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Oct 25, 2008


-Miss Thang now available on DVD!
--The 4th Annual Chicago Tap Summit Press Release
- The 4th Annual Chicago Tap Summit Registration
-A Message from Sue Samuels: BDC Halloween Dance Fun

-DeWitt Flemming performing at Birdland Mon 10/27 with some tap and vocals with JC Hopkins
- Parallel Exit's TIME STEP at Joyce SoHo
-Opening Reception for Rodney McMillian @ The Kitchen
-Jane on the Beach (Miami) and in the Air (NPR)
-Jay Clayton, Brenda Bufalino, Frank Kimbrough: Oct 29!
-Brazilian Percussion Classes/ Drumset
-Broadway Connection at PAA!
-Come Join us at The MacDowell Colony National Benefit in New York City
- TM Insider: Your Circus is Back! Save up to $30 a ticket!

-October News from CHRP
-GJDC October 25th Saturday Night Gala
-Check this clip of Ernest "Brownie" Brown and Reggio "The Hoofer" McLaughlin

-Steve Zee & Sarah Reich perform at M Bar – November 11th
-Adult Tap Classes at Fusion Pointe Dance Studio

-Registration for Monsters of Contemporary Opens Tommorrow - Special Discounts for the First 50 Attendees Until November 7th, 2008
-International Workshops with Rusty Frank, Miriam Nelson, & Jean Veloz
-A Message from Damien Morgan: 3RD BOOK SIGNING / BLACK HISTORY EVENT IN ONE!!


Miss Thang now available on DVD!

The Award winning Tap Dance film, THE RISE AND FALL OF MISS THANG,
is now available on DVD. Buy your copy online today!!!

click the link below to purchase the DVD for only $14.99



"...the many jazzlike, improvisatory tap numbers nicely combine
looseness with genuine professionalism…that harks back to Bill
Robinson and the Nicholas Brothers." VARIETY

The Rise and Fall of Miss Thang is a modern tap dance drama about
a former tap-dancing prodigy who can barely find the energy to
braid a few heads at her mother's beauty salon until a handsome
dance instructor and her mother's gambling addiction jolt her in
to reality. "Miss Thang" was written and directed by Stacie E.
Hawkins and stars tap dance sensation Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards of
Bring N Da Noise, Bring N Da Funk. The film has screened in
festivals around the country and won Best Feature at the
International Black Film Festival of Nashville.

For more information about the film please visit our website at


October 14, 2008
For Immediate Release
Contact: Bril Barrett
c/o M.A.D.D. Rhythms, Inc.
Phone: (773) 604-1899
Fax: (773) 604-1898
Email: bril@maddrhythms.com

"Representing the Past, Present and Future of TAP!"
M.A.D.D. Rhythms, Inc., The Chicago Park District, The South Shore Cultural Center and Dance Chicago 2008 bring forth the 4th Annual Chicago Tap Summit November 14-16. Several of the worlds most renowned Tap Dancers will come together from New York, St. Louis and Chicago to teach, perform and celebrate the art of tap dance. This year's Summit will be dedicated to the late, great Dr. Jimmy Slyde.
Dr. James T. Godbolt, Jr., a.k.a. Jimmy Slyde, whose musicality and elegance thrilled audiences from Japan to Europe, South America and elsewhere, and whose generosity and wisdom inspired generations of dancers over a career spanning six decades, died peacefully at his home in Hanson, Massachusetts on Friday, May 16, 2008. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, on October 2, 1927, Dr. Slyde was raised in Boston, MA from around the age of three. He began playing the violin at the age of 10, and tap dancing at 12, studying at Stanley Brown's dance studio, where he met Bill "Bojangles" Robinson and other great dancers of the era. By the late 1940s he was dancing professionally, eventually teaming up with Jimmy "Sir Slyde" Mitchell as "The Slyde Brothers" and going on to dance with the big bands of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong and others.
Special guests include Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, star of the newly released independent film "The Rise and Fall of Miss Thang", Prof. Robert L. Reed founder, producer and director of The St. Louis and Oklahoma City Tap Festivals, Vaudeville Legend Ernest "Brownie Brown" and partner Reggio "The Hoofer" McLaughlin and M.A.D.D Rhythms' own founder and artistic director Bril Barrett. Jumaane Taylor, Nora Clark, Starinah Dixon, Ja'Bowen Dixon and Donnetta Jackson round out the well-diversified faculty. Collectively the faculty credits include Broadway's Bring in the Noise Bring in the Funk, Black & Blue, national and international tours of Riverdance, the movies "TAP", "Bamboozled" and "The Cotton Club", "Star Search" and concert openings for the late great Sammy Davis Jr.
The 4th Annual Chicago Tap Summit will include an array of master classes for all levels of tap dancers, along with history sessions (complete with rare footage of some of the all time greats of tap), a participants' showcase, a panel discussion, our inaugural "LIVE THE HISTORY" lecture/demonstration which takes you through TAP history by a legend who lived it and a TAP history tour. The festival will wrap up with an electrifying concert "SOLE SURVIVORS" featuring all faculty, guests and the M.A.D.D. Rhythms family. This year's concert is a featured show within the historic and ever-so-popular Dance Chicago and is co produced by one of Hip Hop's most vibrant companies, Hip Hop ConnXion. Chicago's Detour JazFunk will provide live jazz-hiphop-R&B-Classical-Rock-Gospel music. All classes take place at the South Shore Cultural Center (7059 South Shore Drive). The performance takes place at The Athenaeum Theatre (2936 N. Southport, Chicago, IL 60657)
M.A.D.D. Rhythms is a dynamic collective of young entertainers from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, with one thing in common. A love and respect for the art of tap dance or "the dance" as we like to call it. Bril Barrett (Imagine Tap, Porgy and Bess, The Tap Dance Kid, Riverdance, Oprah and the Jenny Jones show) founded the company in 2001 and serves as business manager and artistic director as well as being one of the company's principal choreographers/dancers. Jumaane Taylor (Imagine Tap, Dance Spirit Magazine's top 20 hoofers under 20 (may 2005 issue), Grand prize winner of The Chicago Tap Off and the Bring In Da Noize Bring In Da Funk Contest, Chicago Tap All Stars, Rhythm I.S.S. and Friends) began as a protégé of first Bril, but has grown into an artist all his own. Jumaane is the Assistant Director and principal choreographer/dancer in M.A.D.D. Rhythms. Approaching our seventh full year in existence, with eight critically acclaimed concert performances, several workshops behind us and 3 successful festivals under our belt, We hope you'll join us.
PSA Unleash your rhythm and experience and learn tap dancing from world renowned hoofers at M.A.D.D. Rhythms 4th Annual Chicago Tap Summit; Nov. 14th-16th at the South Shore Cultural Center (7059 South Shore Dr. Chicago, IL 60649) and The Athenaeum Theatre (2936 N. Southport, Chicago, IL. 60657). Enjoy a weekend filled with workshops and evening events including a culminating concert entitled "SOLE SURVIVORS", Friday Nov.14th at 8pm. Tickets are $20 and classes range from $30 for individual classes to $370 for an unlimited package. For more information call (773) 604-1899 or visit them online at www.maddrhythms.com

The 4th Annual CHICAGO TAP SUMMIT – Registration Form
Location: South Shore Cultural Center – 7059 S. Shore Drive – Chicago, IL

NAME: _________________________________________AGE: ___¬____PHONE: ___________________
ADDRESS: ___________________________________________________________________________
CITY: _________STATE: _______COUNTRY: _________ZIP: __________EMAIL: _____________________
STUDIO: _________________________HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT US? _____¬______________________


Saturday, Nov. 15th
Friday, Nov. 14th
Time   Studio A   Studio B
2:15- 3:30   ?Int- Logan   ?Open History-
Prof. Reed
3:45-5:00   ?Int- Robert III   ?Adv- Dormeshia

Sunday, Nov. 16th
Time   Studio A   Studio B
10:00-11:15   ? Int- Bril   ?Adv- Jumaane
11:30-12:45   ? Int- Nora   ?Adv- Star
1:00-2:15   ? Int- Prof. Reed   ?Adv- Dormeshia
6:00   TAP TOUR

Time   Studio A   Studio B
9:00 – 10:00   ?Beg. - Nora   ? Adult Adv.Beg- Jaybo
10:15-11:30   ?Beg. - Jumaane   ?Teachers-Bril
11:45-1:00   ? Int- Dormeshia   ?Adv-Prof.Reed
1:15-2:45   ?TAP history lecture/demo - Brownie & Reggio
4:30-5:45   ?Int- Star   ?Adv- Bril
6:00-7:15   ?Int- Donnetta   ? Adv- Jaybo
7:30-8:45   ?Int- Jumaane   ?Adv - Dormeshia
9:00   TAP JAM

All quoted prices are in US Dollars

? Chicago Summit Grand Slam Package - $300.00
Unlimited Classes, lunch and panel discussion, tap jam, student showcase
? Chicago Summit Day Pass: ? Friday $50.00 ? Saturday $200.00 ? Sunday $90.00
Unlimited Classes and any events on given day – Note that Concert is Not Included

? Beginning Summit Package - $75.00
Includes 2 beginners classes 1 history class
? Individual Class Rate- $30.00
# of classes ___ x $30 = _____
? Lunch/Panel Discussion - $15
? Tap Jam - $10 ? Participant Showcase - $10
? Tap Tour - $10

Total class fees ____ plus $15 registration fee = TOTAL AMOUNT of $_____
I would like to receive my registration/payment conformation ? by phone, or ? by email
Payments can be made via cash, check or money order. Please make payments payable to:

M.A.D.D. Rhythms
7059 S. Shore Drive                             Ph: (773) 604-1899
Chicago, IL.                                 info@maddrhythms.com
60649                                    www.maddrhythms.com

Rules, Regulations and waiver:
M.A.D.D. Rhythms Inc. reserves the right to refuse admittance to anyone of disruptive and unruly nature at the discretion of artistic director. 2) M.A.D.D. Rhythms Inc., alongside participating instructors will not be held responsible for any claims to damages or injuries of any kind resulting from activities listed in these classes. 3) M.A.D.D. Rhythms Inc. reserves the right to use their photos and videos for advertising and publicity purposes. 4) Individual videotaping is prohibited. 5) No refunds given unless for medical reasons of which documentation is required. I hereby acknowledge the above stated rules and regulations and accept and assume all risks, damages or injuries of any kind. In signing this agreement, I am aware of all contained information and that I am affecting my legal rights.

___________                ________________________________________________


Hi Everyone!

Halloween is Friday, October 31st., and we will have a Special HALLOWEEN MONSTER MASH dance class.

WEAR A COSTUME to really have some fun! We will dance a "THRILLER" of a dance!

***PRIZES for best COSTUME***

Where: Broadway Dance Center 322 W. 45th St. between 8th and 9th Ave.

When: 7:45 - 9:15 pm.


*FUN FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES!!! Spooky! Kooky! Fun!

I hope to see you on Friday!

Sue Samuels


A Message from DeWitt Flemming:

Hello everyone!! Thank you to all of you who came out to Broadway Underground. The show was one of our best!! This Monday Oct 27 I'll be performing with the JC Hopkins band at the legendary Birdland Jazz Club in Times Square. It's going to be a great show. I will be singing and dancing to some of JC's original works. There are three other great singers on the bill as well. I hope you can make it. If not we will be doing the same show with a few more added pieces on Thursday Oct 30 in Dumbo Brooklyn at the Galapagos Art Space. All of the info is below.

JC Hopkins Biggish Band
with Special Guests Vocalist/Tap Dancer DeWitt Fleming, Jr., Vocalist/Trombonist Todd Londagin, and Vocalists Karla Mosley and Queen Esther.
Monday, October 27 @ 7pm
Music Charge: $25 General Admission

Birdland Jazz Club
315 W 44th St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 581-3080


Thursday October 30 7pm
Tickets: $15

Galapalos Art Space
16 Main St., Dumbo Brooklyn

Parallel Exit's TIME STEP at Joyce SoHo
It's finally here!

After two years of sneak previews, Parallel Exit's tap show TIME STEP plays Joyce SoHo November 6-9, 2008.

We interrupt this email for an important newsflash:

If gloomy economic news has brought you down, here are three great reasons to come to TIME STEP:

1. It's funny (and don't we need some humor about now)
2. It's short (55 minutes)
3. It's affordable ($15)

And now back to our broadcast:
TIME STEP premieres!
Join us for the premiere of TIME STEP, a brand new kind of tap show!

TIME STEP jumps back and forth in time to follow the story of three hoofers from their youth to old age. Fast, funny, and filled with visual magic, TIME STEP is perfect for audiences of all ages!

It's like a Chaplin film....with tap dancing!

Directed by Mark Lonergan
Performed and Co-Choreographed by Ryan Kasprzak, Brent McBeth, and Derek Roland

November 6-9, 2008
Joyce SoHo
155 Mercer Street

Thursday Nov 6, 8pm, $15
Friday Nov 7, 8pm (Special Talkback), $15
Saturday Nov 8, 8pm (Taps 'n Tails Benefit), $75
Sunday Nov 9, 3pm, $15
Tickets and info here!

Parallel Exit is a 2008 Drama Desk nominee for Unique Theatrical Experience. www.parallelexit.net

I promise you a great time. You don't want to miss this! See you there!
Rodney McMillian

October 30–December 20
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 30, 6–8pm
With a special performance at 7pm

Curated by Rashida Bumbray

Los Angeles-based artist Rodney McMillian is a painter, sculptor, performer, and video maker whose work examines the socio-political dimensions of power associated with cultural, racial, and economic issues. Using Cormac McCarthy's post-apocalyptic tale, The Road, as a point of departure, McMillian conjures up his own imagined, battered landscape by bringing together repurposed discarded furniture and historical ephemera with his own abstract, gestural paintings. The artist's desolate panorama, however, is also suggestive of a sacred chapel-like space that calls attention to the roles that so many anonymous individuals have played in history. Through such allusions, McMillian explores indirectly the slippages between traditional ideas of faith and belief associated with a church and those underlying American Romantic landscape painting that mirrored the expansionist impulses of 19th century "manifest destiny." In this way, McMillian also suggests how such historical concepts can be evident in reinvented forms today, whether in the proliferation of a religious right or in current foreign policies. The installation also features a sound piece composed by Stefan Tcherepnin and choreography by Taisha Paggett.

Exhibition Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12-6pm; Saturday, 11–6pm, FREE

This exhibition is made possible with generous support from the Dedalus Foundation, Inc., and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. Installation view of Rodney McMillian, "Untitled", 2008. chair, carpet and latex paint, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. Originally commissioned and produced by ArtPace San Antonio.

For more information about all Kitchen events, visit www.thekitchen.org.
The Kitchen is located at 512 West 19th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues.
Subway: A, C, E to 14th Street; 1 to 18th Street; L to 8th Avenue

Jane on the Beach (Miami) and in the Air (NPR)
Upcoming Appearances
Jane on NPR's Weekend Edition
November 30
Hear Liane Hansen's interview with Jane Rhythm & Schmoozing on NPR's WEEKEND EDITION!
Check Sunday Morning's Weekend Edition time for your city.
Upcoming Events in Miami
"A hang-around schmooze kind of thing"
Friday, October 24, 8:30pm - midnight
Jane will be signing "Shoot Me" books from Katherine Kramer's poolside!
9445 SW 53 St.
Miami, FL (Miller Dr. exit off of 826)
Click for map and directions
Workshop on "Great Steps and Stories" and Book Signing
Sunday, October 26 at 7pm
A very special event is planned for Sunday when Jane Goldberg, Tap Goddess of the Lower East Side will teach a workshop on "Great Steps and Stories" and sign copies of her new book, "Shoot me while I'm Happy."
9445 SW 53 St.
Miami, FL(Miller Dr. exit off of 826)
Click for map and directions
To register:
Registration is $20.
Call Katherine Kramer
or e-mail: kk@katherinekramer.com
Books and Books, Miami Beach: Tapping, Schmoozing and book signing
Thursday, October 30th, 8 pm
Books & Books
933 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL
Click for map and directions
What the Critics Are Saying About "Shoot Me While I'm Happy"

"Part memoir, part history, part anthology of absolutely indispensable interviews with the giants of tap, Jane Goldberg's Shoot Me While I'm Happy accrued a nearly-legendary stature during its long gestation. Jane, an accomplished dancer in her own right, was a major figure in boosting the tap revival and she remains a living repository of much of its lore. Her unique book is funny, moving, candid, and always illuminating. It exceeds expectations--which were large."
–Gary Giddins, author of Natural Selection and Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams
"I loved the individuation of it, the way in which it focused legitimately on self and yet was never solipsistic. It worried the material ---Gregory, Sammy, Jane. It is confident and confidential. It's trop cool…it was as if I was being ushered into a whole new world. Kind of like when I read Four Lives in the Be-Bop Business as a kid."
–Peter Guralnick, author of Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley
"The whole idea of this quest for some aesthetic resolution that in many ways has to always remain abstract is something you just don't encounter very often these days. I suspect, in part, that's because it's considered unsaleable outside the relatively small audience that would share such a quest, but I don't think that makes it less valuable. In fact, I think that makes it more valuable, or at least more durable. I'd love to hear a dialogue like that involving Mozart, or Bert Williams, or Billie Holiday. Gregory to me was in that league, and Jane Goldberg drew it from him."
–David Hinckley, New York Daily News
"From its foreword by the late Gregory Hines--one of Goldberg's staunchest friends--to the wealth of personal and historical images from the author's archives, this memoir both entertains and informs about how the great art and artists of tap dance were brought out of undeserved obscurity by Goldberg and her colleagues. This is a charming page-turner, not an academic History of Tap, and I'm sure others will have their own take on things, as Jane Goldberg--a former investigative journalist for an alternative weekly in Boston--has never been anything but forthright about her point of view and her quirks. But it's the book I want to read now. The writing is generous, funny, honest and insightful--full of good stories in which you will meet a slew of unforgettable characters, the Down-to-Earth Goddess Goldberg chief among them."
–Eva Yaa Asantewaa, InfiniteBody blog
If you're unable to come to these events, you can still buy your copy of Jane's book "Shoot Me While I'm Happy" at her website, www.janegoldberg.org.
Changing Times Tap Dancing Company, Inc.
310 Greenwich St. Apt 13K New York, New York 10013
(646) 334-5726

JAY CLAYTON - CD Release and Birthday Bash!
Wednesday, October 29th
8:00 pm & 10:00 pm
$15 Music Charge, $10 Minimum

Sweet Rhythm
88 Seventh Avenue South (at Bleecker Street)

"The Peace of Wild Things"
singing and saying the poets
solo voice with electronics
with special guests:
Brenda Bufalino-taps
Frank Kimbrough piano
Hjördis Linn-Blanford
Director of Operations
American Tap Dance Foundation
18 W 27th St, 6th floor, NY, NY 10001
p. 646.230.9564 ext 2805
f. 646.230.7777 www.atdf.org
Brazilian Percussion Classes/ Drumset
Hi Everybody,
After the success of the Percussion workshops at Ailey we have had a lot
of inquiries about taking further percussion classes. I just wanted to
follow up with that and let everybody know that Nick Birmelin (Grupo
Ribeiro Musical Director) teaches percussion privately and is available for
classes in Brazilian Samba Percussion (Pandeiro,Repique, Surdo, Caixa,
Agogo, Tamborim, Timbal etc..) as well as for Afro Brazilian Percussion (
In addition he teaches basic techniques and rhythm theory on hand drums to
kids , and absolute beginners of any age.
Finally, if you are interested in studying Drumset and are a beginner or
intermediate student of any age he teaches this as well.

Nick is available for private lessons or Group classes ( if you have
several people you want to start a group with let us know availble times
for the group)

you can email him at this email address or at nickbirmelin@sambany.com
there is more information about him available on our website at
See you all in class
Quenia Ribeiro

Imagine taking class with the world's greatest dance and theater artists right in your own backyard... This fall, make that dream a reality with Broadway Connection!

PAA provides our students the opportunity to train with the very best, so they fulfill their greatest potential as artists. You can achieve your dreams; we encourage you to believe in those dreams and let us show you the path to making them come true!

Professional Ballerina

Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Ad Hoc Ballet

"... a wallop of energy, long legs, and the ability to do edgy as well as classical ballet... "

- Dance Magazine

Miss Brandt is one of the most exquisite dancers in the classical and contemporary ballet world today. She was born in Libertyville, IL where she received her initial dance training at Dancenter North. She continued her studies on full scholarship at the Milwaukee Ballet School. She was invited to join the Milwaukee Ballet, where she performed soloist roles in ballets such as Swan Lake, Cinderella, The Four Temperaments, and Alonzo King's MAP. In 2003, Amy joined the Suzanne Farrell Ballet in Washington, D.C., with whom she's performed at the nationally televised Kennedy Center Honors and the Edinburgh International Festival. Ms. Brandt is also a founding member of Ad Hoc Ballet, a contemporary dance company in New York City, and she is also a dance critic and dance magazine contributor.

Beginning/Intermediate Ballet - Sunday, November 9th @ 3:00 p.m
Intermediate/Advanced Ballet - Friday, November 7th @ 6:30 p.m.

To register, print off our registration form online, or call (814) 364-2424. Tuition must be paid in full by November 1, 2008.
International Tap Star
Tony Award winning musical
Bring in da' Noise, Bring in da' Funk
"...a sensational performance... a youthful, exuberant style [in] class..."
-- Melba Huber, dance critic

A Chicago native, George Patterson has performed since 1992, starting with the world-renowned Jesse White Tumblers. At the age of 19, he was the only dancer from the Midwest to appear in Broadway's Tony Award winning Bring in da' Noise, Bring in da' Funk, alongside Jason Samuels Smith and Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards. He also has performed in the Broadway in Sweden tour and the American Millennium Celebration at the White House for President Clinton. He is the founding director of Chicago Finest Tap Interpreters. George enjoys teaching all over the globe, including at Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center. He graduated from the Milwaukee High School of the Arts, the Sammy Dyer School of Theatre, and studied extensively under Ted Levy and Savion Glover.

Beginning/Intermediate Tap - Saturday, November 9th @ 10:30 a.m
Intermediate/Advanced Tap - Saturday, November 9th @ 9:00 a.m.

To register, print off our registration form online, or call (814) 364-2424. Tuition must be paid in full by November 1, 2008.
Dear Colony Fellows,

We hope you will join us for The MacDowell Colony's National Benefit in New York City on Tuesday, December 2, 2008! It was wonderful to have over 100 Colony Fellows attend last year's Gala at the Roseland Ballroom. Given the overwhelming positive response, we'd like to build on last year's success and have as many Colony Fellows as possible join us this year!

On December 2, 2008 we will toast art and the creative spirit, at the top of the new 7 World Trade Center. We are honoring Jane Alexander for her contributions to the cultural life of America, and for her long service to The MacDowell Colony. Actor James Earl Jones and Chairman of the MacDowell Board Robert MacNeil will lead the tribute. We are thrilled to have Jenny Holzer, Tina Howe, Ellsworth Kelly, Cynthia Nixon, I.M. Pei, Martin Puryear, Robert Redford, and Steve Reich as Honorary Co-Chairs.


The evening will start with cocktails at 6:00 p.m., followed by a seated dinner at 7:00 p.m., and a dazzling program featuring work exclusively produced by Colony Fellows. The program will include Meredith Monk, groundbreaking composer and theatre artist performing selections from her work; novelist Rick Moody and the band One Ring Zero performing songs from the band's popular Authors' Project; third generation master puppeteer Basil Twist showing a selection of his work; Sundance Film Director Joshua Marston and Eli Wallach, the star of Marston's upcoming film New York, I Love You, introducing an excerpt from the film; and renowned Law and Order actor Sam Waterston reading an excerpt from Nam Le's book The Boat.


We have added an exciting component to this year's celebration: The Colony Fellows After-Party. The party will begin at 9:00 p.m. It will feature an open bar, desserts, and dancing to the music of Vintage DJ until 11:30 p.m.


We are able to offer Colony Fellows tickets at cost, at $150 per ticket each. Each Fellow may purchase up to two tickets. Fellows who purchase tickets at cost are welcomed to stay for the After-Party. Tickets for the After-Party are $40 per person. You may bring as many friends as you'd like to the After-Party. All tickets can be purchased online by visiting MacDowell's website at www.macdowellcolony.org. Please respond by November 17th. You may also send a check payable to The MacDowell Colony to the following address:
Elena Quevedo, Director of Special Events, The MacDowell Colony, 163 East 81st Street, New York, NY 10028


In addition, every year we have a few seats for the dinner and program underwritten by MacDowell patrons for Colony Fellows. These complementary seats will be raffled two weeks before the party. Please let us know if you wish your name to be entered in this special drawing for a free seat, by replying to equevedo@macdowellcolony.org, with "Raffle" in the subject line.

Join us for the dinner and performance, for the After-Party, or both – and help support MacDowell! Please invite your friends and artists to join in the fun.
TM Insider: Your Circus is Back! Save up to $30 a ticket!

Big Apple Circus
"Play On!"

"If music be the food of love, Play On!"

So begins Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" and the Big Apple Circus' all new show, "Play On!"— a symphony of astonishment and laughs propelled by the best band in the land!

Of course, the circus is the thing and "Play On!" features the world's finest circus artists under the Big Apple Big Top performing in the theatrical focus of one ring with no seat more than 50 feet away. So don't miss a beat, pick your dates now and bring the whole family! The Big Apple Circus is your circus, Big Apple is back in town!

62nd St. btw Columbus and Amsterdam Aves.

Buy online at BigAppleCircus.org

on select performances*
   PEAK (Select Fri., Sat., Sun., holidays and premium dates)   NON-PEAK

SIDE BOXES   $45   $29
MEZZANINE   $45/$35   $25

Valid Performance Dates:
10/25, 4:30; 10/28, 6:30; 10/31, 4:30; 11/1, 12:30 & 4:30; 11/2, 12:30 & 4:30; 11/4, 12:30 & 4:30; 11/5, 6:30; 11/6, 6:30; 11/11, 12:30 & 4:30; 11/12, 6:30; 11/13, 6:30; 11/19, 6:30; 11/21, 6:30; 11/22, 8:00; 11/26, 2:00 & 6:30; 11/27, 2:00; 11/29, 8:00; 12/3, 6:30; 12/4, 6:30; 12/5, 6:30; 12/10, 6:30; 12/12, 6:30; 12/13, 8:00; 12/17, 6:30; 12/18, 6:30; 12/19, 6:30; 12/21, 4:30; 12/22, 12:30 & 4:30; 12/23, 12:30 & 4:30; 12/24, 12:30; 1/7, 6:30; 1/8, 6:30; 1/9, 6:30

Visit: http://www.bigapplecircus.org/tickets/venue.aspx?id=1338
and use code: THEATRE08 or call 888-541-3750

Big Top Box Office opens Sat. Oct.18
Tues.-Sat. 10am-8pm, Sun.-Mon. 10am-6pm
(No service fees at box office)

*Conditions: MUST ORDER BY NOV. 6TH. Offer good on select performances and seat locations. Performance schedule subject to change. Offer is subject to availability; not valid on prior purchases; cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions. This offer can be revoked at any time. Limit 8 tickets per order. No refunds or exchanges. Telephone and Internet orders are subject to standard service fees.



October News from CHRP

JUBALEE....Tap Into the Night November 10
Gala Co-chairs
Donna LaPietra and Bill Kurtis & Irene Michaels and Arny Granat

Honoring Elaine Cohen

Chicago Human Rhythm Project's premiere fundraiser is less than a month away! The annual gala is surely the most entertaining way to support CHRP, so we encourage you to join us. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling 773-281-1825. The evening's activities include:

A reception featuring an impressive silent auction with an astounding array of packages, a buffet dinner and entertainment.

The JUBALEE concert featuring CHRP's resident ensemble BAM!, Emmy Award winner and Broadway star Ted Levy, the "sandman" from Barcelona Guillem Alonso and Be The Groove, Chicago's sizzling new percussion machine. Performance is followed by a live auction conducted from the stage.

VIP dessert reception where guests can mingle with the artists.

We hope you can join us for this fabulous evening. If you're not able to attend, please consider making a donation using the Donate buttons found at the top and bottom of this newsletter. Your generous contribution of any size help us continue to present concerts, classes and outreach throughout Chicago throughout the year.
Master Classes November 9   
with Ted Levy and Guillem Alonso
Don't miss this rare opportunity to study with Ted Levy and Guillem Alonso while they are in town for our benefit.

Master classes will be held at the Lou Conte Dance Studio on Sunday, November 9. Classes are offered for fast beginner, intermediate and advanced students.

The schedule is:
10-11:30am: Ted Levy Advanced
11:30-1pm: Guillem Alonso Advanced
2-3:30pm: Ted Levy Intermediate
3:30-5pm: Guillem Alonso Fast Beginner

And be sure to head up to the Tap Studio after classes for a free tap jam with Ted and Guillem, 7pm to 9pm. The Tap Studio is located at 2933 N. Southport Ave.

Click here for prices and to print out a registration form.

Super Shuffle Gala Raffle Package   
Bears vs. Green Bay Packers Monday Night Football!
December 22 at Soldiers Field

Enter our Super Shuffle Raffle for tickets to this amazing game!
And these aren't just any tickets....imagine comfortably watching the game in the United Club Lounge, featuring exclusive access to the entire three-level indoor lounge with all the bells and whistles, all situated on the 46th yard line.

But wait, there's more! You can either make a mini-getaway for the game or another special occasion with a 2 night Chicago Hilton Bed and Breakfast package for two! While you're at it, celebrate the Bears victory at the Signature Room with a $250 gift certificate.

Raffle entry is $100 per ticket, an amazing price for such an amazing package. But that's not all...with each Super Shuffle raffle ticket you purchase, we'll give you 49 tickets to CHRP's annual American Airlines raffle (for two domestic round-trip tickets). The winner will be drawn on Nov. 10 at the benefit, so get your ticket while you can!
To purchase tickets by phone, call 773-281-1825
To purchase tickets via Paypal, click here.

Outreach Initiatives at CHRP   
Residencies, Lecture Demonstrations and More
With the start of the new school year, BAM! is once again at work spreading tap enthusiasm throughout Chicagoland schools.

For the third consecutive year, the group is presenting their lecture demonstation "We All Got Rhythm" through Urban Gateways. The demonstration is projected to reach over 20 schools and 30,000 students during the '08-'09 school year.

In addition, the group has re-established a residency at Uplift Community School in the Uptown neighborhood and has partnered with the Salvation Army Center in Englewood to bring more tap opportunities to Chicago's south side. For more information on CHRP's outreach programs, click here.

Crescendo Pro Tap Shoes   

Leo's Dancewear's new Crescendo Pro shoes, designed in cooperation with CHRP Founder & Director Lane Alexander, will finally be on sale beginning Friday, October 31st! Through a generous donation by Leo's, CHRP is able to provide these shoes to you at an extremely reduced rate of $90 per pair (plus $20 S&H). The only way to order these shoes is over the phone, so please give us a call at 773-281-1825 and we'll assist you.
Chicago Human Rhythm Project | 2936 N. Southport Avenue | Chicago | IL | 60657

Special October 25 Gala

You're invited to attend a very special evening honoring our founder Gus Giordano

Saturday, October 25, 7:30pm
Harris Theater in Millennium Park and Mid-America Club

Performance From the best seat in the Harris Theater, see Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago's exhilarating program of new and revived works by choreographers Gus mentored or inspired, including Jon Lehrer, Nan Giordano, Eddy Ocampo, and Sherry Zunker, plus Gus's own solo Wings, reconstructed by Susan Quinn. And on this night only, see an encore performance of Randy Duncan's Dance for Life finale, dedicated to Gus, with dancers from six of Chicago's premier dance companies plus independent artists.

Intermission Join Artistic Director Nan Giordano for an intermission drink and conversation.

Post-performance party Join the dancers and other special guests to honor the life of Gus at the exclusive Mid-America Club high atop the AON Building across the street from the theater.
Special Saturday, October 25, Gala Ticket $150
Ticket includes best seat for performance, intermission drink, and post-performance party at the Mid-America Club.

Saturday, October 25, 7:30pm

Harris Theater
205 E. Randolph Drive
in Chicago's Millennium Park

Mid-America Club
200 Randolph Drive, Chicago

For more details about the special Saturday Gala and performance, call 847-866-6779 or go to our website, giordanodance.org

Note: Regular tickets at $25-$50 are available for the performance only on Saturday, October 25, and on Friday, October 24.

For all tickets, visit the Harris Theater Box Office or call 312-334-7777
or visit harristheaterchicago.org.


Chicago Very Own Living Legend Ernest "Brownie"
and his partner Reggio "The Hoofer" McLaughlin will be teaching a special lecture/demonstration at
The 4th Annual Chicago Tap Summit
Nov. 14 - 16


LA Ironworks Prensents
Steve Zee
Live Jazz Trio (Louis Dorra, Sam Montooth, Aaron Williams)
Comedy Sensation Natash Leggero
and Tap Phenomenon Sarah Reich

When: Tuesday, November 11th @ 8:00PM
Where: The M Bar (1253 North Vine Street, Hollywood CA)
Cost: $15 cover charge, $10 food minimum
Tickets: www.broadwaytickets.com or 1-800-838-3006



After many requests and much prodding Fusion Pointe Dance Studio is starting an adult tap class. This class will be a beginning level class for first timers or for those that have taken Tap but haven't done it for many years. This will be a free class and is for adults only. We are doing it for free because we want to pass on the love and tradition of the art itself. The Beginning level class will be on Fri. evenings at 8pm. This time slot will be a temporary spot for this season only and may be moved to the 7pm hour. If you are interested or know anyone that might be please contact Fusion Pointe Dance Studio at 622-0322 or at info@fusionpointedance.com

We also want let you all know that we have started working with a group of adults that have tap experience as well. We are forming a semi professional tap company for our adult clients. We are always looking for more dancers to join us, so if you tap and are interested or you know someone who is please contact Fusion Pointe Dance Studio at 622-0322 or info@fusionpointedance.com

God Bless

Fusion Pointe Dance Studio

Special Annoucement about
Monsters of Contemporary
Registration for Monsters of Contemporary

Starting Tommorrow 10/24/08 at 8:00 AM EST, registration will open for the newest convention from the company that brought your Monsters of HipHop, introducing, Monsters of Contemporary!

To celebrate the launch of our newest dance convention,
the first 50 dancers who register for each tour city will
receive an additional $10.00 off our early registration
rate through November 7th, 2008!

Registration & more information can be found on our website, www.monstersofhiphop.com.

Our new one day conventinos with a truly insipring cast of instructors who are excited to share with you their
love and passion for contemporary dance!

Featuring the top choreographers in contemporary dance today - Wes Veldink, Matt Cady, Sonya Tayeh, Jillian Meyers & Peter Chu.

We hope you will join us on this amazing new tour!
Andy Funk
Monsters Dance Conventions

January 10th
January 24th
Hyatt Regency
Baltimore, MD
May 2nd
Crowne Plaza O'Hare
Rosemont, IL

I thought you might like to know about some upcoming and future workshops in which I'll be teaching along with some amazing dance legends.
Perhaps you would like to attend a workshop, or know someone who lives there that would like to know about this. Help spread the word.
I'll be keeping this updated on my website at this LINK.
If you would be interested in exploring bringing us over for a future workshop, we would love to talk with you. You can email us: info@rustyfrank.com or phone + 310 606 5606.
Hope I'll see some of you soon! Germany perhaps???? Italy???

November 21-24, 2008

November 28-30, 2008
May 9-11, 2009
(310) 606-5606 or info@rustyfrank.com

November 21-24, 2008
November 28-30, 2008
May 9-11, 2008

The high heel tap shoes that sound and last...

For women who like to get down... on high...

-Made in Spain and to your feet in two weeks.

-Double sole, ankle-protection, fit your orthodics, come in any color

-Cost: 250 euros ($340)

-Payment in either currency by wire transfer

To request an order form write: transeurotap@hotmail.fr

General information: 212.636.9584

More at http://wolrdbeats.free.fr



Hiya people!

Good news! My book is available for purchase. It has been three years of hard work but it has finally been completed!

A third book signing will be taking place on the 25th October at the Birmingham Central Library at 2pm.
The Address is:

Birmingham Central Library
Chamberlain Square
B3 3HQ
Tel: (0121) 303 4511 / 07943898162
Fax: (0121) 233 4458
Textphone: (0121) 303 4547



KINGS & QUEENS - Our History

This is a family event designed to entertain and to instil fundamental knowledge about Black History.

Hosted by Rebbecca Hemmings

This night includes acts such as: Carvalho, Yaz Aexander, WRG (Dancers), Leanne Stobbart, Emma Mendez, Ras Joseph, Aaliyah and more.

Venue: Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire (next to Central Library), Paradise Place, Fletchers Walk, Birmingham, B3 3HG
Date: Saturday 25th October

Doors open: 5.15pm show starts 6pm prompt

Tickets cost £3 - Purchased on the day at Adrian Boult's box office

DAMIEN MORGAN will also be promoting his book HIP HOP HAD A DREAM, After his earlier book signing at the Birmingham Central Library from 2pm - 4pm



Damien Morgan AKA Lil D
Dynamexx Enterprise