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May 30, 2008



-Jason Samuels Smith in Michigan – The Shootout May 30-June 1st
-Masterclass with Mr. Wiggles
-Student Showcase with Sue Samuels
-Jason Samuels Smith – In the News!
-TAP INTO A CURE in Canada
-Ailey Summer Workshops with Robin Dunn and Jason Samuels Smith
- JA's Philly TAP Challenge '08"ON FIRE!" On Sale NOW!!!


- Shuffles presents_“Make A Wish ”_
- The Jazz Brunch at Café Loup
-Broadway Underground Monday, June 2nd
-News from ATDF


-News from Keane Sense of Rhythm


-THE LA TAP FEST – registration is OPEN!!!


-Vote for The Swift Brothers on Australia’s Got Talent


Catch Jason Samuels Smith in Michigan this weekend at part of


May 30th-June 1st

With live webcast at 7pm est!

For information, visit: http://www.shootoutdance.com/default.aspx

DATE: JUNE 7th & 8th TIME: 12 noon
To view the flyer: http://mrwiggles.biz/9aa583d0.jpg

Hi Everyone!
Today was an exciting day watching my students "shine" as they had their dress rehearsal.
They have worked hard to prepare a good show.
June 1st, next Sunday
5pm @ The Ailey Studios
405 W. 55th St. @ 9th Avenue
$5 entrance fee for a 1 hour show
Come and see your fellow students perform.
They are looking good!
Other teachers who are involved are:
Kat Wildish - Ballet
Ginger Cox - Contemporary Jazz
Bev Brown - Hip Hop
Vic Di Monda - Theater Dance
and me,
Sue Samuels - Broadway Jazz
Please let me know if you plan to attend,
Ailey wants to set up enough chairs!
Come and give your support!
Sue Samuels


Coverage on Jason Samuels Smith from
Festival Encore’s Press Conferences in Canada
Upcoming Performances June 5th-8th:



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

Welcome to Tap Into a Cure!
Register Now!__Hello everyone, Tap Into A Cure is back for another exciting year! Canada’s only tap workshop for charity runs from August 13th through the 17th and will raise money for the Hope Mission of Edmonton and TAP: The Africa Project. Come enjoy three days of incredible classes followed up by a show of Masters and special guests, including the winner of 2008 Northern Star Talent Search – a display of talent that you will never forget, and that has never been seen in Alberta! The performance, Magical Rhythms, will happen in Sherwood Park at Festival Place on August 17th at 7:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased at any Ticketmaster box office, or on the Ticketmaster website.
We've moved the workshop from Sherwood Park to Edmonton`s west end. The address is 9764 182 Street, a quick hop, skip, and a shuffle away from the world famous West Edmonton Mall!
The 2008 edition of Canada’s premiere tap experience will feature tap classes from Bril Barrett, Chloe Arnold, Sarah Reich and Emmy Award winning tap dancer Jason Samuels Smith! New to this year’s workshop will be the inclusion of an incredible Hip Hop event featuring classes from the one and only Mr. Wiggles! Tap Into A Cure is ecstatic to bring such amazing talent to Alberta’s capital city. We hope to see you with your shoes on and ready to go, as we raise money for two great causes and provide you with an incredible weekend of dancing!
Sponsored by Pure Class Dance Arts Association.
Visit The Website for complete information and to register:


Create Your Own Summer Workshop_Guest Teachers in June 2008 Series _June 2 – 22, 2008_
Choose from 3 weeks of daily classes in a variety of techniques with the best instructors New York City has to offer: HIP HOP REPERTORY with ROBIN DUNN, ballet with MADAME DARVASH, hip hop with Tweetie, Tap with JASON SAMUELS SMITH, Horton with Milton Myers and much, much more!
Don't miss your chance to train with the best!
Workshop Class Prices Apply:_5 Classes = $90 ($85 Prof Rate)_1 Class = $18.50 ($17.50 Prof Rate)
For a schedule and more information, visit: www.alvinailey.org


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."


June 2008
Shuffles presents_“Make A Wish ”_An all dancing, all singing tap revue,_For kids, by kids.
Sunday, June 1 at 3:00 PM__Tickets: $30_Contact: The Kaye Playhouse Box Office (212) 772-4448_Further information: www.shufflestap.com

105 West 13th Street
New York, N.Y 10011

May 25, 2008


The Jazz Brunch at Café Loup with Bob Kindred and his group will become a JAZZ TAP BRUNCH REUNION CELEBRATION on SUNDAY, JUNE 22nd 12:30 – 3:30. Tappers from all over the world will join with co-host, Barbara Duffy in recreating the classic Jazz Tap Brunch Kindred played for several years across the street at Zinno. Max Pollak, Maurice Chestnut, Andrew Nemr and Claudia Rahardjanoto are some of the many dancers lined up as guests.

Café Loup
105 West 13th St.
No Cover Brunch menu from $9.50 to $16.50 Reservations: 212-255-4746

Subway: 1,2,3 to 14th Street F,V,L PATH

Contact: Anne Phillips 212-580-2349 annep14@gmail.com

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

. Registration is still open ... early bird prices end June 6th!
. NEW Int/Adv Residency with Jared Grimes now open!
. Register Now!!
Tap City Premiere Performances   
Tap Forward
Tuesday, July 8 (8:00 pm)
An evening of contemporary choreography created by leading choreographers for cutting edge ensembles including Chloe Arnold, Michelle Dorrance, Barbara Duffy & Company, Acia Gray, Derick K. Grant, Josh Hilberman, Jason Janas, Kazu Kumagai, Michela Marino-Lerman, Carson Murphy, Jason Samuels Smith, Tapestry Dance Company, Josette C. Wiggan, Zen & others!

The annual HOOFER AWARDS will be presented to tap dancers extraordinaire Tina Pratt and Derick K. Grant and the TAP PRESERVATION AWARD will be presented to teacher, historian and Professor Ann Kilkelly.

Tap & Song
Friday, July 11 (8:00 pm)
Tony Waag and friends take us on a rhythmic romp celebrating traditional vaudeville, comedy and classic song and dance. Performers include Brenda Bufalino, C3 Tap Cooperative, Barbara Duffy, DeWitt Fleming, Acia Gray, Susan Hebach, Jason Janas, Kendrick Jones, Ann Kilkelly, Mable Lee and her Dancing Ladies, Reggio McLaughlin, Margaret Morrison, Claudia Rahardjanoto, Mathew Sheilds, Hank Smith, Melinda Sullivan, the Tap City Youth Ensemble, Tapestry Dance Company, Tony Waag, Karen Callaway Williams and others.

Tap legends Ernest "Brownie" Brown (Cook and Brown), Harold Cromer (Stump and Stumpy) Mable Lee, and Dr. Jimmy Slyde will be inducted into the INTERNATIONAL TAP DANCE HALL OF FAME.

Visit our website for information about:
Youth Showcase of Talent - July 9 at 3 pm
Adult Showcase of Talent - July 9 at 8 pm
Tap Youth / Tap Future - July 10 at 8 pm

All performances will be presented at:

2537 Broadway at 95th Street

General $45
Children under 12, Symphony Space Member, College Student & Senior: $23

Showcase Ticket Prices:
General $20; Children under 12, Symphony Space Member, College Student & Senior: $10

*NOTE: Reduced rate tickets avaulable by phone or at box office window only

Box Office: 212-864-5400
Hours: Tues - Sun from 11am until 7pm
Or visit: www.symphonyspace.org
ATDF Youth Program & Open House    
Open House: Saturday June 28, 10:30 - 11:30 am
Take a sample class, meet our faculty, see performances by our Tap City Youth Ensemble and get information about our Fall 2008 Tap Programs. For ages 3 1/2 to teens. No tap shoes required!

Chelsea Studios
151 West 26th Street, 5th or 6th Floor, btwn 6th & 7th Ave.

Register for Fall Tap Classes Now!
ATDF youth programs, for children and teens, teach students about America's own indigenous art form - Tap. Our distinguished faculty shares their knowledge of the artistry and history of tap with each student in a fun, safe and supportive environment.
. Exciting new classes for kids/teens of all levels!
. New!! Advanced Technique for teens/adults with a roster of rotating guest master teachers!
. Full schedule on our website: Youth Program
. Classes begin September 14
*All classes are held at Chelsea Studios*

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

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


News from Keane Sense of Rhythm:
About a Mile: June 19-21

Keane Sense of Rhythm and friends celebrate a 10 year journey of exploring rhythms and relationships through tap!

Upcoming Events
KSR at Minneapolis MOSAIC Festival!

Don't miss KSR in a special performance of Tap & Taiko fusion!

Sat. June 7th, 2008
Pantages Theater

Youth Tap Ensemble Auditions!

The KSR Youth Tap Ensemble will be having an additional audition. If you are age 8-18 and love to tap, don't miss your chance to be a part of this exciting group!

Please contact Ellen Keane to discuss audition date & time: ellen@tapcompany.org

Join us as Keane Sense of Rhythm re-stages their best repetoire of the past 10 years. Familiar faces as well as dancers from the original company will take the stage for this rare performance. Definitely a show not to miss!

See you on the after-beat,

Ellen Keane & Cathy Wind
Co-Artistic Directors
About a Mile
A 10th Anniversary celebration!
Get your tickets now!

Their renowned choreography has been called "rambunctiously playful" and, executed with "equal parts goofiness and grace" by the Star Tribune. The Chicago Human Rhythm Project calls them "innovative and polished!" They have been seen at some of the top venues nationally and internationally over the past 10 years!

Keane Sense of Rhythm brings it all back to celebrate their 10 years brining tap to the Twin Cities with ABOUT A MILE.

Event Info
June 19-21, 2008
SteppingStone Theatre
55 Victoria Street North
St. Paul, MN 55104

Tickets: $22 Adults
$18 Students/Seniors


Rhythm Tappers on a Mission

To preserve, present, create, and expand the boundaries of American Tap Dance.

We accomplish our mission through education, creation of new works, performing, presenting tap events, collaborating with other artists and investing in talented youth.

About a Mile: June 19-21

Keane Sense of Rhythm and friends celebrate a 10 year journey of exploring rhythms and relationships through tap!

Upcoming Events
KSR at Minneapolis MOSAIC Festival!

Don't miss KSR in a special performance of Tap & Taiko fusion!

Sat. June 7th, 2008
Pantages Theater

Youth Tap Ensemble Auditions!

The KSR Youth Tap Ensemble will be having an additional audition. If you are age 8-18 and love to tap, don't miss your chance to be a part of this exciting group!

Please contact Ellen Keane to discuss audition date & time: ellen@tapcompany.org



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




1-Full Week of History, Footage, Socializing with Greats, special events, all while celebrating and learning more about the Art of Tap…

See the promo clip on youtube and for more information, visit:





To vote SMS: TAP to 19977772 (55cents for an sms) if you can spare a few seconds and cents it would be great if you could vote and tell anyone who might also be impressed by their talents!!
Voting closes Midday on Friday (30/05/08)

Go the Swift Bros!! Let’s get them to the finals!

More info: www.mitf.com.au