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Feb 14, 2008



Featuring performances by Jo Jo Smith and tap dancer Jason
Samuels Smith and more surprise special guests!

Friday February 22

Djs. Tumi & Chocolate

Fund Raiser for JoJo Smith

Please Come Dressed in Red!

Located at:


52 Walker St. - Tribeca

10:00 PM-4:00 AM

$10 Cover

21 and over w/ ID

Don't miss: INDIA JAZZ SUITES on tour...
Featuring Pandit Chitresh Das
& Jason Samuels Smith

Friday, February 15th, 2008 at 8 PM
Goodhart Hall, Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania

Winner of a prestigious 2007 Isadora Duncan Dance
Award, India Jazz
Suites brings together Pandit Chitesh Das, a master of
the Indian
dance form kathak, and Emmy-winner Jason Samuels Smith
(Bring in 'da
Noise, Bring in 'da Funk) for a groundbreaking
collaboration exploring
the movement and rhythms of their respective dance
forms. The
performance will be accompanied by North Indian
classical and jazz
music ensembles.


India Jazz Suites

"Alone they are captivating. Together, they're magic."
-Allen Ulrich, Voice of Dance

A pre-show talk on Kathak and the expanding boundaries
of traditional
Indian dance will be presented at 7:15 pm by Dr.
Pallabi Chakravorty,
a practitioner of kathak and professor of anthropology
and dance at
Swarthmore College.

Friday, February 15, 2008 at 8:00 PM
Goodhart Hall, Bryn Mawr College
101 North Merion Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA

$18 general
$15 senior
$10 student
$5 children 12 & under

For more information on credit card orders:

Email: hstuddy@brynmawr.edu
Or visit: brynmawr.edu/calendar/performing_arts.shtml
This event is free for Tri-College students, faculty, &
staff (Bryn
Mawr, Haverford, Swarthmore)

India Jazz Suites is coming to FLORIDA!!!


Box Office: (954) 462-0222


Pt Chitresh Das & Jason Samuels Smith

Date(s):    Sunday, 2/24/2008
Tickets:    $22.00 - $75.00
Venue:    Amaturo Theater

***For more information, visit:


Pt. Chitresh Das & Jason Samuels Smith on YouTube.com

Two distinct worlds of dance collide when India's
traditional dance sensation Pandit Chitresh Das takes the
stage with American tap phenomenon Jason Samuels Smith. The
two met backstage in 2004 at the acclaimed American Dance
Festival, and have since made international dance history
as they share the spotlight and showcase their rapid-fire
moves. Displaying uncanny similarities in footwork, rhythms
and movement, the 59 year old Pandit Chitresh Das from
Calcutta first performs his masterful Kathak dance,
followed by the 23 year-old New York tap master, Smith. Act
two highlights the dancers and musicians communicating
across disciplines in an explosive feat of improvisation
using rhythm as the common language. Don't miss this
dynamic duo as the fastest feet in the East and West wow
the audience.



The Black Choreographers Festival:
Here & Now

for details***

February 15-17,2008
Friday & Saturday - 8:00 pm
Sunday - 7:00 pm

Project Artaud Theater
450 Florida Street
San Francisco, CA

Friday &
Elvia Marta
Reginald Savage/Savage Jazz Dance Company
Robert Henry Johnson
Kendra Kimbrough Barnes/KKDE
Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Chloe Arnold, and Josette
Paco Gomes/Paco Gomes & Dancers
Tania Santiago/Aguas Da Bahia

Elvia Marta
Reginald Savage/Savage Jazz Dance Company
Robert Henry Johnson
Kendra Kimbrough Barnes/KKDE
Jason Samuels Smith w/ Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Chloe
Arnold, and Josette Wiggan
Paco Gomes/Paco Gomes & Dancers
Tania Santiago/Aguas Da Bahia
Zak Diouf & Naomi Washington/Diamano Coura

Colette Eloi/Elwah Dance Company*
Ramon Ramos Alayo/Alayo Dance Company*
Amara Tabor Smith/Deep Waters Dance Theater*
Jason Samuels Smith w/ Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Chloe
Arnold, and Josette Wiggan
Tania Santiago/Aguas Da Bahia
Zak Diouf & Naomi Washington/Diamano Coura

Pre-concert music: Destiny "Harpist from the Hood"
Post-performance curtain talk – Sunday, February 17

*BCF's Emerging Artist Mentoring Program
Festival programming subject to change

BCF Family Matinee - Sunday, February 17, 3pm
Featuring Pre-Professional Youth Companies and
sponsored by the BCF
Artist Mentoring Program

Elvia Marta/SF SOTA
Latanya d.Tigner/Dimensions Extensions Performance
Joanna Haigood/Zaccho Youth Group
Colette Eloi/Elwah Dance Company*
Ramon Ramos Alayo/Alayo Dance Company*
Amara Tabor Smith/Deep Waters Dance Theater*

Festival Tickets
$20 general admission
$15 students/seniors/advanced tickets
$10 family matinee/children 12 & under
To order tickets call 415-863-9834
To order online:

Special discount for groups of 10 or more.
For more information call: 510-801-4523

Transportation and Parking:
Project Artaud Theater, San Francisco
BART - 16th Street Bart Station @ Mission, East on 16th
(4 blocks)
to Alabama. South on Alabama (2 blocks).
MUNI - Lines 22 and 37 stop at 16th and Harrison.
Line 27 has a stop at Bryant and 17th.
Street parking is limited.
Parking lot is located at 17th and Shotwell - $1.50 for
Free shuttle service provided from parking lot to
Project Artaud Theater
20min intervals, 6:00 – 7:40pm & 9:40 – 10:40pm, Fri &
5:00 – 6:40pm & 9:00 – 10:00pm, Sun.

BCF Special Events

Benefit Reception for BCF
hosted by the Festival Committee
Saturday, February 16 6:30pm
Catered by Jesso's Seafood Restaurant • Live music by
Harpist from the Hood
Benefit tickets include: a private reception with
choreographers, VIP reserved seating, a special BCF
gift package.
Tickets: $150 Reservations Required
For reservations and information: 510.801.4523 or
Event co-sponsored by: Jesso's Seafood Restaurant &

Featured Event
Tap Workshops with master teachers
Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Chloe Arnold and Jason Samuels
City Dance Center, 32 Otis St., San Francisco

Saturday, February 16

Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards
1 – 2:15pm Beg. – Int. Level class
2:30 – 3:45pm Int. – Adv. Level Class

Sunday, February 17

Chloe Arnold
1:30 –12 – 1:15pm Beg. – Int. Level class

Jason Samuels Smith
2:45pm Int. – Adv. Level Class

Pre-register and receive special discount rates of $15 per
class or the 4 class pkg. for $56
Registration information: www.stepology.com
Co-presented by STEPOLOGY
Tap workshops are made possible through the generous
support of the San Francisco Foundation

Paco Gomes
Afro Brazilian Contemporary Master Class
Thursday, February 7
4:30 - 6:00
Laney College - Dance Studio D100, 900 Fallon, Oakland
$10 general, Laney Students Free

Traci Bartlow
Hip Hop b-Love Master Class
Unique blend of African, funk, Hip Hop and house dance
Saturday, February 9
11 – 12 :30pm
Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 3rd Floor Studio C
1428 Alice St, Oakland
$10.00 general
Co-Sponsored by Dimensions Dance Theater

Tânia Santiago
Traditional Afro-Brazilian Dance
Saturday, February 23
3:00 – 4:30pm
Dance Mission Theater
3316 – 24th Street, San Francsico
$10.00 general
Co-Sponsored by Dance Mission

BCF Master Class Series: Featuring Festival Artists
Classes are $10.00 for Adults & Youth (14 +)
All levels welcome
Full calendar of workshops and Master Classes (TBA)
To register for classes: 510.801.4523 / kspkkde@comcast.net

Next Wave Choreographers Showcase
Friday & Saturday, February 22 & 23 – 8pm
Dance Mission Theater
3316 24th Street (corner Mission), S. F.
Tickets: $15.00 general seating
Reservations strongly recommended – 415.273.4633

Friday, February 22
Malia Connor/Malia Movement Company
Victor Temple/New World Ballet
Delina Brooks
Luis Napoles / Napoles Ballet Theater
Serenity Mlay
Shelley Davis

Saturday, February 23
Raissa Simpson/PUSH Dance Company
Victor Temple/New World Ballet
Delina Brooks
Serenity Mlay
Traci Bartlow / Starchild Dance
Kharyshi Wiginton / P.R.I.S.M.
Luis Napoles / Napoles Ballet Theater
Jamie Wright/The Dance/Wright Project

Co-Sponsored by Dance Mission Theater

Festival programming subject to change


Bid on a Private Tap Dance Lesson with Jason Samuels
Smith, a private African Dance Lesson with Maud Arnold, and
Mr. Wiggles DVDs for a GREAT CAUSE!

43rd Street Kids Preschool is holding an online auction
with items that may be of interest to you and please
spread the word!
There's everything from Broadway show tickets to
private tap dance lessons
with Jason Samuels Smith!

The bidding portion of the 2008 Annual Auction is now
open. The
online auction will run from February 8, 2008 to March
8, 2008. All
proceeds go to support 43rd Street Kids Preschool, a
cooperative preschool in Hell's Kitchen, New York City.

Auction items range from vacation getaways to donated
items guaranteed
to delight and surprise. Tell your friends, family,
co-workers and anyone else you know. Let the bidding

All proceeds go to 43rd Street Kids Preschool.

Tell your friends, family, community. And keep an eye
on those great
auction items in that growing catalog!

For more information:




Certain women in 'Tap' raise the bar high

A conference-capping show tends toward the tepid, but
some artists
step up and stand out.
By Lewis Segal, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
February 11, 2008

A short-haired woman tapping lightly, deftly to a
spare, uninsistent
arrangement of a vintage pop ballad while dressed in a
shapeless top
(usually glittery) over pants and flat shoes. That
image, that
performance mode, that costume linked soloist after
soloist on the
"Women in Tap" program in Glorya Kaufman Hall at UCLA
on Saturday, the
climax to an ambitious three-day conference primarily
focused on
celebrating the minimalist jazz-tap of the 1970s.

Although the 14-dancer cavalcade included a few
ambassadors from other
tap traditions, many of the women on the program helped
rescue tap
from show-biz excesses 30 years ago, refining it as a
form -- indeed, soon arguably over-refining it until
it offered
little more than ultra-discreet revelations of
personality and
resolutely emotionless explorations of musical
minutiae. Fascinatin'
rhythm? More like a feeble pulse at UCLA, with a few

Besides daring to wear something curvier than the
prevailing unisex
uniform, Deborah Mitchell moved brilliantly in a rich,
and disarmingly slinky style throughout her tribute to
her tap mentor,
Leslie "Bubba" Gaines. A born storyteller, Mitchell
spoke feelingly of
the transmission of tap from veteran to novice,
generation after
generation, and we all became her rapt pupils.

In "My Mind's on Mingus," jazz-tap pioneer Brenda
Bufalino brought a
welcome dose of conceptual rigor to the proceedings as
well as genuine
jazz music rather than the elevator jazz chosen by too
many of her
colleagues. Yes, the four-member Jazz Tap Ensemble
band, led by Jerry
Kalaf, played the hand-me-down tunes skillfully. But
without a
powerful, individual musical impetus, jazz-tap never
gets beyond the
wan expertise that settled over Kaufman Hall like smog.

All hail, then, to Michelle Dorrance for cutting
through the murk by
tapping without music in darkness and reminding us of
what's essential
in this art. And to Josette Wiggan for her
take-no-prisoners attacks
even at maximum complexity, a way of dancing informed
by contemporary
black culture. And to Chloe Arnold for her indomitably
feisty tap
adaptation of a Maya Angelou poem.

Together, Dorrance, Wiggan and Arnold tore the place
apart with their
unscheduled trio, the only group work on the program
apart from an
uneventful full-cast finale. Based on challenge dancing
-- the
original format for tap virtuosity -- it featured them
trading and
ornamenting steps with joyous vehemence, inspired by
their interplay
and so much in the moment that they made all the
planned routines look
like relics of a wrong turn in tap history.

Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards brought something of their
passion and
spontaneity to the final solo on the program, excelling
deliberately rough-edged footwork at maximum velocity:
another tap
artist who belongs to this new century whatever her
debt to the past.

For tap students, historians and other conference
attendees, the rest
of the concert supplied nostalgic pleasures that may
have seemed more
essential than they did to this outsider. Certainly,
Miriam Nelson
provided a sweet souvenir of pre-jazz-tap
song-and-dance showmanship,
and the supremely gracious Dianne Walker skated over
"Autumn Leaves"
with suave delicacy.

Among the just-the-steps contingent, Linda Sohl-Ellson
broke out of
jazz-tap's musical formulas with her familiar,
"Espiritu" while Terry Brock aimed for a perky profile
with "Lady Be
Good," Heather Cornell for something more laid-back
through her
interplay with pianist Doug Walter, and Barbara Duffy
Hymn") and Acia Gray " ("Twos and Threes") for stark,
display dancing.

Conference organizer Lynn Dally also performed, singing
(sort of) "You
Gotta Move," though that imperative -- that need -- was
hard to find
in her solo and those of so many others on the program.



Women in Tap Concert
by Rachel Levin
February 11, 2008
UCLA's Glorya Kaufman Hall
120 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1608
Saturday night's Women in Tap Concert was the crowning
performance of
the first ever Women in Tap Conference, held this
weekend at UCLA and
organized by Lynn Dally, adjunct professor of World
Arts and Cultures
and one of the trailblazing women responsible for tap's
starting in the 1970s. The conference aimed to
recognize four
generations of women from tap's 100 year history
and—through panel
discussions, documentaries, and presentations—tell the
stories of
female dancers previously left out of the history

The performance featured solos by fourteen of tap's
most renowned
women, a triumphant display given the struggles women
faced in being
taken seriously as soloists in a historically male
field. Chloe
Arnold's piece captured this spirit perfectly. She
adapted Maya
Angelou's poem "Phenomenal Woman" to a spoken word/tap
number. Echoing
the sentiment that the women who came before her fought
for "the right
to choose how I step on the floor," Arnold switched
from heels to
flats halfway through the piece.

Deborah Mitchell also gave a nod to her tap elders with
a piece that
reenacted tap lessons with her mentor Bubba Gaines of
the Copasetics.
Brenda Bufalino paid homage to her musical muse Charles
Mingus in a
tap-meets-beat-poetry performance set to "My Mind's on
Mingus." Tap
legend Miriam Nelson, who had an expansive career
tapping in and
choreographing for film, brought an old Hollywood "let
me entertain
you" whimsy to her performance of "Fascinatin' Rhythm."

Aside from these direct references to the historical,
the show
demonstrated the enormous range of stylistic and
aesthetic choices
available to women now that they're accepted on equal
footing with men
in the field. Acia Gray's ultra smooth and muscular
styling contrasted
with the spunky spot-on turns of Terry Brock. Barbara
Duffy's fierce
footwork was juxtaposed to Lynn Dally's hymn-like
reverie. Heather
Cornell's earthy duet with the piano felt worlds away
from Linda
Sohl's experimental duet with husband Monti Ellison's
berimbau, a
one-string Brazilian percussion instrument. Dormeshia
Sumbry Edwards
seemed to weave multiple styles together, at once
smooth and staccato,
aggressive and demure.

The showstopper of the night was a three-way
improvisation between the
three youngest dancers, rising stars Michelle Dorrance,
Chloe Arnold,
and Josette Wiggan. Dorrance's furious speed, Arnold's
exuberance, and Wiggan's nimbleness brought the
audience to their
feet. Despite the diversity of styles and ages
showcased at the
concert, it was a true demonstration of what Deborah
Mitchell called
"sisters in rhythm."


Don't miss the
Martin "Tre" Dumas, Director
this weekend, Feb. 15-17

My name is Martin "TRE" Dumas III and I'm a new
Artistic Associate
with the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, and the new
Director of the
annual Winter Tap JAMboree. I'd like to invite you to
an amazing
weekend of classes and activities culminating in a
concert performance that will feature some of the best
tap dancers in
the world, including CHRP's founder, Lane Alexander,
Chicago's own
Jumaane Taylor and (by way of Calgary) Lisa La Touche,
as well as
L.A.s' Gregg Russell. And all the way from Spain, we
are proud to
welcome Guillem Alonso. Internationally renowned tap
companies BAM!
and Jus'LisTeN as well as several prominent youth
companies including
Chicago's Footprints Tap Ensemble, Soul 2 Soles and The
Tappin' Soles
of Detroit. Lastly, we welcome a new band this year.
Known for their
smooth grooves,searing solos and lush chords we're
proud to present
Detour Jazfunk. I'll be around the whole weekend and I
look forward to
meeting you and hearing what you think. Please help us
spread the
rhythm by forwarding this announcement to your friends
and family.

Yours In Time,
Martin "TRE" Dumas III

Beverly Arts Center
2407 W. 111th St.
Chicago, IL

For more information: http://www.chicagotap.org/
The weekend features:
• 3 days of Master Classes with faculty
from Barcelona, LA and Chicago*
• The 8th Annual Tap OFF! Competition
• The Leo Harris Scholarship Audition
• Saturday evening Tap Jam
• The 4th Annual Winter Tap JAMboree!

*We still have limited availability in a number of our
master classes,
so register today to reserve your spot.

All registration forms can be downloaded and faxed to
our office (773-296-0968).



W-L-U-V Show and Ticket Information!!!!


Directed and Choreographed by Chris Scott

Saturday March 8th, 8PM
New World Stages, Stage 1
340 West 50th Street (between 8th & 9th Ave.)

Tickets WILL be available at the theatre box office and at
www.telecharge.com starting Friday Feb. 15th!!!!


Christopher Scott was featured in Dance Magazine as one of
the Up and Coming tap dancers in the industry today (2003).
As a performer, Christopher was a dancer in Jason Samuels
Smith’s Emmy Award Winning number of the 2003 Jerry
Lewis/MDA Telethon. Other television appearances include
the 25th Anniversary Gala Performance of the Kennedy
Center, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Vibe with Sinbad
as a featured dancer.

Christopher was a principal dancer in the touring company
of the Award Winning show Bring In Da’Noise, Bring In
Da’Funk and was featured in Debbie Allen’s productions of
Soul Possessed in Washington D.C. and at the Alliance
Theatre in Atlanta Georgia. He has acted as well as danced
in the productions of “Love” at the Tribecca Studios and
has also performed at The Apollo and the Russian Tea Room.
Other performances include “A Salute to The Cotton Club”,
“A Winter Explosion - Alvin Ailey”, Derrick Grant’s “A
Night Out” in both New York City and California.

As an instructor, Christopher has taught in both the 2003
and 2004 Annual Los Angeles Tap Festivals, UCLA, Yale
University, Philadelphia School of the Performing Arts,
High Schools of Performing Arts in Washington, DC and Los
Angeles, Boces Cultural Arts Center, the Debbie Allen Dance
Academy, and New York City’s acclaimed Broadway Dance
Center. He has also taught as a master instructor for Dance
Masters of America. Christopher is currently on the faculty
of Variations Dance Studio in Long Island, NY and continues
to travel abroad as a special guest performer & instructor.

- Bio Courtesy of Divine Rhythm Productions


Welcome to Minton's Playhouse in Harlem NYC
Marvel Allen & Omar Edwards , Tapping into the music

Appearing At
Minton's Playhouse
Legendary Birthplace of Modern Jazz
210 W 118th Street
(Adam Clayton Powell (7th Ave) / St. Nicholas Ave.)
(212) 864-8346
Every Tuesday
Sets are 9 p.m., 10:30 PM and 12:30 a.m.
Two drink minimum and $10 music charge

Welcome to Minton's. The classic '30s Harlem jazz house
discovered legends like Charlie Parker, Miles Davis,
Dizzy Gillespie
and Thelonious Monk.
Shuttered down in '74 (after an unfortunate foray into
Minton's is reopened with its original giant neon sign
blazing on the
corner, and small stage dusted off and ready to make
more history.
Inside, settle in and order a Sugar Hill Golden Ale
from Veronica, and
kick back with the rest of the diverse, laid-back
crowd: Japanese
businessmen, hipsters, and, of course, old school
Minton's patrons in
suits and cravats (with trumpets tucked under their
What's Doing at Minton's
. The house bands blow some great jazz (like Eli and
the Organizers,
who roll in with an old wooden organ on a dolly), but
make sure to
stay on for their famous after-hours jam sessions, when
things get a
little crazy like they did back in the day. Guys in the
audience start
jumping onstage with their own instruments and doing
their thing (if
you're getting ideas, we hope your "thing" doesn't
involve a kazoo and


Omar Edwards started dancing at the age of 13 when he
saw his cousin Savion Glover
perform in the movie “Tap”. He soon began to learn
from dancers such as Van Porter,
Marie Brooks and Henry LeTang. At the age of 16,Omar
Edwards formed a group Toe
Jamm with Daniel Wooten,Jr. They appeared 13 times on
Ed McMahon’s Star Search
and won the grand prize. The duo’s success led them to
numerous appearances on
national television shows and an extensive tour
throughout Europe and Japan.

In 1993, Omar performed throughout the two-year
international tour of the Broadway hit
Black and Blue, and then joined the Broadway Cast of
Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da
Funk. An integral member of Savion Glover’s dance
company N.Y.O.T.S., he performed
in Savion Glover’s Downtown live communication. He has
performed with major stars,
from Buster Brown to Bunny Briggs and recently toured
Europe with blues legend Linda
Hopkins in her shows Wild Woman Blues.

Omar completed his first roles in the Motion pictures
"CAMP" and "The Run" and he can be seen every Saturday
night on NBC's
Showtime at the Apollo. Mr. Edwards also produced and
recorded two Tap Dance albums. His first album "Tap
Dancin' is Music" has sold over 5,000 copies independently.
He recently released his second album "Steel Music". Omar
continues to tour his one man dance concerts through out
the United States
and overseas averaging at least 150 Tap shows a year.
Most recently, he opened his own Tap Dance and Rehearsal
Studio in Harlem, April 2006 along with Dormeshia


Dendê & Hahahaes
Original Afro-Brazilian Music

Saturday, February 16th
8:30pm - 1:30am
204 Varick Street (@ Houston)

Formed in 2002, Hãhãhães is named after the Indian
Pataxó-Hãhãhães that once inhabited the city of
Salvador in Bahia,
Brazil. Lead by master Afro-Brazilian percussionist
Dendê, the beat is
always central, but it is tempered by thought provoking
lyrics and
sweet melodies. Comprised of musicians of various
backgrounds, the
groups' diversity permeates its music with rhythms
ranging from
Nigerian Afrobeat to Brazilian Samba to Cuban Pilón.

About Dendê
A former member of Timbalada, Dendê has been
professionally since the age of 14. With Timbalada,
Dendê toured all
over Brazil, Europe and Asia, appeared on various
television shows and
has performed and recorded with such artists as Marisa
Monte, Gilberto
Gil, Carlinhos Brown, Yvette Sangalo and Sepultura.
Having left Brazil
in 2001, Dendê now lives in New York, performing and
recording with
his groups Hãhãhães, an Afro-Brazilian/Afro-Cuban band,
Arrastão an
Afro-Brazilian percussion band and Ologundê, an
folkloric music and dance group. With these groups he
has toured all
over the US and Europe. In addition to his own work, he
has his
performed and recorded with artists such as Mongo
Santamaría, Jerry
Gonzales, Daniel Moreno, Tico da Costa, Vinicius
Cantuária and
Alessandra Belloni. Dendê also teaches Afro-Brazilian
percussion in
the New York City area.

The Band
Dende: percussion and vocals
Leslie: percussion and vocals
Jean-Marie: percussion
Adriano Santos: drums
Bina Coquet: guitar
Ze Grey: bass
Miho Nobuzane: keyboard
Ze Luis: sax and flute

Hey Chalk Fans!

The Chalks are celebrating 90 years in the business
(that's 30 x 3)
in a city near you! Tribute performances, party games,
Trailer Park Bark...
That settles it - you know you're gonna be there.

The Chalks Jamtastic Granite Anniversary Tour
Thursday, Feb. 28th
9:30 pm
Laurie Beechman Theatre @ The Westbank Cafe
207 W. 42nd St (just west of 9th Ave)
$10 cover / $15 food & beverage minimum
reservations suggested: 212.695.6909

PLUS*** visit www.thechalks.com and download a new
song. It's Free***

February 14, 2008

Dear VLA Friends and Members,

VLA is excited to offer the following program to
artists and attorneys:

Self Defense for Writers and Filmmakers*

with Mark Litwak, Esq.

Saturday, April 26, 2008: 10am -- 5pm

Manhattan location TBA

*Eight (8) New York CLE "Areas of Professional
Practice" credits
available (qualifying as "transitional" for newly
admitted attorneys)

Arists and Full-Time Students: $100 if registering on
or before
Friday, March 28th; $125 after March 28th.

Attorneys (including 8 CLE credits): $275 if
registering on or before
Friday, March 28th; $375 after March 28th.

All registration fees are nonrefundable.

Writers and filmmakers need to understand their legal
rights and how
to defend themselves from those who may seek to exploit
Production companies and distributors often know all
the tricks of the
trade, while writers and filmmakers know little about
how to protect

This seminar explains how writers and filmmakers can
prevent problems
from arising by properly securing underlying rights,
and by
encouraging the other party to live up to agreements by
performance incentives, default penalties and
arbitration clauses. In
the event of a dispute, participants learn what
remedies are available
to enforce their rights.

Related topics include creative approvals, typical
compensation and
terms of studio contracts, merchandising deals, and
tactics and strategies. The seminar includes more than
100 pages of
useful contracts, checklists, forms and materials.

Speaker: Mark Litwak is a veteran entertainment
attorney with offices
in Beverly Hills, California. His practice includes
work in the areas
of copyright, trademark, contract, multimedia law,
property, and book publishing. Litwak also functions as
a Producer's
Rep, assisting filmmakers in the financing, marketing
and distribution
of their films. For more information about Mark Litwak,
please see

To register, please complete this registration form.

Since 1969, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts has been
the leading
provider of pro bono legal services, mediation
services, educational
programs and publications, and advocacy to the arts community in New
York. The first arts-related legal aid organization, VLA is the model
for similar organizations around the world. For more information about
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, please see www.vlany.org.


Benjamin J. Brandow
email: bbrandow@vlany.org
phone: 212.319.2787 x16
web: http://www.vlany.org

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February 14, 2008 Happy V-Day!

Salsa Fundamentals...Preservation, Education, Evolution!
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-Still Time To Join Mid-Session!
-Partial Spring Session Schedule Now Online
-SF Event Futurecast for 2008
-Say Salsa?: What's old is new, but are we learning from our past?

Salsa Fundamentals LLC Services
New Winter Mid-Session Class.
There is still time and spots for our Mid-Session Beginners Salsa
Class! Tonight will be the last night to join. $120 individual/$230
per pair and includes 10 progressive classes, study guide, and music
cd for practice.
Class Location:
Fuller Movement Center
1477 Park St. 2nd Fl
Hartford, CT
Parking and Entrance around back on Bartholomew St.
Class Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Register now for this class onlinehere

Spring Session 2008
Our Spring Session is scheduled to begin the week of March 24-29, 2008.
A partial schedule of Salsa classes and new classes can be found on
our website. A full schedule of classes, new locations, and more will
be available in 2 weeks.
Register now for this class onlinehere

SF Event Futurecast for 2008
This will be the area to let you know about Salsa related events and
activities hosted by Salsa Fundamentals and others:
-Rhythmic Flava: A Cultural Dance Explosion
Arthur Murray Studios, 30 Wintonbury Mall, Bloomfield
Feb. 16, 2008 1 pm - 4 pm.
Come down and enjoy a host of dance workshops and performances ranging
from Ballroom, Hip-Hop, Soca, Salsa Fundamentals, Interpretive Dance,
and of course African Rhythm. Great mix of live and recorded music.
Fee $40 per person. Info call FLYY Fitness @860-778-1862
-El Gran Combo, Norwalk Concert Hall: Sat. Feb. 16, 2008
-Winter Blue Social: Fri, March 14, 2008
-Luna's Kings Of Comedy : Fri, April 4, 2008
-Boston Salsa Congress: April 4-6, 2008
-Return of the Bus Trip to NYC: April 2008
-CT Salsa Fest, Stamford: May 30-31, 2008
For more information email or call.

Say Salsa!
This section is like our commentary section, but this year is about
educating and being educated. Thus if you have something to share or
view...Say Salsa!
What's old is new, but are we learning from our past?
I remember an older Puerto Rican couple coming into class a few years
ago and telling me that they had come to class because they were told
they didn't know how to dance. A few years later I heard the same from
a male who had recently come from New York, where he danced Salsa all
his life. Just recently in explaining a step in class a female stated
"oh my God I have been doing it wrong all these years!"
Mi gente...STOP! LISTEN!! THINK!!! Where did Salsa begin? Where did
you first learn? Who taught you your first step?
Although there are many stories about its origin the blood line is
West Africa to Cuba, Cuba to Puerto Rico, and then Puerto Rico to the
World! The Afro-Cuban Guaguanco, which is purely based on
interpretation of the drum, was danced individually (no closed
position). The Plena of Puerto Rico used partnering, but even then it
wasn't the formalized dancing we see today. Many of you have been
dancing Salsa way before you knew it and have learned a tradtion that
has been pased down for years. The moves, the feeling, the
understanding are part of a culture that has been shared.
Point? Formalized dancing is great to watch as it is inspiring and
entertaining, still Salsa De Calle is where its at! No formalities, no
judges, no awards, no fear, no resentment, no competition. Caderas
(hips), hombros (shoulders), puños (fists), sonrisas (smiles) were and
are the essentials of Salsa. Thus do what you want and have a great
time doing it. The only place where Salsa should be judged as right
and wrong is in Ballroom (and even then they don't have the right) For
the rest of us take your classes, learn from many, buy all the music
you can, but in the end DANCE LIKE YOU!
Comments rey@trysalsa.com

email: rey@trysalsa.com
phone: 860-212-0350
web: http://www.trysalsa.com

News from Little Billy Entertainment

Word on the Street...

During a recent Q&A, I informed a group of students that I don't like
to refer to Drumadics as a "band", but instead I consider us to be a
"community". With varied cultural backgrounds and different versions
of the New York inner-city experience, we are a group of New Yorkers
united by our passion for art and performance. Despite all of our
differences, we embrace our similarities.

Performing in the subway has shown me that Drumadics is a microcosm of
the New York City community thus inspiring me to create a theater
production that brings to stage the story, the experience and the
conversation behind the people of this great city.

Drumadics: American Culture Defined will be a presentation of real
people and real life. I've taken the elements most familiar to
everyone - rhythm, movement and words - to create a theatrical
experience that entertains while challenging artists and audiences
alike to inquire more in-depth about who they are as New Yorkers,
Americans and global citizens.

I want people to leave the Drumadics experience with a greater
connection to their community, to the people in their surroundings,
and to the art of live performance. There is a great story to tell
about the culture of the American inner-city that has a tendency to be

I am excited to enter into the development and production of what I
know will be a major production for our times. I ask that you to
support me along the way.


William B. Johnson

Little Billy Entertainment's Drumadics theatrical production awarded a
grant from LMCC

Congratulations to our team! Little Billy Entertainment is excited to
announce that we have been awarded an initial grant from the Lower
Manhattan Cultural Council for William B. Johnson's theater production
Drumadics: American Culture Defined.

This grant kicks off an exciting fundraising campaign for the
production and presentation of this great new work. Find out how you
can be a part of the movement, contact info@littlebillyent.org today.

Drumadics heads to the NYC Schools
Your school could be next!

Little Billy Entertainment and Drumadics recently presented a dynamic
hour of music and dialogue to an enthused group of middle schoolers
during a January performance at I.S. 195/Roberto Clemento School in
Harlem through Harlem Stage/Aaron Davis Hall, Inc.'s HS in the Schools
program. Little Billy Entertainment has also been selected to conduct
two twelve week dance residences at A. Philip Randolph High School,
scheduled to begin this month.

If you are looking for high energy performances and exposure to a
cultural mix of music and dance, contact us today to bring outstanding
teaching artists and/or Drumadics to your school. For more
information please email info@littlebillyent.org.
Reach Thousands - Advertise with Drumadics!

Do you want to reach over 400,000 individuals per week? Advertise
your company logo on the new Drumadics subway banner.

Drumadics is selling promotional space on their new subway banner.
Your logo/company information will be seen by thousands of New York
City commuters, multiple times per week, between the hours of 3 to 9
pm, at NYC's most populated stations including Penn Station, 34th
Street/Herald's Square, 42nd Street/Times Square, Grand Central
Station and 14th Street/Union Square.

Contact drumadics@littlebillyent.org
for more information!

Deadline for April 1st Banner: March 8, 2008

VISIT US ONLINE: http://www.littlebillyent.org/


M.A.D.D. Rhythms performing at The Chicago International Salsa
Congress Thursday, Feb. 14 and Sat. Feb 16 8pm


Rosita Ragin

Chicago Cultural Alliance, Ltd.

773/206-5438/English or (312) 446-1909/Espan*ol



Chicago International Salsa Congress Unites Cultures and Showcases
Chicago's Roots to Latin Music and Dance for the 7th year

"THE HEATWAVE SIZZLES again! February 2008… with your invitation to
the seventh annual Chicago International Salsa Congress, an extended
weekend of music and dance for knowledgeable and novice Latin music
and dance Lovers of all ages"

This is Chicago's premier Latin/Afro-Caribbean music, dance and
cultural immersion event! Don't miss this opportunity to experience
exquisite performances by the world's best Latin dancers and
instructors who teach over 50 dance workshops over 3 days. Always
wanted to but never attended before? Here's your chance! Buff up your
cultural competency quotient and have a fabulous winter respite. Join
over 2500 daily attendees for an extended winter weekend that you will
never forget!

February 14-17, 2008

The 7th Annual Chicago International Salsa Congress

Westin O'Hare

6100 North River Road
• The congress full all-access pass includes 4 fabulous nights and 3
jam-packed days of outstanding Latin dance and music all for YOUR
• For the past 6 years, the CISC has unfailingly provided the most
celebrated Latin music bands and artists who all assemble on this one
special weekend in Chicago.
• Impress yourself at the CISC. You choose from 50 different dance
workshops taught by outstanding international, national and local
instructors. Offered at the beginner, intermediate and advance
levels, three to four workshops run concurrently – choose the ones you
like best at any time. Salsa, mambo, cha-cha-cha, rueda casino, Cuban
rumba, bomba y plena and Salsarobics and Zumba workshops featuring
everything you ever wanted to know about Latin/Afro Cuban/Caribbean
• De-stress yourself at the CISC by not missing even one of the 7
Spectacular afternoon or evening performances on the main stage! Each
day at 4:00 pm, the Emerging Artist Showcase features rising star
performers, the best performance is invited to reprise their act in
the evening show.
• Express yourself at the CISC. Show your moves until 3:00 am in the
elegant Grand Ballroom. Like variety? Latin Hustle, tango, meringue
or bachata in our second ballroom, you can do it all at the 2008 CISC!
• Discover the history and origins of Latin and Afro-Carribbean
music and culture through media presentations, lecture, and discussion
panel workshops or participate in an interactive percussion workshop.
• Applaud the lifetime contributions of nationally and
internationally known dancers, musicians and keepers of the cultural
flame celebrated through the CISC's Living Legends Awards.
• Take home "impossible to find" treasures of dance and workout
apparel, shoes, instruction videos, CDs, jewelry, artwork,
accessories, health care and beauty products from an array of CISC
• Want more? Play in the indoor swimming pool, workout in the gym,
play basketball, get a stress reducing massage or just sleep-in the
Westin's heavenly bed until you revive and start all over again! The
Chicago International Salsa Congress – a non-stop extended weekend
where you can come, see, learn, do!


For each of the four nights, we feature some of the world's greatest
salsa musicians and soneros. This year's music headliners will be
announced at our CISC press party on January 14 at Delacosta's, 333
Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL. Please join us, see performances and even
learn to mambo/salsa!

Official Congress disc jockeys*: Alberto "Escandalo" Gomez, Edgar
"Mambo King" Marroquin, Luis "Rollin" Rivera, Roberto "DJ Resonance"
Ayala and local radio personalities such as Miguel Angel Vazquez "El
Mostro" will provide the exciting musical landscape around the live
music for the Chicago Congress. You will find a myriad of
opportunities to try out newly learned dance moves, steps and shines
or just dance the night away with your own special partner or a newly
found friend.


From 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day, we offer the world's best dance
instructors in 50 dance workshops at all levels from
beginner/intermediate to advanced. Workshops feature famed instructors
like Maria Torres of NY, choreographer for the films "El Cantante" and
"Idlewild", the Broadway Show "Swing" and a recent coach on "So You
Think You can Dance?" to Tito and Vanessa direct from Puerto Rico. Go
to www.chicagosalsacongress.com for a full listing.


You will be thrilled to see the spectacular nightly performances at
9:00 pm on the main stage featuring the worlds most sought after
dancers! The Congress' celebrity emcees, Zoraida Sambolin,
Anchor/Reporter of NBC5 Television Network, Tsi-Tsi Romo and radio
personality, Ray Rubio are invited to introduce the evening's


Exciting opportunities to view and purchase the very latest dance
instruction and music videos, audio selections, dancewear, exercise
wear, dance shoes, jewelry, health care and relaxation and well care
products will all be available to you through an exciting array of
vendors from all over the world.

REGISTRATION-PASSES/TICKETS: on-line at www.chicagosalsacongress.com

Night Tickets available at Disco City, Lily's Record Shop, J & R
Record Shop and at selected Latin Dance Studios.

*Program partially confirmed, subject to change


Chicago Urban League! featuring M.A.D.D. Rhythms

ASA & P.E.A.C.E.!







5:30 P.M. at the Chicago Urban League
4510 S. Michigan Ave.

Hip-Hop Detoxx Experience

Peace B Still!

Your Brother & Servant In The Cause Of Truth & Liberation
Brother Enoch "N.O.C." Muhammad
Visit: www.myspace.com/hiphopdetoxx



Contact: Andrea Bloukos
Phone: 512-732-2602
Email: dmsandrea@aol.com
Stop Date: March 12, 2008
High Resolution Images Available Upon Request
Attached Photo: Arthur Duncan / Photographer: Carol Felauer

The Legendary Tap Master ARTHUR DUNCAN (The Lawrence Welk Show)
Tapestry Dance Company's THE SOULS OF OUR FEET 2008!

What: The premiere of The Souls of Our Feet 2008 / More Celebrations
of American Tap Dance

(Austin, TX) To standing ovations, Tapestry Dance Company (Austin's
own award winning professional dance company) is delivering flying
feet from the past to present as part of the National Endowment for
the Arts: American Masterpieces Touring Roster. The Souls of Our Feet
(voted BEST DANCE CONCERT by the Austin Critics Table Awards - 2007)
is making a mark across the country bringing American tap dance to
numerous U.S. cities this season!

With generous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts:
American Masterpieces (through the New England Foundation of the Arts)
and a $40,000 gift from The Hegardt Foundation, Tapestry premieres the
second installment of this fast paced collection of footwork adding
more of the best of tap dance masterpieces from Fred Astaire & Ginger
Rogers to the contemporary master work of
Brenda Bufalino & The American Tap Dance Orchestra!

Join TDC Artistic Director Acia Gray, Broadway's Dianne Walker and the
swingin' Eddie Hobizal Jazz Trio as The Souls of Our Feet welcomes the
legendary Arthur Duncan of The Lawrence Welk Show as the tour's newest

When: March 7th - 9th, 2008
Where: Helm Fine Arts Center - Temple Theatre / Austin, TX
St. Stephen's Episcopal School - 2900 Bunny Run
Time: Friday & Saturday 8pm / Saturday & Sunday 2:00pm
($30) - 1/2 price available for Students & Seniors

For Tickets, Group Sales & Information 512-773-7827



Caroline Calouche & Co.
Artistic Director: Caroline Calouche
Gastonia, NC

Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth
Artistic Director: Kerry Kreiman
Forth Worth, TX

KDH Dance
Artistic Director: Kathy Hamrick
Austin, TX

March 28th at 8PM

March 29th at 2PM, 8PM

Sanders Theater
Fort Worth Community Arts Center

Check out the movie "Lifted" at the Pan African Film Festival!

*Look out for New York Artist Kahiry Bess!

"Lifted is a movie about Dance and Tap.

Director: Randall Dottin
Language: English
Country: US
Producer: Joames Prosper
Genre: Short
Awards: Best Short, Roxbury Film Festival
Screenwriter: Randall Dottin
Costume: Nikki Ellis
Dir. of Photography: John Dabrowski
Editor: Derek Mok
Sound: Steve Slanec & Skywalker Sound
Casting: Liz Ortiz Mackes
Set Design: Chad Nielsen
Duration: 30min.
Year: 2007
Screening Time: 02/17/2008 - 1:35pm

A mother/dancer meets her spiritual guardian on a subway station
platform after she abandons her child. Trapped in the station, she
must find a way to get out but her guardian won't allow it unless she
is able to answer the question "Why does your son dance?" Q&A