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Sep 24, 2007

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After the huge success of the award-winning India Jazz
Suites, INDIA
JAZZ PROGRESSIONS takes it to the next level.

Featuring Pandit Chitresh Das & Jason Samuels Smith and
companies including principal dancers:

Chloe Arnold
Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards
Charlotte Moraga


Also Featuring

Indian Musicians
Pandit Ramesh Mishra (Sarangi)
Jayanta Banerjee (Sitar)
Salar Nader (Tabla)

Jazz Musicians
Jason Martineau (Piano)
Sameer Gupta (Kit Drums)
Aaron Germain (Bass)

Also premiering an excerpt of "Shabd" - highlighting the
dynamic and
Revolutionary technique of Kathak Yoga
performed by the Chitresh Das Dance Company

Tickets Now Selling!

Shows: Sept 28th-30th 2007

Reserved Seating
$23, $28, $35
Cowell Theater Box Office
Call 415-345-7575 or www.fortmason.org/boxoffice
Located between Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate
Bridge on San
Francisco Bay, Fort Mason Center, California
For more information, call 415-333-9000

Miss Thang Cast, Crew, & Friends;

I just got word that The Rise and Fall of Miss Thang will
be screening
in Nashville, TN as a part of the International Black Film
Festival of
Nashville. The coordinators are still working on the
schedule so we
don't have the exact date and time of the screening yet,
but the
festival takes place from October 4-6.

Miss Thang had a successful screening this past Friday
night in
Detroit at the Motor City Film Festival where we won a
Motor City Film
Festival Award. I would like to thank Chris Griffin, who
was in
attendance to represent his film Partyline, for stepping in
represent Miss Thang as well. Partyline will also be
screening in
Nashville at IBFF Nashville.

I do plan to attend the Nashville festival and if anyone
else is
interested in coming down for the festival please let me
know. They
are putting together a really good program and it should be
a lot of
fun. According to their website/press release there will
be several
seminars including: a one-on-one character creation and
workshop with actor Mykelti Williamson (who played Bubba in
the movie
Forest Gump), a music for film workshop by Hollywood
composers Paul
Bolotin and Dig Lewis of SyncMasters (who serve as the
scorers of all music for Oprah's productions), as well as a
casting call for a children's movie. Also conducting a
workshop on
Black Women in Film is Julie Dash, Director of Daughters of
the Dust
and The Rosa Parks Story (the first African American woman
to have a
full-length general theatrical release). The website for
Nashville festival is http://www.ibffnashville.com


Divine Rhythm Productions presents


Special Programming @ The Harlem Tap Studio

"Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, deceptively petite but forceful,
that she is a true jazz musician of the feet." -Eva Yaa
Dance Magazine
Credits include movies "Tap", award-winning film "The Rise
& Fall of
Miss Thang", "Bamboozled", critically acclaimed productions
Broadway's "Black and Blue" and Bring In Da' Noise, Bring
In Da'
Funk", Michael Jackson's music video "Rock My World" to
name a few.

Mondays in October: TECHNIQUE & M-FIT Heels COURSES

Oct. 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

Course A - Int/Adv Technique 5:30-6:45 = total 5 hours!

Course B - M-FIT Heels Course 7-8:15pm = total 5 hours!

Mondays in November: "FALL INTO PHRASING"

November 5th,12th, 19th, 26th

Course C - Int/Adv Phrasing 5:30-6:45pm = total 5 hours!

Course D - Beginner Phrasing 7-8:15pm = total 5 hours!

***Specializing in Small class sizes - SAVE YOUR SPOT

E-mail: divinerhythmnyc@gmail.com

SPECIAL DISCOUNT: Only $100 per course or Take any 2
courses for ONLY $175!!!

Send checks to: Divine Rhythm Productions, 250 W. 50th St.
#12S, NYC,
NY 10019. Private Lessons & paypal payments available. Call
for moreinformation.


Divine Rhythm Productions presents:

Martin "Tre" Dumas III

(Critically Acclaimed "Imagine Tap!", "The Tap Dance Kid" &
"Riverdance" tours, Award-winning film "The Rise & Fall of
Thang", Co-founder of M.A.D.D. Rhythms)

Straight from Chicago... Tre will be covering select
classes for
Derick Grant at Steps and Jason Samuels Smith at Ailey in
addition to
offering his own


TRE's Rhythm Stew: Take some Oscar Peterson, add a touch of
Dave Brewbeck, throw in a pinch of Bobby McFerrin,
Parliament Funkadelic, Rasputin Stash and Earth Wind and
Fire. Next we throw in some Dark Childe and Timbaland. Let
that simmer for a while as you prepare to add the "meat."
For that we're going to go with some healthy portions of
Dr. Jimmy Slyde, Tommy Sutton, Chuck Green, Baby Lawrence
and Steve Condos. And just to complete this delicious blend
of flavors, add a dash of Bustah Rhymes, Nas, GangStar and
Biggie. MMMmmmm....Spicy isn't it?

Saturday October 13th 4:30-6:30pm

New Dance Group
305 West 38th Street at 8th Avenue (enter bet. 8th-9th ave)

Special Discount with pre-registration: $20, $25 at the

To pre-register, send an e-mail with your full name, phone
number and e-mail address to divinerhythmnyc@gmail.com with
“Tre’s Rhythm Stew” in the subject line.

Space is limited! One day only!

Lakewood Presents:

India Jazz Suites w/ Jason Samuels Smith & Pandit Chitresh

OCTOBER 10 and 11 2007

Tap dance phenomenon, Jason Samuels Smith, and East Indian
dance master, Pandit Chitresh Das, team up to bring this
cosmic dance
to life, accompanied by two trios of live musicians.

India Jazz Suites:

Wednesday & Thursday, October 10 & 11, 2007
7:30 pm Lakewood Cultural Center 470 S. Allison Pkwy.
Lakewood, CO 80226
Box Office: 303-987-7845 or

Tickets $26

India Jazz Suites exhibits a groundbreaking and historical
collaboration exploring movement, rhythms and music with
Kathak maestro Pandit Chitresh Das and Emmy award-winning
Tap dance
star Jason Samuels Smith, accompanied by acclaimed North
classical and American jazz musicians.

More info at: www.kathak.org

The Lakewood Cultural Center's intimate 316-seat theater
offers the
ideal setting for these exciting performances. Once the
word is out,
tickets will be sure to go quickly, so don't wait to
reserve your seat


Date : October 4, 2007 - October 14, 2007

INDIA JAZZ SUITES exhibits a groundbreaking and historical
collaboration exploring movement, rhythms and music with
renowned Kathak maestro Pandit
Chitresh Das, Emmy award-winning Tap Dance star Jason
Samuels Smith,
and well-known North Indian classical and Jazz musicians.

After premiering in San Francisco in 2005, INDIA JAZZ
received extensive critical acclaim and has toured around
the U.S. and
India. It was chosen as the #1 Dance Performance of 2005 by
the San
Chronicle and won the prestigous Isadora Duncan Dance Award
for Best Ensemble Performance of the year.

Tour Dates
Upcoming Tours
October 4 - CSU Monterey Bay World Theater
October 10 & 11- Lakewood Cultural Center, Denver, Colorado
October 12 - Denver University Convocation, Denver,
October 13 & 14 - National Folk Festival, Richmond,

Past Tours
January 29 - Kolkata Consulate/American Center, India
January 28 - Birla Sabhagar, Kolkata, India (Performance)
January 25 - Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi, India
January 24 - New Delhi Embassy/American Center (LecDem)
January 20 - Calcutta Club, Kolkata, India (Performance)
January 8 - Mumbai Consulate/American Center, India
January 6 - Mumbai, India (Performance)

December 3 - La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, Los
California (Performance)
November 18 & 19 - Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Chicago,
Illinois (Performance)
November 17 - The Egg, Albany, New York (Performance)
November 15 - Parc International, Lafayette, Louisiana
(Workshop and
November 9-12 - New Orleans, Louisiana (Workshops and
LecDems at local schools)
June 15-17 - American Dance Festival, Duke University,
Durham, North
Carolina (Performance)
August 7-13th - Los Angeles Tap Festival, Los Angeles, CA
and Performance)



(The opening number features an exciting new collaboration
Divine Rhythm Productions Artists' Jason Samuels Smith &
Steffan "Mr.
Wiggles" Clemente with Director Ann-Marie Deangelo and
Choreographer Robin Dunn plus many more surprises...)

Rolex presents
Career Transition For Dancers' 22nd Anniversary Jubilee

An Electrifying Evening of Entertainment



Bebe Neuwirth
Anka K. Palitz
The Jerome Robbins Foundation

Gala Jubilee Chair
Priscilla Presley

With appearances by

Charlotte d'Amboise Christine Ebersole Melissa
Manchester Tommy Tune

Benji Schwimmer
Winner, "So You Think You Can Dance"

Featuring special performances by and artists from

American Ballet Theatre, Atlanta Ballet, Ballet San Jose,
Theatre of Harlem's Dancing Through Barriers Ensemble,
Dancing Wheels,
DP ONE, Miguel Frasconi, The Joffrey Ballet, KR3T'S,
Marshall, New York City Ballet, Elizabeth Parkinson,
Parsons Dance
Company, Keith Roberts, John Selya, Jason Samuels Smith,
Mr. Wiggles,
Wylliams/Henry Dance Theatre, plus more Stars and
surprises. . .

An entertaining, electrifying evening of dance set to music
the decades, from the '50s to hip-hop. With the eclectic
fusion of
dance and music, Dance Rocks is sure to please theatergoers
nostalgia seekers, of all generations, for an evening of
entertainment. Produced and directed by Ann Marie De Angelo

"…the most exhilarating benefit occasion I've ever seen." –
WQXR Radio

For Patron Tickets and Tables including premium performance
and post-performance "Anniversary Supper with the Stars"
Marjorie Horne at 212.228.7446 x33. For Group Sales call

Performance Schedule:
Monday, Oct 29, 2007 at 7:00 PM

Schedule and program subject to change.

Ticket Sales:
by calling CityTix(r) at 212-581-1212 or 1-877-581-1212
metropolitan NYC, NJ, & CT);
through the City Center Box Office, on West 55th Street
between 6th
& 7th Avenues

TAP-ASHLEY & SAVION on Dancing With The Stars, Wednesday!

Be sure to watch Dancing With The Stars on Wednesday so you
can see Ashley, Savion, Marshall, Maurice, Shaina and
Rhonda perform. The show will be three days. Monday the
Women, Tuesday the Men and Wednesday the result show. Don't
miss it!

Pass it on

Ashley and her Mom Patty is a friend of mine she also just
opened a studio in Elmhurst www.deforestdance.com



Hawaiian Islands Tap Festival

October 25, 26, 27, & 28, 2007

Maui Arts & Cultural Center

Sharpen your dance skills and have a great time with some
of tap's
finest artists:

*Emmy and American Choreographer's Award winner Jason
Samuels Smith

*Chloe Arnold, co-director of the Los Angeles Tap Festival

*Chicago's internationally acclaimed Martin "Tre" Dumas

*The legendary Dianne Walker, recipient of the "Living
Treasure in Dance" award

*John Kloss, artistic director of the (S.F.) Bay Area
Rhythm Exchange

*Yukiko "Smilie" Misumi, creator of Japan's Artistic Rhythm
Tap Network

Surrounded by the beauty of the Island and spectacular
activities include an Artists' Reception, a Participants'
Showcase &
Jam (Friday), and the professionals' performance.Thirty
five classes
are offered in the pristine Omori Studios, beginning to
levels. We keep class sizes small, so reserve your space
Information, Artists Bios, Schedule, and Registration Forms
are online: www.MauiTapExperience.org

Saturday, October 27 at 7:30 pm
Masters of Rhythm ~ Hana Hou explodes onto the Castle
Theater stage!
Tickets are on sale at the MACC Box Office: 808
242-(SHOW)7469 or
online: www.mauiarts.org .

Saturday Double Bill: Rumbatap/McCarron Meissner Largent
Carlon at Night & Day

Hello Friends,
I'm playing two shows at the same club, with two
different groups. This will be a night of music and dance
to remember,
so if you're in Brooklyn or would like to come out to Park
Slope, you
won't be disappointed!!!

The first group is Max Pollak's Rumbatap, a Latin and World
Music-informed ensemble that will feature some great
performers. The
second is a fantastic, soulful new quartet I've been
rehearsing with;
this is our first official gig playing out. This group will
performing a mix of original music written by myself and
Mark McCarron, and some standards. The material ranges from
funk to
samba to Mark's folk-rocksy originals to jazz and blues.

Here's the details:

This Saturday, September 22nd,

6:30 - 8pm: Rumbatap
Paul Carlon, saxes, flute, mbira
Peter Apfelbaum, saxes, piano, melodica
Santi Debriano, bass
Alby Roblejo, percussion
Max Pollak, rumbatap
plus special guests, in the spirit of a descarga (jam)
cover: $10

8:30 - 9:45 pm: McCarron Meissner Largent and Carlon
Mark McCarron: guitars
Russ Meissner: drums
Doug Largent: bass
Paul Carlon: tenor sax
cover: $10
(if you stay for both shows, the total cover for both is

Both shows are at:
Night & Day
inside Biscuit BBQ,
230 5th Ave (at President St.), Brooklyn, NY.
718-399-2161, www.biscuitbbq.com
R train to Union Street, F train to 4th Ave./9th St.;
Biscuit BBQ is
one block from Brooklyn Lyceum

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aU_FnKpwrpU ("Boogie Down

Best wishes to all,
Paul Carlon

New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble presents: “GENERATION TAPâ€
this weekend!

"Generation Tap" Performances at Bloomfield College
Fri 9/21, Sat 9/22, Sun 9/23 PLUS Sat 9/22, 3 workshops
NJTAP's acclaimed dancers will tap through several
generations of
music in a weekend of performances of Generation Tap on
September 21 at 8:00 pm, Saturday September 22 at 8:00 pm
and Sunday
September 23 at 2:00 pm at Westminster Arts Center,
College, Bloomfield, NJ. General admission tickets are $15,
$8. call 973.748-9008 x279 or email
for reservations.

Tap workshops will also be held the afternoon of Saturday
September 22
(see information below). NJTAP Artistic Director Deborah
created Generation Tap to showcase dancers, music and
influences from the mid-20th Century to the present day.
Performed by
NJTAP's extraordinary tappers, Generation Tap features
works by Ms.
Mitchell and emerging choreographers.

Star-Ledger dance writer Robert Johnson describes the show
"Informal and relaxed, yet packed with adventure,
Generation Tap is
one of the most delightful programs the New Jersey Tap
Ensemble has

New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble in Generation Tap
Bloomfield College, Westminster Arts Center
467 Franklin Street (corner of Fremont St)
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Friday 9/21 8 pm | Saturday 9/22 8 pm | Sunday 9/23 2 pm
General admission $15, seniors $8
Tickets: 973.748.9000 x279

Tap Workshops Saturday September 22

Three one-hour empowering tap workshops will be held at
Arts Center, Room 110, Bloomfield College on Saturday
September 22.

Kickin' and Clickin' with Karen Callaway Williams, NJTAP
3:00 - 4:00 pm, focuses on three important elements of the
art form:
clarity of sound, timing, and correct execution of each
technique. For
all tap dancers, minimum age 8.

My Way with DeWitt Fleming, Jr, NJTAP Dance Ensemble Dance
4:15 - 5:15pm , presents the tools of tap improvisation.
For all tap
dancers, minimum age 8.

So You Think You Want a Dance Company with NJTAP's Founder
Artistic Director Deborah Mitchell from 5:30 to 6:30pm. Ms.
will share her experience and identify some of the
challenges that lie
ahead for a would-be entrepreneur. This workshop is limited
participants age 18 and over.

Fees - One Workshop: $25.00 Any Two Workshops: $40.00
Contact New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble for information and
reservations: e-mail njtapinfo@njtap.org or call

Save 20%
on an

For New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble mailing list members, we
offering a discount on NJTAP T-shirts! Bring this coupon to
the show
for a 20% discount on our regular price of $20, your price
with coupon
= $16.

T-shirts sold only at performances. Supplies are limited,
subject to
availability. No refunds, no exchanges. Limit one per

Offer Expires: September 23, 2007

--Tap Dancin' @ The Triad With Ted L. Levy--

Contact Ted: Web: http://www.myspace.com/tedllevy
Email: bamalam@nyc.rr.com Platforms:

Levy's come a long way since growing up in Chicago on
welfare in the
midst of alcoholism and abuse. After Black and Blue, he
with Gregory Hines on the hit Broadway show Jelly's Last
Jam, earning
him the 1993 Outer Critics Circle Award and Tony and Drama
nominations for choreography.

Ted's credits also include Ted Levy and Friends, with
director Gregory
Hines, Savion Glover and Jimmy Slyde. He made his
directorial debut
with New York Shakespeare Festival's Doin' it in the Park
with Glover;
and went on to win an Emmy Award for his PBS special,

One More Rhythm is the nucleus of five shows Ted and
Marshall Davis,
Jr. are developing; among them, a new musical based on the
life of the
legendary, Tony Award winning choreographer, Cholly Atkins.

Admission: $20.00 2-drink minimum at tables

Purchase your tickets online at Theatremania.com

Please call 212-706-1516 for reservations.

Emmy winner, Tony nominated, Master Tapper, Ted Levy of
Black & Blue
and Jelly's Last Jam returns to Broadway with One More

One More Rhythm is a syncopated dance narrative that
illustrates Ted's
life transformations and triumphs through America's premier
form, Tap. The Triad Theatre hosts One More Rhythm on
September 23rd
and 24th at 7:30 pm.

Ted reveals the rise and falls of his life through layers
of accented
swing and groove enhanced staccato. The integral message of
story is hope and it connects to audience members' personal
"This is the most fun we can have with our cloths on," Levy
making One More Rhythm one very special and memorable show.

New York Times theater critique, Anna Kisselgoff, described
Mr. Levy
as, "a member of the gifted generation of younger tap
virtuosos who
have come of age in recent years." While no one can fill
Hines' and Sammy Davis, Jr.'s shoes, Ted Levy comes closest
to walking
that path.

One More Rhythm Features:
Torya Beard of The Lion King
Natrea Blake of The Julliard School
Anika Ellis of The Color Purple

Musical Director: Brian Whitted
Production Manager: James Carter
Written by: Myla Churchill, Marshall
L. Davis, Jr. and Ted L. Levy
Vocal Arrangements:
Chapman Roberts
Choreography: Amy Hall and Darrell G. Moultrie
Directed by: Marshall L. Davis, Jr. and Ted L. Levy

The Miriam Nelson Tap Experience - New York City, Nov.
9-11, 2007

The upcoming workshop in the 'Tradition In Tap - Series'
will be
dedicated to the work of 'Hollywood Tap Star' Ms. Miriam

The workshop is scheduled to take place in New York City on
weekend of November 9-11 2007.

This workshop will feature original choreography taught by
the master
herself - Ms .Miriam Nelson, and honorary Tap Master
Classes by
leading tap artists: Ofer Ben, Karen Callaway Williams,
Debbi Dee,
Rusty Frank, Ray Hesselink, Melba Huber, Avi Miller,
Salsberg, Prof. Hank Smith, Shea Sullivan & Dianne "Lady
Di" Walker.

The workshop is sponsored in part by New York City
Department of
Cultural Affairs & Dance Spirit / Dance Teacher Magazines,
and will
take place at Nola Studios in midtown Manhattan.

The Participants Showcase will take place on Saturday Nov.
10, at The
Theatre at St. Peter's Church, Citigroup Center. See the
website for
guidelines and application form.

The workshop includes:
- Three days of intensive tap experience.
- Original Choreography created and taught by the 'Master'
- Honorary Master Classes by leading tap artists.
- Participants Showcase.
- Tradition In Tap - Award Presentation.
- Tap History Talks.
- Video Presentation.
- Tap Technique.
- 'Dance Teacher Recognizes' certificate (For Teachers

The workshop consists of:
- Two separate adult programs for intermediate, advanced
professional levels.
- Youth program for tappers age 10-13, exposing them to
the genius of
the masters.

Tradition In Tap is proud to announce an expanded
scholarship program,
so that more aspiring tap dancers may attend The Miriam
Nelson Tap
Scholarships are made possible by funds granted by, New
York City
Department of Cultural Affairs, 'Sponsor A Tap Dancer'
program &
Tradition In Tap - Advisory Committee. Please refer to the
web site
for more information and an application form.
If you are interested in becoming a personal sponsor to a
tap dancer
in need, join our 'Sponsor A Tap Dancer' program and
additional dancers with the partial or full tuition for a
workshop in
the Tradition In Tap Series.

Extensive information and an online registration form is
available now
on the web site: www.TraditionInTap.org

The workshop's poster will be sent out in few days - please
be sure to
update us with your current mailing address.

Space is limited - register early!

Miriam Nelson - bio:

The following Biography is from Larry Billman's book:
Film Choreographers and Dance Directors
An Illustrated Biographical Encyclopedia With a History and
1893 Through 1995

MIRIAM NELSON (nÃ(c)e Franklin, later Meyers)
b. Chicago, Illinois, September 21, 1922

Miriam began dance studies in her native Chicago and when
her family
moved to New York, she studied tap with Ernest Carlos at
the age of
14. In a borrowed pair of toe shoes, she auditioned for
Billy Rose's
Casa Mañana, but instead made her professional debut with
an act
playing Troy and Schnectady. She eventually played the Casa
Mañana and
next, the Mayfair Club in Boston.

After making her Broadway debut in 1938 in Sing Out the
News, she went
on to appear in Yokel Boy and Very Warm For May ('39),
Higher and
Higher and Panama Hattie ('40) and Let's Face It ('41),
working with
choreographers Robert Alton, Billy Daniel and Charles
Walters and
often selected to be line-captain.

When her husband, Gene Nelson, joined the Signal Corps,
Miriam went to
Hollywood, where she signed an acting-dancing contract with
and was featured in Double Indemnity and Here Come the
Waves ('44),
Duffy's Tavern and Incendiary Blonde ('45) and Naughty
Nanette (a '46
short) and in Cover Girl ('44) and The Jolson Story ('46)

First assisting Paramount dance director Danny Dare, she
choreographing and when Gene was signed by Warner Bros. to
star in a
series of musical films, she co-created many of his solo
routines and
coached Doris Day and his other female costars. Divorced
from Nelson,
she continued as one of Hollywood's busiest TV and film
(along with her tap expertise, she specialized in staging
sequences), as well as being one of the pioneers of
spectacular Arena
show staging with Disney on Parade in 1969.

As one of the founders of SHARE, she has staged and
produced their
annual fund-raising Boomtown shows for decades and, as a
member of the
Professional Dancer's Society (PDS) Board of Directors, she
co-produces and stages their annual tributes to dancers and

Widowed after her second husband's, producer Jack Meyers,
death, she
returned to the stage in longtime-friend Marge Champion's
of Ballroom at the Long Beach CLO in 1992.

Juggling the roles of choreographer, tap instructor and
director and producer (as well as mother and grandmother),
she is in
the process of writing her autobiography.

Additional information including a list of stage, movies,
and TV appearances is on Miriam Nelson's bio page.

Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions or
comments you might have.

My e-mail address for this workshop is:

or call me directly at 1-646-383-4949

Thanks and Shalom,

Ofer Ben - Executive Director

Tradition In Tap, Inc.

Postal Address: P.O.Box 1050
New York City, NY 10276, USA
Phone: (646) 383-4949

Jazz Tap Ensemble presents:

American Tap Masterpieces

Featuring dancers:
Sam Webster, Derick K. Grant, Michelle Dorrance, Josette
Ananda Bena-Weber, Sebastian Goldberg
Leslie Lewis, VOCALS


Friday, October 12, 2007- 8PM
Smothers Theater
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263
Tickets: 310-506-4522

Saturday, October 13, 2007- 8PM
Irvine Barclay Theatre
4242 Campus Drive
Irvine, CA 92612
Tickets: 949-854-4646

Sunday, October 14, 2007- 2 PM
Haugh Performing Arts Center
Citrus Community College
1000 West Foothill Blvd.
Glendora, CA 91741
Tickets: 626-963-0323

Friday, November 16, 2007- 8PM
Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
Gallo Center for the Performing Arts
1030 11th Street
Modesto, CA 95354
Tickets: 877-488-3380

Saturday, November 17, 2007- 8PM
Margrit Biever Mondavi Theatre
Napa Valley Opera House
1030 Main Street
Napa, CA 94559
Tickets: 702-226-7372


Celebrate Hyde Park at the First Annual Jazz Festival with
M.A.D.D. Rhythms' own Jumaane Taylor

Celebrate Hyde Park at the First Annual Jazz Festival!
Saturday, September 29, 2007

This is one Festival you Don't want to Miss!! Chicago's own
Albritton, music coordinator for the festival is at it once
This time I think she's outdone herself with this outstanding line- up
of the city's finest!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Don't miss 15 hours of free, back-to-back entertainment for jazz
novices and aficionados, kids and families. The festival will be held
at multiple venues in Hyde Park on Saturday, September 29, 2007, 11
am- 2 am. Festival Updates Pre-Festival Concert There will be a
pre-festival concert and reception with Clark Terry and the Willie
Pickens Trio to be held Friday, September 28, 8:00 p.m. at Hyde Park
Union Church. A reception and special presentation by curator of the
Chicago Jazz Archive will be at 7:00 p.m. Tickets ($35.00) may be
purchased online or by calling the church office at 773-363- 6063. See
Who's Playing Swing with performers Dee Alexander, Maggie Brown,
Orbert Davis, Willie Pickens, Corey Wilkes, and more. See the Schedule
for more information. (Last update: 8/28/07)

Support Our Sponsors
"They Make It Possible!"

Visit www.hydeparkjazzfestival.org online for details!

Ellie Sciarra, the artistic director of Taps Are Talking: Women in
Tap, will lead teachers through the amazing process and exploration of
tap and their bodies. Supported by her dance captain Danielle Heller,
this workshop will open up new concepts for teaching tap in today's
dance field.

Saturday & Sunday, October 6-7, 2007

Cost $375

Listen to the Language of the Body(Sat 10:00 - 12:30)

· weight shifting, letting go

· tap technique concepts taught from a full-body perspective

· Dancing in the Living Room - get the body moving

Rhythm and Soul(Sat 1:30 - 4:30)

· creating rhythm possibilities outside the box

· improvisation: easy class formats to teach from

· counterpoint: good ways to explore overlaying rhythms

Toss Salad (Sun 10:00 - 12:00)

· African Full-Body Warm-Up

· time and musicality: how to teach it!

· important repertoire to know

Swing with Ella(Sun 1:00 - 3:00)

· Experience the choreographic process as Ellie Sciarra
creates a new work to the legendary music of Ella Fitzgerald.

Rap it Up(Sun 3:00 - 4:00)

· open tap forum

· Women In Tap presentation

· feedback

For Info* Peak Academy of Dance 303.838.5556 or Ellie Sciarra 303.443.5612

Upcoming Events at the
Debbie Allen Dance Academy

October 3-7: African Dance & Drum Festival
December 12-22: Alex In Wonderland at UCLA's Freud Playhouse
December 15: FREE Dance Day FREE Dance Day


Tapestry Dance Company opens its 2007-2008 Season with an Exciting
Community Gathering of Dance & World Music!

For Immediate Release
Contact: Andrea Bloukos
Phone: 512-732-2602
Email: dmsandrea@aol.com

Stop Date: November 17th, 2007
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Tapestry Dance Company opens its 2007-2008 Season with an Exciting
Community Gathering of Dance & World Music!


(Austin, TX) Tapestry Dance Company, recently awarded TWO National
Endowment for the Arts reconstruction and touring grants for its
critically acclaimed touring production The Souls of Our Feet - A
Celebration of American Tap Dance will present a new and exciting
evening of dance and world music in November! Bringing together a
collection of eclectic Austin dancers and musicians the company and
its special guests will weave a pulsating, colorful fabric of
community rhythm called Footprints!

This exciting community dance collaborative will explore the unique
rhythms and instrumentation of a vast collection of global music and
celebrate the common bonds that can bring us all together.

Together to make a difference in this world one step at a time.

Known for its fun-loving and rhythmic mix of rhythm tap,

jazz, modern and contemporary ballet, Tapestry will continue to
partake this season in a cultural and musical journey celebrating and
touring American tap classics around the country and (between 5
touring trips) gather a new celebration in the pulsing and rhythmic
family of world music and dance!

"Under the direction of Acia Gray, this Austin-based company fused
showmanship, solid technique, and an understanding of their roots into
a jam-packed extravaganza." - Dance Magazine

Tapestry Dance Company presents Footprints

November 16th & 17th / 8:00pm

November 17th & 18th / 2:00pm
The Helm Fine Arts Center

2900 Bunny Run, Austin, TX
for Tickets: 512-773-7827 / $25 - $15 (students & seniors)
For company information: 512/474-9846

A Great Addition to Our Faculty

Tony grew up as a NYCDA kid, training at Artistic Fusion in Colorado.
He is well-versed in all styles of dance.... and will share his
talents in Hip Hop and Tap on the weekends! Tony continues to
choreograph and tour with Janet Jackson! Watch Tony on the 2007 Video
Music Awards airing Sunday, September 9th. He's performing with
Britney Spears!

Another Opportunity for Our NYCDA kidsâ€_

Tony has just been named Choreographer for a new Nickelodeon
dance/variety TV show. He is reaching out to the NYCDA family, seeking
6 talented kids (ages 10-18), strong in hip-hop and proficient in all
forms of dance, to be regulars on the show.

Check it out: NEW Tap DVD!

Gene GeBauer has issued a new tap DVD targeted for the beginner tap
student. The DVD contains most every step you need to know at the
beginner level. Also excellent for teachers. 60 min. running time.
$20.00 plus shipping. Contact Gene at meanfeet97@aol.com


Is starting a new hip hop class in Boulder.

True II Form Dance Group/Kevin O'Keefe will be starting a new
Teen/Adult Hip Hop Class starting Tuesday September 4.

Tuesday 8-9pm

Core Movement Studios

1844 55th St. Boulder

$12 per class

$100 for 10 classes

We are so excited and hope to see you there.

For info (303) 875-3371

FRESHLY TOSSED â€" the next big thing in musical theatre comedy

One night, two performances, amazing workâ€_

Monday October 1st, 7:00pm & 9:30pm

Theater at St. Clements, 423 West 46th Street

Tickets available at https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/13261 - enter
code "Tossed15" for $15 tickets

An incredible line-up of artists has come together for one night only!
Limited seating, so get your tickets now!

Here are the acts we have lined up:

CATCH â€" created by Wendy Seyb â€" an excerpt from a new piece about a
girl coming to the city to discover life; and finding out not
everything is as black and white as she thought, including herself.

SUPER NOVAS â€" created by Wendy Seyb, Mark Gindick, and Kathryn Fraggos
- is when two air guitar lovers come together; and things explode!

TIME STEP â€" created by Mark Lonergan, Ryan Kasprzak, Brent McBeth, and
Derek Roland â€" a musical tap comedy that jumps back and forth in time
to tell the story of three aging but spirited hoofers.

The Birds â€" created and performed by Jessica Green and Tami Stronach â€"
"The Birds" is a scene taken from "Pinchas the Fish-People and the
Great Flood"--a humorous retelling of Noah's Ark from the perspective
of mermaids, bird-people and other creatures not fortunate enough to
ride out the storm on the safety of the boat.

Classically Trained Musician â€" created and performed by Hilary
Chaplain â€" an extremely nearsighted member of the orchestra is late
for the concert. Does it have anything to so with the handcuffs she's

Die Hard, The Puppet Musical â€" Expertly told through puppets and song,
we bring you the epic tale of New York cop John McClane as he blows
stuff up, befriends a local cop with a weakness for snack cakes, and
kicks some serious terrorist ass to save the puppet he loves.
Yippee-ki-yay, mother f***er!"

Lulu's (New) in Town â€" created by choreographer Ray Hesselink â€" Lulu
(Broadway's Joyce Chittick) comes to the Big Apple and wants to be a
Radio City Rockette. Little does she know, she's too little.

Mark Lonergan

Artistic Director

Parallel Exit



Lori Michaels September Update!

Lori Michaels
First OUT Music

Hello everyone!
a Lori Michaels Productions update just for all of you---by Lauren Fernandez


CHECK OUT THE TEASER of the new Lori Michaels sneak preview track
"Living My Life Out Loud" off of her highly anticipated new music
project. The song will be available to purchase and will be performed
again LIVE- soon!

DreamMakers Music presents The Official Pre-Game Music Event (Located
Outside Gate D, near the official merchandise, ticket sales, and
Giants Game Day Live) at GIANTS STADIUM in East Rutherford, NJ on
Sunday, September 30th. Join Lori Michaels Me & The Girls for a GIANT
musical celebration- all happening from 6-8pm (prior to the
Giants/Eagles game) on the DreamMakers Music LIVE Stage. THIS PRE-GAME
EVENT IS FREE and you do not need a ticket to attend. Get there early
& park in a Giants Parking Lot.

10/05/2007 07:00 PM - 'The Women of Rock' at GEORGIES to benefit REACH
OUT, INC.'s H.E.R.O! Breast Cancer Awareness Funds
A full night of great music by Women who ROCK. Performances by: Jill
Tullock, Virago, Jackknife Betty, Christine Martucci & Lori Michaels
Me & the Girls.
Suggested donation of $5.00 or $10.00.
Guests who pay $10.00 will receive 2 door prize tickets with
admission. Guests can purchase 50/50 tickets for $5.00 at the door and
throughout the evening until 11:15.
Proceeds will go to: REACH OUT, INC.'s H.E.R.O! Breast Cancer Awareness Fund

Georgie's Bar
812 5th Avenue
Asbury Park, NJ

10/06/2007 3:00PM - Hackensack Street Fair, Hackensack NJ
Lori Michaels Me & The Girls 3pm performance
Ashford & Simpson @ 4pm
On Main street between Atlantic and Passaic
(Main Stage is on Passaic)

10/07/2007 - Special 'Women's Week' ONE NIGHT ONLY performance at The
PIED in Provincetown, MA

Join Lori Michaels at Starlight Dance Center in Nutley, NJ along with
Christopher Livsey & check out the kids, teens & adults performing
arts/fitness programs! Please call 973.235.9835 for more information
and go to
www.starlightdanceusa.com to see all that's happening at STARLIGHT for
NEW classes beginning now! Chris and Lori teach kids, teens, and
adults- Hip Hop, Hip Hop J.A.M! and Tap J.A.M!

**Just Added on to the STARLIGHT Schedule: Wednesdays 8:30pm P.O.W!
Peak Overall Workout -the fitness workout with no weights, no bars, no
bands, NO EXCUSES! AND: Starlight Saturdays will now offer kids
classes by Kimberly. Christopher will also be adding his signature
ACTING sessions on the schedule as well, so be sure to check in &
check it all out!

BACK TO SCHOOL FOR THE KIDDIES & October 1st kicks off the official
DANCE FOR HEALTH week in NUTLEY, NJ with our specialized & signature
dance/fitness assembly programs presented by: Reach Out, Inc.'s LORI
MICHAELS in collaboration with COMPLETE ENTERTAINMENT. Join Mayor
Joanne Cocchiola as we reach out & dance for health with Nutley's
public schools and supporting community!

October is also BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. *On October 1st-Join us
(6-10pm) in NYC- for our first, fun-filled Karaoke Music Party to
benefit H.E.R.O! To find out more about Reach Out, Inc.'s H.E.R.O
Breast Cancer Awareness programs, funds, and events please contact us
directly at 212-979-8324.

Stay tuned for all the great stuff we have coming up....

Check it all out at:


Quenia's New Samba Reggae DVD is here!!!

Hey everybody ,
First let me thank all of you who came out to our Grupo Ribeiro Show for
the African Film Festival in the Bronx yesterday ( Sept.14th) I hope you
enjoyed the show, and the movies as well.

Our next show (oct 6th) featuring Grupo Ribeiro ( Afoxe, Orixa dance,
Maculele, Capoeira, Samba Reggae and Samba from Rio w live percussion) will
be in Manhattan on 52nd street on Oct. 6th. I will be selling tickets very
soon , space is limited so if you want to reserve tickets let me know. 20$
and 25$ at the door. I will send more details soon.

Also for those of you who don't know I have just released a second
instructional/ workout DVD featuring Samba Reggae. The music is live, and I
am accompanied by 2 excellent dancers from my Dance Company. You can buy it
direct from me or from my website sambasambasamba.com.
**I also have the first DVD for sale featuring Samba No Pe from Rio

Once again I have included the photos from the parade at our Sept. 8th
Event by Jessica Huang

there are also some great new photos by photographer Antoine Tempe of the
event as well


Tap Workshop with Rusty Frank!

September 30, 2007

Visit this website for all the details:


Steve Zee's LA Ironworks in Concert!

Saturday, October 20 @ 8 pm
Sunday, October 21 @ 2 pm

Martha B. Knoebel Dance Theater, CSU Long Beach
6200 East Atherton Street, Long Beach, California 90815

Featuring: Sebastian Chung, Maya Guice, Kenji Igus, Anissa
Irving, Dante Lara, Sarah Reich, Denise Scheerer, Aaron
Williams, Steve Zee, Director

Tickets: $20 (General Admission) $50 (Patron Tickets)

To purchase tickets, arrange group sales, get your student,
faculty or DRC member discount and get more information:

CONTACT: 310-645-1189 or info@laironworks.org


Acting Classes taught by Mel Williams

Hello all just wanted to spread the word about an amazing acting
teacher and coach that I have worked with. His name is Mel Williams
and he is starting some classes. He teaches the Meisner technique, and
is one of Meisner's Proteges. I have worked with him many times, and
he really has helped me with many roles. A few people he has
coached/taught, and continues to coach/teach are Michael Williams (The
Wire), Mark Webber (Snow Day), and Rich Lyons (coach to Queen Latifah
and Jennifer Hudson).

So if you need a good acting coach/ teacher his info is below. I
always go to him even when I don't have a play that I am doing because
as we all know you have to be constantly working on your craft in
order to get better. As they say, use it or lose it. The first class
is free for you to watch so you can see if you like it.


Acting Classes taught by Mel Williams

Where: the Producers Club
358 W 44th Street
Manhattan, NY

When: Every Saturday (sometimes off on holiday weekends, email to
confirm mwilliams@tfang.org)

Cost: $30 per class

What's involved: Each class has a different theme like spacing,
timing, character development, movement, etc.

Method taught: Meisner technique ( Mel is a protege of Meisner)

Tuesday @ the Townsend in Birmingham - Dior, Saks and Detroit

Christian Dior, Saks Fifth Avenue and Detroit Fashion Week 2007 â€"

Buy a table @ the Townsend for $1000.00 get a vendor table at DFW for
3 days (our gift to you)

Support Detroit Synergy non-profit on Friday 9/28

Support Bridge to the Future youth media arts non-profit on Saturday 9/29



Looking for male dancers (tap & jazz) for TAP KIDS Holland Tour Nov 2-23rd.

If anyone comes to mind, please pass on their info, dancer should be
between 16 and 21, and look like a high school kid, and be phenomenal
tap dancer!

Some pay and all expenses.

Any leads you can give me would be hugely appreciated!

Check out the website for more info. www.nystage.com.

Hey Everybody,
I wanted to send out an email to let everyone know about an upcoming show
that we are putting on in Manhattan Oct. 6th ( 52nd btwn 2nd and 3rd Ave.
). This show features the Grupo Ribeiro dance company as well as some great
Capoeiristas and Musicians. We will be performing Afoxe , Maculele ( with
machetes) , and Orixa dances, Capoeira, Samba Reggae and Samba from Rio De

We are selling tickets in advance at a discount ($15 before the show and
$20 at the door)
there is limited seating, so please email me www.gruporibeiro@sambany.com
(if you need me to hold tickets for you just email me your # and how many
tickets you would like)

the show will be at :
Turtle Bay Music School
244 east 52nd street ( btween 2nd and 3rd)
doors open at 8:00pm and show starts at 9pm
Oct 6th 2007.... Tickets are $20 at the door and $15 before the show

Thanks for all your support
and Grupo Ribeiro