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May 24, 2008

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*Celebrate Tap Dance Day! Celebrate Life!*


- Camaradas & Divine Rhythm Productions present
-Kathak Master Class w/ Pandit Chitresh Das (Special Participation by Jason Samuels Smith)
-Tap Extravaganza
-Jason Samuels Smith – In the News!
-LA TAP FEST registration is OPEN - www.latapfest.com
- JA's Philly TAP Challenge '08"ON FIRE!" On Sale NOW!!!

- Tap Master Dr. Jimmy Slyde Memorial Services Info - May 28, 2008
-Savion Glover and NJ Tap Ensemble Celebrate on May 25th at Newark Symphony Hall
-Tap Extravaganza May 25th 2008
-Broadway Underground Monday, June 2nd
-Support ATDF, Support Tap Dance - www.atdf.org
Signature Class: SNAP, POP & LOCK -Organic New York City Style Hip Hop!
-Showbiz Expo in NYC
-Summer Rhythm Intensive with Tap Kids

-All Things Chi featuring M.A.D.D. Rhythms, FootworKINGz and The National Steppers Society at The Harold Washington Library – Footage

-California Tap Day w/ Roxanne Butterfly
-National Tap Dance Day Celebration at Debbie Allen Dance Academy
- 2nd Annual Choreography Media Honors!


-Remembering Dr. Jimmy Slyde –
-News and events from: Roxane Butterfly, Leela Petronio, Grant Swift



Camaradas & Divine Rhythm Productions present
in Honor of National Tap Dance Day!
Hosted by Critically Acclaimed Tap Dance/Actress
Critically Acclaimed Tap Dancer & Actress

DATE: Monday, May 26th
TIME: 8pm until 11:30pm

Enjoy an energetic evening with NYC's finest song & dance featuring tap dancers accompanied by a live Jazz band.

Cover Charge: $7
Drinks and Food for purchase...kitchen open late!

Camaradas El Barrio
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.

Divine Rhythm Productions & American Tap Dance Foundation present

Pandit Chitresh Das
Renowned Master of Kathak

(Special participation by Jason Samuels Smith)

Monday, May 26th
6:00 - 8:00 pm
$30...limited space
Pre registration is suggested

This master class is specifically for 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


Don’t Miss:

Tap Extravaganza
May 25, 2008 at 7:00 pm
The Tap City Youth Ensemble will be performing in a line-up with Dance Alumni from Oklahoma City University, Michelle Dorrance, Rod Ferrone, DeWitt Fleming, Mable Lee and her Dancing Ladies, Michela Marino Lerman, Rhythmutation, Chris Scott Company, Jason Samuels Smith,The Peggy Spina Tap Company. Schedule Permitting: Savion Glover, Jimmy Slyde

Haft Auditorium at Fashion Institute of Technology
227 West 27th St., New York City

$68, $55, $45, $25
Click here to purchase!

You may contact questions@nytap.org with any questions.

Coverage on Jason Samuels Smith from
Festival Encore’s Press Conferences in Canada:



http://tva.canoe.com/emissions/salutbonjour/manchette/extrait.html (Select Extract of "Mercredi 21 mai" titled "Tap Dance!")

Also, check out Jason Samuels Smith in the 25th Anniversary Issue (Spring 2008) of the Dance USA Journal; Mind of the Artist

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...


JA's Philly TAP Challenge '08"ON FIRE!" On Sale NOW!!!
Announcing Special rates for Jaye Allison's Philly TAP Challenge '08 "ON FIRE!"
Available 12:00am, Tuesday May 6th!

Mail-in Deadline – June 10th 2008

All Day Dance Pass Now Available

Ages 8-12 $50. Ages 13 and up $65.

This value package is available online only at behinddoors.biz (through paypal and mail in checks accepted)

You will receive the pass and the up to date schedule in the mail.
2 Special Kids classes (8-12 yrs) each day (*), plus a variety pack of dance workshops to choose.

Thursday - The Kimmel Center's Innovation Studio (KCIS) or Merck Education Studio (KCME)
KCIS - morning... 10a Stretch Class (Carla Krochak) – 10:30a Tap (Rochelle Haines) - *11:30a KidsJazz (Jaye Allison)
KCME – 11:40p Shim Sham (Corinne Karon) – 12:50pTap History discussion / lunch break
KCIS- afterlunch... *2p Hip Hop 'Campbelllocking'( Dennis Danehy)

Friday – The Arts Bank Rehearsal Hall (ABRH)
ABRH - morning... 10:15a Irish Step Dance (Corinne Karon) – 11:30a Flamenco (Anna Castellanos)
afterlunch... 2:20p Improvisation and Challenge (Robert Burden Jr.) – 3:30p African (Cachet Ivey)

Friday – Kimmel Center Innovation Studio (KCIS) or Merck Education Studio (KCME)
KCIS - morning... 10a Stretch Class (Carla Krochak) – 10:40a Tap (Jaye Allison) – 11:50 Tap (Karen Callaway Williams)
KCME – afternoon... 1pm Tap History discussion / Lunch Break – 2:10p Kids Tap (Pamela Hetherington)
KCIS- afterlunch...3:30p Tap (Dianne Walker)

Saturday – The Arts Bank Rehearsal Hall (ABRH) or Arts Bank Stage (ABS)
ABRH - morning...9:45a-Stretch Class (Darrell Waytes) – 10:25a Tap (Chloe Arnold) –11:45a Tap (Ali Bradley)
afterlunch... 1:50p Campbelllocking (Dennis Danehy) – 3p Tap (Dormeshia Sumbrey Edwards)
ABS - morning...10:30a Jazz (Jaye Allison) 11:40a GQ Step (Rennie Harris) 12:40p Tap History Roundtable / Lunch
afterlunch... 2pTap (Jason Samuels Smith) –3:30p Salsa (Buster Adams)

Jaye Allison
Founding Director, New LEJA Dances & Philly TAP Challenge "ON FIRE!"

From "Akeelah and the Bee", Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love (from chapter 'Personal Power') "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."


Courtesy of TapLegacy.org:

Here is the information regarding services for our beloved Dr. Jimmy Slyde.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Union Methodist Church
485 Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA 02118

Viewing - 11am

Services will begin at approximately - 12pm

Burial to follow

Post-Burial Reception - Limited attendance so please RSVP.

NOTE: All services open to the public, please RSVP if you plan to attend the Reception by calling 617-594-7533.


Savion Glover Productions and NJTAP Dance Ensemble Celebrate

National Tap Dance Day 2008
Going Beyond the Combination

Sunday, May 25, 2008 1pm - 7pm

Newark Symphony Hall
The Newark Stage 2nd Floor

As America celebrates the anniversary of the birth of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson on May 25th, Tony Award winning choreographer, Savion Glover and Deborah Mitchell, Artistic Director of NJTAP Dance Ensemble invite you to "go beyond the combination". Enjoy a full day's celebration of this wonderful American art form.

3 Events of the Day! (ages 12 and older)
Hear Oral Histories from NJ tap dancers, take a class with Savion Glover and close the day with a live performance of excerpts from Broadway's finest tap shows including Black and Blue, Noise Funk and Jelly's Last Jam!

$30 for all 3 events/$10 for any 1 event

Proceeds to benefit the programs of
NJTAP Dance Ensemble and Savion Glover Productions

For Tickets in Advance

Tickets at the Door
Cash or Checks
Checks payable to New Jersey Tap Ensemble


Sunday, May 25, 2008, 7pm

Live! One Night Only!

Extravaganza 2008®

Fashion Institute of Technology - Haft Auditorium
227 West 27th Street (bet. 7th & 8th Avenues) NYC

Be Part of Tap History as We Award 3 People Who
Helped Make New York The Tap Capital of the World.

This year's Flo-Bert Honorees for Life Achievement are:

Åö Jean Bach Åö
Produced famous jazz movie, "A Great Day in
Harlem," made possible first Celebration of
National Tap Dance Day in New York

Åö Maurice Hines Åö
Star of Broadway Stage, Screen and TV.
Famous tap team "Hines, Hines and Dad."
Noted, Creator, Choreographer and Director

Åö Peggy Spina Åö
Artistic Director of her tap company
Choreographer, Performer, Teacher
Adjunct Professor, Tap, Marymount Manhattan College

The Evening's Performers
Michelle Dorrance
Rod Ferrone
DeWitt Fleming, Jr.
Savion Glover*
Mable Lee and Her Dancing Ladies
Michela Marino Lerman
The Oklahoma City University Dancers
The Chris Scott Dancers
Jason Samuels Smith with Special Guests -Pandit Chitresh Das, JoJo Smith
Peggy Spina Tap Company
Tap City Youth Ensemble
*schedule permitting

Music by the The Frank Owens Trio
Frank Owens piano Bernice Brooks drums Lisle Atkinson bass

Tickets: $68, $55, $45, $25

Åú Order by credit card: 212-279-4200 or use website:

Åú Visit Ticket Central Box Office:
416 W. 42nd Street (bet. 9th and 10th Aves.)

Tap Extravaganza is the publication of the New York Committee to Celebrate
National Tap Dance Day a program of Flo-Bert Ltd. Flo-Bert is fiscally
overseen by the New York Foundation For the Arts, A New York State
Not-for-Profit Organization, published irregularly. The New York Foundation
of the Arts is located at 155 Sixth Avenue, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10013.

Monday June 2
B.B. King Blues Club and Grill-237 West 42nd Street -NYC

Promo Video: www.broadwayunderground.org
$25 at the door

Friday, May 30, 2008 and Saturday, May 31, 2008 @ 7:30pm

For eight weeks this spring Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Harlem Arts Alliance, and The Field brought together a group of artists, five from "uptown," five from "downtown," to developing short works for performance. On May 30 and 31 these cross-town artists will be performing their works in vibrant venues both up and downtown! Both performances will be followed by a discussion with the artists.

Uptown/Downtown Artists: Ashley Byler - Vienna Carroll - Laylage Courie - Naomi Goldberg Haas - William B. Johnson - Lulu Lolo - Jody Oberfelder - Connie Perry - Elke Rindfleisch - Natasa Trifan

Tickets $10 at the box office, available night of performance

Friday, May 30, 2008, 7:30pm
The Gatehouse at Harlem Stage
150 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031

Saturday, May 31, 2008, 7:30pm
Dance New Amsterdam (DNA)
280 Broadway, New York, NY 10007
(Entrance on Chambers Street)

For more information visit: Uptown/Downtown (click here)
DRUMADICS at B.B. KING BLUES CLUB and GRILL (Monday, June 2)    
Come check out Drumadics live in their third performance in
Broadway Underground

at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill on Monday, June 2, 2008 at 8pm.
237 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036

For ticket information visit Broadway Underground (click here)

You can check me out with Drumadics, the inspiration for my new production, Wednesday - Saturday at Times Square, 42nd Street/Port Authority, Union Square or 34th Street, on an ongoing rotating schedule.

Become familiar and become a part of the movement!


William B. Johnson


Support ATDF, Support Tap Dance!

We are excited to announce the creation of an American Tap Dance Foundation Parent Volunteer Committee!

This committee is launching with a telethon to help us meet and exceed this year's fundraising challenge so we can continue to keep our youth programs accessible regardless of family income.

Everything we raise over $100,000 and up to $130,000 will be matched dollar for dollar. All proceeds will benefit the Gregory Hines Youth Scholarship Fund.

The challenge extends to ALL PLEDGES AND CONTRIBUTIONS from now to the end of the fiscal year - June 30, 2008.

When you receive a call this week, please consider participating in this exciting challenge: ANY DONATION of ANY AMOUNT will have twice the impact and double the importance in helping us meet our challenge!

Thank you in advance for your participation and ongoing support of ATDF.

Tony Waag

Executive & Artistic Director

To Donate or find out more information, please visit: www.atdf.org

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Memorial Tribute for Jazz Pianist Patti Bown

Sunday June 8th 2008 7pm
St. Peters Church
54th and Lexington

Patti Bown, 76, Lit Up Seattle's Jazz Scene

FROM: The Seattle Times (March 22nd) ~
Paul de Barros, Jazz Critic

Patti Bown, an idiosyncratic, outspoken, versatile pianist
who came up with Quincy Jones on Seattle's Jackson Street
jazz scene in the late '40s and became nationally famous,
died Sunday from complications from diabetes and kidney

She was 76 years old.

Ironically, Miss Bown died in Pennsylvania the same day
Jones was in Seattle, eulogizing two other musicians of his
generation Charlie Taylor and Floyd Standifer at the
Northwest African American Museum opening concert.

A characteristic quote from Miss Bown is displayed at the

"When I walked home from school, I passed the pool parlor
and the Mardi Gras and they always had jazz playing. My
mother was saying `No!' but the music was sensuous and it
said, `Yes!' "

Born Patricia Anne Bown in Seattle in 1931, Bown was one
of five daughters and two sons raised in the Central District
by Augustus and Edith Bown, who moved to Seattle in 1921.

Music and culture were central to her upbringing. Her mother
took her see Marian Anderson, Katherine Dunham and Arthur
Rubenstein, and the Bown household was known for its
weekend "at-homes," where people played music, and
discussed books and politics.

Miss Bown's sister, Edith Mary Valentine, became a concert
pianist in an era when it was difficult, if not impossible, for
African Americans to enter the classical field. Millie Russell,
another sister, recalled Patti at 3 years old astonishing their
parents by copying on the piano what she heard Duke
Ellington play on the radio.

"I was the only one of the five girls who didn't have perfect
pitch," said Russell.

Miss Bown's sister Augie Walker recalled Edith Mary and
Patti fighting over who would get to practice at the family

"They'd be pushing on each other, both sitting on the stool
and pretty soon the stool would break," she said. "My mother
bought three stools in one year."

Though Mrs. Bown played blues piano herself, she forbade
Patti from patronizing jazz clubs.

"She'd tell Mama she was going to visit our neighbor, then go
out play in those places," recalled Walker. "Sometimes, if
Mama found out, she'd lock the door and leave Patti out there
for half an hour."

One of Miss Bown's informal jazz tutors was Ray Charles,
whom she credited with teaching her how to accompany

In 1949, Miss Bown won a music scholarship to Seattle
University, and in 1952 she performed with the Seattle
Symphony. She later transferred to the University of
Washington, then moved to New York in 1955. Because of
her excellent sight-reading and improvising skills, she was
soon in demand in recording studios, which led to her
extensive discography (sessions with Dinah Washington,
Billy Eckstine, Gene Ammons, Oscar Brown Jr., Jimmy
Rushing and Jones himself).

Miss Bown recorded an album as a leader in 1958, "Patti
Bown Plays Big Piano" (Columbia), and the following year
formed a trio that included drummer Ed Shaughnessy, of
Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show" band fame. She later
toured Europe for eight months with Jones' big band.

A flamboyant, opinionated woman who wore outrageous hats
and brooked no contradiction, Miss Bown often found
herself at odds with others though she could be charming and
funny, as well.

"She was overbearing and spoiled," recalled her sister Russell,
"but she was brilliant."

Miss Bown lived the last 37 years at the Westbeth Artist Housing
complex in Greenwich Village, and for many years was a fixture
at the Village Gate nightclub. She played in an unpredictable,
virtuosic and eclectic style that stretched from Fats Waller stride
to avant-garde abstraction.

The late Whitney Balliett, jazz critic for The New Yorker, once
described a Miss Bown solo as "an eight-minute lesson in how
to make a piece of improvisation so tight and complex it would
supply a dozen soloists for a week."

Miss Bown occasionally returned to Seattle to perform, notably
at Jazz Alley, the New Orleans Creole Restaurant and at the
Museum of History & Industry, in 1993.

According to Pawnee Sills, a close friend who lived in her
building, Miss Bown had been "homebound," the last seven or
eight years, unable to walk because of her weight and poor
circulation. Still, in 2006 she received the Mary Lou Williams
Women in Jazz Festival Award, and last year the Jazz
Foundation of America, which assisted Miss Bown the last
years of her life, presented her at its annual gala at the Apollo
Theatre, where she received a standing ovation.

She moved to a New York nursing home last November, then
to one in Media, Pa., where she died.

Miss Bown never married but had one son, the late Tony Bown.
She is survived by sisters Edith Mary Valentine, Augie Walker
and Millie Russell, and brother David Bown.



Show Biz Expo








or call us today at 212.404.2345


New York Stage Originals is accepting resumes for current positions and future replacements for the international touring company of “TAP KIDS”. Lisa Hopkins, director/chorographer. Seeking exceptional rhythm tap dancers with jazz dance training, and great personalities who improvise. Must also be quick at learning choreography. Basketball skills and acting also a plus. All ethnicities encouraged to apply.
Dancers do not have to live in NYC area but selected dancers must be able to come to live audition in June or July.

Interested dancers please e-mail bio and pictures immediately to thetapkids@aol.com or mail to:
NYSO Casting
154 Prospect Pkwy
Burlington, VT 05401

The Tap Kids Rhythm Intensive is a one of a kind program designed to challenge and inspire talented young tap dancers age 9-21. Each year up to 75 dancers are chosen to take part in the Tap Kids Rhythm Intensive offers unsurpassed training with some of the nation's finest tap masters. Daily classes in a wide variety of styles as well as African drumming, Improvisation and Repertoire. All Tap Kids will perform in the 9th Annual Tap Kids Showcase Performance at the historic Tarrytown Music Hall as well as have an opportunity to work with the cast and creators of the popular national touring show "Tap Kids". All dancers will have the opportunity to learn and perform new original choreography by worldclass TK Faculty.
Tap Kid Jumping Application Deadline June 15th

Parents say:

"We wanted to pass on our appreciation to you for this program. It's such a wonderful change from competitions/conventions and this experience is like no other. With our daughter's love for tap, Tap Kids continues to inspire her to continue with her passion."

"You certainly went the extra mile to create a special environment for all those talented kids."

"The atmosphere is so exciting and electric, and my daughter is having the time of her life."

"Our son had an awesome experience in Tarrytown. We really appreciated the "real world" concept. It far surpassed the traditional convention/workshop experience. "

Dancers say:

"The classes were awesome! I was very proud to be a big part of TK, it was an honor. The friendships I made at TK will last a lifetime....so will the memories. I can't wait to see you again...."

"I had the best time! It was such a wonderful experience! I just got the tape about 2 days ago and I have already watched it like 15 times! "

"Not only did I meet tons of new friends and have the time of my life, I learned life skills that will help me not only with my tapping, but also in my daily life. A guest teacher at my studio said he said he noticed that I picked things up easier than last year, I'm sure it was from what all I learned at Tap Kids!"


Tap Kids TK Logo

More info:
e-mail: lisa@nystage.com OR call: (802) 540-0700
or visit


All Things Chi featuring M.A.D.D. Rhythms, FootworKINGz and The National Steppers Society at The Harold Washington Library
"All Things Chi" featuring M.A.D.D. Rhythms, FootworKINGz and The National Steppers Society was recently premiered at The Chicago Cultural center and here is what the director of program development, Cynthia Quick, had to say about it:

Congratulations to all of you!
You brought the house down last night!

Thank you all for presenting a very professional, dynamic and creative dance program last night.
We had a full house (over 275 people) and judging from the standing ovation, everyone loved it.
Each part of the performance complemented the other, moving from stunning tap to amazing footworking and mellow steppin' . . . it all worked.

Bril, you have a great concept with All Things Chi and I'm glad the Cultural Center could give you
the support you needed to make it happen.

I enjoyed working with all of you.



Cynthia Quick
Director of Program Development
Chicago Dept. of Cultural Affairs

Here is your your chance to see it again and its FREE, FREE, FREE!



Attention all young and gifted artists:
This is a wonderful opportunity for your artistic development and a little financial help!!!!!
I went through this program and it changed my life. Check it out. M.A.D.D. Rhythms is happy to pass it on..................


Breaking News

A program of National Foundation

for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA)

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The Mission of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts is to identify emerging Artists and assist them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development; and to raise the appreciation for, and support of, the arts in American Society.

Early Registration Now Open for

youngARTS 2009

To register, log on to


Seeking talented 17 and 18-year-old students in nine arts disciplines for

cash awards of up to $10,000 and the chance to be named Presidential Scholar in the Arts

Calling all aspiring writers, photographers, dancers, visual artists, musicians or other talented individuals with a passion for the arts: registration is now open for the 2009 youngARTS™ Awards, one of the most prestigious and respected arts initiatives for high school seniors in the country.

As the core program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA), youngARTS™ recognizes and rewards exceptional student artists from across the U.S. in each of nine fields:

* cinematic arts
* dance
* jazz
* music
* photography
* theater
* visual arts
* voice and
* writing.

High school seniors in the 2008-2009 school year or graduates who will be 17 or 18-years-old on December 1, 2008 are encouraged to apply for individual cash awards of up to $10,000 and the chance to be named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. To register, go directly to: http://www.youngA



CALIFORNIAN TAP DAY with Roxane Butterfly

Greetings everyone!

TAP DAY is bringing me back on the West Coast. It' s been a while.....
so I hope to see as much of you at THE BEAT and THE JULIAN MORGAN

Saturday May 24th: 10-11am: Improv class
11-12.15am: Intermediate
12.45-2pm: Advanced
2.45- 3.30pm: Tap w/ live percussion

Sunday May 25th: 10-11am: Improv class
11.15-12.30pm: Intermediate
12.45-2pm: Advanced

Location: THE BEAT, 2560 9th street, berkeley, CA 94710
thebeat@lmi.net / www.the-beat.org / 510 548 5348

Performance on Sunday May 25th at the JULIA MORGAN CENTER FOR THE ARTS,
2640 College Avenue in Berkeley. 7pm
Tix: 925-798-1300
Students: $20, General: $25, Hoofers Circle: $40

Roxane's classes are $25

Sunday, May 25 - LA
Debbie Allen Dance Academy

National Tap Dance Day Celebration w/
Jason Rodgers, Sarah Reich, Steve Zee, Charon Aldredge, Arlene Kennedy, Mike Wittmers, Gregg Russell, Chantel Heath, Nicole Nicholas
12:00 - 6:00

Email: sourtaps@yahoo.com for more info
Call: DADA 310.280.9145

2nd Annual Choreography Media Honors!

Please join us for the Choreography Media Honors on Friday June 13, 2008 at the Directors Guild of America. The event honors outstanding achievement for choreography in film, television, video, and commercials for 2007.
Last year’s inaugural event was truly wonderful. This year’s ceremony stands to be just as fabulous, so we hope to see you there! To purchase tickets, please visit
Dance Camera West.

CMH Invitation

McDonald Selznick Associates, Inc.





Remembering Dr. Jimmy Slyde:

From Leela Petronio:
Bonjour.......C'est avec beaucoup de tristesse que nous vous faisons part du décès ce vendredi 16 mai d'un ami très proche - le grand danseur Jimmy Slyde. Légende de la danse, il nous a donné beaucoup d'inspiration et partagé tellement de sa sagesse. Il avait une affinité particulière pour la France qu'il considérait comme son deuxième "chez lui". Partenaire de Sarah Petronio durant de nombreuses années, il a largement contribué à faire connaître le Tap Dance en France. Il nous manque déjà.

Hello.......With great sadness we share with you the news of the passing of a Tap Legend - Jimmy Slyde left us Friday May 16th.
He was a great inspiration and shared much wisdom. He had a special connection with France, partnered with Sarah Petronio for many years here where he contributed immensely to establishing Tap Dance. We miss him already.


From Roxane Butterfly:
We are honoring Jimmy Slyde at the Julia Morgan Theater on Sunday May 25th at 7pm.
This is a part of the workshop at THE BEAT (www.the-beat.org) where I am teaching this weekend (Berkeley, California)
Funds are being raised to help us deal with the aftermath of his departure onto the other world
Those willing to donate can email me and I will tell them how to proceed.
Read the article;

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and the beat goes on...

-June 13th, I am appearing along with Max Pollak, Jane Goldberg and Tina Pratt at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center for the LOST JAZZ SHRINES serie

-June 30th-July 5th: FLAMENCO and TAP, Brothers in Rhythms
Roxane Butterfly at the Museo del Baile Flamenco in SEVILLA (Spain)
See info here attached. Performances , film and Workshop!

-July 7th-July 13th: TAP ON BARCELONA (Spain)
I will be teaching for the one week Tap Intensive in Barcelona with the best of the Iberic Tap Scene

-The new DVD of Worldbeat is now on sale for 17 euros + 4 euros for shipping.
Checks are to be made to Roxane Butterfly-Semadeni, 9 rue de Lorgues, 83000 Toulon

Have a wonderful summer everyone!

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USA: +1 212 636 9584

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Sunday 25th May
10am - 1pm.
Everyone's invited to celebrate the birthday of the great Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. If you (or troupe) are interested in performing on the mainstage on tap day, email enquire@mitf.com.au, and they will try to accomodate you between the Jam sessions and live demonstrations

Jimmy Slyde:

October 2,1927 - May 16, 2008

It is with great regret that we must announce the passing of Dr. Jimmy Slyde.

Dr. Slyde was, and will forever be, a source of wisdom in the artistry of tap dance.

As he would say, "He hasn't left us, he's left something for us."
see the tap tribute page at www.mitf.com.au for more.

The Swift Brothers - Australias' Got Talent

For those of us in Australia, tune into "Australias' Got Talent" at 7.30pm, Tuesdays on channel 7. Tap Dance duo "The Swift Brothers" (Harry and Oscar Swift) have made it through.

MITF news

Jason Samuels Smith and Chloe Arnold availability confirmed for October 14-21st. Check out the performance page for all artists' bios.
If you would like to be considered as a performer or teacher at the tap festival be sure to contact the committee (enquire@mitf.com.au) a.s.a.p, as they are near the end stages of finalising.
The Venue for the shows has been confirmed:
(The National Theatre, Cnr of Carlisle and Barkly Streets, St Kilda.)

other news:
-The Swift Rhythm Hoofers corporate tap dance troupe back from performing in Singapore
-Grant Swift tap classes now held at: Indonesian Uniting Church (158 Balaclava Rd, Caulfield Nth). see www.grantswift.com for more

Good Health!!

Grant Swift and Mitf Committee