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Apr 24, 2008


-Kathak Master Classes w/ Pandit Chitresh Das (and special participate by Jason Samuels Smith)
-Washington D.C. Spring Tap Workshop w/ Chloe Arnold
-Mr. Wiggles in NYC May 11-17 2008- Private lesions
-Jason Samuels Smith Hosts Hoofers House @ The Kitchen
-Master Tap Workshop Series with Jason Samuels Smith &
Chloe Arnold
- LA TAP FESTIVAL - Pre-Register Today
- Jason Samuels Smith and Mr. Wiggles together in Edmonton
August Tap Into A Cure
-FREE DANCE CLASSES! National Dance Week May 8-17th
-Harold Cromer received honorary degree from Bloomfield College
-Charlotte Dance Festival at Art and Soul
- Snap, Pop & Lock classes at The Ailey Extension
-Jonathan Lee at S.I.R. Studios April 30th

-CHRP April E-news

-Tap dance and more in Rennes, France in July
Divine Rhythm Productions
American Tap Dance Foundation
KATHAK Master Class (Mixed Level)
Pandit Chitresh Das
( and special participation by JASON SAMUELS SMITH)
Renowned master of Kathak (classical dance of North India)
Monday, May 26th 2008 (6-8pm)
Price: $30
Class will be held at:
Chelsea Studios
151 W. 26th Street 6th floor
(Between 6th-7th Avenues)
New York City
Limited space…. pre-registration is suggested!!!!
Workshop Description:
Pandit Chitresh Das is one of the foremost masters of Kathak, classical dance of North India. Kathak is comprised of rapid, percussive footwork with bare feet and wearing four pounds of bells on each ankle, one of the world's most complex rhythm systems with high level improvisation, graceful and expressive hand gestures and storytelling embodying the history and epics of ancient India. One of the few masters in the world who can perform the demanding and thrilling traditional solo, Pandit Das is also breaking new ground through innovation within tradition and collaboration between traditions.
"Das has opened so many new avenues to his art form, its now wonder he is called a phenomenon" Hindustan Times, India
Most recently, Pandit Das' collaboration with Tap dance star Jason Samuels Smith has produced an award winning and critically acclaimed production, India Jazz Suites, which has toured dozens of U.S. cities, twice throughout India and continues to tour the U.S., India and Europe.
This master class is geared towards Kathak and Tap students and will accommodate multiple levels, as Pandit Das makes the class accessible for beginners and challenging for more advanced students.
Jason Samuels Smith will be in attendance and he and Pandit Das will end the class by giving a demonstration of how these two great artists communicate through their deep understanding of their respective traditions.
"The Master Class with Pandit Chitresh Das will be spiritually enlightening and technically challenging for people of all walks of life." Jason Samuels Smith
“Pandit Chitresh Das, 61, and Jason Samuels Smith, 25, not only have rhythm; they are rhythm. They live and breathe rhythm. They got on top, beneath, around and even inside the rhythm and took the audience along in an amazing performance that had the Page Auditorium audience on its feet…[they] jammed together in an intricacy of beats that has to be heard to be believed. Sometimes, they moved so fast that their feet blurred like speeding racecars."
The Herald Sun review of India Jazz Suites, American Dance Festival, June 2006
Visit: www.kathak.org for more information on Pandit Chitresh Das and India Jazz Suites.
Washington D.C. Spring Tap Workshop w/ Chloe Arnold
Washington, DC - May 21st
DC Dance Collective
Chloe Arnold - Wed. May 21st
Technique/Warm Up:
7.30pm - 8.30pm
Adv.Beg/Int/Adv - Cost: $25
8.30pm - 9.30pm
Adv./Pro- Cost: $35
Both Classes: $50
Ayodele Casel - Thursday, May 22nd - same schedule and

For more information: www.chloearnold.com

(act now as slots fill up fast!)



E-MAIL: divinerhythmnyc@gmail.com
PHONE: 212-262-1394

VISIT WWW.MRWIGGLES.BIZ for new products, history, footage
and so much more!

*Catch MR.WIGGLES as featured in Scene Interactive's "IN
THE SCENE" with Kelly Peters on www.SceneInteractive.com!

An in depth conversation with In the SCENE Host Kelly
Peters. From The Bronx to Paris, The Legendary Mr. Wiggles
has been a force unparalleled. Not only in Dance but as
part of the very fabric of pop culture itself.


So much of the movement we see globally today in studios,
stages, music videos and movies can be traced directly to
this man. He is the energy and creative force behind much
of what we may frequently take for granted in the world of
Dance. We are honored to present to you a true master of
his craft. A Conversation with Mr. Wiggles and our host
Kelly Peters


Hoofers' House
Hosted by Jason Samuels Smith
Featuring DJ Reborn

Friday, May 23, 8pm

Co-Presented with The Studio Museum in Harlem

Curated by Rashida Bumbray

Hoofers' House is an ongoing quarterly series where some of
the best of New York City's rhythm tap community come
together to share and showcase their moves. Among the most
unique and cutting edge tap jam sessions in the city,
Hoofers' House has been propelling a rejuvenation of the
genre for the last several years with the addition of live
and electronic music and projected visuals. Prominent past
participants who have graced the floor include figures such
as Fayard Nicholas, Jimmy Slyde, Tina Pratt, Jason Bernard
and Ayodele Casel. So come enjoy the show or bring your
shoes and join the jam!

This program is made possible with generous support from
Altria Group, Inc., The Harkness Foundation for Dance, The
Jerome Robbins Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation,
and with public funds from the New York City Department of
Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the
Arts, a state agency.

For more information about all Kitchen events, visit
The Kitchen is located at 512 West 19th Street between 10th
and 11th Avenues.
Subway: A, C, E to 14th Street; 1 to 18th Street; L to 8th

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





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



Debbie Allen Dance Academy presents...
The 6th Annual
Register Online Today and Save!
August 4-9, 2008


Debbie Allen Dance Academy presents
6th Annual 2008 Los Angeles Tap Festival
Director Jason Samuels Smith, Co-Director Chloe Arnold

6 days, world-renowned faculty, 85 classes, jam sessions,
student showcase, The cutting contest, and The concert -
New classes, programs, and specials

All Levels and ages are welcome! Pre-Register and Save!
Attracting students from over 35 states and 8 countries.

Faculty: Jason Samuels Smith, Chloe Arnold, Dianne Walker,
Arthur Duncan, Derick Grant, Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards, and
many more...



Jason Samuels Smith and Mr. Wiggles together in Edmonton
August Tap Into A Cure

Hello everyone it, has been a while coming but it has been
worth the wait. With the help of our good freinds at
TECHALTA our new website is up and running with this years
line up. Believe it, we have Emmy award winning Jason
Samuels Smith, and joining him are the tap talents of Chloe
Arnold, Bril Barrett, Sarah Reich and for our Hip hop
friends the amazing Mr. Wiggles. This summer's workshop Tap
Into A Cure, August 13 - 16th, Magical Rhythms Show and
Silent Auction at Festival Place, August 17th, are going to
be the dance event of the the year. People it don't get any
better than this, whether it is in the Hip hop or Tap
world....... we are bringing you the very best! We hope to
see you at our new location in the west end of Edmonton
beside West Edmonton Mall, the world's largest mall, now
the Mom's really will have something great to do while
their children get the dance weekend of their lives. We are
very excited to have the main stage at West Edmonton Mall
for the Tap Jam, August 14th, due to space availibilty it
will be limited to how many can participate with the
greatest tap dancer of our generation, so act fast to
assure your place on stage. Everyone is welcome to come out
and watch the masters jam together for our two great
causes, The Hope Mission and The Africa Project. We are
having a Panel Discussion and Autograph session on
August16th, this is an evening where you get to ask
questions of the faculty, take pictures and get an
autograph or two! Please browse our new web site
www.tapintoacure.com . To keep costs down we are not doing
mass mail outs to studios if you would like a studio
package mailed to you please email to info@tapintoacure.com
. We hope to see you in August because we are going to have
so much fun, we would not want you to miss it and the best
part of all...it's for charity! Please pass this on to any
of your dance friends who aren't afraid of blisters!

Free Dance Classes
National Dance Week - NYC
May 8-17, 2008

American Tap Dance Foundation Chelsea Studios
151 West 26th Street, 5th & 6th floors, New York, NY 10001
Phone: 646-230-9564
Basic Intro to Tap & Fast Beginning Tap
Coupon Expiration date: 6/15/08
# of Classes 1 coupon offers: 1 per class

Brooklyn Heights International Folk Dancers
250 Cadman Plaza West (Mt. Sinai Synagogue), Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201
Phone: 718-852-3792
www.BrooklynHeightsFolkDancers.org OR www.BrooklyHeightsInternationalfolkDancers.org
Monday evening classes: 7:30 pm and 10 pm
International Folk Dancing, workshop and review
Coupon Expiration date: 5/12/08
# of Classes 1 coupon offers: 1 per class

DAGE (Dancesport Alliance for Gender Equality)
39 West 19th Street, 5th floor, New York, NY 10011
Phone: 917-328-6788
Beginner Cha-Cha lass for same-gender dancers, 8 pm
One time only: Sat, 5/10/2008
# of Classes 1 Coupon Offers: 1

Dance Manhattan
39 W 19th St, 5th Fl, New York, NY 10011
Phone: 212-807-0802
One of any of our monthly One-Day Crash Courses (usually 3 to 4 ½ hours long). These are offered in the following dance styles: Swing/Lindy,
Salsa, Argentine Tango, West Coast Swing, and Couples Ballroom. All crash courses rotate partners except for the Couples Ballroom which
is for couples only (who will dance exclusively with one another).
Coupon Expiration date: Oct 31, 2008
# of Classes 1 coupon offers: 1 Crash Course

45 Fourth Avenue,(crnr of Dean Street)
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Phone: 718.522.4696
All classes are open to participants.
Coupon Expiration date: 5/20/08
# of Classes 1 coupon offers: 2 classes

Djoniba Dance & Drum Center
37 E 18th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212-477-3464
Monday, 7:30 pm & Friday, 6 pm
Joneeba African Dance
Coupon Expiration date: Valid only during National Dance Week, May 8-17, 2008
# of Classes 1 coupon offers: 1 per class

Flamenco con Magdalena
Phone: 917-346-3988
Intro/Beginners Level Flamenco Dance
Saturday, May 17th, 4:45 - 6pm: Beginners Class at CAP Studios, 18 West 18th St, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10011 Sunday’s, 6:30-8 pm: Beginners Class at Djoniba Dance Studio, 37 East 18th, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10003 (***With advanced notice only. Please contact Magdalena)
Coupon Expiration date: 6/30/08
# of Classes 1 coupon offers: 1 per class

Flamenco Latino Dance Studio
244 W. 54th St. 4th Floor, New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212 399 10991
Classes Offered:
Applies only to Flamenco Latino offered classes (not teachers outside FL), such as:_
- Mon, 5/12 Adult Intermed. Flamenco 7-8:30pm
- Tue, 5/13 Adult Beg Flam Structure class 7-8pm
- Tue, 5/13 Children’s Flamenco (Ages 6-8 yrs) 4:30-5:30
- Wed 5/14 Adult Beg Flamenco 7-8:30pm
- Thu, 5/15 Children’s Flamenco (Ages 13-17)
- Sat, 5/10 Kids’ Flamenco Salsa (Ages 6-10 yrs) 1-2pm
- Sat, 5/17 Kids’ Flamenco Salsa (Ages 6-10 yrs) 1-2pm
Coupon Expiration date: 5/17/08
# of Classes 1 coupon offers: 1 class + friend

Fred Astaire Dance Studio West Side
174 West 72nd St. 2 floor, New York, NY 10023
Phone: 212-595-3200
Two half an hour private lessons and one practice party. For new students only, one per household.
Coupon Expiration date: 8/3/08
# of Classes 1 coupon offers: 1 per class

Morocco Studio (Middle Eastern & North African Dance)
6 West 20 St – 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10011
Phone: 212-727-8326
Beginner class in Raks Sharki
Coupon Expiration date: 5/9/2008
# of Classes 1 coupon offers: 1 per class

Power Pilates
49 W 23 St., New York, NY 10010
Phone: 212-627-5852
Classes Offered: Pilates Express Mat Class; Candlelight Core; Intro to Mat Class
Coupon Expiration date: June 15, 2008
# of Classes 1 Coupon Offers: 1

Sandra Cameron Dance Center
199 Lafayette Street, (one block south of Spring Street), New York, NY 10012
Phone: 212-431-1825
Intro classes in Ballroom, Salsa, Swing, Argentine Tango, Break Dance and Hip Hop
Coupon Expiration date: May 1, 2009
# of Classes 1 coupon offers: 1

Sheila Kelley’s S Factor
239 West 23rd St., New York, NY 10011
Phone: 212-989-8030
Email: nyinfo@sfactor.com
Intro Class
Coupon Expiration date: 5/8/09
# of Classes 1 coupon offers: 1

Stepping Out Studios
37 W. 26th St., 9th Fl., New York, NY 10010
Phone: 646-742-9400
Classes Offered:
- Intro. to Latin Dance (Wednesdays @ 6:30 pm)
- Intro. to Swing & Salsa (Fridays @ 8:30 pm)
- Any Single Class during Week of 6/02/08 - 6/08/08
- Sundown Dance Party on Friday, 5/23/08, 9:30 pm – 12:30 am
Coupon Expiration date: 6/08/08
# of Classes 1 coupon offers: 1 + Sundown Party

The Ailey Studios/The Joan Weill Center for Dance
405 West 55th Street, New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-405-9500
Any weekly class offered by The Ailey Extension (courses such as Salsa & Tango are not included) and any open class offered by The Ailey School.
Coupon Expiration date: 5/17/08
# of Classes 1 coupon offers: 2

The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory
151 W 26th St., 6th Floor, New York, NY 10001
Phone: 800-679-4698
Friday’s: Hip-Hop dance open class teaching BLADE Technique®. For those that are looking to develop their dance skills and want a familiarity with the art form’s movement vocabulary, history, codification, and practical performance application. Coupon Expiration date: 6/1/08
# of Classes 1 coupon offers: 5

YogaWorks Downtown
138 Fifth Ave, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10011
Phone: 212-647-9642
All group yoga and pilates classes
Coupon Expiration date: 5/31/2008
# of Classes 1 coupon offers: 1

YogaWorks Eastside
1319 3rd Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10021
All group yoga and pilates classes
Coupon Expiration date: 5/31/2008
# of Classes 1 coupon offers: 1

YogaWorks Midtown
160 E. 56th St., 12th Floor, New York, NY 10022
Phone: 212-935-9642
All classes
Coupon Expiration date: 5/31/2008
# of Classes 1 coupon offers: 1

YogaWorks Westchester
50 South Buckhout Street, Irvington, NY 10533
Phone: 914-591-9672
All classes
Coupon Expiration date: 5/31/2008
# of Classes 1 coupon offers: 1

YogaWorks Westside
37 West 65th St., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10023
Phone: 212-769-9642
All classes
Coupon Expiration date: 5/31/2008
# of Classes 1 coupon offers: 1

FOR MORE INFO: http://www.ndw-nyc.org/02_calendar.html

Come support Harold Cromer as he received an honorary degree from Bloomfield College!

Dear Tap Community,
Harold Cromer will be getting an honorary degree from Bloomfield College at its 135th commencement on Thursday, May 22, 2008. The ceremony will be at 9:30 am and those interested in attending can go the following link for directions to the college in Bloomfield, NJ. http://campus.bloomfield.edu/About/location.asp

Prof. Hank Smith
Creative Arts and Technology
Bloomfield College
Bloomfield, NJ 07003

Charlotte Dance Festival at Art and Soul
Watch Dance!
Learn to Dance!
All in 1 Weekend with the Charlotte Dance Festival!
Everything is FREE!
Come to the Dance Stage at the Art and Soul Festival in Southend!
Sponsored by Charlotte Center City Partners and Southend

Saturday, April 26th from 10am – 6pm
Dance Stage – Schedule of Events

11:00am – Performances by: Wilson Wolverine Middle School Dance Ensemble, Sedgefield Middle School Dance Ensemble, Tribe Faith of Elements in Dance, UNCC

12:00am – Class: Swing Dance with Denise and Joe Polsgrove from Charlotte Jitterbugs

12:45pm – Class: Latin Dance with Rodrigo Jimenez from Charlotte Salsa

1:30pm – Class: Hip-Hop with Kate McDonald from Caroline Calouche & Co.

2:15 – 2:30pm: Performance: Chinese Dance

2:30pm – 3:30pm: Class: African Dance with Chris Thompson and the Cultural Ensemble

3:45pm – Performances by: Caroline Calouche & Co., Martha Connerton/Kinetic Works Ensemble, EEMotion

4:30pm – Performances by: NC Dance Theatre Student Ensemble, Little Lotus Troupe, The Urban Project, Revelations Dance Theatre, Spirit of the Lotus Dance Company

Sunday, April 27th from Noon – 5pm

12:00pm – Class: Capoeira with Patrick Diebel from Academia Aprende

1:00pm – Performances by: Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, Smith Academy, MADE Today Cheer and Dance

1:45pm – Class: Irish Step Dance with Performance / Walsh Kelley Dance Studio

2:30pm – Class: Character Dance with Gay Porter from Charlotte Youth Ballet

3:15pm – Class: Hip-hop with Donell Stines from Don't Hate Create Productions

4:00pm – Performances by: Northwest School of the Arts, Potbelly Dance Company, Charlotte Youth Ballet
Snap, Pop & Lock
Organic New York Style Hip Hop
Join SnapShot & WandeePop in their Signature Class
'Snap,Pop & Lock'.

Offering Hip Hop & FunkStyles Education & Choreography with strength and conditioning moves that will improve your dance skills, prevent injuries and Nutrional tips to improve your well being.

*Thursdays at 8pm/Advanced Beginner
*Saturdays at 3:30pm/Absolute Beginner

$16 per class
16yrs and over

The Ailey Extension@
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
The Joan Weill Center for Dance
405 West 55th Street (at 9th Avenue)
New York, NY 10019
212-405-9000 ph

What is Snap, Pop & Lock?
A Hip Hop Class Fusing Classic 80's Party Dance Moves, Popping & Locking Drills, Basic floormove combos with a touch of New Skool Hip Hop Energy.
*Plus, Injury Prevention & Health and Wellness tips from Certified Personal Trainer and Life-Style Wellness Coach*.
Snap, Pop & Lock was created to teach about the Culture and its elements. All of our knowledge is straight from the source and pioneers. Learn the technique of classic moves such as: The Jason, Mona Lisa, Bill Cosby, James Brown, The Wop, Smerf, Gigilo, Alf, Kid n' Play, RoofTop, Jerry Lewis, the Diffence between Popping & Locking, Top Rock and Latin Rock including Basic Breaking skills like 6 step & freezes.


Jonathan Lee

Are you ready?

April 30, 2008
S.I.R. Studios
520 W.25th St.
(bet.10th & 11th Aves.)

Please RSVP by 4/28/08 to: JLeeRSVP@gmail.com



CHRP Goes to the Pritzker Pavilion July 28, 2008

Chicago Human Rhythm Project is thrilled to announce that we have been invited to be a part of Millennium Park's summer dance program, a season-long concert series held at the inspiring and iconic Gehry-designed Pritzker Pavilion bandshell.

This program annually features the finest in Chicago dance and, like nearly all of Millennium Park's events, is completely free to the public.

Chicago Human Rhythm Project's performance will take place on July 28 at 7:30pm, when many of Rhythm World's faculty will perform alongside youth ensembles and guests from around the globe. Don't miss this opportunity to see the largest city-sponsored concert of tap dance in the history of Chicago, featuring some of the best tap masters in the world!


New Web Site

In just a few weeks, Chicago Human Rhythm Project will be rolling out a brand new web site! Starting with a whole new look and feel, we've redesigned everything in an effort to make things easier for you.

The site will be administered using a content management system, meaning that CHRP staff can make immediate updates to every page of information. We look forward to keeping our supporters aware of everything that happening, as it's happening.

The site will feature many new great components:
•   Tap Forum where tap enthusiasts can discuss ideas, coordinate travel arrangements and ask/answer questions.
•   Blog, updated by CHRP staff and guest bloggers that will provide an inside look at everything we do.
•   Lots of new media, particularly sound and video.
In conjunction with this redesign, we've also updated our logo (see above). We love the design and look forward to making it a part of CHRP's visible campaign.

The new site has a tentative release date of May 1, so keep checking back.


Rhythm World Registration is Now Open!
For more information:

Free Tap Classes for National Tap Dance Day
Join us one hour before our Windy City Rhythms concerts for a free tap class, taught by one the weekend's great performers! All ticket holders are invited and tap shoes are NOT required. Learn a few simple steps and have fun before the show begins. Classes will be held in the second floor hall, just one flight below the theater entrance
Tap taps into Primetime TV
Tap was center stage last week during the first night of the new CBS reality show "Secret Talents of the Stars." Pop singer Mya showed off her rhythm skills with a cast of tap stars backing her up, including CHRP friends Tre Dumas and Lisa LaTouche, just to name a few.

For those of you who missed it, click on the YouTube link to see footage of the whole performance.
CHRP has been featured in this year's Atropolis guide, an annual event held at the Merchandise Mart, Chicago's destination for art and design, April 25-28, 2008.
Chicago's citywide celebration of arts, antiques and culture, Artropolis attracts thousands of visitors to participate in a wide array of art and entertainment experiences that are unique to Chicago. Artropolis offers seminars, guided tours, music, theatre and dance performances and unique special partnerships with over 80 institutions and entertainment venues throughout the city.


Rennes TAP Intensive 2008
July 9 – 13 2008 included
Guest teachers :
Heather Cornell (New York)
Laia Molins (Barcelona)
Leela Petronio (Paris)
And also :
Julien Fihey (african percussions)
Isabelle Girault (tap absolute beginners)
Julien Vasnier (rhythms)

Intensive and Master-Classes
4 levels : beginners, inter 1, inter 2, advanced-pro
technical/choreography classes
+ body music
+ african percussions
+ rhythm class for inter-advanced

+ jam-sessions
+ tap and percussion show with the teachers
+ lots of surprises and the celebration of Tap Breizh 10th anniversary !!!!!

Also on July 6 - 8 included,
Body Percussion Intensive
For professionnal dancers and musicians
with Laia Molins (Barcelona)