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Mar 7, 2008


DeWitt playing at the Legendary Blue Note this Saturday

Hello Everyone, I'll be back at the Blue Note this Saturday
drums for Madafi. It's gonna be a hot show. She's got some
material that's really good. The show starts at 12:30am
that's Sunday Morning). It's a part of the Blue Note's late
groove series. Tickets are only $8 dollars, so come on out
and have
some fun. The last show we did there went really well, and
had a great time. Well, I hope everyone is doing good, and
I hope to
see you Saturday. The link to the show is below.

DeWitt Fleming



Busquelo returns to his ol Stompin grounds, the ever funky
BEMBE, this
Thursday night, in support of the excellent group La Buya
who plays an
energetic jazz inflected afro antillean chowder.

You are invited to dance if the music so moves you. We'll
be getting
into plenty of afro latin heat and lots of other tasty
excursions; a perfect complement to your perfectly blended
Mojito /
Caipirinha / Ron Anejo.

Rumor has it DJ Leez (partner in crime @ WKCR) will grace
the decks as well.
BEMBE is situated just under the Williamsburg Bridge
at 81 South 6th St
Corner of Berry
close to the L to Bedford and JMZ to Marcy Ave.
10pm - 4am and Free like you and me.

Don't forget: tune in to 89.9 FM WKCR on Friday Night for
the Mambo
Machine 11pm - 2am or

Much warmth to all of you!



Walking In Time and Finger Lakes Tap Dance Festival

Walking In Time returns to the historic State Theatre
featuring Dr.
Jimmy Slyde*, Dianne "Lady Di" Walker, Michelle Dorrance,
Mendes, Andrew J. Nemr and Baakari Wilder. Special guests
Ithaca College Tap Club, Armstrong School of Dance, and the
Dance Company, with live music by The ZMQ. Dont' wait,
Tickets TODAY!!


Finger Lakes Tap Dance Festival
Don't forget to Register Today!!!

While your up in Ithaca for Walking in Time don't forget to
this year's Finger Lakes Tap Festival from March 28-30,
2008. This
year's scheduled guest artists are Dr. Jimmy Slyde*, Dianne
"Lady Di"
Walker, Michelle Dorrance, Rocky Mendes, Andrew J. Nemr,
and Baakari
Wilder. TWO Full Days of Workshops including a special
to Tap Dance for Adults will make this weekend something
indeed. For up-to-date details on our artists and the
schedule for the
weekend visit

Hi Everyone,
So, I'm gonna pat myself on the back. I just booked a
Shop Rite
commercial and I'm the principal! Yay! But here's what I
wanted to
tell you. First of all, for all you struggling actors, I
got called
in for this audtition from dropping off a headshot at a
summer stock
musical audition for Maine State LAST YEAR!!!!! Somehow, my
ended up in the hands of the casting director for this.
if you think they don't look at that stuff, get your
picture out
there. Who knew? I never heard from Maine State, but
look what
happened. And secondly, for my students, we shoot this
overnight tonight, and as much as I love you, I ain't
gettin' my
pretty little butt out of bed to teach tomorrow. Evan has
agreed to sub for me. So yes, sorry for the bragging.
forgive me. It's my first commercial and I'm excited.
Thanks for
indulging me.

Tap City, The New York City Tap Festival
July 5th - 11th, 2008

Sneak Preview is now on the website!

Amazing Youth Repertory Program for kids ages 9 - 14 with
Hilberman, Chloe Arnold, and Karen Callaway Williams

NEW! Mini Tap Fest for kids ages 6 - 8

Pre-Professional Program for advanced teens with outstading
choreographers Ayodele Casel, Jason Janas, and Heather

Adult Residencies with Derick K. Grant, Barbara Duffy, and
"Brownie" Brown & Reggio McLaughlin

Adult 2-day Courses and 3 days of Master Classes

Visit the TAP CITY website for more information!


For information on Youth Scholarships & Performance
visit the website


Related Rhythm: W-L-U-V Performance

Saturday, March 8 at 8 pm
W-L-U-V taps out the Rhythm of Love
To the Sound Track of Your Life

Take great love songs from right now back to the Roaring
20's such as
"The Way You Look Tonight," "Cheek to Cheek," "Ribbon in
the Sky," and
"Ordinary People." Mix them up with 3 pairs of the hardest
most gorgeous young tap dancers on stage today. Then serve
them up
with Max Love, the coolest DJ this side of paradise. What
have you
got? A recipe for a night full of beautiful memories.

Performers include: Kendrick Jones II, Michela Marino
Lerman, Garrett
Minniti, Carson Murphy, Chris Scott, & Melinda Sullivan
with Camille
Gaston as radio personality & DJ Max Love

New World Stages (Theater 1)
340 W. 50th Street
New York City

Telecharge at 800-432-7250 or online at
(click on venues - New World Stages 1)
$30, $40

*This is not an ATDF produced event*


Related Rhythm: Margaret Morrison Performance in Brooklyn

Friday, March 21 at 8 pm
An Evening of Jazz, Tap & Song

Rhythm Tap soloist Margaret Morrison is joined by Robin
Burdulis on
percussion, Theo Hill on piano, Lisa Parrot on sax, and
other friends
for an evening of tap dance and swinging jazz music.

The Good Coffeehouse
53 Prospect Park West
at 2nd St.
Brooklyn, NY

$10 at the door

*This is not an ATDF produced event*


Restoring the spirit of entertainment, Broadway Underground
audiences of every age with spontaneous and rhythmic
comedy. Tappers,
Jared Grimes and DeWitt Fleming host this "blast from the
phenomenon filled with amazing talent straight off the New
York City
streets. Every show offers new acts and hilarious skits
from the real
life stories of roommates Jared and DeWitt, who found their
singing and dancing underground in the subways of New York
City. The
open session ends the evening where artists flock to the
stage for
their minute of fame as they launch themselves into the den
of live
talent to be seen by all the world.
B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
237 West 42nd St.
New York City

$12.50 at Gold Star
$20 at the door
$10 food/drink minimum

Check out the BROADWAY UNDERGROUND website

*This is not an ATDF produced event*


Self Defense for Writers and Filmmakers

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"
available (qualifying as "transitional" for newly admitted

Arists and Full-Time Students: $100 if registering on or
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
Rep, assisting filmmakers in the financing, marketing and
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
provider of pro bono legal services, mediation services,
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


Benjamin J. Brandow

The Hip Hop ConnXion proudly presents…


Saturday March 15, 2008

7:30 p.m.

United the best in Chicago on one stage for one night only!

One of the top urban dance showcases of the year featuring
some of the
best hip hop, breaking, footwork and urban tap companies in
and surround states.


Hip Hop ConnXion Elite (Headquarters)
HHC Chicago – Downtown
Culture Shock Chicago
Dance 2XS Chicago
MADD Rhythms
Footwork Kingz
Nonstop Productions
Hip Hop Force
Phaze II – Crosstown Crew
HHC Michigan – Rhythmic Soul Project
HHC Indiana – Sequel
House Arrest 2

You can purchase tickets at or buy
them at the
Athenaeum theatre on the day. Group rates available by
emailing or calling 847-342-7658 ext 3

For more info email
Info @
Or call 847-342-7658 ext 3

You can also visit or

Athenaeum Theatre
2936 N. Southport
Chicago, IL 60657

$16 General Admission
$9 Children under 10

Doors open at 7 p.m.

Show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago

showcases its exciting and dynamic repertoire in two

Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8 at 8 p.m.

at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago's
Millennium Park.

Giordano will premiere former Joffrey ballet dancer Davis
new work Moanin' Low.

They will also perform Prey by former Hubbard Street Dance
member Ron De Jesus,

Le Grand Futur Is Here! by Emmy Award-winner Mia Michaels,

Pyrokinesis by former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Christopher L. Huggins and more!

Don't miss the company the Sun-Times says "doesn't just

they are propelled by an extraordinarily powerful set of

Call (312) 334-7777 or visit for

Use code LOW to receive $5 off your ticket!
Motor City Tap Fest!

A message from Bril Barrett:

For everybody who has been waiting on more information
about the motor
city tap festival

The website is up

And the schedule/registration form is up to download,
print, and send.

I look forward to seeing everyone there!





LA Times No Longer Supports a Full-Time Dance Critic...
Lewis Segal let go...

March 3, 2008

Endangered dance species...another critic bites the dust
By Sasha Anawalt
Lewis Segal, chief dance critic for the Los Angeles Times,
Friday that the paper will no longer support a full-time
dance critic.
His position is being eliminated. This after a week in
which he wrote
three feature-length reviews, a Sunday piece and a long

In a city where dance riddles the inner sanctums of
churches, temples,
community centers, clubs, gymnasiums and zocalos, to say
nothing of
the nearly 280 legit performance spaces in mainstream
theaters, large,
mid-sized and small -- this signals a gigantic disconnect
between the
people and press.

Writes Segal, who has been in the post since 1996 and
written about
dance for the LAT for 12 years before that:

' position is being eliminated in the latest round of
of staff
layoffs and cutbacks...I have followed my supervisors'
advice and
applied for the Times buyout, which means I'll be off the
staff as of
the end of this month. However, there is some talk about my
freelancing for the paper in the future.'

Segal's intrepid and passionate coverage extends to nearly
every part
of the globe; he is by common consensus one of the most
travelled arts writers of his generation. It's safe to say
that the
open, porous and welcoming embrace Angelenos now have
particularly for
non-Western forms is due to him.

This news comes right as Los Angeles Ballet is making a
dent, right as
it looks like there might be a relevant and exciting
classical company
finally anchored in this city. It comes when TV dance shows
viewerships and for good reason. Right when there are more
spoken here than ever before and we must depend on dance
watchers to
decipher and translate culture from Other to Other. Segal
is the right
man, the best man, for this job -- and his loss is worth
protesting on
many fronts.

You can contact Segal at
Joanne DiVito
Los Angeles Administrator
Career Transition For Dancers
The Connection to Your Future

5757 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 455
Los Angeles, CA 90036
T 323 549 6660
F 323 549 6810

Career Transition for Dancers is a not-for-profit
organization that
enables dancers to define their career possibilities and
develop the
skills necessary to excel in a variety of disciplines.

Los Angeles Choreographers Events
"The Shampoo" "Los(t) Angeles" "Identity"

The Reality Series
"The Shampoo" "Los(t) Angeles" "Identity"
Louise Reichlin & Dancers/LA Choreographers & Dancers
Sunday March 9, 2008, 2 performances @ 1:00 and 4:00 pm
in a preview of their new interactive dance/multimedia
LOCATION: The Rosalie and Alva Performance Gallery
1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro CA 90732
$15 general, $13 DRC/senior/student (with ID)
Purchase on
or call 213-385-1171 for reservations.



A clip of Buster Cooper.

This is one of our living legends still putting it down.
This is what
happens when you live your life doing something you love!


A message from Michele Natarelli:

Live each day like it was your last. And watch this video
from a man
that gets it.
Be well,