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Jun 7, 2008



-LA Tap Festival group discounts and more…
-Masterclass with Mr.Wiggles
-TAP INTO A CURE in Canada
-Jason Samuels Smith at Festival International Danse Encore
-Ailey Summer Workshops with Robin Dunn and Jason Samuels Smith
-JA's Philly TAP Challenge '08"ON FIRE!" On Sale now
-Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s Summer Festival announcements

- VLA Film School
- ATDF’s Tap Challenge Begins Now!!!
- Opportunity for 2009 Choreographer’s Canvas
- News from Heather Cornell
- Jazz Improvisation Summer Course at Teachers College
- News from Little Billy Entertainment
- Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts presents Hollywood's greatest film class
- News from Cobi Narita

- MADD Rhythms – The Basement Tap Jam is back…



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

Special Discounts available to groups! Contact Nicole Nicholas at 3102809145

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


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

Jason Samuels Smith performs at the Gala as part of:


For full scheduling visit:




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

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."

From the Rhythm World Directors:
Welcome to the 18th year of Chicago Human Rhythm Project's Rhythm World. We invite you and our artists to join in the opportunity to learn, share, have fun, and enjoy our common passion for tap dance while celebrating in Chicago.
Some of this year's highlights include tributes by faculty members. Ted Levy will pay tribute to his mentor, Finis Henderson, of the Sammy Dyer School; Martin “Tre” Dumas will recognize the work of Tommy Sutton, and Dianne Walker, Joan Hill (Leon Collin's accompanist), Barbara Duffy, and others will pay tribute to the legacy of Leon Collins, who was also from Chicago. We're also glad to welcome back from Chicago Billy Siegenfeld of the Jump Rhythm Jazz Project and Mark Yonally, Artistic Director of the Chicago Tap Theater. International guests include Guillem Alonso from Spain and Fernando Barba of Barbatuques in Brazil. The young dancers' program will be taught by Reggio “The Hoofer” McLaughlin and Derick Grant. Other highlights include the cutting contest and, new this year, a performance showcase. We're also excited that we have evening classes from 6:15-7:30 and 7:30-8:45 for the later after-work crowd.
We hope to have a lot of time to spend together enjoying the beautiful and scenic Chicago. We are delighted to be a part of the CHRP family and look forward to the continued growth and development of this American institution. Can't wait to see you there!
Dianne and Derick, Co-Artistic Directors, Rhythm World
2008 Faculty
Lane Alexander, Guillem Alonso, Barbatuques, Kristi Burris, Julie Cartier,
Martin “Tre” Dumas, Barbara Duffy, Derick Grant, Joan Hill, John Kloss, Ted Levy, Lisa LaTouche, Reggio McLaughlin, Yukiko Misumi, Jimmy Payne, Jr., Jason Samuels Smith, Billy Siengenfeld, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Dianne Walker, Sam Weber, Mark Yonally
Intensive Residencies: Monday - Friday, July 21 - 25
An opportunity to spend 10 hours with Dianne Walker, Sam Weber, Ted Levy, or Barbatuques.
Courses: Monday - Thursday, July 28 - 31
Spend four consecutive days with the teachers of your choice. Each course six hours.
Masterclasses: Saturday and Sunday, August 2 - 3
It's a rhythm buffet. Each class is 1 hour and 20 minutes.
KIDS Program: Wednesday - Friday, July 30 - August 1
Three classes a day plus special events for all fast intermediate/advanced 9-11year-olds.
Workshops: Friday, August 1
Yukiko Misumi, John Kloss, and Barbatuques
Youth Tap Ensemble Conference / Adult and University Tap Conferences
For complete information about these comprehensive programs, please visit our website.
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602
Location for Intensive Residencies
Loyola University
6525 N. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60626
Location for all courses, Masterclasses, Workshops, YTEC,
ATEC/UTEC, Kids Program, Special Events, and Concerts
Travel and Accommodations:
Regis Hall
6340 North Winthrop
Chicago, IL 60626
Visit our web site to download a reservation form. Room Rates: $75 Single Room, $53/person Double Room.
Rooms available in downtown Chicago during week of residencies: $133 Single Room, $99/person Double Room.
A full meal plan is offered through Loyola.
Seneca Hotel
200 East Chestnut St.
Chicago. Illinois 60611
Room Rates: $109/night
Call 800-800-6261 and say "CHRP" to make a reservation.
American Airlines
Book your travel on American Airlines and use the code A6678BM to receive %5 off your ticket price.
Festival Schedule:
July 21 - July 25
Chicago Cultural Center
Registration Check-in
July 21, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Chicago Cultural Center
July 29, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Loyola University
Festival Classes
July 28 - August 3
Loyola University & Chicago Cultural Center
Pritzker Pavilion Performance
July 28, 7:30 p.m.
See the faculty perform on Chicago's most iconic stage, located
in Millennium Park, a world-class playground in the heart of
downtown. Concert is free and open to the public.
Tap Slams & Cutting Contest
July 29, 7 p.m.
Show your skills at our two annual competitions, this year being
held on the same night. Show off your favorite choreography at
the Tap Slam, where the audience votes for the winner, or
compete in the Cutting Contest, an improvisation event in the
style of Buck dancing competetions, brought to Chicago by
Jason Samuels Smith
Panel Discussion/Video Night
July 30
Join Rhythm World faculty in an open forum about the state of
tap dance.
Student Ensemble Showcase
July 31
An opportunity for your ensemble to show work at the festival!
Please contact CHRP to find out how your group can participate.
August 1, 8 p.m., August 2, 8 p.m., August 3, 3 p.m.
Featuring the festival faculty, YTE's and special guests.
Register before June 6 for tuition discounts. Complete tuition information and registration forms are downloadable online.
All students must pay a $25, non-refundable registration fee. Parking available on Loyola campus for $6 per day.
Programs with insufficient enrollment may be cancelled at the discretion of CHRP.
Register online - www.chicagotap.org _



The Curtain is Up

The Tap Challenge is ON!

We have 24 more days to reach our goal and YOU can help
For every dollar pledged, one dollar will be matched

Yes, that is right -- any amount you can give will help us meet the challenge

SO, make your donation today, and DOUBLE your contribution

The American Tap Dance Foundation

Three easy ways to donate:


Phone: ATDF office 646-230-9564

Mail: checks payable to ATDF
American Tap Dance Foundation
18 West 27th Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10001

The Challenge ends on June 30th, 2008 so don't waste time.

Donations are fully tax-deductible through the American Tap Dance Foundation, a non-profit, 501c3 organization

All proceeds will benefit ATDF's
Gregory Hines Youth Scholarship Fund


Producer, Justin Boccitto and the Group Theatre Too, LLC are currently seeking choreographers for their 2009 "Choreographer's Canvas" taking place in the spring of next year. This is a showcase opportunity for choreographers to present their work in an Off-Broadway venue in Manhattan. Interested choreographers should submit videos/DVD samples of their work to: Cristina Vivenzio, The Group Theatre Too, 609 West 196th Street, Suite 5D, New York, NY 10040. Please include any additional material about your dance company and/or piece (ie press packet, photos, contact info, etc.). All styles of dance will be considered and featured in the Choreographer's Canvas including but not limited to tap, jazz, theatre dance, hip-hop, modern, ballet, lyrical, etc. There is a $25 non-refundable entry fee. Please make checks payable to: The Group Theatre Too, LLC. All submissions must be postmarked by June 18th, 2008. Material will not be returned to choreographers. No pay. The Group Theatre Too is a Manhattan theatre collective; Justin Boccitto, Executive Producer; Juli Greenberg, Associate Producer; Michael Blevins, Artistic Director. Visitwww.choreographerscanvas.com for more information.

Hey all

Here is a recent article in My Dance Place....the dancers blog by Stacey Strong about the NY Intensive. Please read.....



I'll be premiering a brand new Eddie Brown piece in the morning slot of the second week.

In the adv/pro class I'll be creating a new piece of choreography with long time collaborator Andy Algire to his original music. If you know Andy from past years, you know that he is a wonderful eclectic musician, a master on the balafon and a keeper of world rhythms on percussion, with a little piano thrown in for spice.

There is still space available and if you sign up by June 15th you can still get the early registration discount. I hope to see you in New York in June!


Heather Cornell

Jazz Improvisation:_First Steps in Learning_How to Play and Teach
July 14-18, 2008_Teachers College Columbia University_New York City
Register Now!_Visit www.tc.edu/ceoi/JazzImprov
To request accommodations for individuals with disabilities, contact the Office of Access and Services for Individuals with Disabilities at 212-678-3689.

Little Billy Entertainment Launches Updated Website!Newsletter Banner08
Summer is an exciting time for change. In the spirit of change, we have launched a new website with more comprehensive information. The site will continue to evolve throughout the summer so please visit us often and experience our growing transformation!

Check out the new site for:

* Drumadics Weekly Subway Schedule
* Upcoming Performance Dates
* Updates on William B. Johnson's Theater Production
* Drumadics CDs
* Booking Information
* Arts Education News

And much, much more!
I hope to see you on the streets soon!

William B. Johnson

P.S. If you'd like to support our November show,
contributing is easy!

1. Visit http://www.littlebillyent.org
2. Click on the SUPPORT Page, donate button
3. Fill out the form

Mail a check to:
Little Billy Entertainment
P.O. Box 247
NY, NY 10035

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. Visit our website to see our weekly subway schedule.

Become familiar and become a part of the movement!


William B. Johnson

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June 5, 2008

Dear VLA Friends and Members,
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts presents Hollywood's greatest film class:
Dov S-S Simens' 2-Day Film School
When:_Saturday, June 14, 2008 & Sunday, June 15, 2008, 9am - 6pm both days __Where:_Cooper Union / Astor Place Area (due to the popularity of this program, the exact location is provided upon registration)
Quentin Tarantino, Baz Luhrman, Guy Ritchie, Will Smith, and Queen Latifah are just some of the graduates of the acclaimed 2-Day Film School with Dov S-S Simens who have gone on to gross over $6 BILLION DOLLARS by writing, producing, directing, or starring in independent features.
You'll learn budgeting, screenwriting, producing, shooting, editing, marketing, financing, scheduling, dealmaking, directing, lighting, scoring, distributing, digital filmmaking, and more!
You'll receive a director's workbook, producer's diploma, graduation certificate, networking knowledge, and industry contacts.
Only $389 in advance ($489 at the door if seats still available)
To register, please click here for our registration form, which includes more program information. You can also find more detailed information at www.webfilmschool.com/2day.htm.
Please fax the registration form to my attention to 212.752.6575, scan and email it to me at bbrandow@vlany.org, or mail it to
Ben Brandow_Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts_1 East 53rd Street, 6th Floor_New York NY 10022
Since 1969, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts has been the leading provider of pro bono legal services, mediation services, educational programs and publications, and advocacy to the arts community in New York. The first arts-related legal aid organization, VLA is the model for similar organizations around the world. For more information about Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, please see www.vlany.org.

email: bbrandow@vlany.org
phone: 212.319.2787 x16
web: http://www.vlany.org




The Basement Tap Jam
7059 S. Shore Drive
June 6, 2008


A video tribute to Dr. Jimmy Slyde will be shown at the conclusion of the jam!