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Jul 18, 2008


-Chloe Arnold Master Classes in LA, Monday, July 21
-Jason Samuels Smith performs for DRA’s Fire Island Dance Festival
- New Websites for Mr. Wiggles

- Mart'nalia brings the real samba from Rio to Midsummer Night Swing July 23
- The Paul Carlon Octet Newsletter

-DanceWorks Chicago - Audition Announcement
- Centre East SHOWCASE 2008 - Early Bird registration EXTENDED to July 25, 2008
-Opportunity: Auditions for “In the Rhythm of the Night” Variety Show




Chloe Arnold -
Master Class in LA
Monday, July 21
(limited engagement)

When: Monday, July 21st
Adv. Beg/Int. - 6:00 - 7:00 - $15
Adv. Int/Adv. - 7:00 - 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
Get your Chloe Tap Couture - New styles available!!
For more information on Chloe:



Jason Samuels Smith will be performing at:



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
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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Debbie Allen Dance Academy presents...
August 4-9th, 2008
Faculty and Schedule Published...

This Year We've added more exciting classes

-Beg, Int,Int/Adv., Adv levels
-Adult Beg Evening Classes daily
-4-7 year old program
-Repertory Courses

This Year's amazing Faculty -
Debbie Allen - Founder, Jason Samuels Smith - Director, Chloe Arnold - Co-Director, Arthur Duncan, Harold Cromer, Dianne Walker, Derrick Grant, Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards, Ted Levy, Michelle Dorrance, Tre Dumas III, Jared Grimes, Josette Wiggan, Arlen Kennedy, Denise Sheerer, Ivory Wheeler, Steve Zee, Nicole Nicholas, Maud Arnold, Lee Howard, Sarah Reich, Chantel Heath.

Plus electives - in African, Hip Hop, Flamenco, and Jazz

Nightly Events - Jam Session, Business of Showbiz, Cutting Contest, Panel Discussion, Student Showcase

Saturday, 9th - Concert - 7pm @ Norman J. Pattiz Concert Hall
Tickets on sale now @ 310.280.9145




Mart'nalia brings the real samba from Rio to Midsummer Night Swing July 23
Lincoln Center presents
Midsummer Night Swing
Lincoln Center'S Damrosch Park

Check out sambista Mart'nalia, live at Midsummer Night Swing this coming Wednesday!

"Her sambas make it seem as if every pleasure or sorrow can be handled with grace."
-The New York Times on Mart'nalia
Come to Midsummer Night Swing, New York's hottest outdoor dance party, for a sizzling evening of classic sambas and swinging originals from Rio's next generation star Mart'nália, who extends the legacy of her father, legendary sambista Martinho Da Vila.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Dance lesson at 6:30
Live music and dancing at 7:30
Tickets: $15

Lesson: Marcos & Cristiani Leite, Samba Society
DJ: Greg Caz, Brazilian Beat Brooklyn

Damrosch Park
West 62nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam

For tickets and more information:
CenterCharge (212.721.6500)
Avery Fisher Hall Box Office (Broadway at 65th Street)
Visit the Midsummer Night Swing Listening Lounge to listen to an audio clip of Mart'nalia, and get your tickets today!

Midsummer Night Swing continues tonight with the NY debut of Chicago's Alan Gresik Swing Shift Orchestra. On Wednesday, July 16, we present the explosive Gypsy brass band, the Boban Markovic Orkestar. Thursday, July 17 showcases the torrid tangos of the Argentinean band Orquesta Típica Imperial. On Friday, July 18, New York's underground club scene comes uptown when Swing welcomes the Budos Band, Chico Mann, and Jeannie Hopper's Liquid Sound Lounge with Jay Rodriguez. And Grammy-winner Albita brings the rhythms of her native Cuba via Miami's Little Havana to Damrosch Park on Saturday, July 19.

On Tuesday, July 22, the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra arrives with its big-band sound and special guest jazz vocalist Mary Stallings. And on Friday, July 25, Catalan rumba pioneer Peret is joined by his younger rock-'n'-roll-influenced Spanish countrymen, La Troba Kung-Fú. The Spanish Harlem Orchestra wraps up the season on Saturday, July 26.

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.,
70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023
Administrative Offices 212.875.5000 | CenterCharge 212.721.6500


The Paul Carlon Octet Newsletter
Our New CD is finished!
w/ guets Christelle Durandy, Max Pollak and Pete Smith

Upcoming Gigs
8/01/08 Summerstage in Central Park as guests of Rumbatap
8/28/08 CD Release Party at Cachaça Jazz 'n' Samba Club

Rumbatap at Summerstage August 1st!

Max Pollak's Rumbatap will be appearing Friday night, August 1st at 8 pm at Central Park's Summerstage. This is an expanded version of the group (with six dancers, two vocalists, three saxes and marimba), performing new material and choreography. I will be performing with Rumbatap as saxophonist, arranger and musical director.

My Octet will also be on the program, performing two numbers with Max and his group.
Roots Propaganda CD Release Party August 28th!

7-9:30 PM at Cachaça Jazz 'n' Samba Club: Come out and celebrate the official release of our new CD at this beautiful club in the West Village. Brazilian drinks are a specialty of the house!
Tracks from Roots Propaganda featured on NPR's Morning Edition

Excerpts from "The Limiter" and "New Life" were used as Music Interludes on NPR's Morning Edition on July 10.

New Projects

NEW CD RELEASE: Michel Gentile and Tony Romano: Flesh and Steel (DT 003)
Michel (flute) and Tony (acoustic guitar) have recorded a beautiful CD of Brazilian classics and originals including bossa nova, jazz, and choro. Their interplay and unique interpretations are full of fire and imagination. CD Release date coming soon!

NEW QUARTET CD: This August I'll be recording a new quartet project with guitarist Mark McCarron, bassist Doug Largent and drummer Russ Meissner. We've been writing and rehearsing a pile of new songs and I'm really looking forward to hearing this one!

MAX POLLAK/PAUL CARLON DUO CD: Max and I had so much fun recording the two duo tracks on ROOTS PROPAGANDA that we decided to plan an entire CD of Carlon/Pollak madness. We're currently sorting through material and brainstorming ideas. Stay tuned!


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Dear Artist:

DanceWorks Chicago is committed to building a foundation for the
individual artistic growth of dancers and choreographers. As we embark on
our first full season, we are looking for a new dancer to join our family.
Artistic Director Julie Nakagawa will be hosting an audition at The Ruth
Page Center for the Arts on Friday, July 25.

For more information or to print the flyer, please go to

Your participation, your assistance in spreading the word, and your
passion for dance are much appreciated.

Warm regards,

Andreas Böttcher
DanceWorks Chicago
1016 N. Dearborn Pkwy
Chicago, Illinois 60610
Tel 312 334-3718
Fax 312 873-4300


SHOWCASE 2008 - Early Bird registration EXTENDED to July 25, 2008

THE 31st ANNUAL Centre East Showcase


Register now and SAVE! We have just extended our "Early-Bird" registration for one more week until Friday, July 25, 2008. Don't miss this great opportunity for your organization.

Register now and save:

Centre East SHOWCASE is an annual trade show of talent, attracting more than 150 performers, speakers, and educational enrichment programs throughout a two-day conference. Through this event, it is our goal at Centre East to keep the arts alive in Chicagoland area schools and neighborhoods by giving parents, teachers, educators, arts programmers, and event planners the opportunity to observe the different styles of educational entertainment.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at 847-679-9501 ext. 3100 or visit our website at

We look forward to receiving your registration.



Attention all Singers, Dancers, Dance Troupes, and Musicians!

Casting Call for the

"In the Rhythm of the Night"
Variety Show

The Central Lake View Merchants Association
is bringing a little bit of Broadway to Lake View
for one spectacular evening!

We are in search of an enchanting mosaic of singers and dancers to entertain Lake View residents and visitors at the beautiful Brixen Ivy Theater Community Center (1242 West Addison). The event, which will be held on Saturday, August 23rd, 2008, from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., was an unbelievable success last year.

Auditions will be held at the Slaymaker Gallery @ 934 W. Roscoe (Clark and Roscoe) on the following dates:

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Thursday, July10th, 2008
6:00pm-- 8:30 pm

Wednesday July 16th, 2008
6:00 pm-- 8:30 pm

Thursday July 17th, 2008
6:00 pm-- 8:30 pm

If you are interested in auditioning, please send an email with your name, skill, description of your performance, and the day you will auditon to Or mail your materials to:

The Central Lake View Merchants Association
Attn: In the Rhythm of the Night
867 W. Buckingham Place, Lower Level
Chicago, IL 60657

Compensation for the performance is $75 and a gift basket comprised of donations from Central Lake View Merchants businesses. All local press is will be invited. For additional information please call 773-665-2100.

Guests will also be treated to delicious hors d'oeuvres and a display of striking gallery artwork, so mark your calendars and plan to join us!

Larissa M. Tyler
Executive Director
The Central Lake View Merchants Association
867 W. Buckingham Place
Chicago IL 60657
773-665-2100 - ph.
773-665-2101- fax