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Jun 11, 2008



-Jason Samuels Smith – Int/Adv Tap Masterclass series AT AILEY 6/10, 6/11,6/17,6/18 4:30-6pm – take all or one www.alvinailey.org
- Chloe Arnold in the News: DANCE INFORMA
-Grand Opening of Manhattan Movement & Arts Center – featuring Choreography by Sue Samuels and other faculty members.
- Classes for Adults and Kids & Tap Jams with Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards at The Harlem Tap Studio


-New Tap Jam at St. Nick’s Pub – Wednesdays
-New Tap Jam at Chelsea Studios – Saturdays
- Jazzmania Society: Jazz & Tap featuring Harvie S Trio,with Phil Woods, Max Pollack, Roxane Butterfly, Tina Pratt, Jane Goldberg plus guests Friday, June 13th
- Step Afrika with Ryan Johnson
- New Classes added to ATDF’s Tap City, and Tap Challenge Continues!!!
-New Production by Harlem School of the Arts: My Choices, My Values, My Life;Takes Tough Issues to the HSA Stage
-DAWN HAMPTON’s BIRTHDAY – can’t believe I missed it!
-Women of Color Drum Jam
-News from Myelproductions

- Creating Dance for the Camera – Seminar by MSA
- Rusty Frank Presents The Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra



JASON SAMUELS SMITH offers Intermediate/Advanced Workshops on Tuesdays and Wednesdays - 6/10, 6/11, 6/17, 6/18 ONLY from 6-8pm as part of:

The Ailey Extension Summer Workshop Series:

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

GREAT REVIEW OF CHLOE ARNOLD’s CLASSES….all-around interesting publication…check it out:

Click on cover to read current edition!
Or visit http://www.danceinforma.com/DanceInformaJuneJuly08.html


Hi Everyone!
I have some exciting news! I will be teaching at a new studio here in midtown New York. You are invited to the Open House Press Conference and show by the teachers.

I hope you can come, I will be there, and my dance group will be performing.

Thank You,
Sue Samuels

Dear Teachers,
We welcome you and your students to our Press Conference Open House at MMAC on Thursday
June 26 from 6-8pm.
The invitaion is attached.
Looking forward to seeing you.
Dorit Koppel

Manhattan Movement and Arts Center
248 West 60st
New York NY 10023


MONDAYS 5:30-7pm with Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Classes for KIDS, Private Lessons, TAP JAM SATURDAYS and more... VISIT www.harlemtap.com for details.



Spread the word!!! I hope you can grace the place...We start 8-10PM...Thanx for your presence...tell your friends!!! The PUB is located at 149th St & St Nicholas Av, Harlem NYC...No COVER...No Minnimum...No Excuses...Bring your dancin' feet!!!


Hey everyone!

Information about the Tap jam this Saturday, from 5-6p.m. is listed below. If you have any questions feel free to call me on my cell: 607-738-5113.

Hope to see you there!

*Tap Jam*

Bring your shoes and get ready for a good time!

*When:* Saturday, June 14th

*Where:* Chelsea Studios
6th Floor (the studio will be listed under C3 Tap Co-op)
151 West 26th Street
Between 6th and 7th Aves.
Info: 212-647-1100

*Time:* 5:00pm - 6:00pm

*Cost:* $2.00

This event is sponsored by the members of C3 Tap

Website: www.myspace.com/c3newyorktapcooperative
E-mail: c3tapcooperative@gmail.com

Jazzmania Society: Jazz & Tap featuring Harvie S Trio,with Phil Woods, Max Pollack, Roxane Butterfly, Tina Pratt, Jane Goldberg plus guests Friday, June 13th
7:00 pm - Free Humanities Program Panel Discussion with artists who performed at Jazzmania: Jane Goldberg/Dancer, Mike Morgenstern/Owner,Tina Pratt/Dancer, Harvie S/Bassist, Moderated by Willard Jenkins
8:30 pm - Concert Harvie S. - Musical Director; Dancers: Roxane Butterfly and Max Pollak and guest appearance of Jane Goldberg and Tina Pratt; Performances by Harvie S Trio with special guest Phil Woods
Tribeca Performing Arts Center is located on the campus of the Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers Street , New York , NY 10007

Greetings Friends,

Ryan is performing with StepAfrika this week, and you can support the company by attending one the 5 concerts held at the Atlas Theater in DC for $25.00 a ticket (see the link below).

Sidebar: Ryan has choreographed his first group piece for StepAfrika, and one of his dancers is a member of STOMP.

I am truly a proud mama!

Also, Ryan one of two individual artists to receive a substantial grant from the Maryland Arts Council for his choreography. He will receive his award on Saturday at MICA.

I guess the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree!

Vanessa Jackson Johnson

From: Roy A. Gross [mailto:rgross@artistsbloc.org]
Sent: Tuesday, June 03, 2008 9:46 PM
To: Brian Williams

It is the pleasure of the ARTISTS' BLOC to join together with STEP AFRIKA!, the first professional company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping, in offering $25.00 tickets to their 2008 Home Performance Series at the ATLAS Performing Arts Center.

Go to www.atlasarts.org to purchase your tickets for Thursday-Saturday, June 12-14 and use the promotional code artistsbloc to redeem your discounted tickets. Get your tickets now as only 30 discounted seats are available for each of these three performances!

We at the ARTISTS' BLOC are would like to thank STEP AFRIKA! for bringing this special offer to the bloc and we look forward to bringing you more of these special offers. We hope to see you there!

Roy A. Gross
Managing Director
AKA The Big Boss



Sunday, July 6 - Wednesday, July 9
9:45 am - 12:30 pm
Int/Adv Level

Includes a works-in-progress showing at Symphony Space for the Adult Showcase on July 9th at 8:00 pm.

Protege and former dance partner of the late, legendary Jimmy Slyde

Tuesday, July 8 - Wednesday, July 9
4:00 - 6:00 pm
MIX Level

"From Basics to Be Bop to Beyond: Jazz tap dancer Sarah Petronio teaches a swinging intensive atelier for tappers who want to dance."

Don't forget about the Boat Ride & Tap Jam!

Monday, July 7

Boarding at 7:00 pm . . . boat sails at 7:30 pm
Tickets are $35 and available by calling 646-230-9564


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

Immediate Release

Contact: Alexandra K. Mann
Melody Gross

Director of Communications & Marketing
Communications & Marketing Associate

(212) 926-4100, ext. 314
(212) 926-4100, ext. 334



Back By Overwhelming Popular Demand,

My Choices, My Values, My Life
Takes Tough Issues to the HSA Stage

My Choices, My Values, My Life
To be presented during four performances June 6th- 8th

New York, NY, May 20, 2008 — After a sold-out, standing-room
only run in January, My Choices, My Values,
My Life, a series of vignettes, monologues and poems that together
examine the questions and choices young people often face in life, will once
again be presented by Harlem School of the Arts.

The play, written and directed by E. Mesiyah
McGinnis, attempts to bridge the gap between children and their parents in
dealing with issues deemed sensitive and not easily discussed, as well as
adults’ role in parenting and mentorship. “We developed this play
because many parents have a difficult time discussing issues such as drug
addiction, peer pressure, child abuse, and other sensitive issues with their
children,” said Mr. McGinnis, who is Manager of the HSA Theater and
Director of Corporate and Community Programs. “It is imperative that
adults seek understanding and communicate with their children before they loose
them; through various topics the play opens up meaningful dialogue between
parent and child.”

While a portion of the play deals with
delicate issues, it also inspires young people to dream and find their place in
the world. Although the HSA semester is officially over, the play will
continue through out the summer and fall, at various times and venues.
The young cast members wanted to further their involvement in the play because
of the effect it had on them personally and because of the play’s unique
approach in helping families become stronger through theater.

“Now when I’m at school or
playing with friends, and always think before I do something, it’s like
the words, ‘My Choices, My Values, My Life,’ pop up out of no
where,” says 13-year old cast member, Dimitri Carter.

But the students were not the only ones
affected. Many parents and families who experienced the production reported
being moved by the subject matter and its sensitive presentation. “My
family is stronger because the play presented many day-to-day issues that we
relate to but never really discussed,” said Ty Flemming, mother of cast
members, Chaz (10) and Kidada (5) Flemming. “I am delighted that my
children are a part of a production that is so meaningful and helpful to
families. The play portrays young people making both positive and negative

“If by watching this play a kid learns
how to stay away from strangers or to tell someone about child abuse, then it
is worth seeing it,” says 12-year old cast member Dominique Russell.

The cast as a whole feels the play has
impacted them in many ways. “At first I didn’t like the smoking
scene in the play, but then I started to understand how many kids start smoking
just because they want to be cool, and now I like it because my character
decides not to smoke,” says 13-year-old cast member Ivory Sleigh.

McGinnis feels the play has the potential to
help prevent poor decision making from children and their parents. “When
I wrote My Choices, My Values, My Life,
I was basically reliving some of the struggles of my own childhood; being able
to help young people though this work makes that struggle worth it. We are
trying to help kids one show at a time.”

My Choices, My Values, My
Life will be performed in the HSA Theater (647 Saint Nicholas Avenue
– Between 145th and 141st) Friday June 6th at 6:30 PM (Stay for First
Fridays!), Saturday, June 7th at 2 PM and 6 PM, and Sunday June 8th
at 3 PM. Immediately following the play will be a question and
answer discussion with the cast members. The admission price is $10.00.

About The Harlem
School of the Arts

Since 1964, The Harlem
School of the Arts has provided children and young adults the opportunity to
experience and train in dance, music, theater and the visual arts. HSA’s
mission is to enrich the lives of youth and their families in the Harlem community and beyond through training in, and
exposure to, the arts. HSA's programs recognize both the intrinsic value of the arts in everyday life, and the ways in which arts education enhances academic achievement by developing self-confidence, discipline and learning skills in young adults. HSA is committed to meeting the challenges of the 21st century by expanding its programs to ensure that HSA students have access to new arts education methodologies and cutting edge technology in today's information-driven global society. Through HSA's numerous partnerships and artists-in-residence, the school has also become a cultural destination in Harlem,
presenting theatrical, music and dance productions and visual arts exhibitions
in its "G-Space Gallery.”
# # #

Byron McCray
Program Associate
Corporate & Community Partnerships

The Harlem
School of the Arts
645 St. Nicholas Ave.
New York, NY 10030
Tel: 212-926-4100 Ext. 335
Fax: 212-926-5835
Cell: 718-413-8177

Dawn Hampton celebrates her 80th Birthday Friday June 6, 2008, at Dance Manhattan.
Monica Hope just sent this to me. If you can't see the flyer, she has put plain text below. love, cob

Forwarded message from: hopem@orrick.com

Come Celebrate the 80th Birthday of New York’s Swing Dance Diva
Friday June 6, 2008

Dance Manhattan, NYC
39 West 19th Street, #5
9:30pm to 1:00am
Food by Tunura

Two Bands: George Gee and His Jump Jivin Wailers and Ron Sunshine and His Orchestra
With Special Guests to be announced as the date approaches

Tickets are: $25.00 in advance and $30.00 at the door
PAYPAL = DawnsBDay@yahoo.com

Women of Color Drum Jam
Drumming for Pride

Sunday June 29th, 2008
3:00 pm -7:00 pm
Gizzi’s Coffee Shop
16 West 8th street
Between Fifth and Sixth Avenues
In the West Village

Lets all gather for; reunion, connection, expression, communication communion,
unification, vibration, purification, meditation, relaxation, or just good creative, fun.
Bring a drum, a shakere, or a bell. But come out!
For information call Imani 718- 926-5670

Myelproductions is proud of and supports Francis Augustine.
Francis is our photographer and a great friend. You can enjoy his talent on his website, www.blurshot.com as well at www.myelproductions.com. He is the one who takes the Zouk Party pictures as well as lots of Franck's and Carmela's portraits.
Come to see more of Francis' wonderful work and discover Martinique, the Island we are from, at his photographs exhibit ' Tropiques Mouvants':'TROPIQUES MOUVANTS'

Photographs Exhibit
June 12th. to July 30th.

Opening Reception
June 12th. at 6 PM

live Music with
'OSMOSES' Carole Alexis
@ Sambas Bakery
165 East 106 Street Bet. Lexington & 3 rd Avenue
212 722 8054
(6 Train to 103)

You can bring your friends but as it s a small spot please RSVP at fr6ncis@blurshot.com, txt or call 917 586 9678
thank you, see you there, fr6ncis.

The Choreography Media Honors in association with
Dance Camera West and The Screen Actors Guild
invite you to participate in a panel discussion:

Creating Dance for the Camera
Daniel Ezralow Across the Universe
JoAnn Jansen Take The Lead
Mia Michaels So You Think You Can Dance
Dave Scott Stomp The Yard

Moderated by Oscar nominated Director, Matthew Diamond

When: Saturday June 14
Time: 11a.m.
Where: Screen Actors Guild
5757 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles 90036 in the Cagney Room

This event is free, no reservations needed. Limited seating. Doors open at 10:30 a.m.

McDonald Selznick Associates, Inc.


Yes! The Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra is coming back to town. Don't miss your chance to get our Early Bird tickets at a discounted price. AND... don't miss your chance to get a Ringside Table with your friends (last time they sold out in 4 days!). FOR MORE INFO: http://rustyfrank.com/beso/beso-0808.asp