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Apr 5, 2008


ON APRIL 8th 2008 at 7pm, CBS will be airing a NEW LIVE
look for Jason Samuels Smith and his choreography on a STAR
in addition to 15 other tap dancers who you may know and
love...don't forget to tune in and spread the word!
Camaradas & Divine Rhythm Productions present
Hosted by
Critically Acclaimed Tap Dancer & Actress
(Movies include "The Rise & Fall of Miss Thang", "Tap",
"Bamboozled", Broadway's Bring in Da'Noise, Bring in
Da'Funk and Black & Blue)
DATE: Monday, April 21st
TIME: 8pm until 11:30pm
Only $7 at the door. Food and beverage available for
purchase. Live Music!
Performers - RSVP to DRP for the DRP list's reduced rate.
Bar & Restaurant
2241 First Avenue & 115th street, NYC 10029

CAMARADAS el barrio is located on 2241 First Avenue, near
the corner of 115 Street, in the Spanish Harlem (El Barrio)
section of New York City.
By public transportation, you can take the No. 6 subway to
116 Street, or any local bus traveling on the East Side of
Manhattan (116 Street is a Limited Stop).
By car, the Triborough Bridge is usually the fastest way to
Spanish Harlem if you are coming from Queens or Long
Island. From the Bronx or Upstate, the Willis Avenue Bridge
connects directly to Spanish Harlem, just a few blocks
North of CAMARADAS. From Uptown Manhattan, the FDR Drive
has exits on 116, 106 and 96 Streets. From Downtown
Manhattan, you can take the FDR Drive North to 96 Street.
At First Avenue, you can make a right turn and continue to
travel North – CAMARADAS will be on your left as you
approach 115 Street.
The Ailey Extension and Divine Rhythm Productions present


Jason Samuels Smith


Chloe Arnold


MAY 24th 2008

1-2pm - Intermediate Advanced Level - Chloe
2-3pm - Intermediate Advanced Level - Jason
4-5pm - Advanced Beg Level - Chloe
5-6pm - Beginner Level - Jason

1- class = $20
2- classes = $35
All four = $70
*Any Class Purchase Includes Open Floor/Tap Jam with the
artists hour
*Tap Jam with Artists only - $5 entry


Features a show by Vocalist Marvel Allen with Her Trio, and
Tap Dance sensation Omar Edwards "Tapping into Music" with
a jam session that follows...
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

Dendê & Hahahaes
Original Afro-Brazilian Music
Saturday, April 5th
8:30pm - 12:30am
204 Varick Street (@ Houston)
Formed in 2002, Hãhãhães is named after the Indian tribe
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 performing
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 Afro-Brazilian 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
Eduardo: percussion
Gilo: drums
Gustavo Dantas: guitar
Ze Grey: bass
Mamiko Watanabe: keyboard
Ze Luis: sax and flute


"Diary of a Tap Dancer" ™ at The Apollo's Salon Series
April 11th and 12th

Hi Everyone!

I hope this email finds you well and I hope you can come
out and support installment #3 of "Diary of a Tap Dancer"™
next Friday and Saturday at The Apollo. I have in recent
years made it a mission to give tap dancers a literal voice
and I am extremely proud and grateful for the support this
piece has been given. The last two incarnations included
Joseph Wiggan, Maya Jenkins, Warren Craft and Michelle
Dorrance. This time around we have Jason Janas, Sarah
Savelli, Travis Knights and myself. "Diary" is an honest
celebration of who we are as human beings and consequently
as tap dancers. The work is very personal and If you are
around and able to attend it would be nice to see you
there. Let's continue to support tap dancing in mainstream
venues :)

Looking forward...

Ayodele Casel

“Diary of a Tap Dancer”
April 11th and 12th
7:30 PM






Located at:

401 West 149th street (take the A train to 145th and dance
4 blocks
north) bet St. Nick & Convent



Small Donation required for FOOD


ONLY $10 for SPECTATORS (includes 2 drinks)

MAY 24th 2008


News from Broadway Dance Center

Absolute Beginner Workshop
Begins April 6th

This 8-week workshop,held four times a year, provides
adults with little or no dance training the opportunity to
learn to dance! Classes are offered in Jazz, Ballet, Tap,
Hip-Hop, Theatre Dance, Latin Jazz, and African. Over the
course of the workshop, Broadway Dance Center's experienced
instructors teach their students the fundamentals of their
chosen discipline. For more information, please call (212)
582-9304 x 81 or email ABWorkshop@bwydance.com.

Summer Intern Program
June 15th - August 10th
Applications due May 2nd

BDC's Summer Intern Program is the ultimate intensive
course for the aspiring dancer -- apply now for this
renowned eight-week program, recently redesigned to
guarantee even more powerful results.
•   10 classes each week
•   Weekly closed Master Classes
•   Weekly dance industry-related seminars
•   Matriculate for the Training Track or audition for the
Pre-Professional Track (both feature full-time curricula,
with level-appropriate Master Classes)
•   Interns work behind the scenes here at one of the largest
dance studios in the world, AND serve as staff for our
thrilling Summer PULSE event
•   We welcome applications from serious students of dance at
varying levels of technical study

Teacher Workshop
July 4-6th

Join us for this legendary workshop and walk away with new
ideas, teaching materials and inspiration for the entire
year ahead! The Teacher Workshop hosts over 60 classes in
one weekend. Dance classes in all styles and levels are
offered. Seminars on creative movement, marketing, Web
sites, flooring, retail store opportunities and public
relations are also available. Teachers can attend one or
both days, participate in all classes or simply sit and
observe the weekend.

For more information, visit us online or call (212)
582-3474 x 27.


The Pulse On Tour
NYC July 4-7th, LA July 25-27th

Broadway Dance Center is proud to present The Pulse On
Tour, an exciting Hip-Hop and Jazz weekend event. This
year, the Pulse has sold out in 11 cities and will conclude
with summer events in NYC and LA!
Join us for our PULSE SUMMER in NYC (July 4-July 7, 2008)
and LA (July 25-July 27, 2008)!
We invite you for an intensive four-day workshop in NYC or
our three-day workshop in LA! Train with our celebrity
PULSE faculty, special guests and BDC master faculty. Enjoy
classes, seminars and performances all day everyday. Trust
BDC for your ultimate summer dance experience.
For more information, visit us online or call (212)
582-3474 x 27.
Shop BDC Online

WELCOME TO THE BDC ONLINE STORE-- your home for all things
BDC and The Pulse On Tour, plus exclusive web-only items
available to be delivered right to your doorstep. Whether
you need a memorable gift or something for yourself,
dancers and non-dancers alike will enjoy quality bodywear
and accessories straight from the world famous Broadway
Dance Center.

WINTER SALE!!! 20% off Snow Hoodies, Basketball Shorts, and
Sleeveless Hooded Zip Ups!
Questions about Merchandise?
Call 212.582.3474 x60.

Broadway Dance Center
322 West 45th Street, 3rd FL
New York, NY 10036


Aaron Cusack and africanculture.com.au presents

'African Explosion' - Friday 11th April

An explosive night of West African percussion to celebrate
Senegalese Independence Day
Featuring high energy drum and dance. Get up and dance and
feel the infectious rhythm.

International artists include Lamine Sonko, King Marong,
Pape M'Baye, Yacou M'Baye and Fode Mane.
With special guests ASIKO.

Support includes...
Shonah Honeyhill and her band will perform Shonah's
original songs about life,
love, Africa, Australia and motherhood. Featuring acoustic
guitar, electric bass,
vocals and drumkit, her music is fresh, groovy and poetic.

As well as a hot set from a combination of Australia's best
Brazilian Percussionists.

East Brunswick Club
280 Lygon Street, East Brunswick.

Cost - $18+BF presale / $20+BF at the door.
Doors 8.30pm.

See more details for the night and workshops here...


Saturday 12th April
African Drum and Dance Workshops with stars from 'AFRICAN

Sabar and Djembe drum and Dance workshops at a nearby
Melbourne Venue. $20 per workshop.

Email - AARON CUSACK (aaron@africanculture.com.au) to book
a place for any of the workshops.


Samba Percussion Course
Instructor: Philip Galinsky, Ph.D.
Director, Samba New York!

Mondays, April 7, 14, 21 & 28

Beginning Section:
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Course fee: all 4 classes for $90 (includes $10 donation to
Frederick Douglass for use of the instruments)
$25 per individual class

Advanced Section:
8:00 - 9:30 PM
Course fee: all 4 classes for $90 (includes $10 donation to
Frederick Douglass for use of the instruments)
$25 per individual class

Classes on April 7, 14 & 28 will be held at:

Frederick Douglass Academy
2581 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Boulevard
Corner of 149th Street
New York City

Class on April 21 will be held at:

Ultrasound Music Studios
251 West 30th Street
at 8th Avenue
7th Floor, Studio J
New York City

The Samba Percussion Course is an intensive workshop
designed to train students in the fundamentals of samba
percussion, drawing on Samba New York!'s original
arrangements and the styles of some of Rio's top samba
schools. There is no other course like this one being
offered in New York City!

The Beginning Section focuses on the basics of the samba
school Bateria (percussion ensemble). Students will learn
technique, the rhythmic structure of samba, and how to play
with swing. The class will work on simple arrangements for
samba-enredos (theme sambas) and will be asked to practice
their instruments and to do listening exercises on a weekly
basis. Students are encouraged to master the basics as
quickly as possible and to move to the Advanced Section
when they are ready. Beginning students may stay and
participate in the Advanced Section for no additional

The Advanced Section serves as training for performances of
the Samba New York! Bateria. Students will learn more
advanced techniques and arrangements and will be expected
to focus on one instrument. Advanced students may arrive
early and participate in the Beginning Section for no
additional charge.

To register for either section, send us an email with your
name, telephone number, and experience with samba
percussion. The instructor will determine your level based
on the information you provide and possibly an audition.
Instruments will be provided.

Directions: By subway, take the 3 train to the last stop
(148th Street). The building is directly above the station.
By car, take the Harlem River Drive to the 155th Street
Exit. At the exit ramp, turn left onto Frederick Douglass
Boulevard and another left onto 150th Street to Adam
Clayton Powell. Cross Adam Clayton Powell and drive up the
ramp to the school's free parking lot.



Second Annual Dance Parade May 17 2008

New York, NY, U.S.A.
Deadline: Sat May 17, 2008
Performance Date: Saturday, May 17 2008
Contact: www.danceparade.org
About Dance Parade
FESTIVAL - MAY 17 2008 A great way to increase Press,
Education, Membership and Support for your organization
DANCE PARADE danceparade.orgIn May 2007 Dance Parade New
York brought together over 4000 dancers and 13 floats down
New York's Broadway and Fifth Avenue in the first-ever
parade and festival to celebrate all forms of
dance--everything from the ancient dances to present forms,
world cultures to club. The first year success showed that
Dance Parade can and should grow to be a positive force and
energetic expression of our diverse dance communities. On
Saturday May 17th 2008 we will once again join colorful
floats, live bands and DJ's to dance in the streets to
Contra, Disco, Clogging, Ballroom, Irish Step, Hip Hop,
Swing, Ballet, Japanese, Sufi, Samba and more - All forms
of dance are represented demonstrating that Dance is a
vibrant, expressive form of art. Individual dancers can
sign up free--Register your dance organization for $100
(scholarships available see attached scholarship
application) to offset insurance and production costs--your
website link will be seen by thousands of dance interested
folks and if you don't have a website, let us know and we
can program a webpage for you! To apply for a visa,
registered participants receive an official certificate of
registration signed by the President of DanceParade. Please
make arrangements as early as possible. Please note: All
participants in the Parade and Festival are responsible for
their own transportation, housing and other needs. We are
an all volunteer run Non-Profit Organization who seeks to
show that dance is an expressive and unifying form of
art--Our aim is to educate the public on the wonderful
health and cultural benefits of dance. In doing so, we aim
to support and strengthen the role of dance in our culture.
Join Us, Volunteer, Donate or check out DanceParade.Org and
add your name to our Newsletter!

To register yourself or your group online

1. go to: www.danceparade.org
2. go to JOIN THE PARADE and click THE PARADE

3. click on the button that describes you best
4. fill out the online application
5. If you do not see your dance style listed, please select
an item that represents you the closest.
6. THEN in the SPECIAL REQUESTS Box, Please list your dance
style (we will have our tech people change that for you.
7. If you are a group, you are eligible to apply for a
8. Please make a note in the SPECIAL REQUESTS Box that you
are applying for a scholarship
9. A scholarship application has been attached for your use
in PDF and WORD format.
10. You must submit a website; however, if you do not have
one, please type in the dance parade website address
11. In the SPECIAL REQUESTS Box, please request a
complimentary webpage and we will accommodate your group if
you do not have a website or webpage of your own


ONCE YOU HAVE REGISTERED - Would you like a free Webpage?
If so, we can program a webpage for dance organizations not
already having one. Just send us a few jpeg photos, short
bio and contact information. EMAIL greg@danceparade.org for
more information


ONCE YOU HAVE REGISTERED - To apply for a visa, registered
Receive an official certificate of registration signed by
the President of DanceParade.
Please make arrangements as early as possible. EMAIL



Please see the attached float price list. EMAIL Tze for
more details about renting a float or using your own
vehicle at tze@danceparade.org

Deadline for float registration is April 21, 2008



ONCE YOU HAVE REGISTERED - In order to participate in the
festival, you must register for the parade first. Once you
are registered, Please send your request to our festival
director Mariana Bekerman. Her email is

When you write to her, please include the following
information such that Ms. Beckerman can begin submitting
your application for consideration to the committee for the
dance festival.

1. A Biography of your group, or some information about
your group.

2. Your groups website and

3. A video or video link



DANCE PARADE 'Fun Raisers' - A Taste of the Fun and
Excitement Ahead in the Second Annual New York Dance

We ask the dancers to come out and perform.

April 29th – International dance day
May 8th or May 9th
May 17th - POST PARTY

Send email to Karen@danceparade.org or

www.danceparade.org . . .


DANCE PARADE DEADLINES – Scholarship, Registration, Parties
and More!


March 31, 2008 – Deadline March 31, 2008 – Scholarships Are
Available To Groups Who Submit Their Application to Dance
Parade by the End of March

April 21st, 2008 - FLOATS - Either you can create your own
float or Dance Parade can arrange one for you. Whether you
bring your float or use one of ours, it is necessary to
read, complete and send us the Float Entry Form by April
15th 2008.
www.danceparade.org . . .

April 21 2008 - Last Day to Register For the Parade
Www.Danceparade.Org . . .

May 17 2008 - Dance Parade and Festival


Please contact me if you have further questions.
Be well,


Personal Contact Information
331 West 57th Street, Unit 144, New York, New York 10019
Dance Professionals Social Network dance.meetup.com . . .
The Athens Dance Network / To diktuo Xopou tis Athinas
dance.meetup.com . . .


See E-Moves w/Tamango, Francesca Harper, House of Ninja,
Nelida Tirado + more!

Friday, April 4 + Saturday, April 12; 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 6; 3 PM

Delight in exuberant, new dance works showcased by fifteen
E-Merging, E-Volving and E-Stablished choreographers. Six
performances turn it out with new works that span the
spectrum of
dance including prior stand-out E-Volving choreographers
Hattie Mae
Williams ('07), Nelida Tirado ('07) and Andre Machari
Zachery ('05)
as well as fresh talents, Alexandria Bradley (Tap), Chloe
(Tap), Corey Baker and Leyland Simmons (Modern/Ballet),
The House of
Ninja (Vogue), Mina Nishimura (Contemporary), Francine Ott
Modern/ African Fusion) and Jacinta Vlach

Saturday, April 5 + Friday, April 11; 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 13; 3 PM

E-stablished choreographers BRING IT! starting with master
phenomenon Tamango and his collaboration with maverick
funk, jazz
guitarist Charlie Hunter - rhythm artist without
boundaries. Then,
Francesca Harper Project's multi-disciplinary work, Modo
Truth for Sale, explores personal rage, social
consciousness, and the
lines between commercial art and true expression through a
blend of original choreography, live music and original
video by Ms.
Harper, herself.

General Tickets: $22

Harlem Residents
(walk up only) +
HS Members: $17

Valid ID required.
Fees may apply.

For tickets call 212.281.9240

Harlem Stage Gatehouse
150 Convent Avenue
(W. 135h & Convent Ave.)


Dan Mitra in Amateur Night at the Apollo
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 7:30 PM

Dan Mitra will be performing his solo, "Get Yo' Feet Back
on the Ground," at Amateur Night at the Apollo on May 14th.
Due to the audience picked winner format he needs anyone
and everyone to attend and support him.

For tickets call the Apollo at 212-531-5305 or Ticketmaster
at 212-307-7171 or go to www.ticketmaster.com/venue/6
tickes are onlly $15.


Studio Museum 2008 Spring Exhibitions and Projects Opening

*Opens Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Exhibitions and projects will be on view through June 29,

144 West 125th Street
(Between Malcolm X and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvds)
New York, NY 10027

Tel. 212.864.4500


Caroline Calouche & Co.'s Youth Dance Ensemble is
performing at Earth Day Charlotte on Saturday April 19,




M.A.D.D. Rhythms, Inc. Newsletter
Everything you need to know about us and what we are up to

SPRING is FINALLY here and it couldn't have come at a
better time! M.A.D.D. Rhythms is enjoying our strongest
year EVER! 2007 was definitely a character builder, but my
love and dedication to the dance has grown that much
stronger. I am truly BLESSED. I do what I love for a living
and I make a positive difference in my community. The
picture on the left was shot by an incredible young
photographer/graphic designer named Alijah Villain and it
sums it all up. In order to unify we must deactivate our
Willie Lynch Chip! with that being said, let's get into
Adult TAP Boot Camp runs from March 31 to April 4. You
asked for it and you got it. We are holding our first ever
TAPdance intensive for the mature dancer who wants to
elevate his or her tap skills. 2 hours a day for 5 days
straight should keep your mind and body working to great
new heights.
The M.A.D.D.Rhythms Tap Academy Spring Session begins
Monday, April 7 and runs through Saturday, June 29.
Registration will be held from 7pm to 9pm, March 31 thru
April 4 and 10am to 5pm on Saturday, April 5. We have seen
a dramatic increase in students over the last few sessions
so please, don't wait til the last minute to get yourself
or your child registered.
M.A.D.D. Martial Arts is quickly making it's mark on The
Tap Academy and this 4-week session is exactly what you
need to get your mind, body and soul aligned. Registration
will be held from 7pm to 9pm, March 31 thru April 4 and
10am to 5pm on Saturday, April 5.Alcendo Robinson is ready
to whip....I mean condition you right!
P.S. As always, the weekly newsletter may not always be
weekly but it will contain everything I want to share about
M.A.D.D. Rhythms, The Tap Academy, Tappin' @ The Shore: The
Basement Jam, The M.A.D.D. Rhythms' Junior Corps. and The
Chicago Tap Summit! I hope you enjoy.

Bril Barrett
Adult TAP Boot Camp
March 31-April4, 2008
7 PM TO 9 PM


7059 S. Shore Drive

Chicago, IL 60649

For registration information




M.A.D.D. Rhythms is pleased to announce our new rental
rates for our rental space! Our studio can now be rented
for $15 per hour and $50 for 4 hours. This is the best deal
in the city, so come take advantage. We have a
sprung/wooden floor, mirrors, sound system compatible with
cassette, cd and ipod/mp3 player. Slots are going fast so
don't wait too long!
Studio Space for rent!
$15 per hour $50 for 4 hours

email: bril@maddrhythms.com
phone: 773.604.1899
web: http://www.maddrhythms.com




AUGUST 4 - 9, 2008
Produced by Debbie Allen
Directed by Jason Samuels Smith
Co-Directed by Chloe Arnold
Registration will open soon...

310.280.9145 (phone)
310.936.7989 (hotline)
310.280.0227 (fax)

3623 Hayden Ave
Culver City, CA 90232
The Debbie Allen Dance Academy is the home of the Annual
home of the LA Tap Festival:


Benjamin R. Nathan’s New Film “Sole Soul Sol”


I just recently finished this new film called "Sole Soul
Sol," featuring 16 New Mexican tap dancers, ages 5 to 68.

Here is the link

I hope you enjoy!

Please feel free to forward this link to anyone you feel
might enjoy it.

Wishing you all the best and welcoming your feedback!


Benjamin R. Nathan
Footage Films Inc.
Cell: 917-887-3121
E-mail: ben@footagefilmsinc.com


ONE BODY, ONE CAREER - 3rd edition

30 June - 9 July 2008
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

After the two pilot editions in 2006 and 2007 anoukvandijk
dc, in collaboration with the Henny Jurriëns Foundation,
will organize from June 30 to July 9, 2008, the third, full
edition of the Summer Intensive 'One Body, One Career'.
With motivated, high-level professional dancers and
advanced students from around the world, the two pilot
editions of the Summer Intensive were a big success. The
possibility to study with seven experienced teachers on
understanding how different aspects of the dance profession
actually relate to each other, for all participating
dancers proved to be a big relief from the usual summer
workshop formula of presenting as many different styles and
opinions as possible. From an artistic and educational
point of view the results confirmed the teachers' beliefs
that development and personal growth as a dancer come from
an active personal engagement in the information exchange,
and not from simply copying someone else. Last but not
least, the Summer Intensive also turned out to be great fun
- taking away the normal pressure of the so end result
driven dance world.

Central focus of the program
The 'One Body, One Career' program is designed for
professional dancers and advanced students who are looking
for down-to-earth answers to the many questions that come
up when pursuing a long, healthy and successful career in
dance. The main focus of this program is on how training,
rehearsal and performance in dance can be related to one
another in a constructive manner. You will study and
exchange with experienced teachers who have specialized in
different areas of dance and movement, but who have a
common view on the specific mindset and physical awareness
that are crucial to becoming a powerful and versatile

The teachers in the Summer Intensive firmly believe
training, rehearsal and performance can and should be
complimentary elements in a dancer's daily life -
constructively feeding and guiding the dancer in his
creative work and personal development. In this intensive
we want to address this subject in depth in studio work and
in discourse. All teachers share a similar understanding of
what it takes to be a dancer, how without humor and a sense
of dignity a career can become harsh and tedious. The love
for detail marks all their teaching: subtle nuances can
make just the difference between hating and loving what you
are doing. Simply doing what you are being told is not an
effective method to work with, it's only when you
understand the functionality of what you're doing that
you're able to develop.

The use of space, both internally and externally, the
direction of energy in movement and the ways to stay
present and connected with oneself, are key elements of all
methods taught in this Summer Intensive. All approaches
together form a complementary body of knowledge and
experience that addresses a wide variety of aspects of the
dancer's professional life and defines the outlines of a
creative, intelligent and healthy dancing career.

Masterclasses and workshops
In the Summer Intensive 'One Body, One Career' you will be
able to study and practice in detail Anouk van Dijk's
movement system and training method the Countertechnique,
both in morning classes and in theory sessions. You will
also work with Alexander Technique teacher Tom Koch. The
afternoon program starts up with a collective yoga class by
Anat Geiger and is then divided into two workshops: the
first week offering the workshop 'Better awareness through
ballet and improvisation' by Daniela Graça and a partnering
workshop by Jack Gallagher and Nina Wollny, the second week
offering the improvisation workshop 'Each moment's
potential' by Michael Schumacher and the workshop 'The
grace of falling' by Anouk van Dijk. In this third edition
a special focus will be on how to include performance
aspects in daily training and rehearsal. All afternoon
workshops will therefore work towards an informal showing
at the end.


WEEK I (June 30 - July 4)

Mo. June 30
08:45 sign up
09:30 - 10:15 plenary opening
10:30 - 12:00 Introduction for all participants to the
Alexandertechnique (Tom Koch)
12:15 - 13:45 Group A: Countertechnique class (Anouk van
Dijk) / Group B: Countertechnique class (Nina Wollny)
13:45 - 14:45 BREAK
14:45 - 15:45 Plenary Yoga introduction (Anat Geiger)
15:45 - 18:15 Workshop 'Better awareness through ballet and
improvisation' (Daniela Graça) ór 'Partnering: the
challenge of non-verbal communication' (Nina Wollny / Jack
19:00 - 23:00 Julidans Festival performances

Tu. July 1
09:30 - 11:00 Introduction for all participants to Theory &
Fundamentals Countertechnique (A. van Dijk)
11:15 - 12:45 Group A: Countertechnique class (A. van Dijk)
/ Group B: Countertechnique class (N. Wollny)
12:45 - 14:00 BREAK
14:00 - 15:15 Yoga - plenary refueling session (A. Geiger)
15:15 - 18.15 Workshop 'Better awareness through ballet and
improvisation' (D. Graça) ór Workshop 'Partnering: the
challenge of non-verbal communication' (N. Wollny / J.
19:00 - 23:00 Julidans Festival performances

We.-Th. July 2 & 3
09:30 - 11:00 Groups A & B: Theory & Fundamentals
Countertechnique (A. van Dijk / N. Wollny) ór
Alexandertechnique (T. Koch) - groups switch until end of
11:15 - 12:45 Group A: Countertechnique class (A. van Dijk)
/ Group B: Countertechnique class (N. Wollny)
12:45 - 14:00 BREAK
14:00 - 15:15 Yoga - plenary refueling session (A. Geiger)
15:15 - 18.15 Workshop 'Better awareness through ballet and
improvisation' (D. Graça) ór Workshop 'Partnering: the
challenge of non-verbal communication' (N. Wollny / J.
19:00 - 23:00 Julidans Festival performances

Fr. July 4
09:30 - 11:00 Specialised sign-up sessions: Yoga, Alexandertechnique or Theory & Fundamentals Countertechnique
11:15 - 13:00 Group A: Countertechnique class (A. van Dijk) / Group B: Countertechnique class (N. Wollny)
13:00 - 14:15 BREAK
14:15 - 16:15 Workshop 'Better awareness through ballet and improvisation' (Daniela Graça) ór workshop 'Partnering: the challenge of non-verbal communication' (N. Wollny / J. Gallagher)
16:30 - 19:00 Showings of workshops, feedback session and plenary discussion on week I, introduction to workshops week II
20:00 - 23:00 Julidans Festival performances and Cinedans Festival showings


WEEK II (July 6-9)

Su.-Tu. July 6-8
09:30 - 11:00 Groups A & B: Theory & Fundamentals Countertechnique (A. van Dijk / N. Wollny) ór Alexandertechnique (T. Koch) - groups switch every day
11:15 - 12:45 Group A: Countertechnique class (N. Wollny) / Group B: Countertechnique class (A. van Dijk)
12:45 - 14:00 BREAK
14:00 - 15:15 Yoga - plenary refueling session (A. Geiger)
15:15 - 18:15 Workshop 'Each moment's potential' (Michael Schumacher) ór Workshop 'The grace of falling' (A. van Dijk)
19:00 - 23:00 Julidans Festival performances performances and Cinedans Festival showings showings

We. July 9
09:30 - 10:30 Groups A & B: Theory & Fundamentals Countertechnique (A. van Dijk / N. Wollny) ór Alexandertechnique (T. Koch) - groups switch every day
10:45 - 12:15 Group A: Countertechnique class (N. Wollny) / Group B: Countertechnique class (A. van Dijk)
12:15 - 13:30 BREAK
13:30 - 14:45 Yoga - plenary refueling session (A. Geiger)
15:00 - 18:00 Workshop 'Each moment's potential' (M. Schumacher) ór Workshop 'The grace of falling' (A. van Dijk)
18:30 - 21:00 Showings of workshops, discussion, snacks & drinks and plenary closing

The Countertechnique is the movement system Anouk van Dijk developed during her 20-year career as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. The Countertechnique discards with all traditional methods that seek to control movement from the pelvis or 'the core centre'. Replacing the static balance of these core centre approaches, the Countertechnique uses three-dimensional counterdirections inside and outside the body to create a highly dynamic balance, enabling the dancer to execute extreme movements and to find more versatile ways of changing direction whilst moving. Though originally developed for facilitating the particular movement style of Van Dijk's work, in practice the principles of the Countertechnique system are applicable to most forms of dance, be it modern, contemporary or classical.

On first coming into contact with the Countertechnique, most dancers find it a nerve-racking experience. Because the Countertechnique does not use the pelvis or 'core' as the center of movement, they lose control over the area that they were accustomed to using for 'holding on'. To counter this physical challenge, the classes do not focus solely on the physical implications of the system, but also actively work on increasing the mental awareness of the dancers. A conscious, optimistic presence is indeed needed to be able to apply the counterdirections in the Countertechnique. Who and where are you when you are dancing? Can you observe what you are doing instead of judging it? Can you be aware of what happens internally and externally at the same time? Can you work on technical precision and at the same time not worry about the end result? On accomplishing the state of mind to engage in these physical and mental challenges, dancers in general feel much freer in their body, start to work with more awareness and prove to be able to occupy and devour space. This new spatial awareness results in an ability to make movements explode or melt, making the dancer visible in a sharply defined way. During this Intensive the Countertechnique can be studied in various forms: a theory & fundamentals class, a technique class, a partnering workshop and the workshop 'The grace of falling'.

Anouk van Dijk graduated from the Rotterdam Dance Academy in 1985. For almost a decade she was a lead soloist with amongst others the Rotterdam Dance Group and Amanda Miller's Pretty Ugly Dance Company. Having started to make choreographies already as early as 1989, since 1996 Anouk van Dijk dedicated herself exclusively to the creation and performance of her own work. She has been running her own dance company anoukvandijk dc since 1998 and has by now created fifteen full evening works and more than twenty shorter choreographies, receiving critical acclaim from international press and audiences.

- Masterclass Countertechnique, by Anouk van Dijk and Nina Wollny
- Masterclass Alexander technique, by Tom Koch
- Masterclass Yoga, by Anat Geiger
- Workshop 'Better awareness through ballet and improvisation', by Daniela Graça
- Workshop 'Partnering: the challenge of non-verbal communication', by Jack Gallagher and Nina Wollny
- Workshop 'Each moment's potential', by Michael Schumacher
- Workshop 'The Grace of Falling', by Anouk van Dijk

In nine technique classes Anouk van Dijk and core-company member Nina Wollny will conduct a dynamic class starting with standing exercises into traveling combinations into flying jumps. You will be introduced to some of the essential themes of the Countertechnique: remaining a conscious presence while working on technical elements in the class, distributing your weight into space, focusing on the effective use of the hamstrings, separating the pelvis off the legs and the coordination with the upper body while maintaining the rotation of the legs.
In the Theory & Fundamentals classes detailed information will be given on Physical and Mental Parameters, Basic Facts of Anatomy, Directions and Counter-directions and Scanning. Simple exercises will help bring the theoretical principles into a down-to-earth practice, which helps understanding how to apply Countertechnique while dancing.

Nina Wollny has been a lead soloist in all of Anouk van Dijk's choreographies since 2002, and in recent years has also been working as a rehearsal director for the company's international projects. She studied Anouk van Dijk's Countertechnique intensively for the last six years, and in 2005 also started teaching the movement system frequently at amongst others the American Dance Festival, TSEH Summer School Moscow, and in Amsterdam at the HJS, Dansgroep Krisztina de Chatel, Artez School of Dance and the Amsterdam Theater School.

Tom Koch will conduct several morning sessions to introduce the principles of the groundbreaking Alexander Technique. The Alexander Technique is a method for applying your rational mind to solve body problems. It makes movements feel lighter and easier, helps alleviate pain and stiffness, and helps you maintain a clear and balanced state of mind. On alternate mornings during the week Tom Koch will lead the group through simple experiments designed to foster a watchful awareness of movement, or "thinking in activity". The basic principles of the Alexander Technique will be discussed and demonstrated as needed so no prior experience is required. Each day will focus on different concepts such as Where and When, Starting and Stopping, Doing and Directing.

Tom Koch has been a pioneer in integrating the Alexander Technique with dance movement. Since being certified to teach in 1987 by the American Center for the Alexander Technique in New York, he has taught group and private lessons in the Technique to members of Ballet Frankfurt, Nederlands Dans Theater, the Dutch National Ballet, Charleroi Danses, anoukvandijk dc, Tanztheater Wuppertal and many others. He has also taught classes and workshops in combining Alexander Technique with various dance techniques, together with Daniela Graça (ballet), Michael Schumacher and Vitor Garcia (improvisation) and Paul Estabrook (modern). Among his students are some of the foremost performers and creators of European dance, theater and music, such as Michael Schumacher, Dana Caspersen, William Forsythe, Amanda Miller, Anouk van Dijk, Vitor Garcia, Daniela Graça, Nina Wollny, Katie Duck, Thom Willems, Han Bennink, Hans-Peter Blochwitz, and many others.

Most dancers nowadays are familiar with the techniques and benefits that yoga can provide: it helps the body to develop strength and suppleness in the deeper muscle layers, aligning the spine and freeing unnecessary tensions. Because it is less externally and goal oriented than dance training, yoga allows the practitioner the time and space needed to work on more difficult areas, reducing the risk of injury and helping overcome existing ones. The mind becomes more focused and relaxed, able of better absorbing and retaining information, and finally yoga teaches us to work with energy in a way that allows free interaction with the surroundings without loosing the connection from within.
During these classes the focus will not be in learning one more technique, but to use yoga to improve self-awareness and enjoyment in movement so that the body/mind can become a clearer and better means of expression.

Anat Geiger studied dance and theatre from a very early age in her native Brazil. She worked with well-established theater companies and co-founded her own movement theater company, Ko Productions. After moving to Holland in 1991 she worked as a dancer in works from amongst other Michael Schumacher, Daniela Graça, Marcelo Evelin, Desiree Delauney and Mischa van Dullemen. She completed a 3-year Yoga Teacher's Training Course with Teresa Caldas in Amsterdam and was also granted a teacher's diploma by internationally renowned yoga master Dona Holleman. Anat Geiger now teaches open classes and workshops both in Holland and Brazil. She also regularly teaches with Dutch dance companies such as anoukvandijk dc, Dansgroep Krisztina de Chatel and Paul Selwyn Norton's No Apology.

On the registration form you can select one workshop per week.
Week I: 'Better awareness through ballet and improvisation' or 'Partnering: the challenge of non-verbal communication'
Week II: 'Each moment's potential' or 'The Grace of Falling'

After last year's success, Daniela Graça will be back to teach at the One Body, One Career program. In her workshop she will apply the principles of the Alexandertechnique and Countertechnique into the ballet training and further deepen the understanding of new findings through improvisation. Departing from a ballet class, the second half of the workshop takes you into your own personal movement, having as starting point the qualities, anatomical parameters or specific directions given in the ballet class. Using technical issues as a source of inspiration for improvisation and creation of own movement material, you will broaden your awareness and extend your abilities of performance. Finding the interconnectedness between training, creation and performance is the final goal of this workshop.

After having completed her training at the Brasilia Ballet Academy and the Tanzschule der Staatsoper Hamburg (direction John Neumeier) Daniela Graça danced the great classics like Gisele and Nutcracker at the Brasilia Ballet Company. Later she moved to Europe to work at the Lisbon Dance Company in Portugal and in Holland with the Rotterdamse Dansgroep. She has danced in works by a.o. Mark Haim, Igal Perry, Amanda Miller, Rui Horta, Merce Cunningham, Ton Simons, Paulo Ribeiro, Roland Schankula, Michael Schumacher, Paul Selwyn Norton, Marcelo Evelin, Anat Geiger, Leine & Roebana and with Peter Sellars on his productions of John Adam's El Nino and on Stravinsky's Biblical Pieces. Daniela has worked for many years with Anouk van Dijk as one of the first experts in Countertechnique. She has choreographed for the Lisbon Dance Company, performed her own solowork and collaborated with other choreographers. Daniela Graça has taught for 7 years at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Amsterdam and has been a regular teacher for HJS, Dansgroep Krisztina de Châtel, Galili Dance, Charleroi Dance, Danceworks Rotterdam, Gulbenkian Ballet and others. Currently Daniela lives in Munich and teaches at the S.E.A.D in Salzburg and Tanzproject Münich.

This partnering workshop is derived from the Countertechnique and from the wealth of stage experience and creative process of its leaders Jack Gallagher and Nina Wollny. The course exposes the real issues at stake when bodies exchange physicality simultaneously and are in constant negotiation. Duet work is precarious and confronting: it provides a fantastic insight into our natural instincts and hidden talents. To be a great dancer is one thing, to be a great partner is still quite something else.

Wollny's and Gallagher's workshop builds up a skill base and a value system through exercises and moves on to improvisation and Van Dijk's repertoire. By focusing on creating and managing interdependency with all kinds of partners, the workshop helps you to expand your vocabulary and insights, and dance in a way that you could not do alone. The workshop will challenge you to maintain your physical accountability and distance yourself from being over-responsible. Directing and redirecting each other's weight can open up an empowering and creative third axis existing between two bodies, appearing and disappearing when necessary. The tools taught in this workshop can and will prevent injury, enable you to coordinate spontaneously with partners and open up a mutually engaged dialogue.

Jack Gallagher is a choreographer and dancer. He danced with anoukvandijk dc since 1999, as well as having worked with Alwin Nikolais, Tere O'Connor, Krisztina de Châtel and Pretty Ugly Dance Company among others. Jack Gallagher has focused in recent years on creating his own work for his company Bodies Anonymous. Since 2004 he has also been teaching Anouk van Dijk's Countertechnique internationally and appearing as a rehearsal director for Van Dijk's company.
See for Nina Wollny's resume Countertechnique masterclasses description.

Michael Schumacher is a master in teaching improvisation / instant composition and he conducted a workshop in our first Summer Intensive. We are happy he is back again for this third edition to share his great knowledge. The aim of his workshop is to develop conscious presence while improvising in performance. Each session begins with exercises that explore relationships between thought, movement and presence in the immediate environment. By promoting a greater awareness of sensory input, the performer is better equipped to realize each moment's potential for composition. The session continues with examples of structured and non-structured improvisation that include such elements as dance, music, text, and light. Through practice and theory, participants will explore a process by which they collectively experience spontaneously created compositions.

Michael Schumacher is a dancer, choreographer and collaborative artist. He received a B.F.A. in Dance from the Juilliard School and has been a member of Ballet Frankfurt, Twyla Tharp Dance, the Feld Ballet and the Pretty Ugly Dance Company. As a guest artist, Schumacher has been featured in productions of amongst others Peter Sellars, Paul Selwyn Norton, Mark Haim, Dana Caspersen and anoukvandijk dc. As a choreographer Schumacher has twice collaborated with the dancers of Ballet Frankfurt, conceived and directed The Moment (2001) for the Netherlands Dance Theater III and created the solo Michael Schumacher (2003) for the Holland Dance Festival. In collaboration with Daniela Graça, Marcelo Evelin, and Anat Geiger, he created ANDAMAMI (2000) and Glashuis (2001). Michael Schumacher now appears on stage most frequently in improvisational music and dance settings created by or related to the Magpie Music Dance Company, an Amsterdam-based collective of improvisation artists, comprising dancers, musicians, a visual artist, a lighting designer, and video artists. Michael Schumacher also conducts workshops in movement analysis and improvisation techniques worldwide.

One of the typical aspects in Anouk van Dijk's choreographic style is the use of falling: seemingly effortless gliding falls that never seem to reach the ground, but glide through the space and change direction at unexpected moments, always to postpone the moment of falling. Also the opposite occurs frequently: falls that seem unexpected, rough or risky. Both ways of falling can be done safely when applying the Countertechnique principles.

In this workshop Anouk van Dijk will use the distribution of body weight in space – one of the main principles from the Countertechnique – as a departure point. An increased awareness of space and how you can distribute your weight are necessary when you put yourself in the process of loosing control while at the same time trying to delay the fall. How can you use these elements as tools for improvisation? Focusing on the interconnectedness between internal and external perception will create a constant alert state, allowing for more risk-taking choices while improvising. You will study examples from Anouk van Dijk's repertory to find moments of total and graceful abandonment on one hand and ways of implosions and sudden collapses on the other hand.

This Summer Intensive is open to professional dancers and advanced students. Because of shared theory and practice, it is required to have an above average understanding of the English language.

To register, please send a short motivation letter plus curriculum to: workshop@hjs.nl. When you have pre-registered, a selection will be made for definite registration. With your definite registration you give your personal choice between the two afternoon workshops. You can only select one of the workshops per week. There will be a maximum amount of participants for each workshop. Therefore: Register in time because once a workshop is full, you can no longer register for that particular workshop. You are officially registered after the payment has been received.

Costs for the Summer Intensive are 625 euro for participants who register before May 26th; costs for registration after May 26th are 650 euro. No scholarships are available. Discount tickets for Julidans Festival performances or Cinedans Festival Showings are available.

Julidans Festival is the yearly international dance festival of Amsterdam. It presents groundbreaking works of both acclaimed artists and emerging new talents from all over the world. The Julidans Festival takes place from June 30 to July 13; previous edition featured artists such as Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Akram Khan, Saburo Teshigawara, Emio Greco, Wim Vandekeybus, Les Ballets C de la B, DV8, Jan Fabre, Marie Chouinard, Mathilde Monnier and many more. More info on the 2008 edition you can find on: www.julidans.nl

Cinedans Festival is the yearly international dance film festival of The Netherlands. It presents an extensive program of dance films from all over the world. The Cinedans Festival takes place from July 3 to 10. More info you can find on: www.cinedans.nl

The two festivals together bring to Amsterdam a large group of international choreographers, dancers, presenters, producers, critics and filmdirectors. For students of the Summer Intensive there is a discount program for tickets for both festivals.

HJS and anoukvandijk dc can suggest to participants from abroad housing possibilities in Amsterdam.

Note for Amsterdam residents: last year's Summer Intensive had students from Australia, Russia, North-America and various European countries, this year we expect again many students from abroad. Most of these foreign attendants need to find affordable temporary housing. Therefore: if you have housing facilities available, please let us know.

PERFORMANCE SHOT by anoukvandijk dc
For all participants arriving one or more days before the start of the workshop, anoukvandijk dc is offering a free ticket to Anouk van Dijk's performance SHOT at the summer festival De Parade in The Hague. SHOT is being performed on June 27-29 by dancers Nina Wollny, Philipp Fricke, Angie Mueller and Eva-Maria Himmler. For more information: www.deparade.nl

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