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Aug 17, 2011

Divine Rhythm News

*In This Issue*

DRP ARTISTS:

Sue Samuels Summer Jazz Classes
Mr. Wiggles at MTV Festival in Gdansk, Poland
Jeffrey Page Nominated for an MTV VMA
Vancouver International Tap Fest

*Northeast*
Dorrance Dance at Jacobs Pillow
ATDF Summer Tap Camp
Beantown Tapfest
Saturday Afternoon at Cobi’s Place
New Jersey Tap Festival
GYPSY JAM, A Lindy Hop/Swing Dance Workshop
Southeastern Tap Explosion
Too Darn Hot

*Midwest*
Motor City Tap Fest

*Worldwide*
Tap Stars – Hamburg
Tapeando – Barcelona

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DRP Artists

MR. WIGGLES at MTV FESTIVAL in GDANSK, POLAND

MR. Wiggles recently took part in the MTV Gda?sk D?wiga Muz? 2011 - Dance Edition in the city of Gdansk, Poland.

The event featured dance workshops, dance battles and DJ sets by top Polish and international choreographers and DJs.

Check out the event website here: http://www.festiwalmtv.pl/page/english-version
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JEFFREY PAGE NOMINATED FOR AN MTV VMA – BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Jeffrey Page is up for an MTV Music Video Award under the category of Best Choreography for his work on Beyonce’s music video “Run the World (Girls)”

Check out the video at this link:

http://www.mtv.com/videos/beyonce/654804/run-the-world-girls.jhtml#id=1667435

and be sure to tune into the VMA’s on Sunday AUGUST 28 @ 9/8 c

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UPDATED CLASS SCHEDULE: SUE SAMUELS JAZZ CLASSES

Monday

11-12:30 Beginner level Broadway Jazz @ Broadway Dance Center

(322 W. 45th St. Between 8th and 9th Avenue.)

7:00-8:30pm Beginner level Broadway Jazz @ The Ailey Studios

(405 W. 55th Street @ 9th Avenue) ****NEW CLASS LOCATION*** for Monday nights in August

Tuesday

9:30-11 am Advanced beginner level Broadway Jazz @ Arias Dance NYC

1:30-3 Basic level Broadway Jazz @ Broadway Dance Center

Wednesday

11-12:30 am Beginner level Broadway Jazz @ Broadway Dance Center

Thursday

1:30-3 Basic level Broadway Jazz @ Broadway Dance Center

Friday

11-12:30 Beginner level Broadway Jazz @ Broadway Dance Center

Saturday

12 noon Intermediate level Broadway Jazz @ The Ailey Studios

( 405 W. 55th St. @ 9th Ave.)

Sunday

10:30-12 Beginner level Broadway Jazz @ Broadway Dance Center

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THE PERFECT PULLBACK

Elka Samuels Smith (yes, Jason's sister) wrote a great article for Dance Spirit in 2009that offers some great tips on the Basic Pullback

Read the article here: http://www.dancespirit.com/articles/2133

Also check out this video demonstration by Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards:

http://dancemedia.com/v/1834
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VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL TAP DANCE FESTIVAL

September 2,3,4 - 3 days of master classes, residency, 4 performances!

Tap superstar Jason Samuels Smith and his company A.C.G.I. (Anybody Can Get It) are bringing a dynamic performance to our festival, Friday, Sept 2.

The company will showcase Samuels Smith's intricate rhythms and original style, while also featuring talented tap soloists: Chloe Arnold, Lee Howard, Sarah Reich and Melinda Sullivan.

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*Northeast*

JOJO SMITH INTERVIEW on NPR STORYCORPS.

Friday, August 19, 2011 - 12:30PM EDT

Tune in to this interview with JoJo Smith which will air on NPR and be posted to their news website at the following link: http://www.npr.org/series/4516989/storycorps

StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives.

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DORRANCE DANCE at JACOBS PILLOW

Thursday, August 18, 6:15 PM, FREE

Hoofer Michelle Dorrance, an "untamable, tomboyish force of nature" (The New York Times), presents a petite suite, a work in four parts that ranges from large, full-bodied movement to intricate tap footwork, and a cast of characters both poignant and humorous.

Follow this link for more free performances at Jacobs Pillow:

http://www.jacobspillow.org/festival/events/free-performances/

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SUMMER TAP CAMPS FOR KIDS - AMERICAN TAP DANCE FOUNDATION

August 15-19, 20119:30am-2:00pm - ages 5-9 - with 0 - 2 years experience
August 22-26, 20119:30am-2:00pmages 8+ - with 3 years experience

Tap Technique and Choreography, Master Classes in various Percussive Dance Forms, Tap History & Film, Field Trip

Presentation for parents on last day!

Call Courtney at 646-230-9564 to register today!
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THE FOURTH ANNUAL BEANTOWN TAPFEST

August 15-21, 2011, Registration is Open!

Boston’s week-long tribute to tap dance via education, exploration and celebration!

In 2007, after years of producing tap jams and master classes in Boston and decades of performing and teaching, Julia Boynton wanted to create a celebratory, educational, tap lovefest for the New England tap community. A place, both in time and space, to celebrate and pay tribute to the art form with which we are all - let's face it - slightly obsessed.

Just as Boston is known as the "walkable" city, it is also the tappable city. It is that place where you can tap in your comfort zone and also push yourself to new horizons. Where people both enjoy and strive. Where that intimate, welcoming atmosphere makes you feel like you are dancing among friends, even if you don't yet know anyone in the room. (Trust us, soon you will.) And as the Beantown Tapfest brings this community together, new ties will be forged and old ones strengthened.

Please join the 2011 Beantown Tapfest as we celebrate the past, present, and future of tap in the very city that has contributed so much to the local, national, and international tap scene over the years.

Classes, jams, and performances.

http://www.beantowntapfest.com/

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WEIL, GOTSHAL & MANGES LLP to Host All-Star Dance Benefit for HARLEM SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

Friday, August 19 at 7pm and 8:15pm

Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, 248 West 60th Street , New York, NY

The New York office of law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP will host a benefit concert for the Harlem School of the Arts through their Pay-It-Forward Program. To purchase tickets or make a donation visit http://balletverite.com.

Weil's 2011 Pay-It-Forward program is comprised of over two dozen philanthropic "micro-projects," funded by Weil and implemented by the firm's attorneys and staff. The program taps into the creative entrepreneurial talents of their employees to extend the scope of the firm's philanthropic endeavors.

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SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT COBI’S PLACE

Saturday, August 20th, 2 PM – 6 PM

The Third Party of the month takes place on Saturday, August 20, at which Host Frank Owens will show Shades of Harlem, an effervescent, exhilarating film on Harlem's renaissance, starring Jeree and Adam Wade, Branice Mckenzie, Ty Stephens, Frank Owens, and other singers, dancers and musicians! Produced by Frank Owens, it's a film well worth seeing! Please don't miss this truly wonderful film.

As usual, the parties are at Cobi's Place, 158 W 48 St (bet 6th & 7th Aves), above a Sam Ash Store. And it's still only $5 to get in. Paid up Members are FREE. Please make a reservation. YOUR NAME MUST BE ON THE LIST AT THE DOOR. Call me at 516-624-9406or email me at: cobijazz@optonline.net

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THE SECOND ANNUAL NEW JERSEY TAP FESTIVAL:

August 25th-28th, 2011 – Bloomfield, NJ

Founded by Hillary-Marie Michael, Jersey Tap Fest provides repertoire classes to encourage today’s young, emerging tap dance artists and master classes to celebrate the tap masters and allow them to train the artists who are the future face of the tap dance community. We are committed to tap dance by being dedicated to its advancement for the purposes of promoting and preserving its tradition, history and musicality as an American art form. Jersey Tap Fest provides non-competitive opportunities of self-advancement and networking for the basic tapper, tap teacher, tap enthusiast, pre-professional and professional artist and tap master. This stimulating, demanding and rigorous program will serve diverse students with great passion for tap dance in the tri-state area, allowing them to improve their technical abilities and increase their overall knowledge of the art form. All participants will be afforded opportunities to perform giving them valuable experience. Jersey Tap Fest is focused on serving tap dance, teaching its history, preserving its percussive traditions and promoting tap as a cherished American art form.

Visit www.jerseytapfest.comfor Faculty, Schedule, and Registration information!

TAP 'N TIME- Main Stage Event/Concert at the New Jersey Tap Festival

SUN - AUG 27 - 7:30PM

Westminster Arts Center - Bloomfield College, NJ

Jersey Tap Fest, the 2nd annual New Jersey tap festival, founded and directed by Hillary-Marie Michael, is proud to bring Tap 'n Time to the Bloomfield College Westminster Arts Center stage! Tap 'n Time will showcase the dazzling, tapping feet of the top tap soloists, ensembles and today's younger generation tap dance artists as they celebrate this treasured American art form.

$22 General Admission

$15 Children/Student/Senior (w/ ID)

On sale online at Brown Paper Tickets (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/190508)

Or reserve by calling 908-202-7636 or emailing jerseytapfest@yahoo.com
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GYPSY JAM, A Lindy Hop/Swing Dance Workshop,Takes Place Over Labor Day Weekend

Gypsy Jam is a Lindy Hop/Swing Dance workshop weekend with three nights of dance parties, happening in NYC from Sept 2 through Sept 5th. They will have two-day intermediate and advanced Lindy Hop workshops with world famous instructors Alice Mei, Tommy Blacharz, and Sara Deckard. The weekend will be full of fun activities: they will have three nights of dance parties with live hot jazz & big band jazz music by talented local musicians, late night lindy/blues parties, and outside dancing on Labor Day. They are expecting many dancers from far and near communities.

We hope you can join us! Only a few spots left for early discount registration! Grab the great deal while it lasts! Please check out WWW.GYPSYJAM.ORG

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SOUTHEASTERN TAP EXPLOSION

Saturday August 20, 2011 9:00 A.M.- 4:15 P.M.

Sunday August 21, 2011 9:00 A.M.- 12:15 P.M.?

Location: Roswell Recreation and Parks,Physical Activity Building, 10495 Woodstock Rd, Roswell, GA.

Southeastern Tap ExPlosion, Inc. is dedicated to bringing rhythm tap to dancers of all levels. We offer a weekend workshop of classes taught by some of the most exciting and recognized names in the tap dance world. Please join us! Southeastern Tap ExPlosion, Inc. was established in 1996 to bring master tap dancers to the Southeast on a regular basis. Its goal is to promote tap and increase the understanding and appreciation of tap as an art form.

TAPPIN WITH THE MASTERS #16

Dianne Walker

Acia Gray

Germaine Salsberg

Jay Fagan

Nicole Hockenberry

Avi Miller & Ofer Ben
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TOO DARN HOT: AN ALL-FEMALE EVENING OF TAP DANCE AND LIVE JAZZ PREMIERES AT 2011 PHILADELPHIA FRINGE FESTIVAL!

TWO SHOWS ON SEPTEMBER 8: 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm!

TOO DARN HOT, an exciting new show co-produced by Philadelphia tap dancers Pamela Hetherington and Kat Richter, makes its debut at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival with two performances on Thursday, September 8th (5:30pm & 8:00pm) in the elegant 120 Room at Bistro Romano, 120 Lombard Street, Philadelphia. Cash bar opens at 5 pm! Selected menu items will also be available throughout the evening.

?The evening will feature both choreographed and improvised works performed by an all-female lineup of professional tap dancers from Philadelphia, including Rochelle Haynes, Corinne Karon, Karen Cleighton, C. Tweety Klevence, JoAnna Turner, Becky Mastin, Jaye Allison, and additional surprise guests. New York saxophonist Paul Carlon, pianist John Stenger, and bassist Paul Gehman will keep the show swingin' all night long. Philadelphia's own Darrell Williams, himself a master hoofer, will serve as the master of ceremonies.
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SUPPORT PHILLY TAP CHALLENGE!

I am in love with the idea that all my incredible circle of friends can make my dream come true! As you know, I try my best to get a Tap Dance festival together every year since 2005, and you also know that sometimes it has happened and sometimes, well... ?? Anyway, Kickstarter is a funding tool that anyone with a project can use.

The goal is set at $5000 since that is the amount I had to produce it this year. It was very challenging indeed on that budget and showed me how much positivity from the event was encouraged! However, I did go broke with that secured amount which also tells me that $10,000 is the real minimum for a successful festival to occur. Many have told me how they did not even know there was a tap festival, because they never saw or heard any advertising. I can assure you that I had wonderful help with advertising through PhiladelphiaDance.organd completely understand that more was definitely needed. Well the answer is simple, more budget, more word can be spread and more of you can plan ahead to see (or just wish me well with :) the amazing shows!



Please help this fundraising effort by donating in any amount from $1 or more and spread the word by forwarding the emails (or just copy the link) I will send out through the next 58 days! It is the same link highlighted above and I really do appreciate all your help! Remember, raising 200% of the goal is really the aim!!!

Peace,

Jaye Allison

Founding Director, New LEJA Dances & Philly Tap Challenge "ON FIRE!"

FOLLOW THIS LINK TO MAKE YOUR DONATION: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1521513158/lost-tap-dance-philly-tap-challenge-needs-you?ref=email

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*Midwest*

THE 4th ANNUAL MOTOR CITY TAP FEST

August 18-21, 2011, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

Featuring: 4 days of master classes with leading artists, tap jam, faculty concert, participants’ showcase

Visit the Motor City Tapfest website for schedule and registration!

http://www.motorcitytapfest.com/

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*Worldwide*

RASTA THOMAS’ TAP STARS IN HAMBURG

At the St. Pauli Theater in Hamburg, Germany until August 20.

Visit http://www.tapstars.de/en/welcome.htmlfor more information on the show and ticket sales!

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TAP OLE PRESENTS: TAPEANDO

TAP OLÉ company has the pleasure to present his last show “TAPEANDO” at the TEATRO GOYAin Barcelona from the 19th of July until the 7th of August

Watch a clip here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdFxrOJdvtQ

From sold out audiences at the Edinburgh Festival to winning the audience award of the International Festival of Valladolid, Tap Ole is a company with a long history of success, performing all over the world to critical acclaim. The company is described by critics as “spectacular and innovative...technically flawless” , “charming and exuberant show” and “perfect synchronicity, stunning technical precision...you never want them to stop”.

Expanding their original program to include 4 additional dancers and musicians, Tapeando is new creation fusing tap dance and Spanish guitar, exploring the infinite sound and choreographic possibilities of this union. Latin, Jazz and Mediterranean music and rhythms mix with flamenco and tap dance, and serve to inspire the dancers and musicians to create this new show.

Choreography: Guillem Alonso and Roser Font

Musical direction: Roger Raventós

Tap dancers: Guillem Alonso, Roser Font, Laia Molins and Rubén Pérez.

Guitar: Roger Raventós and Mario Mas / Dani Figueras / Chrístian Cantero

Double Bass: Paco Weth / Blanca Giménez

Percussion: Carlos Cortés / Pablo Gómez

TEATRO GOYA: C/ Joaquín Costa 68, Tel. 93 318 19 84
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*Fellowship Opportunity*

AADS Visiting Performing Artist/Research Fellowship Spring 2012

> African and African Diaspora Studies Department

> The University of Texas at Austin

> Application Deadline: August 31, 2011
The African and African Diaspora Studies Department (AADS) at The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to announce a one-semester Visiting Artist/Research Fellowship in the performing African and African Diaspora arts.
The fellowship is open to emergent and established artists who would benefit from the artistic and intellectual environment offered by AADS. This appointment is for the spring semester of the 2011-2012 academic year (January 16, 2012 ? May 31, 2012) and carries a stipend of $25,000 plus fringe benefits. The fellow is obligated to be in residence in Austin during the entire spring semester. The fellow will receive a moving allowance and will have some limited access to shared office space, shared space that can be used as rehearsal/studio space, and shared logistical office support.
Depending upon the successful applicant’s field, efforts will be made to pair the artist with an appropriate senior faculty mentor affiliated with AADS. The fellow will pursue his/her own artistic work, teach one undergraduate course in his/her area of specialty, give a public performance/presentation, and submit a report on the activities at the end of the term to the AADS Chair.

> Artists working in the following fields are encouraged to apply:

> traditional and experimental theatre forms, including performance art, theatre for social change, spoken word, and performance poetry of Africa and/or the African Diaspora;

> traditional and contemporary music, including voice and instrumental performance of Africa and/or the African Diaspora;

> traditional and contemporary forms of dance/choreography, including dance and dance theater of Africa and/or the African Diaspora.

> Terminal degree in field or equivalent experience is preferred.

> Completed applications must include:

> Cover letter

> Curriculum Vitae/Resume

> Project proposal: No more than three (3) double-spaced pages describing the artist’s work and discussing specific plans for the fellowship semester

> Three (3) letters of reference

> Applications must be submitted as e-documents to: applicants@austin.utexas.edu

> Questions regarding the AADS Visiting Performing Artist/Research Fellowship can be directed to Omi Osun Joni L. Jones, Associate Professor of AADS, jonijones@austin.utexas.edu.

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