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Jun 27, 2008



-NEWSFLASH: Martin “Tre” Dumas as the new Artistic Director of CHRP – Time Out Chicago Article
-Master Classes with Chloe Arnold in LA – 6/30
- New Menu DVD from Mr. Wiggles – On Sale Now!
-Jason Samuels Smith performs for DRA’s Fire Island Dance Festival
-NEW “I (love)Tap” Couture on SALE now at www.chloearnold.com

- News from Dance NYC
- News from American Tap Dance Festival
- Join SnapShot & WandeePOP in their 'Signature Class '
- Monsters of Hip Hop Contest
- The Showbiz Expo
- Message from Brian “Footwork” Green

- News from Lisa LaTouche

- Chhandam Youth Co. in S.F. Ethnic Dance Festival

-News from Melbourne International Tap Festival

NEWSFLASH: Martin “Tre” Dumas is the new Artistic Director of CHRP!!!

Time Out Chicago / Issue 169 : May 22–28, 2008
Stomping grounds
The Chicago Human Rhythm Project is ready for its own home.

By Asimina Chremos

See the article here:

WINGING IT Tre Dumas is ready to soar with new CHRP programming.
Photograph: Joanne Chan

In the mid-1980s, tap dancer Lane Alexander was looking for ways to improve his technique and commune with others who shared his passion. Little did he know he was stepping out on a path that would lead him to envision the nation’s first dedicated percussive dance center in downtown Chicago. The center is on track to open within the next five years.
While Chicago has a venerable tap-dance history and storied practitioners, 25 years ago Alexander found he had to travel to the West and East Coasts to find a critical mass of dancers gathered around knowledgeable vaudevillians and Broadway legends who were passing on their beautifully weathered expertise in classes and workshops.
Back then, Alexander applied for— and received—a $1,200 study grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs to attend the Portland International Tap Dance Festival. “It was two weeks of tap-geek heaven,” says Alexander, who names Honey Coles, Steve Condos and Buster Brown among his mentors. “I thought, Wow, let’s bring this to Chicago.” And he did. In 1990 he cofounded the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, a nonprofit with one foot in presenting tap-dance performances and another in educating new generations of tap dancers. He also wanted to bring all of the disparately located tap-dance tribes together. At the time, “there wasn’t any common ground for tap-dance fanatics in Chicago,” he says.
Alexander’s move to start CHRP was generous, as it took away from the time he could spend on his own dancing and performing. But it was also a prescient one: “All the [tap] fests that started up in the mid-’80s stopped producing after several years,” Alexander says. For those who missed their concentrated summertime tap-dance infusion, Chicago became a favored destination.
Now that CHRP is a certifiable adult, 18 years old and enjoying strong relationships with venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Harris Theater, it’s time for a new phase. With a motivated board of directors (led by Susan Oppenheimer) who share Alexander’s passion for the form, the organization started planning for a leadership transition a couple of years ago.
“I thought maybe we would get a high-powered executive director so I could focus on the artistic side of things,” Alexander says. “But the exact opposite happened. I’m going to continue to focus on institutional issues and development.” So who is going to oversee the selection of teaching artists and performers, thus nurturing the all-important aesthetic values of the organization? “We tried a few different people. This February we struck gold,” Alexander says.
The golden boy turned out to be Martin “Tre” Dumas, a fellow tapper and tap visionary. Alexander and Dumas already have a decade-long relationship as colleagues, which means “the shift [in leadership] can be gradual and organic,” Alexander says. Dumas brings top-notch cred to CHRP: He’s a former hoofer in the nationally known productions Riverdance and Tap Dance Kid, as well as former co-artistic director of M.A.D.D. Rhythms, one of Chicago’s premiere tap-dance programs for young people.
While Dumas curates the upcoming programs, Alexander will focus on fund-raising and planning a percussive arts center. “We want to establish a facility that has a 300- to 500-seat theater and four to six studios for percussive dance, with wood floors and proper acoustics for tap, flamenco, kathak and other forms,” he says, noting that it will be the first tap and percussive center in the U.S. “It’s amazing what you can do in 20 years.”
CHRP celebrates National Tap Dance Day with concerts at the Vittum Theater this weekend

Chloe Arnold -
Master Classes in LA
This Monday, June 30th
(limited engagement)
When: Monday, June 30th
Adv. Beg/Int. - 6:30 - 7:30 - $15
Adv. Int/Adv. - 7:30 - 9:00 - $20

What: Technique, Choreography, Improvisation

Who: All ages are welcome.

Where: Debbie Allen Dance Academy
3623 Hayden Ave. Culver City, CA 90232

Space is limited!
Please RSVP to chloearnold@gmail.com
Get your Chloe Tap Couture - New styles available!!
For more information on Chloe:


Jason Samuels Smith will be performing at the:



FIRE ISLAND, N.Y. The Fire Island Dance Festival returns to Fire Island Pines for a trio of outdoor party/performances on Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20, 2008. Now in its 14th year, FIDF is produced by and benefits Dancers Responding to AIDS (DRA), a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Performing outdoors against a backdrop of the Great South Bay, FIDF 14 will feature an eclectic program of classical and contemporary ballet, modern dance, tap and hip hop performed by eleven emerging and world renowned dance companies. World premiere dances will be presented by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Atlanta Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, Jermaine Browne, Parsons Dance, Jason Samuels Smith and Tony AwardÒ choreographer Jerry Mitchell for Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance as well as repertory pieces from Jacoby & Pronk, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Jennifer Muller / The Works, and Ellis Wood Dance.

Saturday’s emcee is Whoopi Goldberg, host of this year’s Tony AwardsÒ, moderator of ABC TV’s “The View,” and - as producer, actress, singer, writer and comedienne - one of the few individuals to have won all four of the major show business awards: the Oscar, the Tony, the Emmy, and the Grammy. Sunday’s emcee is comedy club favorite Caroline Rhea original host of TV’s “The Biggest Loser”. An accomplished actress, Rhea has had featured roles in both film (‘The Perfect Man,” “Man on the Moon”) and television (”Sabrina, The Teenage Witch,” Lifetime’s “Fat Like Me”).

Dancegoers are offered a choice of show times. The opening performance is on Saturday, July 19 at 5:00 p.m. (party at 4:00 p.m.). The sunset performance is on Saturday, July 19 at 7:00 p.m. (party following). And the closing performance is on Sunday, July 20 at 5:00 p.m. (party following). Leadership Sponsors are included in the special kick-off celebration on Friday evening July 18h at Whyte Hall, the Fire Island Pines Community Center.
To charge tickets by phone, call 212.840.0770 x268 - Monday through Friday, and on weekends at the Pines harbor or order online at www.dradance.org
Corporate Sponsors for Fire Island Dance Festival 13 include: The New York Times, Continental Airlines, GRW Advertising, NEXT Magazine, PEEQ, EMR Systems, BV Vineyards, Movmnt, and Passport Magazine
Community Sponsors for Fire Island Dance Festival 13 include: Fire Island News, Fire Island Pines Property Owners’ Association, John Joseph Designs, Pines Pantry, Pines Pizza and Martini Bar, Sayville Ferry Service, and Tony’s Barge.
Twice hailed by Sunday Styles of The New York Times as “One of the 12 best parties of the year,” the Fire Island Dance Festival has since 1995 raised over $1 million in the fight against AIDS.

The ongoing, committed response of the American dance community to an urgent worldwide health crisis, DRA is a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA), the nation’s leading industry-based AIDS funding and grant-making organization. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the dance community, DRA raises funds for AIDS-related service providers across the United States. Funds are distributed to seven programs of the Actors’ Fund of America and as grants to over 500 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide. Since its founding in 1988, BC/EFA has distributed over $140 million for critically needed services for people with AIDS, HIV, or HIV-related illnesses.
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VISIT www.chloearnold.com for all new “I LOVE TAP” Couture for men, women and kids! New styles,colors, and sales just in time for summer!!! Contact for wholesale and bulk order discounts.


From Dance NYC:
New Dancers' Blog Spot

From our friend Brittany Keefe:__As a result of recent discussions in the Dancers Council at Dance/USA, a blog has been created by Brittany (Fridenstine) Keefe with the intention of empowering dancers. There are many established resources that help dancers find funding, healthcare, legal assistance, housing and work. However, a venue was needed to connect to and to discuss these offerings. This blog provides these educational resources, empowers dancers, and enables dancers to serve the art throughout their entire lives.
Click here to blog w/ Brittany:

News from ATDF:

Dear Parents and Dancers
Thank you for sharing a wonderful year of tap dance with us at the American Tap Dance Foundation! We are now preparing for the 2008-2009 season.

All students have been given class assignments for next season. (Information was sent home with students, or sent via mail directly). In some cases, students may now have several options for class day and time, which is indicated on the enrollment worksheet.

We are currently taking student registration for fall classes. To pre-register and hold your place in class, please fill out the enrollment worksheet that you received and send in a deposit of $110.00 (registration fee & concert fee). If you need this information to be sent to you again, please let us know and we will re-send the enrollment worksheet to you.

If you have questions about your assigned class, please contact Susan Hebach, Youth Program Director, via email at shebach@atdf.org, or by phone at the ATDF office 646.230.9564.

If you have any questions regarding tuition and payments, additional class and sibling discounts, etc., please contact our Registrar and Education Assistant, Courtney Runft, via email at crunft@atdf.org, or by phone at 646.230.9564.

Fall 2008-09 session classes resume on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008.
Tap City Boat Ride & Tap Jam - Monday, July 7th, 2008
Location: Circle Line Marina, Pier 83, West 42nd St. at the Hudson River
Time: boarding begins at 7, boat sails at 7:30pm

This is a fun event for all! A relaxing 3 hour boatride around the NY harbor, music and dancing. Everyone is suggested to bring their own dinner/snacks, and beverages will be available for purchase on the boat.

All tickets are $35.00. Please call the office at 646.230.9564 for purchase.
Looking for a way to inspire your young tap dancer? Come join us for "Tap City" performances on July 8, 10 & 11 at Symphony Space!
If you are in town in early July, please consider coming up to Symphony Space and checking out some fabulous tap dancers in performance. Members of our own faculty are performing, along with other tap legends and master artists. So if you want to see us in action, please come see a show! Courtney Runft and Susan Hebach will be performing in Tap and Song on Friday, July 11th. Here is the line up:

"Tap Forward", Tuesday, July 8th
"Tap Youth Tap Future", July 10th
"Tap and Song", July 11th

All performances at Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway @ 95th St. @ 8:00pm.

General tickets $45.00, children under 12/Symphony Space members/College Student/Senior Discounts: $23.00

For ticket purchase, contact: www.symphonyspace.org

Join SnapShot & WandeePOP in their 'Signature Class '

Created with a Purpose to teach Organic New York City Style Hip Hop!
'Most pop-culture authorities place the origins of hip-hop dance in early-1970s New York. So we've had at least 30 years to learn the techniques. Still haven't mastered the intricacies of breaking, freestyle, or boogaloo? You mght register for Snap, Pop & Lock at the Alvin Ailey Extension' -Village Voice
Offering Hip Hop & FunkStyles Education, Dance & Movement Groove sessions with injury preventitive strength and conditioning moves that will improve your dance skills. Learn the Basics to making you a stronger popper, better party dancer, more confidence in the freestyle circle, battle and Nutrional tips to improve your well being. HIP HOP was created in the STREETS not in the STUDIOS! So join us for the benefits:

*Challenge yourself with our Snap,Pop & Lock Bootcamp Warm-up
(Full hour bootcamp class coming soon!)

*Dance to your favorite Classics 80's, 90's and Present
(Music Compilations of class music also available for purchase)

*Drills, Drills, Drills
(Follow the Leader Drills, Groove Content Drills, Two Step Drills)

*Party Dancing, Battle Moves: Hip Hop is about attitude!

*Basics in popping styles: For Example; The Fresno

*Bronx FreeStyle Latin Rocking

*Freestyle Cyper/BattleZone: Represent Who You Are!

*Learn history and names of Dance moves that have paved the way for the dance moves and styles today.

*Thursdays at 8pm/ADVANCED Beginner/Intermediate
*Saturdays at 4pm/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 Dance Class teaching Organic NYC Style Party Dance Moves with a touch of Current Hip Hop Energy. Plus, Injury Prevention & Health and Wellness tips from a Certified Personal Trainer and Life-Style Wellness Coach. SP&L was created to teach about the Culture of Hip-Hop and the Elements that keep this Culture Unique. All of our knowledge comes straight from the source and pioneers. Learn the foundation of classic moves such as: Jason, Mona Lisa, Bill Cosby, James Brown, The Wop, Smerf, Patty Duke, Alf, Kid n' Play, RoofTop, Popping & Locking combos, Drills, Top Rock, Bronx Freestyle Latin Rocking and more._

We want your input. If you have ever taken our class or had a personal training session with SnapShot please send us an email on what you think. Tell us if we are on point with our information or if it needs work. We want to make your experince with us better and long lasting.

TruEssencia Dance & Wellness
Deena 'SnapShot' Clemente & Wanda 'WandeePop' Candelario
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful._-Albert Schweitzer

Enter Today To Win Your Chance To Perform Live With Jessi Malay At Monsters of HipHop Orlando Tour Finale - Contest Ends July 7th, 2008
Contest Info:
. Perform live with Jessi Malay in Orlando, FL at the Monsters of HipHop Finale !
. Rehearse with Jessi Malay & her Monsters of HipHop choreographer Kevin Maher!
. All expenses paid* to Los Angeles (rehearsal) and Orlando (performance)!
. Talent scouts from the industry's top dance agencies & Disney Talent Casting will be present at the Monsters of HipHop Convention Classes & Audition !
. Free admission to the Monsters of HipHop Dance Convention & 3-Day Workshop !
How To Enter:
. Download Jessi's new track 'cinematic' here
. Record a 1 minute solo video of you dancing to the track
. Upload the track to DanceJam by 12:00 PM NOON EST on Monday, July 7th, 2008
. MAKE SURE YOU TAG THE VIDEO WITH: 'Jessi Orlando' without the quotes
. Jessi and Kevin won't see your video unless you tag it !!!
Contest Rules:
. Winners must be residents of the U.S., Canada & Mexico, with valid passport. Foreigners residing in the Continential U.S., Canada or Mexico also eligible.
. Contest participants must be 18 or over
. Winners will be hand-selected by Jessi Malay and her choreographer - Kevin Maher
Monsters of HipHop, Kevin Maher, Jessi Malay & her representation reserve the right to select winners of their choice as well as make subsititutions as deemed necessary. Winners will be notified via email address given on DanceJam.com profile with correspondance required from selected by July 8th, 2008 at 11:59pm with notification time subject to change. Winners must be available from Tuesday July 14th until Sunday July 20th, 2008. Expenses include roundtrip airfare from major regional airport of our choice to Los Angeles area airport for rehearsal, with contination to Orlando International Airport for Monsters event, with return flight back to major regional airport of our choice. Expenses also include hotel accomodations of our choice in Los Angeles area & at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Int'l Airport Hotel plus per diem up to $40 per day.





Film Makers, Cinematographers, Directors, Editors:
Showcase your film/video/movie reel for Producers and Production Companies. We provide you with a private screening area all day at the Expo, provided with a DVD player, screen, and speakers to showcase your video reel on a repeating loop. You may leave your business cards and contact information for Producers and Production Companies to contact you.

. Financing Independent Feature Films - The Landscape & New Opportunities
. PR: What is it? How do I get good Press Coverage?
. The Art of Post Production
. Business of Licensing Footage & the Digital Era
. Producers Open Forum: Q&A With Successful Theatrical Producers
. LIGHTS! CAMERA! TRACKING! Managing First Impressions at Casting Calls
. Movie Distribution: Exploring Your Options
. How to Get an Agent in 30 Days or Less
. Flying Effects & Stage Rigging
. Screenwriting: Writing the Next Blockbuster
. Working with a Camera: What you need to know after the Director Calls ACTION!
. I HATE INSURANCE!...but it can be a Producer's Best Friend
. Filming in New York: What Every Filmmaker Should Know
. Insider Secrets to Auditioning: Open Q&A with Professional Casting Directors
. Relaxation for Actors: How to get Mentally Prepared for Auditions & Performance
Are you a Producer and ever wonder what goes on in a Director's head? Directors, do you ever wonder what goes on in your writer's head? No need to wonder any longer. Discussion groups bring together particular professions and give you the opportunity to talk and discuss the industry as a whole and the best ways to interact with one another.
. Directors/Choreographers & Producers
. Producers & Writers
. Actors (what works/doesn't work at auditions)
. Production Companies (business strategies for a successful company)
You may post projects they you are working on and any cast/crew/additional help that you may be needing along with your contact information. Need a writer, composer, editor, photographer, actor, etc? Leave your project description and information on the ShowBiz Project Board for attendees to contact you.

VIP CYBER LOUNGE w/ Computers, Internet & Lounge Seating:
The VIP Cyber Lounge has accessible computers, printers, internet access, food and lounge seating. Need to print important documents (i.e., Resumes)? Need to check your business or personal email? Food and beverage is also available for purchase along with comfortable and private seating and tables. This is also a great place to conduct production meetings, network with other industry professionals and get away from the busy Expo.

Performers:_Reach out to casting directors, producers and other decision-making professionals. __Get a personal 'mailbox' for the day at the Expo with your headshot posted for producers, casting directors, & directors. Casting Directors, Producers, & Directors will be able to drop business cards and/or notes in your mailbox for you to contact them if they are interested in you. This is a great opportunity to gain exposure to thousands of Entertainment Industry professionals in person.

Are you a Designer and want to showcase your work to thousands of Producers and Production Companies? Designer's Showcase is perfect for Costume, Graphic, Lighting, Set, and Make-up Designers. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your portfolio and get your name out there to interested parties. You are provided with a 3' x 3' table to showcase your work and provide business cards.


More info also available at TheShowBizExpo.com

Message from Brian Footwork Green:

CLASSES: HOUSE, HIP-HOP, & other Classes!!

PLACE: BROADWAY DANCE CENTER(www.broadwaydancecenter.com)
Address: 322 W. 45th St. 3rd floor

TIME: 9pm
DAY: SATURDAYS (New Jack/Old School)
TIME: 4:30pm-6pm

DAY: TUESDAYS ( HIP-HOP): 7:30-9pm
DAY: THURSDAYS (HOUSE): 7:30pm-9pm

PLACE: PERIDANCE (www.peridance.com)
ADDRESS: 890 Broadway 19 & 20th St. 6th Floor

DAYS: FRIDAYS ( Club styles)
TIME: 8:30-9:15pm
DAYS: SATURDAYS ( Absolute beginner Tap)
TIME: 5-6:15pm

TIME: 8pm
DAYS: Thursdays
TIME: 8:30-9:45pm

PLACE: STEPS ON BROADWAY (www.stepsonbroadway.com)
ADDRESS: 2121 Broadway

TIME: 6pm-7:30pm
TIME: 7:45pm-9:15pm
TIME: 3pm-4:30pm
INFO taken from: www.stepsonbroadway.com (One of these classes are House).
Check out www.breaklife.com for Ken Swift´s classes!!
Hit Fabel at Toolsofwar@aol.com. I am not sure if he is still teaching or not, but that is the best way to find out is to ask!!
I know Marjory is teaching House, look for her on myspace under lotus. Not quite sure of the address though. Since Fazils studio has closed, people have changed their teaching places, and I left NY to teach for two months in Europe before the studio closed. Keep supporting! Do your best to be honest!! Live right, humble, forgiving, and keep learning!!

Greetings tap fans and enthusiasts!

Come celebrate your love for tap dance and circle up in time TONIGHT at The Tap Studio (2937 N Southport Ave across from Athenaeum theater). Very Informal... chance to woodshed together :). Musicians welcome too!

Cost is only $3 for all you can jam from 8-9pm. All ages, all levels, all LOVE. Spread the word. Hope to see you all there!

Lisa La Touche

1ST ANNUAL MOTOR CITY TAP FEST Featuring and Honoring the Legendary Dr. Prince Spencer of the Famous 'Four Step Brothers' The 1st annual Motor City Tap Fest will be held at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center June 26-29. The event will consist of four days of master tap classes taught by leading tap artists from coast to coast, a tap jam, panel discussion, faculty concert, and a participants' showcase.**ALSO Don't miss Bril Barrett and Rod Ferrone in Campus Martius Park Friday, June 27th, at 7pm, performing in the "4th Fridays With Ford" concert series.
Contact: Denise Caston, Producer


Celine invited you to "Chhandam Youth Co. in S.F. Ethnic Dance Festival" on Saturday, June 28 at 2:00pm.

Event: Chhandam Youth Co. in S.F. Ethnic Dance Festival
"One weekend only!"
What: Concert
Host: Chhandam School of Kathak Dance and Chitresh Das Dance Company
When: Saturday, June 28 at 2:00pm
Where: Palace of Fine Arts Theater, San Francisco

To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:

The Facebook Team

New Website and Other Exciting MITF News!
We are very excited to announce the launch of the new website, a new fresh look for this years festival! Check it Out www.mitf.com.au
International Tap Day at Federation Square on May 25th was a huge success, thank you to all who came down and joined in the action. For more photos and to stay up to date join our Facebook Group http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=8839133847
Congratulations to the Firth family for winning the Tap Day Raffle!
Our submission was successful to perform at the Ausdance Awards, check it out on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5wnJTvS0QM
There will be many more pre-festival events and we will be sure to keep you posted.
A big HI to the Swift Rhythm Hoofers who are currently hittin' the boards in the US as part of the New York, Chicago and LA Tap Festivals. Winston Morrison, Thomas Wadelton, Jess Cram and Sarah Armstrong - look forward to seeing and hearing you all when you get home. Good Luck to Tom & Win who are performing at the NY Tap Festival!
We are currently locking in venues for the workshops; we can confirm the showcases will be held on Friday 17th October and Saturday 18th October at the National Theatre, St Kilda - check the website for further details. Tickets will be on sale in July - we will send you details as soon as they are available. If you have any queries about schedule or accomodation please contact us.
Keep an eye open for the July/August issue of DanceTrain where we will have an editorial page on the festival. We're happy to see a new section dedicated solely to Tap Dancing thanks to Christine Denny!
We want to hear from you; who you are and what you would like to see at this years festival in order for us to cater better to you. If you can spare a couple of minutes please complete the small survey below and send it back to us.
Thank you for your continued support, please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any queries,
We'll be in touch when tickets are on sale!
Good Health!!
Grant Swift and the MITF Crew
The Small Survey
What would you like to see at the 2008 festival