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Aug 8, 2008


-LA Tap Fest All Star Tap Concert Performance
feature an excerpt from INDIA JAZZ SUITES.
- Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards teaches at
The Dance Teacher Summer Conference
- The Brazil International Tap Festival in Campinas
- Melbourne International Tap Dance Festival

- Hoofer's House at the Studio Museum Hosted by Ayodele Casel
-C3 in Washington Square Park
- Aug 14th: Cuban Music Legends - Los Zafiros at Landmark Theatre - Don't Miss Out
- VOTE For Drumadics on MSG.Com -Sunday 8/10/08 8pm

-Upcoming Summer Intensive and Company Auditions
- Galaxie Seeks Teaching Artists for 2008 Summer Art Camp and Fall Programming
-OPPORTUNITY: Lucky Plush Seeks Dancers

Monsters of Hip-Hop The Show

-RELEASE POSTPONED - The History of Los Angeles Graffiti Art Volume 2, 1989-1994

The Debbie Allen Dance Academy

All Star Tap Concert Performance
Remembering Dr. Jimmy Slyde
Honoring Debbie Reynolds, Ted Levy & Ivery Wheeler

August 9th

8:00 pm

Appearing At:
Norman J. Pattiz Concert Hall
at Hamilton Performing Arts
2955 South Robertson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034


$45 for Adults, $25 for students

Call (310) 280-9145/ www.LATAPFEST.com

Tap Festival Supporters:
Annenberg Foundation, Dean Hargrove
An Excerpt from India Jazz Suites featuring Jason Samuels Smith &
Pandit Chitresh Das will be featured at:

Address: Downtown Bangor, ME
Phone: 207.992.2630
Email: info@americanfolkfestival.com
Web: www.americanfolkfestival.com

A celebration of multicultural traditional music, dance, craft, food,
and storytelling, held Aug 22, 23, and 24. Live performances on five
stages. This year's performers include Jesse McReynolds and the
Virginia Boys, Chuck and Albert, Jeffrey Broussard and the Creole
Cowboys, Genticorum, Diunna Greenleaf and Blue Mercy, Chino Nunez and
Friends Orchestra, Hassan Hakmoun, Jason Samuels Smith and Pandit
Chitresh Das, Sana Ndiaye, Beaudoin Legacy, Benedicte Maurseth, and
Franco House Party. Free, but donations are encouraged.

Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards will be teaching at:
The Dance Teacher Summer Conference from August 9-11th at the Jacob

Javits Center
http://www.dance-teacher.com/conference - check out the full schedule!
Tap Master Class

Tap star Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards shares useful techniques in
establishing clarity, speed, phrasing and musicality.

Where can you tap dance and sip on a fresh coconut water while
listening to Samba at the same time...


Artists scheduled to appear include Jason Samuels Smith, Dormeshia
Sumbry-Edwards, Lisa LaTouche, Corine Karon and Director Christiane
Matallo to name a few...

For full information and to register, visit:




In 2008, Christiane Matallo made history when she spearheaded the
effort to include a group of tap dancers from all over Brazil (and me
the "Americana") in the samba school Mocidade Alegre... for the first
time ever, a group of tap dancers were included not only as a featured
choreographed segment, but also as part of the percussion for the
Brazilian Carnaval Celebration in Sao Paulo, Brazil. We were flooded
with news coverage and interest stories and it was by far one of the
most exciting venues in which we performed in front of some of the
largest audiences in the world!

Back by popular demand, we are trying to make it bigger than ever by
expanding to make this an international representation of tap dancers
worldwide...Want to Tap Dance in one of the most popular parties on
earth in February of 2009? Then send us your contact information with
interest to be included for the group that will be tap dancing in Sao
Paulo for Carnival in Sao Paulo, Brazil!
See pictures of last year's festival here:


Melbourne International Tap Dance Festival

October 15-20
(Presented by Grant Swift)
Featuring Jason Samuels Smith & Chloe Arnold

For more information:



Subject: Hoofer's House at the Studio Museum Hosted by Ayodele Casel
Sunday, August 10, 2008 2-4PM
Hoofers' House
Hosted by Ayodele Casel
Calling all Hoofers! Do you Tap? There is no hotter spot than the sidewalk
of 144 W. 125th street. Enjoy a showcase of the fine footwork of
a few dancers that are sure to burn up the floor or bring your tap shoes,
and take your turn on the Studio Museum's Street Stage.

C3 Tap Co-operative



Come out for the tap dance event of the season!

On August 16, 2008, C3 Tap Co-operative will host a tap jam in Washington Square Park. Pull out your shoes or bring your picnic basket and join us for an afternoon of extraordinary tap dance and lots of fun.

C3’s tap jam will feature tappers young and old. Come check out choreography and improvisation from the city’s great tap dancing feet.

All are welcome.


Date: Saturday, August 16, 2008
Time: 1pm-5pm
Location: Washington Square Park, Subway: A,C,E,B,D,F,V to West 4th, 1 to Christopher St., N,R,W to 8th Street, 6 to Astor Place

For more information please contact c3tapcooperative@gmail.com.
RainDanceNYC Outdoor Music Series at SpiegelWorld :: August - November 2008
Once again, SpiegelWorld is hosting the RainDanceNYC summer music series in the world's most beautiful traveling venue, The Spiegel Tent at Pier 17 (under the Brooklyn Bridge) every Friday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday presenting the best 50 djs in the NYC underground music scene!
For the DJ line-up go to: www.raindancenyc.org
We're updating it every day so keep yourself in the loop. Don't Miss Out!
- A ceremonial ritual of music, dance and celebration in which a tribe joins together to bring rain and nourishment to their drought-laiden land.
RainDanceNYC is a social network dedicated to instigating social change through the DJ Music connection.
RainDanceNYC is more than the most exciting social network with the best DJ dance parties in the city! RainDance is a primal call to action. We are connecting networks of hip urban dwellers through the underground dance music connection for a great cause! A soon to be non profit social business enterprise creating real dance parties for socially conscious urban dwellers. We think there's room for improvement in how people raise money for great causes.
Aug 14th: Cuban Music Legends - Los Zafiros at Landmark Theatre - Don't Miss Out

Pass the word to all relevant sources, persons and organizations!!!
UrbanFilmSeries.com Evite
2008 Black Docs Film Series Presents...

August 14th: Through The Eyes of Cuban Legends
Los Zafiros ("The Sapphires"): Music From The Edge of Time
7pm @ Landmark's E Street Cinema
11th & E Streets, NW, Washington, DC
(Metro Center Metro, across from ESPNZone)
(Parking on 11th Street Side, Entrance on E Street Side)
One Night Only for this Award-Winning Film

Film: Los Zafiros (The Sapphires): Music From The Edge of Time (2007), produced by Lorenzo Destefano, with executive producers Randa Haines and Sandra Levinson, explores the memories of Manuel Galban and Miguel Cancio, the two surviving members of Los Zafiros, as they are reunited in Havana, Cuba. Los Zafiros are a musical phenomenon molded by their time and place that caused a sensation in Havana and beyond throughout the 1960's and into the early '70's. They were the "Beatles of 1060s' Cuba"Though they enjoyed international acclaim, touring widely throughout Europe, Los Zafiros have remained in relative obscurity throughout the U.S. as a result of the political climate of the cold war.
The sensuality of their musical and personal style brought them a rabid female following and heavy air play on national radio, making them very much the Beatles. Four decades after their formation, Los Zafiros popularity, sparked by the successful 1998 release of the Spanish-language feature film "Zafiros - Locura Azul," and of the "Bossa Cubana" CD from World Circuit Records ("Buena Vista Social Club"). On a popular battle-of-the-bands style radio program hosted by Adrian Mesa of 92.3 Classica-FM in Miami in December 2001, Los Zafiros receive a majority of the call-in votes compared to their competition. For more, visit http://www.loszafirosfilm.com.

Salento Film Festival (Tricase, Italy) - "Vallonea Award," Best Documentary
Imagen Foundation - 2003 Imagen Award- Best Documentary Feature Film
Park City Film Festival - Gold Medal for Excellence - Best Music Documentary
Santiago Alvarez Documentary Festival - Special Documentary Award
Berkeley Film & Video Festival - Grand Festival Award, Documentary Feature
CMJ Music Marathon - Best Use of Music in A Film
Wine Country Film Festival - Best Arts Documentary
Ticketing/Trailers - Visit UrbanFilmSeries.com

VOTE For Drumadics on MSG.Com -Sunday 8/10/08 8pm


Five Boroughs, 16 Musicians,
One Superstar - William Johnson & Drumadics

Dear Friends,

My band, Drumadics, and I have been selected as finalists to compete on MSG.com for the crown of being NYC's BEST subway musicians. It's an "Idol-like" show where the viewers decide who wins by going on-line an voting.

Tune into MSG.COM or the MSG tv station this Sunday, August 10 to see our taped performances. And then go online and VOTE DRUMADICS TO THE TOP!

This is a prime opportunity for the group and I, especially as we approach our first major concert production in November. The exposure can push our movement forward tremendously! But we need YOU to make it happen.

So REMEMBER to vote for us on Sunday at 8pm. The competition lasts several weeks with a different group voted off every show.

Let's show them what real music is and that Drumadics is here to stay! More details below....


Go to http://www.msg.com/soundtracks for details on how to vote.

Voting starts August 10.

AUGUST 10 - SEPTEMBER 24, Sundays @ 8pm on MSG.com

Will & Drumadics have been selected as one of 16 subway musicians amongst hundreds of contestants to compete on TV for an opportunity to be crowned the BEST NYC SUBWAY MUSICIANS. You can take your favorite artists, Will & Drumadics, to the top! Watch Drumadics perform on TV every Sunday at 8pm on MSG or online at www.msg.com

Spread the word and have your friends vote too!

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



Register NOW for Upcoming Dance Intensive

A modern dance workshop led by Artistic Director Jan Bartoszek and Hedwig company dancers.

August 18-22, 2008
Chicago Cultural Center
Dance Studio
77 E. Randolph (at Michigan Avenue)
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $350
Register HERE or call 773-871-0872

Open to intermediate, advanced and professional dancers
Minimum age: 16 years
Modern Technique, Repertoire, Improvisation/Composition
Plus Brown Bag Discussions with Chicago choreographers Beverly Blossom, Cheryl Mann and Asimina Chremos, among others.

Ballet & Modern Dance Technique
Each day begins with a 1.5 hour dance class with live accompaniment in the state of the art dance studio at the Chicago Cultural Center. The modern class focuses on performing movement with clarity and articulation; moving through space with command and with awareness of self and others; exploring focus and use of imagery to shape movement; and, applying principles of dynamic alignment, breath flow, and the body's relationship to gravity to all movement. Ballet classes will take place Tuesday and Thursday, while modern classes will be held Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Participants will learn excerpts from Hedwig Dances' current repertoire with particular emphasis on developing partnering skills.

Dancers will explore and apply improvisational and compositional tools and techniques towards the creation of short dance studies that will be performed on the last day of the workshop. Emphasis will be on developing a discerning choreographic eye.

Guest teachers already confirmed for the workshop include Victor Alexander and Gerald Nevin.


Company Audition for 2008/2009 Season

Hedwig Dances is seeking experienced male and female dancers for its upcoming performance season. This season includes performances at major Chicago venues, possible touring and the creation of an original dance film. Hedwig Dances' repertoire features dance works by Jan Bartoszek; guest artists Jan Erkert, Beverly Blossom, Renee Wadleigh, Bill Young/Colleen Thomas, and ensemble members.

Dancers are paid for rehearsals and performances.

Dancers must be available MWF from 9am to 2pm and for performance engagements.

Saturday, August 23, 2008
11a.m. Registration
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Audition
The Chicago Cultural Center
1st Floor Dance Studio
77 E. Randolph (at Michigan)

Please bring C.V./resume and a head shot to the audition.

Hedwig Dances is a contemporary dance company that celebrates its 24th year under the artistic direction of its founder, award-winning choreographer Jan Bartoszek. Hedwig Dances' bold collaborations combine poetic, lyrical choreography with sculptural artifacts, projected images and haunting original music resulting in fresh theatrical dances that resonate with complexity and depth. As the dance company-in-residence at the Chicago Cultural Center, Hedwig Dances reaches out into the community through public performances, cultural collaborations and dance education.


Jan Bartoszek, Artistic Director/Founder
Jacob Smith, Managing Director
Hedwig Dances/Hedwig School of Dance

Funding Credits: Hedwig Dances is supported by grants from the Mayer and Morris Kaplan Family Foundation; The Arts Works Fund for Organizational Development, a donor advised fund of the Chicago Community Foundation; The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation; Alphawood Foundation; Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation; a grant from the Chicago Wallace Audience Engagement Network, a collaboration between the Wallace Foundation and the Chicago Community Trust; the Illinois Arts Council (a state agency); and many generous individuals. This project is partially supported by a CityArts Program 2 grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. Hedwig Dances gratefully acknowledges the assistance of The Chicago Cultural Center.

Galaxie Seeks Teaching Artists for 2008 Summer Art Camp and Fall Programming

The Galaxie, Chicago's hottest music, movement & fine art venue is looking for multidisciplinary artists who enjoy working in creative environments with children. We seek teachers committed to keeping young minds and bodies artistically engaged, discovering, and creating. Five single-week sessions as well as fall programming are being offered to CPS students featuring movement, fine art, music, theatrical and multi-media arts. Compensation is $25 for 50-minute class. Interested teachers should send proposed curriculum and resume to galaxiekids@galaxiechicago.com. All applicants are subject to background check.


Auditions for male and female performers for our 10th Anniversary Season
Sunday, August 24th
1:00 to 4:00pm
@ Dance Center of Columbia College,
1306 S. Michigan Ave.
Paid rehearsal and performance.
To reserve your space please email Lia Bonfilio at lia@luckyplush.com


Monsters of Hip-Hop The Show!
AUGUST 15 & 16, 2008

Written & Directed by Tabitha & Napoleon Dumo
Co-Directed by Kevin Maher & Tony Testa

Features a cast who will make their professional debut
in front of producers, agents, artists & other industry professionals.

Special Guest Performance by The Jabbawockeez in honor of Gary Kendell.

Friday, August 15th 2008 - 8:00pm
Saturday, August 16th 2008 - 3:00pm & 8:00pm

For more information: http://www.monstersofhiphop.com

TICKETS: https://www.signup4.net/public/ap.aspx?EID=MONS55E&OID=130


The History of Los Angeles Graffiti Art
Volume 2, 1989-1994


The release date for "The History of Los Angeles Graffiti Art, Volume 2, 1989-1994" has been postponed until November 2008. We thank you for your support and will communicate the exact date shortly.

About the Book

The History of Los Angeles Graffiti Art Volume 2, 1989-1994 assembles over 95 interviews of the most talented and prolific graffiti artists from the heyday of L.A.'s burgeoning urban art scene. Some of the writer's featured in Volume 2 are Skill, Anger, Haze, Chaka, Severe, Coax, Duce, Ganas, Jimer, Krush, Feevo, Oiler, Bruin, Vyal, Pranks, Kofie, Toomer, Hex TGO, Power, Sacred and so many more. This volume, like the first, is unlike any other book on the graffiti art phenomena. It is a collaborative effort by active graffiti writers who are dedicated to exposing the realities of this subculture.

The graffiti writers interviewed in this volume have gone on to become some of the most celebrated and sought after artists of the 21st century. This book provides in-depth narratives from graffiti writers and artists who have hitherto only been know via their licit and illicit wall art and through urban lore. As graffiti artists themselves, the publishers, editors, and designers of this extensive volume have made certain that all the narratives and photos represent this true urban art form in a way that both educates readers of ethnographic texts and impresses consumers of quality art-books.

In addition to first-time interviews with legends of West Coast Los Angeles graffiti art, the entire volume relies on many never-before seen photos that make the book as interesting as a photo essay as it is important as a sociological document. In addition, this book contains current photos that display the progression and influence of these writers. This book will be sought after by artists, historians, coffee-table book consumers, scholars and students in the social sciences, graffiti writers, and anyone interested in reading about and looking at one of the most talked about and often misunderstood cultural movements of all time.

True to our ethnographic approach, every attempt has been made to preserve the proper context of photos as well as maintain the essence of the quotes, stories, and histories printed in this book. These are the stories, in the writers' own words, of how they got into graffiti, and what affect this subculture, the loss of friends, and the discovery of art and the urban environment had on them. Every story and first-hand account in this volume was provided through in-person interviews and correspondence over the course of more than a year. It was important to provide a primary account of the graffiti writer's story, and each is included because it represents the experiences shared by a community of other writers.

Volume 2 contains over 420 pages and is comprised of the following sections:

Experiences - Volume 2 contains over 95 exclusive detailed interviews. These interviews are "free-style," not scripted, and are based on each writer's experience, personal views and memories.

Spotlights - Special tribute to all writers who made significant contributions and influences to the Los Angeles graffiti scene.

Pieces/Burners - Common to never seen graffiti commonly referred to as "Pieces/Burners" showcasing Los Angeles graffiti Art.

Battles - A special section dedicated to Los Angele's second era of graffiti "Battles" between some of the most prolific crews and writers of this era.

Blackbooks - Historical detailed drawings done within sketch books called "Blackbooks."

Articles - Newspaper and magazine articles related to historical Los Angeles graffiti subject matter.

R.I.P. - Memorials for all respected deceased Los Angeles graffiti artists.


The DVD supplement further delves into the culture of Los Angeles graffiti with all of the features and elements of a full-length quality documentary. This DVD stands alone in terms of its up-close, all-access, personal and unbiased perspective of everything from illegal "bombing" to modern day sanctioned graffiti "productions." Like the book, this DVD supplement enables you to look deep into the archives and personal lives of a subculture that typically thrives on secrecy as it paradoxically aims for fame and ubiquity.

About the Authors and THLAGA Team

Robert "Relax" Reiling (publisher / designer) has been involved with the the Los Angeles graffiti scene for over 24 years. He is dedicated to positively representing the Los Angeles graffiti art movement, culture, and phenomena. In addition to securing the personal narratives of graffiti artists, he continues to secure legal wall space around Los Angeles for active graffiti artists hoping to refine their skills and expose their vision to the community at large. Relax holds a Bachelor Degree in Business.

Robert "Wisk" Alva (publisher / researcher) is one of the founding fathers of the Los Angeles graffiti movement. In addition to educating an entire generation of West Coast writers with his styles and tactics as a notorious bomber during the 1980s, Wisk is proud to be recognized as one of the custodians of the Los Angeles graffiti culture with his vast collection of mementos and memories that represent every corner of the graffiti scene.

Stefano Bloch (editor) has been a bomber and member of the CBS Crew for almost 20 years. Since earning his Master's Degree at the UCLA Department of Urban Planning, he has appeared in the documentary on global graffiti Bomb It (2007), and is currently studying ethnographic research methods while translating aspects of his graffiti career and spatial/aesthetic perspective into a PhD dissertation in the Department of Geography, University of Minnesota.

"SPURN PDB" (DVD developer / designer) has brought his creative and insightful street visions and skills to the DVD supplement for this volume. His images help clarify aspects of the graffiti art movement that have been otherwise misunderstood.

Official Site - www.thehistoryoflosangelesgraffitiart.com

Shipping - All orders will ship out August 2008. A follow-up email will confirm the order and exact shipping date. Please contact us for details.

This Book and DVD was conceived of, published by, worked on, photographed, edited, and introduced exclusively by L.A. - based graffiti writers.

Disclaimer - The publisher and authors do not endorse vandalism of private, public or state/federal property

OPPORTUNITY: From the Casting Team of America's Best Dance Crew

(tentatively titled)

One guy and one girl in all styles of music will be given the opportunity of a lifetime.
(Pop, Rock, R&B, etc.)

Show Diddy you have what it takes to hang with the best in the biz and become the next hot act to drop on Bad Boy Records.


San Francisco, CA - Saturday, Aug. 23rd
St. Louis, MO - Tuesday, Aug. 26th
New York, NY - Friday, Aug. 29th
Los Angeles, CA - Saturday, Sept. 6th
Atlanta, GA - Tuesday, Sept. 9th

Singers MUST BE 18 years & older

For more info, Check out: 1-888-951-5551

OPPORTUNITY: Cirque du Soleil Casting




In keeping with its global outreach, Cirque du Soleil now has satellite Casting offices in Las Vegas, USA and in Macau, China.
Their talent scouts join forces with those based in Montreal, Canada, in hopes of discovering new circus artists, athletes, dancers, musicians, singers, clowns and actors whose talents will light up our shows.
The Cirque du Soleil Events team gives you the opportunity to work for Cirque on a short-term or occasional basis, or even just one occasion, in an array of innovative events throughout the world.
Wheter it's for a private party or an annual grand gala, the Events team is dedicated to the creation and production of unique, extraordinary and novel experiences that will remain engraved in our guests' memories for a long time.
Meet six new mentors who tell us about their journey, creative philosophy and the way in which they collaborate with our artists!
To find out about upcoming auditions throughout the world, check out the Audition dates table on our website. It is regularly updated.
Discover all available positions for our current and upcoming shows!
Cirque du Soleil currently offers over 250 male and female dancer roles choreographed by professionals such as Wade Robson, Mia Michaels, Philippe Decouflé, Martino Muller (NDT), Vincent Paterson, Bill Shannon, Dwight Rhoden and Daniel Ezralow.
Apply online here!

ZAIA™ is the dream of a young girl who journeys into space on a strange, yet familiar voyage of self-discovery. As she travels, she encounters the beauty of humanity and eventually brings it back with her to share with the inhabitants of earth. Premiere: August 28, 2008 in Macau, China.
CRISS ANGEL Believe™, created in collaboration with Criss Angel, one of the world's most avant-garde and provocative artists, is a voyage into the unlikely, an incursion into the very subconscious of an ingenious master of illusion. Premiere: October 9, 2008 in Las Vegas.
ZED™ is a living poem, a timeless evocation that draws on the Tarot and its arcana, an imaginary world that conjures the vitality of the human condition and holds up a mirror to our true selves. Premiere: October 1st, 2008 in Tokyo.
For more information: www.cirquedusoleil.com/casting