guests will be treated to live Bossa Nova tunes that will whisk them away to imaginary ocean-side views of Brazil.
S.O.B.'s Brunch is the perfect solution to the recession blues, with a menu that will transport you to fairer climates. While warm melodies waft through the air, customers can sample the palate-pleasing all-inclusive Prix Fixe Menu ($24.99 per person):
Bossa Nova is smooth style of music from Northern Brazil that can evoke images of white-sand beaches and refreshing ocean breezes. Bossa became popular in the 1960's with João Gilberto's hit "The Girl From Impanema".



CALL FOR ADVANCED RESERVATIONS
212-243-4940
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Jeffery Williams Hosts….

TapSoul Sessions
"Tap Class with Drums"
What: Rehearsal
Host: Jeffery Williams
Start Time: Friday, February 6 at 2:00pm
End Time: Friday, February 6 at 3:00pm
Where: Ripley Grier Studios studio 16k

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Jazz at the Lincoln Center!

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra on Tour
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will tour nationwide to perform selections from a unique repertoire: big band arrangements of Thelonious Monk compositions, classic Blue Note Records selections from Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, Jackie McLean, Lee Morgan and others. Modern compositions and arrangements by jazz contemporaries which include members of the band will also be featured, highlighting the individuals who join together to create this band's unmistakable sound.
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Coming To A City Near You!
Visiting Presenter: Opera Lafayette: Le Déserteur
February 4, 7:30pm, Rose Theater
Opera Lafayette returns to the Rose Theater with the modern American premiere of Pierre Alexandre Monsigny's Le Déserteur (1769), a brilliant 18th century opéra-comique that helped set in motion the Romantic movement in Europe and America. The cast includes baritone William Sharp, soprano Dominique Labelle, actor John Lescault, and dancer/pantomime artist Caroline Copeland, with the Opera Lafayette Orchestra conducted by Ryan Brown.
Jazz Fix Readers: Save 40% with promotion code "OL" !
Buy Tickets Now!
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Free Exhibition: Jam Session: America's Jazz Ambassadors Embrace the World
Kent Hernandez for Madeira Projects, Miami, FL
Kent Hernandez for Madeira Projects, Miami, FL
On view February 19 - April 12
Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 60th St & Broadway. Admission is free and the Hall is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 4p m and 6pm to 11pm.

Jam Session: America's Jazz Ambassadors Embrace the World is an exhibition that chronicles the U.S. State Department's groundbreaking use of jazz as an instrument of cultural diplomacy, sending celebrated jazz musicians to perform for audiences around the world from the mid-1950s through the 1970s.
Jam Session is organized and circulated by Meridian International Center, Washington, D.C.
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The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts: Bucky and John Pizzarelli
John and Bucky Pizzarelli by Jens Palm
John and Bucky Pizzarelli by Jens Palm
February 11, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Bruno Walter Auditorium, 111 Amsterdam Ave
Doors open at 7:30pm & performance begins at 8pm
Bucky Pizzarelli has been playing professional jazz music for over sixty years. His extraordinary skill as a rhythm guitar player places him in the company of other jazz greats like Freddie Greene and Barry Galbraith. Bucky Pizzarelli has pioneered the great chord solo tradition begun by George Van Eps and Dick McDonough.

John Pizzarelli has followed in the footsteps of his father, and has been playing the guitar since he was six years old. He began playing alongside his father at age 20, and has since gone on to have his own prolific career as a jazz guitarist, vocalist and bandleader. John Pizzarelli also hosts the nationally syndicated radio program "Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli."

Admission: $10 & $5 (student)
For ticket reservation or more information, please call 212-870-1793
The Duke Jazz Talks is part of the two-year Library for the Performing Arts project funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to present, document, and preserve jazz, contemporary dance, and theater performances and related oral histories.
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Friend of Jazz: Smooth Jazz New York
Al Jarreau
and
Ashford & Simpson
February 15, 8pm, The NOKIA Theatre Times Square
This Valentine's Day, bring that special someone and enjoy a romantic evening with Al Jarreau as he plays his favorite romantic tunes from his 2008 release Love Songs. Al will be joined by special guests Ashford & Simpson. These are two performances you won't want to miss!
Buy Tickets Now.
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Neighborhood Partner: Museum of Arts and Design
Paul Villinski,My Back Pages, 2006-2008 Photo: Courtesy Morgan Lehman Gallery, NY
Paul Villinski,My Back Pages, 2006-2008
Photo: Courtesy Morgan Lehman Gallery, NY
Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary Symposium
February 7,1pm-5pm,
the jerome and simona chazen building,
2 columbus circle at 59th street

$40 General; $36 Members (Price includes Museum admission and reception)

An exciting inquiry into the materials, processes, and concepts behind the artwork
in the exhibition Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary. Organized in collaboration
with the Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, OR) which presente d a parallel
exhibition, MANUF(r)ACTURED: The Conspicious Transformation of Everyday
Objects.

Participants include MAD Chief Curator David Revere McFadden, Curator
Lowery Stokes Sims, Executive Director Holly Hotchner, and the Museum of Contemporary
Craft (Portland, OR) Curator Namita Gupta Wiggers, MANUF(r)ACTURED
Curators Mara Holt Skov and Steven Skov Holt, along with artists Boris Bally,
Sonya Clark, and Devorah Sperber.

For more information on madmuseum, click here or call 212-299-7777
open wed-sun 11am to 6pm, thu 11am to 9pm
closed mon, tue & major holidays
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For more information
www.jalc.org

CenterCharge 212-721-6500

Box Office
Broadway at 60th St. (ground floor)
Mon-Sat 10am-6pm
Sun 12pm-6pm
Subscriptions
212-258-9999
subscriptions@jalc.org

Group Sales (15 or more)
212-258-9875
groupsales@jalc.org

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KALUP LINZY & RASHAAD NEWSOME @ The Kitchen!

512 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011 212-255-5793 www.thekitchen.org

Kalup Linzy: Comedy, Tragedy, Sketches of Me
Rashaad Newsome: Shade Compositions

Thursday and Friday, February 12 and 13, 8pm
Tickets: $10

Curated by Rashida Bumbray
Kalup Linzy is known for his absurdly humorous drag-performance-based videos in which he repurposes the narrative style of daytime television soaps in order to explore complicated relationships between race, class, gender, sexuality, and popular culture. For these evenings, he debuts a new, solo theatrical work exploring related themes, in which he plays piano, sings, and is accompanied by video projections that feature his ever-expanding cast of riotous characters.

Visual and performance artist Rashaad Newsome presents the premiere of Shade Compositions, a live performance featuring a a chorus of more than twenty black women. Influenced by improvisatory orchestral music and live video-mixing, Newsome divides his performers into groups akin to instrumental sections as they enact his choreographed sound score made up of repeated sequences of culturally specific or stereotypical gestures, movements, and vocalizations. Newsome simultaneously records, loops, edits, and remixes in real-time the audio and video documentation of the performers using a hacked Nintendo® Wii™ game controller. The resulting layers of real and projected imagery investigate assumptions and constructions of identity in mainstream media and popular culture.

To purchase tickets please click here or call the Box Office: 212-255-5793 ext. 11. Box Office Hours: Tue-Sat, 2-6pm
VISA, American Express, and MasterCard accepted. Paid reservations only. A $1 per ticket handling fee applies to all phone orders.

This presentation is made possible with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. The Kitchen's presentation of Kalup Linzy's performance also is made possible with generous support from The Greenwall Foundation. Rashaad Newsome's Shade Compositions is made possible by a co-commission by The Kitchen and Harvestworks' 2009 Van Lier Residency.

For more information about all Kitchen events, visit www.thekitchen.org.
The Kitchen is located at 512 West 19th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues.
Subway: A, C, E to 14th Street; 1 to 18th Street; L to 8th Avenue

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MYELPRODUCTIONS PRESENTS: Salsa the Celebration

Salsa the Celebration
March 7th 2009
NYC
Be there
www.tropicfuzion.com
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RUINED – A NEW YORK PREMIERE
Direct from its CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED Chicago run

"A gripping, dazzling new play...A REMARKABLE THEATRICAL ACCOMPLISHMENT."
-Chicago Tribune

SEE IT FOR JUST:
$42.50*
(Now - 2/8/09 & Wed Mats)

$49.50*
(2/11/09 - 3/29/09)
Reg. $75 - Save up to 40%

"A SEARING, PROFOUNDLY HUMAN story that in every way, shape and form deserves to become the 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner for drama. Featuring SMASHING and SUBLIME performances, RUINED is shot through with fearsome comedy and a redemptive spirit."
-Chicago Sun-Times

From Lynn Nottage, the Obie Award-winning author of such plays as Fabulation and Intimate Apparel comes this extremely topical and highly acclaimed new work. A co-production with the Goodman Theatre, where it debuted to a shower of rave reviews, RUINED is a haunting, probing play about the resilience of the human spirit during times of war.

Set in a small mining town in Democratic Republic of Congo, this powerful story follows Mama Nadi, a shrewd businesswoman who provides precarious shelter to women in a land torn apart by civil war.

SEE SCENES from Ruined

"SINCERE, PASSIONATE, COURAGEOUS and strongly affirmative, RUINED is a celebration of the endurance and vitality of African women."
-Chicago Tribune

"A VIBRANT production of an ELEGANT, ELOQUENT and GENUINELY ORIGINAL new work."
-Variety

"PASSIONATE and ENGAGING....I give it my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION."
-Financial Times

For more information, visit
www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com/Ruined


Schedule:
Tues & Sun 7, Wed-Sat 8; Wed, Sat & Sun 2

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JEFF DANIELS
HOPE DAVIS
JAMES GANDOLFINI
MARCIA GAY HARDEN

It's a comedy of manners...without the manners.

"I WAS DELIGHTED BY THE INCISIVE OBSERVATIONS, THE ACERBIC WIT
AND SHREWD HUMOR."
-The London Times

"SAVAGELY FUNNY!"
-The International Herald Tribune

Two ostensibly civilized married couples meet up to sort out a playground fight. The son of one couple (Jeff Daniels and Hope Davis) has broken two of the teeth of the son of another (James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden). At first diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses and the rum flows, huge tensions emerge and the gloves come off, leaving more than just their liberal principles in tatters.

The team that brought you the Tony Award-winning ART has reunited to bring you Yasmina Reza's savage new comedy, GOD OF CARNAGE, starring Jeff Daniels (The Squid and the Whale), Hope Davis (About Schmidt), three-time Emmy winner James Gandolfini (The Sopranos) and Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden (Pollock).

SAVE OVER 40%
$59.50
Weds Mats.

$66.50
Tues-Fri eves, Sat and Sun=2 0Mats

$69.50
Sat Eves

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OPPORTUNITY:
Got Talent?
Audition at NJPAC's Young Artist Talent Search
Actors, musicians, vocalists, dancers - we're proud to nurture the next generation of performing artists!

This year's auditions are scheduled for March 28 and 29, 2009. Applications are currently being accepted.
Each year, NJPAC identifies some of the finest young performers in the areas of vocal music, instrumental music, theater, and dance at its Young Artist Talent Search. At this annual event, students have the opportunity to audition for admission into numerous arts training programs: NJPAC's Wachovia Jazz for Teens, the Jeffrey Carollo Musi c Scholarship, the Star-Ledger Scholarship for the Performing Arts, Young Artist Institute, and Summer Youth Performance Workshop. A preliminary screening is also done for the NJPAC/New Jersey Youth Theatre Summer Musical Program.

The final application postmark deadline has been extended to March 2, 2009. Until that postmark date, the application fee is $20.

Let us know the performance categories that most interest you, so we can keep you informed all season long of programming details, added events and special discount offers.

www.njpac.org
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NEWS UPDATES & EVENTS
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Upcoming Events at CHRP

Tap into the spirit and help CHRP provide summer scholarships worth
$15,000 to talented, deserving teens. You canhelp by attending any or
all of our Fevruary tap happenings so please read on!

The Leo Harris Tap Scholarship Program
Each year, chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) awards 20 young tap
dancers $15,000 in scholarships through our annual Leo Harris Tap
Scholarship program. Dancers audition for scholarships and the awards
are based on merit and financial needs. The Tap scholars study
intensively for two weeks and CHRP's annual Rhythm World summer
festival, the nation's oldest and most comprehensive tap festival.
These scholarships provide a vital liink between the world's greatest
teachers, choreographers, performers and the next generation of young
dancers. These are once in a lifetime experiences that propel our
youth towards positive futures.

Wine Tasting
Friday, February 20, 6-8pm
The Gourmet Grape, 3530 N Halsted St Chicago, IL 60657
$10 at the door
A wine tasting fundraiser whoe proceeds will benefit our scholarship
porgram. Sample wines, meet other supporters and help us get ready for
our 20th anniversary!

"The Wonder Kids" Documentary
Saturday, February 28, 8-10pm
Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W 111th St., Chicago, IL 60655
$12-tickets available for purchase online at www.chicagotap.org
CHRP will be presenting the Chicago premiere of this incredible and
uplifting tap documentary, narrated by Dick Van Dyke, feaature Savion
Glover, Debbie Allen, and other tap greats. In the film, a tiny dance
studio sets out to save the art form of tap dance, and not only
produces many of the world's greatest dancers, but saves the lives of
thousands of inner-city kids int he process. Don't miss a chance to
see this phenomenal film in Chicago.

"You be the Judge"
Sunday, March 1, 3-5pm
Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, IL 60655
Free and open to the public
Watch young Chicagoans tap dance at our scholarship audition and help
choose one winner to receive a $1000 scholarship to CHRP's annual
summer festival of tap and percussive dance, Rhythm World. It's a
wonderful opportunity for the entire family to have fun and contribue
to the community. To R.S.V.P., just call 773-281-1825 or write to
info@chicagotap.org and we'll reserve your seat!

To RSVP for "You be the Judge" and to purchase tickets for "The Wonder
Kids" please visit:
www.chicagotap..org
or call:
773-281-1825

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Centre East One Day Sale!!

Only Saturday, February 7, 2009
10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Save 20%* on all remaining tickets in our 2008-2009 Season

Order Your Tickets…
Over the Phone: (847)673-6300
In Person: 9501 Skokie Boulevard

Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago
Saturday, February 14, 8 p.m.

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change
Saturday, February 21, 3 & 8 p.m.

Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Saturday, February 28, 1 & 3 p.m.

Get Back! Cast of Beatlemania
Saturday, March 14, 8 p.m.

Menopause The Musical
One Week Only!
Tuesday-Sunday
March 24-29

River North Chicago Dance Company
Saturday, April 18, 8 p.m.

Junie B. Jones
Sunday, April 19, 1 & 3 pm.

Jackie Mason
Tuesday - Thursday, April 21-23, 7:30 p.m.

The Rat Pack is Back
A Tribute to Frank, Sammy, Joey and Dean
Saturday, May 9, 3 & 8 p.m.

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Arts Action Alert – Take Action Now!

The legislative action surrounding jobs funding for the arts in the Economic Recovery Package in Congress is picking up speed, and we need you to take action! Americans for the Arts has been working with Congressional leaders to build support for this emergency funding for local and state arts organizations to prevent job losses during this recession.
House
As you recall, last week the House Appropriations Committee approved a plan that included $50 million in supplemental grants funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, and a number of other provisions that can benefit the arts. Starting tonight, and continuing tomorrow, the House will be considering the recovery legislation on the floor, and a number of votes are expected.
Senate
The Senate will be starting their debate on the bill on Friday and continuing through next week. While the Senate Appropriations Committee did not include an arts jobs funding provision in their version of the bill, advocates still have several opportunities over the next few days to change the final outcome. Amendments could be made to the Senate bill or the House arts funding provision itself could prevail in the final House/Senate conference bill.
Please take two minutes to take action and ask your Member of Congress and Senators to support the arts in this legislation. Americans for the Arts has supplied you with fresh research and key quotes that support this funding -- your help in communicating this information to your Member of Congress is critical.
Thank you for your support of the arts!
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Event: " Ciné Claquettes Show"
What: Concert
Host: "Du soleil dans les pieds" et Mégarama BX-Bastide
Start Time: Friday, March 6 at 8:30am
End Time: Friday, March 6 at 11:00am
Where: Bordeaux-Bastide

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www.divinerhythmproductions.com
EMPOWER YOUR SOLE!