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Sep 15, 2011

In this issue:
*DRP Artists*
Private/Group Lessons with Jason Samuels Smith
The Kitchen Block Party, with tap jam hosted by Jason Samuels Smith
Jazz Roots Dance performing in Riverside Park
Fall Intensive at Harlem Tap Studios
Interview with Sue Samuels

*East Coast*
Friday Night Jam Party
Artichoke Dance Company at Manhattan Beach
ATDF Fall classes
Undertoe Dance Project Auditions
Open Dance History Course at Julliard – Swan Lake
Tappy Hour at Jimmy’s No. 43
Class with Lee Howard in Philly
Movement Speaks/Harlem
NAOMI GOLDBERG HAAS/D   ANCE FOR A VARIABLE POPULATION AT JOYCE SOHO
Tradition in Tap presents the Sarah Petronio Experience

*Southeast*
Souls of our Feet China Tour Premiere

*Midwest*
MADD Rhythms Fall Open House and Classes
Chicago Human Rhythm Project – Fall Tap Classes
“Introducing Sepia Girl”
CHRP Global Rhythms

*Worldwide*
Triple Threat Dance Convention
Events with Dance Migration, Toronto
Melbourne Tap and Jazz Jams
Tapestry Dance Company China Tour Premiere!
Tap in Rio Festival
Intensive Body Percussion workshop with LeeLa Petronio
Première "Body Box" by La Baroufada / Body Percussion, comedy & music
Première "Recyclable(s)" by Magic Electro dance company / hip hop, mime
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DRP ARTISTS:

LESSONS WITH JASON SAMUELS SMITH
Jason is back from his summer touring and will be in the New York City area until September 22!
Contact divinerhythmnyc@gmail.com to schedule private or small group lessons!
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THE KITCHEN BLOCK PARTY: A FREE NEIGHBORHOOD STREET FAIR LED BY ARTISTS!
Kick off the Fall season with a free, family-oriented street fair featuring an afternoon of dozens of artist-led activity booths, alongside live music and dance performances. Come take part in a zany assortment of kid-friendly activities, including face-painting, puppet and mask-making, temporary tattoos, hula-hoop and drumming workshops, cookie decorating, and unusual photo booths, among many, many more!
OVER 20 KID-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES LED BY ARTISTS
WITH LIVE PERFORMANCES BY:?DJ Laylo and Eli Efi / Pegasus Warning / Olabunmi and the Hamana Djembe Orchestra / A Shim Sham TAP DANCE JAM hosted by JASON SAMUELS SMITH and featuring the Theo Hill Trio / Dance students from the Edge School of the Arts (ESOTA)
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JAZZ ROOTS DANCE PERFORMING IN RIVERSIDE PARK
September 17th and 18th @ 6 PM
Sue Samuels’ Jazz Roots Dance Company will perform "The Emerald Forest" at at the “Dance Safari” in Riverside Park.
Please meet at 6pm at Riverside Drive and 72nd street where the safari will begin (6pm sharp due to the fading sunlight).
More on Dance Safari:
Come explore the park on a guided walk that searches out six wild site-specific dance pieces from 59th to 72nd Streets.
Wear comfortable clothes and expect to walk the length of the park between 72nd Street and 60th Street.
After the event, you can meet at Pier I cafe at 70th Street to speak with the choreographers and dancers.
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FALL INTENSIVE AT HARLEM TAP STUDIOS
Featuring Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and Michelle Dorrance
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Studios 353: 353 W. 48th St., 2nd floor
Dormeshia: Int/Adv: 12-1:15 – Adv.: 3-4:15
Michelle: Int/Adv: 1:30-2:45 – Adv.: 4:30-5:45
2 classes = $50, 1 class = $30
For more information and to make reservations, leave a detailed message on the Harlem Tap facebook page, email at harlemtap@gmail.com, or call (212) 780-2139
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Harlem-Tap-Studio/80427708921
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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater interviewed Sue Samuels as a featured teacher! Read the interview here to learn more about Sue, her classes, and her ideas about Broadway Jazz!
http://pressroom.alvinailey.org/pr/ailey/blog-post.aspx?id=4386&utm_source=extension_emonthly_sept2011&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=featured_teacher
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Check out this article in Dance Teacher Magazine about the history and influence of tap dance John Bubbles!
http://dance-teacher.com/content/john-bubbles
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EAST COAST:

OPEN DANCE HISTORY COURSE AT JULLIARD
Choreographer Henning Rübsam offers a non-credit course all about SWAN LAKE at Juilliard's evening division this fall.
The fascination with the ballet Swan Lake is a phenomenon that would not have been thought possible after its initial premiere in Moscow in 1877 when it was deemed a failure.
The public's reaction to the movie "Black Swan" and the tremendous box-office success of subsequent performances of the ballet Swan Lake by many different ballet companies invite a deeper and more detailed examination and discussion of this particular masterwork.
This course explores why it is the most enduring and beloved example of classical ballet. In ten classes, Rübsam will shed light on the production history of the ballet, analyze Tchaikovsky's score and interview famous Swan Queens of today and yesteryear to help illuminate the legendary dual role of good and evil, Odette/Odile—including the challenge of transformation from white to black swan.
The first guest will be American Ballet Theatre's ballet mistress and former prima ballerina Susan Jaffe.

The Juilliard School Evening Division, 155 West 65th Street, NYC 10023
Thursday 5:30 - 7pm
Sept. 15 - Dec. 22, 2011
$500
A ten-week course (fall semester only)

Link for registration:
http://www.juilliard.edu/youth-adult/evening-division/courses/detail.php?title=Swan%20Lake
Information:
The Juilliard School Evening Division - 212.799.5000 ext. 273 - E-mail: evening@juilliard.edu
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JAM PARTY FRIDAYS presented by DEW IT RIGHT PRODUCTION
Friday, September 16, 10 PM
Live band/DJ
Hosted by Ant Boogie, Jared Grimes, and William Johnson
NYC’s official Jam dance party: poppers, breakers, funk dancers, hip hop dancers, tappers!
For guest list email dewitright2011@gmail.com
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ARTICHOKE DANCE COMPANY PERFORMS “YOUR PLANET” following the American Littoral Society’s 26th annual beach clean up.
WHEN: Saturday, September 17 at 1:00pm
RAIN DATE: Sunday, September 18 at 1:00pm
WHERE: Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn (Oriental Boulevard at Hastings Street)
GET THERE: Q train to Brighton Beach, then the Manhattan Beach/Kingsborough College bound B1 bus to Hastings Street

This performance is made possible in part by The Puffin Foundation.
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AMERICAN TAP DANCE FOUNDATION FALL CLASSES
ATDF has a great line up of drop in classes and repertory series
Visit www.atdf.org for class schedules, registration information, and rates.
American Tap Dance Center
154 Christopher St. #2B
(btwn Greenwich & Washington Sts.)
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UNDERTOE DANCE PROJECT AUDITIONS
If you are interested in becoming part of the company, please attend our open audition on Monday, September 19. Call for female rhythm tappers is 12:30 pm and call for female contemporary jazz dancers is 2 pm. The audition will be held at DANY Studios at 305 West 38th Street, Studio #4, New York, NY. For more information on requirements and to RSVP, please visit our website
http://www.undertoedance.com/auditions/upcoming-auditions/
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TAPPY HOUR: FALL DATES ANNOUNCED AT JIMMY’S NO. 43
We’re back! We are thrilled to announce our fall dates at Jimmy’s No. 43 in the East Village. Each session includes 1 happy hour drink. The Open Session is is fun for everyone – whether it’s your first time tap dancing or if you did it as a kid and want to get back into it. Tap shoes and previous tap training are NOT required for this class; just wear or bring sneakers. The Intermediate Session is perfect for those of you who have some tap experience and have your own tap shoes. We’ll review some tap basics and teach you a fun combination.

1 session = $20, 2 sessions = $30.
Includes 1 drink per session.

Friday September 23    
7:00-8:00 pm    Open
8:00-9:00 pm   Intermediate
Saturday October 8
5:30-6:30 pm   Open
6:30-7:30 pm   Intermediate
Saturday   November 5   
5:30-6:30 pm   Open
6:30-7:30 pm   Intermediate
Saturday   December 3   
6:00-7:00 pm   Open
7:00-8:00 pm   Intermediate

Jimmy’s No. 43 is located at 43 East 7th Street between 2nd & 3rd Avenues. Closest trains are the N/R at 8th Street, 6 at Astor Place or F at 2nd Avenue.

RSVP and pay online at http://www.undertoedance.com/tappyhour/fall-dates-announced-at-jimmys-no-43/
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LEE HOWARD TEACHES IN PHILLY!
Sunday Sept. 25th 5-7pm at Gwendolyn Bye Dance Center 3611 Lancaster Ave. $20 pay at door and contact me to rsvp your registration newleja@yahoo.com .
Lee Howard, better known now as "Lee How" is a Chicago native Tap Dancer & Hip Hop Music Producing Artist. In 2007, Lee was the feature cover story for Dance Spirit Magazine who referred to him as the "Tap Whiz Kid." Lee has continued to receive recognition internationally as one of the world's best tap dancers of his generation, and remains committed to making his mark and sharing the art form globally.
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MOVEMENT SPEAKS/HARLEM – Dances for a Variable Population
Join us in creating dance for wellness, expression and community. In the months September to December 2011, Naomi and the DVP Company will lead seniors in Harlem in a series of dance workshops culminating in a celebratory performance.
Workshops are at Citizens Care, 1428 Fifth Ave, and Central Harlem (Kennedy Center), 34 W. 134th St.
Performances: Dec. 6, 2011 @1:30 PM Citizens Care Senior Program and Dec. 7, 2011 a@ 2:30 PM Central Harlem (Kennedy) Senior Center.
Go to this link for more information: http://www.naomigoldberghaas.com/site/Citizens_Care_Fall.html
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NAOMI GOLDBERG HAAS/D   ANCE FOR A VARIABLE POPULATION AT JOYCE SOHO
Oct 13–15, Thu–Sat at 7:30pm
$20; $15 stu/sr/dancer
http://www.naomigoldberghaas.com
Naomi Goldberg Haas/Dances For A Variable Population (DVP) performs Out to In, highlighting work from the company's outdoor dances rethought for the Joyce SoHo stage. DVP will also present the NYC premiere of Short Bits set to a collage of ideas from Radiolab WNYC. Both works unite performers, ages 22-81, in rich, colloquial movements that erase the traditional boundaries between dancers and non-dancers.
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Tradition In Tap presents "The Sarah Petronio Tap Experience"
in NEW YORK CITY November 11th to 13th 2011
An intensive weekend of exciting events including :

• The Bop Shop : Sarah Petronio, assisted by Carson Murphy will teach an original choreography named
The Bop Shop, one of many routines which highlight her Tap Legacy

• Honorary Tap Master Classes with Karen Callaway-Williams, Barbara Du?y, Acia Gray, Josh Hilberman, Prof. Robert L. Reed, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards & Nicholas Young
• Seven leading tap artists will teach re?ections on Sarah Petronio's legacy through their personal work. Each will draw on Petronio's in?uence and contribution to his / her own career.

• Tradition In Tap - Award Ceremony : Sarah Petronio will be presented with the Tradition In Tap Award for "Outstanding Achievements & Signi?cant Contribution To The Tradition And Art Of Tap Dance"

• Tap History Talks with Melba Huber, Video Presentation with Prof. Hank Smith, a Participants Showcase
with Germaine Salsberg

Info : www.traditionintap.org
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SOUTH EAST:

TAPESTRY DANCE COMPANY PRESENTS “THE SOULS OF OUR FEET – A CELEBRATION OF AMERICAN TAP DANCE” IN ITS CHINA TOUR PREMIERE PERFORMANCE!
September 24, 8 PM
Round Rock ISD Performing Arts Center
This fast paced collection of footwork restages and pays tribute to the best of rhythm tap masterpieces from Fred Astaire & Eleanor Powell to The Nicholas Brothers as well as contemporary works of living masters. Led by the live jazz music of the Souls of Our Feet Trio and vocalist Datri Bean international solo artist Acia Gray brings this one-of-a-kind concert with swingin’ jazz and 20 flying feet keeping time to the pulse of this wonderful and indigenous American artform; a celebration of rhythm at its best!
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MIDWEST:

M.A.D.D. RHYTHMS TAP ACADEMY FALL CLASSES

4-Week Fall Sessions
September 15,22,29 and October 6 - $50
October 13, 20, 27 and November 3 - $50
November, December dates coming soon.
Adult Clases

DAY, TIME, INSTRUCTOR, LEVEL, FEE, AGES
Thursdays, 6:00pm - 7:00pm, Bril, Tap I, $50, 18+
Thursdays, 7:00pm - 8:00pm, Bril, Tap II, $50, 18+
Thursdays, 8:00pm - 9:00pm, Bril, Tap III, $50, 18+

Children’s Classes
12-week Fall Session Sept. 17-Dec. 17 - Saturdays Only
No class Oct. 29 or Nov. 26
DAY, TIME, INSTRUCTOR, LEVEL, FEE, AGES
Saturday,   11am - 12noon, Star, Toddler Tap, $150, 3-4
Saturday   12noon - 1pm,   Bril, Beginning Basics, $150, 5-8
Saturday   1pm - 2pm, Jumaane, Beginning 2.0, $150, 9-12
Saturday,   2pm - 3pm, Star, Intermediate, $150, All
Saturday,   3pm - 4pm, Bril, Advanced, $150, All
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CHICAGO HUMAN RHYTHM PROJECT: FALL TAP CLASSES
The Tap Studio
The Tap Studio offers tap dance classes designed specifically for adults (18 and over) taught by internationally acclaimed tap artist, Lane Alexander.
NEW LOCATION - ATHENAEUM THEATRE
All classes are now held at 2936 N. Southport, 3rd Floor
(directly across from the Emerald City Theater School)
Check out the Schedule here : http://chicagotap.org/pg.120.149.873_794_698.aspx
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CELEBRATING DR. JENI LEGON WITH “INTRODUCING SEPIA GIRL”
September 10 - October 1, 2011
14th Street Theater, Cleveland, Ohio
$25.00
Cleveland, OH: “Introducing Sepia Girl” is a historically-based multi-media production designed to take the audience on an entertaining journey that recounts the inspirational life of Dr. Jeni LeGon, aka “Minnie the Moocher,” star of screen and stage. Dr. LeGon is a living pioneer in the entertainment industry, who was once known as the best tap dancer in the world. She was also the first woman of color to receive a long-term contract in Hollywood, but there were lots of twists and turns on her path to success. Celebrated around the world, but barely recognized in the United States, the “Introducing Sepia Girl” revue was developed to educate, inspire, and touch all those who witness it on the stage. Join us as we explore the early days of Hollywood-from the 1930s to present day- and honor a true American legend, Dr. Jeni LeGon.
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CHICAGO HUMAN RHYTHM PROJECT PRESENTS: GLOBAL RHYTHMS
Chicago Human Rhythm Project, the world's longest-running year-round presenter of American tap dance and contemporary percussive arts, opens its 22nd season with Global Rhythms, its annual community-building, shared-revenue performances that spotlight national and international artists. Performances are November 26 and 27 at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph Dr.
Featuring Step Afrika! and Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater on Saturday and Step Afrika! and Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago on Sunday.
Tickets are $15-55 and are available by calling 312-334-7777 or visiting harristheaterchicago.org.
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WORLDWIDE:

Intensive Body Percussion workshop with LeeLa Petronio
September 18th at
Studio Harmonic in PARIS •
hiptapinfo@orange.fr
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Première "Body Box" by La Baroufada / Body Percussion, comedy & music
October 20th to 22nd 2011 at Espace Albert Camus - Le CHAMBON FEUGEROLLES/Saint-Etienne
Artistic Direction Franck Desmurs with the complicity of LeeLa Petronio • With Marie-Eve Danis,
Franck Desmurs, Camille Mouton, Florence Patouillard, Aurélie Pirrera, Julien Sarazin.
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Première "Recyclable(s)" by Magic Electro dance company / hip hop, mime
October 7th to 9th 2011 at L'Illiade de Illkirsh Gra?enstadden/STRASBOURG
Artistic Direction Christophe Roser • Rhythmic complicity LeeLa Petronio • Outside eye Emmanuel Vacca • With : Christophe Roser, Franck Guizonne, Alice Pinto, Faly Andriamboavonjy • Music : Henry Torgue
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REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR TRIPLE THREAT DANCE CONVENTION!
Welcome to our 14th season of Triple Threat Dance Convention! We are once again so excited to bring you the best dance experience in Canada! We consistently offer an approachable All-Star Faculty, a wide variety of performance opportunities, & plenty of cash scholarships - all in a friendly family atmosphere!

REGISTRATION is now open for all cities! Be sure to register early as some of our cities reach capacity quickly!

Visit website for more information and tour dates:
http://www.triplethreatdance.com/

We are here to answer all of your questions, so please call us at 888-414-3332 or email us at info@triplethreatdance.com.

We look forward to seeing you this fall!
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DANCE MIGRATION: BEGINNER SAMBA & AFRO BRAZILIAN DANCE
@ BDX 819 Yonge St. 7:30-9:30pm!
Drop in rate is available at $15 per class! Or save a little and ask about a package deal :)

This course is running for 8 weeks , we our currently going into the 3rd week. These classes are a great intro into Samba and Orixa Dance. Learn the basic footwork of Samba along with styling, posture, and pose! We also cover Samba Reggae, Samba de Roda and more.

Afro Brazilian Dance we cover the dances of the Orixas. These are the dances of the Cosmic energies of nature. One of my favorite classes to teach as it inspires so many to discover more within the dance!
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DANCE MIGRATION- AFRO BRAZILIAN DANCE W/ LIVE DRUMMING
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 17TH

Dont miss out this SATURDAY from 11AM-12:30pm we will be having LIVE PERCUSSION for our Afro Brazilian class.
Location : 224 WALLACE AVE. (North of Bloor, West of Lansdowne) Room number 311

Drop in rate is $17 **Please bring a donation for our drummers! **
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**FREE AFRO BRAZILIAN DANCE CLASS by DANCE MIGRATION SEPTEMBER 30TH FROM 3-4PM**

FREE Afro Brazilian Dance class for all levels for Culture Days at the Toronto Library! Take a look at the link below for details!

http://culturedays.com/en/2011-activities/view/4e318312-c11c-4e60-bc4f-42ef4c4a89be
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MELBOURNE TAP AND JAZZ JAMS
Did you know that tap dancing grew and developed alongside jazz? They are both improvisational (freedom within the structure) art forms. Part of becoming a great tapper is your musicality and rhythmic feel, which you can develop by listening to good music that is rhythmically interesting such as jazz.

To show you the two together live, we have set up a live jazz and tap jam (improvisation) night.... read below you are all invited!

When: Monday nights: 8pm - 10pm
Where: Grumpy's Green (Lounge Bar), 125 Smith St, Fitzroy


Beginning: August 29th and every monday thereafter
Food and Drink : Available for purchase

Hosted by: Andrew Swann, Winston Morrison, Grant Swift
Bring your tap shoes to join us on the wood or just come and be part of the vibe!
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TAPESTRY DANCE COMPANY PRESENTS “THE SOULS OF OUR FEET – A CELEBRATION OF AMERICAN TAP DANCE” ON TOUR IN CHINA!
Austin's own Tapestry Dance Company signed a contract with Chinese delegates to bring the dance organization's The Souls of Our Feet - A Celebration of American Tap Dance to the People's Republic of China for 15 performances starting in Shanghai, a command performance at the Shanghai International Arts Festival, and consulting for the nation's university system this October.
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HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT TAKING PART IN THE TAP IN RIO FESTIVAL?
Tap in Rio is a yearly event that takes place on the last week of January (summertime in Brazil). It runs through five days of intensive workshops and master classes of tap dance, rhythm studies, body percussion, Lindy Hop, improvisation and other themes of interest to tap dancers (Hip Hop, musical
perception, stage floor amplifying, etc). An evening of performances, the Tap Challenge, jam session, tap talks, and the “Outstanding Contribution Award” help to make Tap in Rio a central event in the calendar of Brazilian tap dancers.

A block away from famous Copacabana beach, the event takes place in the pleasant settings of the Nós da Dança studios (www.nosdadanca.com.br).

Aspiring to boost local interest for tap, to raise awareness and to stimulate cooperation between Brazilian students and professionals, the festival centers on the Brazilian tap scene. However, international visitors have always been welcome and we also feature international guests (along the years we had the pleasure of
receiving Chloe Arnold, Heather Cornell, Lionel Arthur, Jason Samuels Smith, Cíntia Chamecki and Katherine Kramer). Most leading tap professionals of Brazil have been included in the event: Adriana Salomão, Adriana Brunato, Amalia Machado, Bia Mattar, Bruce Henri, (musical perception), Bruno Barros (Lindy Hop), Charles Renato, Christiane Mattalo, Cíntia Martin, Érica Belo, Flávia Costa, Flávio Salles,
Frank Ejara (street dance), Luiz Cruz (sound, miking taps), Hebert Stalin , Juliana Castro, Leonardo Sandoval, Luizz Baldijão, Marcela Castilho, Maurício Silva, Munique Mattos (body percussion), Rafa "Multiartista" (body percussion), Rafael Rocha (percussion), Robertinho Silva (percussion), Samanta Varela, Sérgio Rocha (percussive dance), Steven Harper, Thiago Marcelino, Valeria Pinheiro and Wellington Lopes (lindy hop).

An average of 90-100 students usually participate in the event. They come from the four corners of Brazil, from Argentina and Uruguay. The event sets the stage for an intense week of studies and exchanges - a strong human experience. The end of January sees Rio as it prepares for its world-famous Carnaval. The
energy level is high and the nightlife (for those who still have energy) booms. For those who wish to make this trip a total “Tap + Brazil” experience, we can also organize extra-curricular percussion or samba dance classes.

The 11th edition of the Tap in Rio Festival will take place January 24-28, 2012. The event is organized by Steven Harper and Adriana Salomão.

“Tap in Rio = Tap in Paradise. An experience you will cherish forever!! The rhythmic
pulse of the samba beat and the joie de vivre of the people, together, make the festival an incredibly inspiring and reinvigorating celebration. The positive energy and enthusiasm of the hosts Steven Harper and Adriana Salamao creates a beautiful sense of community for all of the students and teachers. You will enjoy challenging, musically and technically inspiring classes, taught by passionate and accomplished teachers. And then, you can take a break to savor the delicious brazilian food on Copacabana beach, just blocks away from the studio. The Jam Session is brought to life with the sounds of Brazil and the excitement of the community. The showcase is an awesome platform to be inspired by the works of others. You will leave this festival with a new sense of musicality, more passion in your dancing, and refreshed by the beautiful landscape and culture. This is a mandatory annual event for me. I drop everything and go!! There is no better feeling than to celebrate Tap Dance with these amazing dancers in one of my favorite cities in the world! I hope to see you at Tap in Rio 2012!!!” - Chloe Arnold