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Jan 22, 2009


-Ailey Extension & E.D. Entertainment Present, Robin Dunn’s F.A.C.E. Workshop
-Open Floor Open Mic Night with Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards!
-Int/Adv class with Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards
-Aily Extension presents, The Mind-Body Connection with Sue Samuels!
-A Message from Sue Samuels: Student Performance Workshops at Ailey
- Check out the YouTube video featuring Jason Samuels Smith & Bril Barrett!
-Save the Date, LA Tap Festival, 2009!
-Save the Date, DC Tap Festival, 2009!

-Tap Jam hosted by Yvette Glover
- Tap Dancing, Live Music & Comedy Skits from Broadway Underground
-Master classes with Roxanne Butterfly!
-Djoniba Centre Class Schedule
- Dance/NYC's Dance Partner Database
-Join us for the “Cotton Club” in celebrate of black history month!
-Volunteer Lawyers of the Arts host TWO great events in January!
- Law and Film CLE Ethics Class: Conflict of Principles in No Country for Old Men
-A Message from Rusty Frank: Where’s Rusty?
-Jean Lee’s Theater Company Presents, THE SHIPMENT!
- Crazy Sexy Disco Brings the Glamour and Fantasy
of the 70's to DUMBO
-Guys & Dolls returns to Broadway!
- Primary Stages presents SHIPWRECKED!

-See “World-Wide News Updates & Events”

-See PHANTOM OF THE OPERA in Los Angeles!
-Opportunity: Cutting Edge Childrens Performing Arts Project is looking for staff!

-Dancewear & Shoes Available!
-SIGN THE PETITION! Secretary of Arts
-OPPORTUNITY: Teachers needed in Seol, Korea



The AILEY Extension
& E.D. Entertainment

Robin Dunn's F.A.C.E. Workshop Winter 2009
For the performer in YOU!
January 25 - March 8, 2008

Robin Dunn's F.A.C.E. (Focus, Attitude, Confidence, Energy
and Eye Contact) is a formal technique designed to aid
artists and business professionals with attaining their
ultimate power on stage, on camera and in the workplace.

Over seven weeks, Robin will offer tools and techniques to
help artists and business professionals project who they
really are with confidence and self-assurance. Participants
will also have the unique opportunity to perform in front
of industry panelists who will provide invaluable feedback
on their progress at Robin Dunn's F.A.C.E. showcase on
March 1st, 2009.

Workshop Cost:

$210.00 - Full seven week workshop
Save $15 when you purchase before Monday, January 19, 2009!

$225.00 - Full seven week workshop
(After January 19, 2009)
$35.00 - Single class
$17.50 - Observation Rate

$15.00 - F.A.C.E. Showcase
Sunday, March 1, 2009

The Ailey Studios
The Joan Weill Center for Dance
405 West 55th St. (at 9th Avenue)
New York, NY 10019


Robin Dunn's FACE Workshop at The Ailey Extension

Press Contact: Jenna Petok

Start Your New Year off with Robin Dunn's F.A.C.E. Workshop - the Premiere Artist, Career & Personal Empowerment Workshop Series For the Performer in You!
(New York) January 8, 2009— E.D Entertainment returns to The Ailey Extension after its first successful run to present the first Robin Dunn's F.A.C.E. (an acronym for Focus, Attitude, Confidence, Energy and Eye Contact) workshop series for 2009. On Sundays from January 25th – March 8th 4:30pm-7:30pm, participants will have the opportunity to learn, practice, and master useful techniques to apply in performance and everyday life. Participants will also have the chance to perform in Robin Dunn's F.A.C.E. showcase, which is open to the public, on March 1, 2009. Audience members will have the opportunity to experience firsthand the specialized process, and also listen as special guest industry panelists provide invaluable feedback to each performer. Past panelists have included celebrity singer and vocal coach, Carole Sylvan, casting director, John Doyle of Godlove & Company, Claudine Joseph, the Vice President of Violator Management and director choreographer, Ann Marie D'Angelo, in addition to Robin Dunn.
Robin Dunn's F.A.C.E. technique is a patented method created to aid performing artists, career professionals and individuals with being more confident on stage, on camera and in the work place. Learn to better project who you really are with confidence and self-assurance. Limited Enrollment is now open for Winter 2009! Register at www.alvinailey.org/faceworkshop or Call 212 405-9500.

"[The workshop] was great. Robin really knows how to touch people in a whole new way." - Minako, 2008 Workshop Participant

Robin Dunn has worked with some of the top artists in the business including Saturday Night Live, Pepsi, Nickelodeon, Apollo Amateur Night, Missy Elliot, The Braxtons featuring Jay Z (Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards), Teen Vogue featuring Jive recording artist Chris Brown, Sean Kingston and more...She is currently on faculty at The Ailey School and The Ailey Extension, Hunter College, Steps On Broadway and Harlem School of the Arts. Robin continues to tour the world as a F.A.C.E. coach/ motivational speaker and hip hop instructor.

Open to the general public, The Ailey Extension features dance and fitness classes in a wide variety of techniques for all levels, including Horton, West African, Ballet, Hip Hop and Jazz, underscoring Mr. Ailey’s life-long commitment of bringing dance to everyone. The Ailey Extension was launched in April 2005 in conjunction with the opening of the Joan Weill Center for Dance, the new home of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Whether you haven't taken a dance class in 20 years, take class regularly, or have never danced a step, The Ailey Extension has dance and fitness classes designed especially for you. In the words of our inspirational Artistic Director, Judith Jamison, "If you can get yourself in the door, you can take a class!" Since its inception, over 22,000 people have taken classes through this program. The Ailey Studios are located at The Joan Weill Center for Dance, home of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the nation’s largest building dedicated to dance, at 405 West 55th Street (at 9th Avenue). Visit www.alvinailey.org for more information.

Founded in 1958 by Alvin Ailey, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) is known as America’s cultural ambassador to the world. Under the artistic direction of Judith Jamison since 1989, AAADT has performed for more than 21 million people in 71 countries and on 6 continents. Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Inc. is the umbrella organization which includes AAADT; Ailey II, founded in 1974 as a junior performing company of emerging young dancers and innovative choreographers; The Ailey School, founded in 1969, and currently offers some of the most extensive dance training programs in the world; Ailey Arts In Education & Community Programs which is committed to bringing dance into the classrooms, communities and lives of people throughout the world; and The Ailey Extension, a program that offers dance and fitness classes to the general public.
Open Floor Open Mic Night
Hosted by Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards
When: Monday, January 26th from 8:00 till 11:00 PM
Where: Camaradas (W 115th &1st Ave - NYC)

Int/Adv Tap Class
With Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards
Where: 401 West 149th Street at Harlem Tap
When: Every Thursday from 6:00 till 7:30PM


The AILEY Extension
The Mind-Body Connection with Sue Samuels
February 8, 2009
Learn what you need to know to get it right the first time.
The Mind-Body Connection is for dancers who dance for fun,
or for a living. No matter what technique you try, this
workshop is valuable for anyone who wants make sure they
are 'picking up' choreography quickly and correctly. This
workshop is also great for professional actors and singers
who want to improve their performance during the dance
portions of auditions.

The first hour of this workshop will focus on conditioning
the body with a complete warm-up including jazz barre,
floor exercises for stretching and strengthening,
isolations and turning techniques. The second hour of the
workshop includes step patterns across the floor and small
combinations to practice the Mind-Body Connection methods
of picking up choreography. The second hour will cover
several methods, including counting, step rhythm and step
names. In the last hour of the workshop, Sue will teach
choreography with staging. Attendees will then rehearse and
perform the choreography within the workshop.

Workshop Cost:
$40 - Full Workshop
Save $5 when you register before January 31, 2009

Full Workshop - $45
After January 31, 2009


Teacher, Choreographer and Performer, Sue Samuels has
established herself as a staple of the modern performing
arts community. Sue’s expertise from 35 years of experience
keeps her in demand as a mentor and coach by professional
and amateur artists from around the world. Her students
have included stars from stage and screen including Melba
Moore, Irene Cara and Brooke Shields.

Sue began her dance training with Broward Civic Ballet in
Florida where she performed with the Company for six years.
Sue's jazz training includes work with JoJo Smith, Frank
Hatchett and Michael Shawn. Her background in ballet and
jazz has influenced Sue's classical jazz style which
focuses on strong, proper body alignment and clean
technique. She is also the co-founder of Jo Jo's Dance
Factory (now known as Broadway Dance Center).

Sue's choreographic credits include telethons, theater
productions and commercials for Adidias, Members Only and207
Up among others. She is currently on faculty at Broadway
Dance Center and The Ailey Extension.
To Register: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/home.asp


A Message from Sue Samuels:

Hi Everyone!
I'm looking forward to seeing you on Saturday, Jan. 3 1st for the 1st rehearsal of
the Student Performance Workshop at the Ailey Studios.
Here's an update:
The cost will be considerably less than $75.
The price has yet to be determined.
****(It could even be less than 1/2 of that amount)!****
There will be a 1st payment of $15
due at the time you sign-up on Saturday, Jan. 31st.
The remaining amount will be determined and payable at the
next rehearsal on February 7th.
*The first rehearsal will be on Saturday, Jan. 31st
from 5:30-7:30,
and will continue for 9 Saturdays including March 28th *

Rehearsals will be held at the
Ailey Studios located @ 405 W. 55th St. @ 9th Avenue
in studio 6A. Please sign up directly with Sue.

There will be 2 performances in the Ailey Citigroup Theater on
Sunday, Mar ch 29th at 5pm and 7pm

****Please R.S.V.P.****


Check out the YouTube video featuring Jason Samuels Smith & Bril Barrett!



2009 DC Tap Festival
Presented by Chloe and Maud Productions
April 17th, 18th and 19th

Join us for one dynamic, inspiring 3-day weekend, April 17,
18, 19th, as we share and expand the language of dance
through master classes, history talks, jam sessions, a
student showcase, cutting contest, and Performance
featuring both world renowned Tap Master and accomplished
teachers and young dancers from the DC area and abroad. Our
Faculty includes Directors Chloe & Maud Arnold, Emmy-Award
winner Jason Samuels Smith, Grammy-Award winner Mya
Harrison (schedule pending), vaudeville star Dr. Harold
Cromer, Broadway Stars Bakaari Wilder, Joe Webb, Dewitt
Fleming, Tap Dog David Covington, Nancy Newell, Toni
Lombre, Heidi Schultz, and many more!!!


Save the Date – LA Tap Festival 2009!

2009 LA Tap Fest
Presented by The Debbie Allen Dance Academy
August 10-15th 2009



Second Tap Jam at Skipper's
Hosted by Yvette Glover
When: Thursday, January 22nd from 8:00PM till Midnight
Where: Skipper's ( 304 University Avenue , Newark NJ )
Cost: No Charge!

Open Dance Jam
Hosted by Eyeblink Dance
When: Friday, January 30th from 7:00 till 8:00 PM
Where: Joria Productions (W 36th btw 7th and 8th ave - 3rd floor - NYC)
Cost: $5

Tap Dancing, Live Music & Comedy Skits from Broadway Underground
B.B. King Blues Club (New York City, NY)
Monday, Feb. 16 @ 8:00pm (Doors at 6:00pm)
Full Price: $25.00 Our Price: $12.50

Broadway Underground unleashes sheer raw artistry onto a stage filled with live music and packed audiences. Every show offers new acts and funny skits from the hosts, tap dancers Jared Grimes and DeWitt Fleming, who found their start singing and dancing in the subways of New York City. Plus, aspiring singers and dancers straight from the NYC streets will showcase their talents on stage.


Atdf invited you to "Master Class with Roxane Butterfly..Sun Jan 25" on Sunday, January 25 at 3:30pm.

Event: Master Class with Roxane Butterfly..Sun Jan 25
What: Rehearsal
Host: ATDF
Start Time: Sunday, January 25 at 3:30pm
End Time: Sunday, January 25 at 5:00pm
Where: Chelsea Studios


Djoniba Centre January schedule of classes in a temporary location at

305 West 38th Street & 8 Avenue, NYC

For more details go to www.djoniba.com. You can also Watch Djoniba Centre closing featured on Chanel 11 News
MONDAY 6-7:30: Adv / Sabar with Babacar
7:30-9: Beg-Basic African with Djoniba
7:30-9: African Bugarabu with Malang (Starts Feb 2)
TUESDAY 6-7:30: Afro-Carribean with Richard
6-7:30: Brazilian Dance with Velly Bahia
6-730: Congolese with Fumilayo
7:30-9: Samba with Danielle
WEDNESDAY 6-7:30: Haitian Dance with Peniel
6-7:30 Sabar with Babacar
7:30-9: Beg-Basic African Dance with Djoniba
7:30-9: West-African with Marie Basse Feb 28
THURSDAY 6-7:30: Afro-Carribean with Richard
7:30-9: Brazilian Dance with Velly Bahia
FRIDAY 6-7:30: Beg-Basic African Dance with Djoniba
7:30-9: Haitian Dance with Peniel
SATURDAY 12:30-2: Beg-Basic African Dance with Djoniba
2-3:30: Afrobrazilian with Michelle
3:30-5 African Dance with Maguette
5-6:30: Afro-Carribean with Richard
6:30-8: African Dance with Marie Basse
SUNDAY 3:30-5: Samba with Danielle
5-6:30: Beg Basic african with Djoniba (Instead of 6:30)
BE A PART OF OUR "50,000 HUMANS DONATE $2" to Rebuild Djoniba Center campaign!
Invite your friends to make a tax-deductible donation of $2 at WWW.DJONIBA.COM.
YES, WE CAN! Peace & Blessings.
Djoniba Mouflet.
Ps: please expose our story to politicians, celebrities and the media.
(Press release, pictures, video and other infos are available at www.djoniba.com.
For: Djoniba Dance and Drum Centre
37 East 18th Street 7th Floor New York, NY
10003 Tel: 212 477-3464
Press Contact: Maia Claire Garrisson

January 19th, 2009
Djoniba Dance & Drum Centre, the legendary New YorkCity multi-ethnic
dance school and not-for-profit organization, closed its doors on
December 31st 2008 after 15 years of "exceptional contributions to our city",
(the council of NYC). Hit by the economic crisis -- with fewer students
attending classes -- and a major rent increase, DDDC had no other option
but to sadly shut down.
The immediate result is 55 teachers and drummers losing their jobs.
Hundreds of children from lower income families losing the opportunity to
receive free dance scholarships, along with thousands of adult students
losing their community workout, a place to release stress and convene
"Since its establishment, Djoniba Dance & Drum Centre-one of New York
City's largest minority-owned cultural centers- has dedicated itself to
connecting men and women of all ages and ethnicities through the arts.
In a letter of June 2007, Mayor Bloomberg wrote, "As we look back on the
incredible accomplishments of DDDC's 15 years, we also look forward to
Even greater achievements on the horizon."
"I am confident that the New York community and government officials,
who understand the profound impact that our philosophy and ethnic dance
taught in our institution has on so many lives, will rally up and help us
continue our mission of providing health, fitness, and harmony amongst
New Yorkers" says the founder Djoniba Mouflet.
DDDC needs funds for a new home and is urgently seeking aid. You can
make donations on line at www.djoniba.com or by mail. Contributions will
allow for construction, fundraising, architectural design, web design,
building materials, office furniture and equipment,
Who knows how long this economic climate will last -but what kind of city
will be left when it's over, if we allow our community owned cultural institutions
to close?
About Djoniba Dance & Drum Centre
Since its inception in 1992, as a not-for-profit cultural and charitable
organization, The Djoniba Dance and Drum Centre has strived to celebrate
our global diversity through world dance and music and is dedicated to
bridging the gap between all ages, ethnic groups,
and cultures through dance and music. The Centre is one of New York
City's largest minority-owned dance studio, and the only cultural center in the
world specializing in multi-ethnic dance and drum. The Centre serves thousands of
adults and children annually, has a roster of 35 master teachers dancers and
drummers, who teach more than 100 dance classes per week in more than 30
different styles of movement and music from around the world.
Founded and directed by Djoniba Mouflet, the internationally-acclaimed
drummer, dancer, teacher, performer and choreographer, the Centre
houses three dance studios, a children's program and
an adult evening program. DDDC has become a popular cultural and
fitness spot, attended by celebrities like Tyra Banks, Julia Roberts, Brook
Shields and featured in several magazines, newspapers and major TV shows.
Awarded "Best New York Dance School" several years in a row by The
Village Voice, New York Magazine, New York Press and AM New York,
DDDC has also been recognized by city officials-including Mayor Bloomberg,
The City Council, Manhattan Borough president Scott M. Stringer, as well
as NY State Assembly N. Godfrey for its outstanding service to the NY community.
"I applaud Djoniba Dance & Drum Centre for your strong commitment to
the culture and community." Richard N. Godfrey / New York State Assembly
"It is the tradition and custom of the New York City Council to honor its most
distinguished citizens, and today we are pleased to recognize Djoniba Dance &
Drum Centre, Inc for its exceptional contributions to our City. Today, we honor
Djoniba Dance & Drum Centre, Inc an organization that has distinguished itself
in service to the community: is has enriched us with its presence and achievements
and is worthy of the esteem of all New Yorkers"
Proclamation by The Council of the City of New York.

Dance/NYC's Dance Partner Database
Read More about it below!
From the L O F T . . . NEW PROGRAM!
Do you have the need for a PT administrator?
Has the economy caused you to reduce your staff hours?
Don't want to lose that valuable employee but can't keep them on full time?
Have you been laid off?
Have your hours reduced and are you looking for more work?
Interested in sharing a staff member?
Please send your company needs or resume to Dance/NYC. We are compiling a list of dance organizations and administrators in the hopes of bringing people together during these rough economic times. If you think this is something that would work for you or for your company - let us know. We will be working to match people and companies so that artists and administrators can continue to work, companies can get the help they need and together we can all work to get through this challenging time in our community! info@dancenyc.org

Youth Advisory Committee Town Hall

"Bridging the Generational Gap"
WHEN: Monday February 2nd, 2008
WHERE: Joyce SoHo

A panel discussion moderated by Robert Dorf, Managing Director of Susan Marshall & Company, about the challenges and learning experiences of working across generations as artists and administrators in the dance industry.

Panelists to include members of the NY dance community, representing varying views from the young to the seasoned.

Have an opinion? We want to hear it on Feb. 2nd!


The Dance/NYC Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) is a volunteer arts committee servicing both Dance/NYC and the greater New York dance community. The committee is comprised of young adults in the arts profession ages 18-30.
Joyce SoHo Applications Available

2009—2010 season applications are available online now for Joyce SoHo's performance space!
We are accepting applications until January 31, 2009 for performance weeks from September 2009 – July 2010.

74 seat white box theater w/ Marley floor $600 for 2 shows
+ 12 hrs tech to $900 for 4 shows
+ 16 hrs tech
(discounts available for festival participation – see application)
We include you in our season brochure, list you on our website, handle online ticket sales, provide our professional staffing assistance…and YOU keep the box office proceeds!
Standard or flexible space/ audience setup available.

Check out joyce.org under "Dancers and Dance Companies" to orange Joyce SoHo tab or call us at (212) 431-9233.

New Place to Dance!
Arias Dance NYC
300 West 43rd Street between 8th and 9th Ave
Phone: 347-273-1536


Classes for dancers of all levels
Classes that meet at day, at night, and on the weekends

Host an Intern
Announcing the Arts and Business Council's Multicultural Arts Management Internship that matches 11 diverse undergraduates with 11 NYC arts organizations to "learn the business of the arts." Interns spend ten weeks (June 1-August 7) working on their host organization's projects in areas such as marketing, fundraising, event planning, community outreach, arts education, programming, research and more.
Apply to be an intern host supervisor—you'll get a significant management experience for yourself and an extra brain for your organization.
To host an intern your organization must:
• be a nonprofit with at least two full-time staff;
• have offices within the five boroughs of New York City;
• be a current member of Arts & Business Council of New York (or become one);
• contribute $1,000 to your intern's stipend (that works out to $2.50/hour on your part, such a deal);
• be able to provide an intern with a meaningful project (i.e. not completely clerical).And this is what you get:
• an bright, shiny undergraduate intern for 10 weeks of full-time assistance;
• $1,500 grant from ABC/NY to contribute to the intern's stipend;
• an unlimited MetroCards for the duration of the program for the intern;
• a network of other host organizations, interns, and intern mentors from businesses like ConEd and Time Warner;
• invitations to attend exclusive program site visits at other host organizations.
The application deadline is February 2.
Learn more about the program here.

Works and Process
See New York City Ballet's Emerging Choreographers at Works & Process at the Guggenheim
Sunday and Monday, January 18 and 19 @ 7:30 p.m.
Stuttgart Ballet's Douglas Lee presents excerpts of his new ballet created to celebrate New York City Ballet's launch of the Rudolf Nureyev Fund for Emerging Choreographers. Melissa Barak also presents excerpts from her new ballet. Both participate in a discussion moderated by Ellen Sorrin. Dancers include Maria Kowroski, Sara Mearns, Jared Angle and more. A reception with the artists follows.
$30, $25 Members, $10 Students
Box Office 212 423 3587
Buy tickets online at worksandprocess.org

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street

The staff at Dance/NYC offers daily help an d support. We can be reached in the office Mon - Fri from 10am-6pm. Call Dance/NYC at 212.966.4452, email us or drop by for assistance.

Parting Words
Here are some important services to remember:

Dancers' workshops, seminars and professional development events are listed on the Dance Service Organizations' Calendar of nycDanceSpaces.org. It's one-stop-shopping for dance-related programs c itywide in a convenient calendar format.

The Actors Fund especially responds to the health care needs of performing artists. Please become familiar with the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic at The Aurora, which provides free health care to uninsured and underinsured documented entertainment industry professionals. Please be sure to check it out!
Have you used the Artist Access health plan yet? If so, please let us hear from you by email - both the good and the bad. We're eager to make sure the program is running as we had planned. If you do have an issue, please be sure to let us know the day and date of the problem and at what department or area of the hospital the problem occurred so that we can help you.

Dance/NYC is a branch of Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance.

63 Greene Street, #605

Please Join us for...

Cotton Club

a celebration of black history month
and a benefit for La MaMa

Tuesday, February 3rd
The Annex


Featuring Performances by:
Idris Ackamoor
Sheila Dabney
Keith David
Cary Gant
Joyce Griffin
Rhodessa Jones
Michael Lynch
Bemshi Shearer
...and more...
La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club
74A East 4th Street (between 2nd Avenue and the Bowery)
box office: (212) 475-7710


Dear VLA Friends and Members,
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts is happy to announce two great new events in the new year -- please join us for either, or both!

One-Day Negotiation Training: Tuesday, January 27th
Litigation Workshop: Thursday, January 29th
"The Nuts & Bolts of Entertainment Law Litigation"
One-Day Negotiation Training
When: Tuesday, January 27, 2009: 10am -- 6pm
Where: Manhattan Location TBA.
Who: For both artists and attorneys.
CLE: YES, CLE credit is being offered for this event. Mostly Areas of Professional Practice credits and Skills credits, plus 1 Ethics credit. This program qualifies as transitional for newly admitted attorneys.
Cost: $150 for artists; $325 for attorneys
Note: The completion of this program does NOT qualify you to be a volunteer through MediateArt, VLA's mediation, contract negotiation, and negotiation counseling department. Serving as a MediateArt volunteer requires the completion of our MediateArt Training Program, to be offered later in 2009.
Program Description: A one-day overview of basic and more advanced negotiation skills, including contract negotiation and deal mediation (deal memo mediation). This is a good overview of negotiation for anyone, regardless of area of discipline, although there will be some focus on arts and entertainment issues in particular.


Litigation Workshop: "The Nuts and Bolts of Entertainment Law Litigation"
Co-sponsored by EASL, the Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law section of the New York State Bar Association
When: Thursday, January 29, 2009: 6pm -- 8pm
Where: VLA's Lobby Auditorium; 1 East 53rd Street (northeast corner of 53rd & 5th).
Who: For both artists and attorneys, but primarily geared towards artists.
CLE: NO, CLE credit is not being offered for this event.
Cost: $25 for artists; $50 for attorneys
Program Description: This two-hour program will cover "the nuts and bolts of entertainment law litigation," including how to draft and reply to cease and desist letters, and what happens if you ignore one; how to initiate a lawsuit and how to reply to one; how to find a lawyer if you want to sue someone or need to defend a lawsuit; and what happens once litigation has been initiated, including how to analyze when and whether to settle. This program will include handouts of sample litigation materials, including cease and desist letters, complaints, and settlement agreements.
Panelist bios are below. To register for the Litigation Workshop, please click here.
Litigation Workshop Panelists:
The program will be moderated by Monica Pa, who is an associate in the New York office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. She represents U.S. and foreign broadcasters, magazines, newspapers, and artists in the areas of libel, privacy, copyright, trademark, and other aspects of First Amendment, publishing, media and entertainment law. Pa is a member of the Committee on Entertainment Law of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and a member of the steering committee for the New York State Bar, Entertainment and Sports Law Section. She was previously a law clerk for the Honorable Rosemary S. Pooler, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She graduated magna cum laude from New York University Law School, where she received the Walter Derenberg Prize for Copyright Law.
Christine A. Pepe is the Director of Legal Affairs at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), a performance rights society that represents its members by licensing and distributing royalties for the non-dramatic public performance of their copyrighted musical works. Prior to joining ASCAP, Ms. Pepe practiced intellectual property law, most recently with the New York Office of McDermott, Will & Emery, where she represented a diverse group of clients on a variety of matters, including not only traditional copyright infringement (including the fair use defense), but also violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and piracy-related issues. Today, she represents ASCAP in licensing and litigation matters relating to traditional media such as local radio and broadcast and network television, and to evolving "new media," such as Internet portals, social networking sites, and wireless platforms. Ms. Pepe received her J.D. from Boston University School of Law (1999) and her Bachelor of Science from Boston College (1996). She recently published an article Davis v. Blige: Turing Copyright Co-Ownership on Its Head, which will appear in Landslide, A Publication of the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law, Jan/Feb Vol. No. 1, Issue No. 3. She is also a member of the steering committee for the New York State Bar Association, the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section.
Howard H. Weller is a partner in the New York office of Mitchell Silberberg and Knupp, LLP. A commercial litigator, Mr. Weller specializes in litigation on behalf of entertainment industry clients, including top recording artists and entertainment companies and in counseling national and international clients on trademark, copyright and unfair competition matters. Mr. Weller's expertise extends to Internet domain name disputes, including successful ICANN proceedings on behalf of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, and Apple Corps Limited (The Beatles' company). Mr. Weller also regularly counsels Apple Corps Limited on a wid e array of intellectual property matters and has acted on its behalf in a variety of litigations including a successful opposition to a record company's motion to dismiss fiduciary duty and fraud claims in Apple Corps Limited v. Capitol Records, Inc. et al., 824 N.Y.S. 2d 752 (Sup.Ct. N.Y. 2006); a successful motion to dismiss a plaintiff's claims of ownership to the film "The Beatles at Shea Stadium" in Hartung v. Apple Corps Limited, Case No. 3:03-1149 (M.D. Tenn., 2004); and a case involving the threatened exploitation of recordings from 1962 of The Beatles at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany in Apple Corps Limited v. Fuego Entertainment, Inc., et al. Case No. 08-CV-20748 (S.D. Fl. 2008). Additional notable representations by Mr. Weller include recording artist Jay-Z in a trademark litigation relating to use of a hand sign in Diamond Dallas Page v. Shawn Carter et al., CV-05-08475 (C.D. Cal. 2005); the successor of E.H. Shepard, the illustrator of "Winnie the Pooh" in a litigation regarding claims in excess of a billion dollars in royalties and relating to termination of grants of copyright interests in Milne and Disney v. Stephen Slesinger, Inc., CV-02-08508 (C.D. Cal. 2002). Mr. Weller is a member of the Entertainment Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the United States Copyright Society. Mr. Weller received his B.A. from Colorado College in 1984 and his J.D. in 1990 from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where he was a member of the Cardozo Law Review. Upon graduatio n from law school, Mr. Weller clerked for the Honorable Hector M. Laffitte, United States District Judge for the District of Puerto Rico.
Since 1969, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts has been the leading provider of pro bono legal services, mediation services, educational programs and publications, and advocacy to the arts community in New York. The first arts-related legal aid organization, VLA is the model for similar organizations around the world. For more information about Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, please see www.vlany.org.
Benjamin J. Brandow, Esq.
email: bbrandow@vlany.org
phone: 212.319.2787 x16
web: http://www.vlany.o


VLA presents,

Law and Film CLE Ethics Class: Conflict of Principles in No Country for Old Men

Tuesday, February 24, 2009: 6pm-8pm

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
1 East 53rd Street (on the corner with 5th Ave)
NY, NY 10022

Note: There are two (2) Continuing Legal Education (CLE) ethics credits available for this class.
VLA is proud to announce a new CLE law and film series. Our new law and film series will focus on the study of ethics through the prism of film and cinema. Attendees will be mailed a DVD of the film along with reading material two-weeks before the class. Registered participants will then attend a two-hour class to discuss the film and readings.
Topics covered will include:

Individual choice (self-interest) vs. collective responsibility
Personal morality, professional roles, collegial pressures, and economic incentives
Competing and unfixed ethical values
Ethical values vs. practical/situational pressures
Fairness, justice, honesty, loyalty, confidentiality, and conflicts of interest
Recognition and resolution of ethical dilemmas

To launch our new law and film series, we begin with Joel and Ethan Coen's film, based on Cormac McCarthy's 2005 novel, No Country for Old Men. No Country for Old Men provides legal professionals with an abundance of ethical problems and conflicts. Ethics, morals, principles and laws are all seen in this film in literal and abstract representations, allowing for both practical and philosophical discussions as to how they may apply to interpersonal relations and how at times certain choices can produce unintended consequences.

All registered participants will be mailed a DVD of the film along with reading material two-weeks before the class, so please register by February 11th to guarantee reception of materials. Registered participants will then attend a two-hour class on February 24th to discuss the film and readings.

This class will be taught by Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento, Esq., VLA's Director of Education. He has previously taught critical theory, film, and visual culture at Hofstra University, Harvard University, USC, and UC-Irvine.
Registration Form
Fees for this workshop are as follows: (includes a DVD copy of the film and reading material)

Artist/Student: $25
Legal Professional: $75

To register, please complete the attached Registration Form and return to us by February 11th in order to allow ample time for reception of DVD and class readings. You may submit your registration form via fax to: (212) 752-6575, or mail form with payment to:

Law & Film class
1 East 53rd Street, 6th fl
NY, NY 10022-4201
Financial Hardship Policy: Full and partial scholarships to attend VLA's Continuing Legal Education programs are available to persons with demonstrated financial hardship. To apply, applicants must submit a request, on letterhead if possible, stating the reason for their interest, proof of income or an explanation of their financial hardship, and a completed course registration form. Scholarships will be awarded on a space-available basis, with preference given to applicants in order of date submitted. For more information please view http://www.vlany.org/education/clecredit.php.
Since 1969, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts has been the leading provider of pro bono legal services, mediation services, educational programs and publications, and advocacy to the arts community in New York. The first arts-related legal aid organization, VLA is the model for similar organizations around the world. For more information about Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, please see www.vlany.org.
Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento, Esq.
email: ssarmiento@vlany.org
phone: (212) 319-2787 Ext. 13
web: http://www.vlany.org

A Message from Rusty Frank:

Greetings Gates,

Where's Rusty? I'll tell you. I'm freezing my dancing feet off! I'm in New York from January 16-23 on a lecture tour.
Ron and Gio will make sure that the Lindy ByThe Sea classes are fun-filled and informative! Robert Vangor and the gang will make sure the Rhythm Club is the best possible. (I want to hear how packed the club was!)
Go ahead and make your On Tap orders; I'll take care of orders upon my return.
I'll have access to email, so if you have any questions, feel free to email me rusty@rustyfrank.com, or go directly to the RustyFrank.com.
If you are reading this and live around Albany, NY (or know someone who does), the schedule is below. I would love to see you.
Here's a brief description of what I'll be doing there: I'm on a lecture tour in and around Albany. I'll be giving fourteen one-hour talks on the history of American Jazz Dance (Cake Walk, Charleston, Tap, Lindy Hop), showing archival clips, demonstrating, and generally spreading the joy of dance to the masses. The talks are geared to small audiences in libraries and local community centers to ignite interest in an upcoming Jazz Dance festival at the big performing arts center in Albany, which is called The Egg. The great thing is they are providing me a driver! Yeah. I had originally thought they were going to give me a rental car, a map, and a GPS. So I am quite thrilled that I won't have to be driving in the freezing cold, and, most importantly, I will be dropped off at the door of each place!
So have a great time in my absence. Thank all the volunteers at the Rhythm Club when you're there, and be nice to Ron and Gio (well, to Ron, anyway - wink, wink).

Young Jean Lee's Theater Company: THE SHIPMENT

Written and directed by Young Jean Lee

January 8-10 (Thurs–Sat) and 14-17, 21-24 (Wed-Sat), 8pm
Saturday, January 10, 3pm

Extended by popular demand!
New dates added: January 28-31 (Wed-Sat), 8pm

Tickets: $15
Known for her provocatively satiric performance works, writer/director Young Jean Lee presents the New York premiere of THE SHIPMENT. For this piece, Lee gave herself the most uncomfortable challenge she could imagine: to make -- as a Korean-American – a black identity-politics work. In collaboration with an all-black cast, Lee takes the audience on an awkward and volatile roller-coaster ride through the absurdities and atrocities that arise when trying to discuss the black experience in America. Ludicrous, honest, and devoid of truisms, THE SHIPMENT dares to ask embarrassing questions and to seek solutions to impossible problems.

Click here to see The New York Times Theater Review of THE SHIPMENT

To purchase tickets please click here or call the Box Office: 212-255-5793 ext. 11. Box Office Hours: Tue-Sat, 2-6pm
VISA, American Express, and MasterCard accepted. Paid reservations only. A $1 per ticket handling fee applies to all phone orders.

THE SHIPMENT was co-commissioned by the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University and The Kitchen, and was developed with support from the Rockefeller MAP Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, The Greenwall Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. The work received additional residency support from Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Collapsable Hole, IRT Theater, MacDowell Colony, New Dramatists, Orchard Project, and Yaddo. THE SHIPMENT is produced by Young Jean Lee's Theater Company.

THE SHIPMENT is also made possible in part by a grant from the Ford Foundation and the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Ensemble Theatre Collaborations Grant Program.

The Kitchen's presentation of THE SHIPMENT is made possible with generous support from The Greenwall Foundation 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.

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


Crazy Sexy Disco Brings the Glamour and Fantasy
of the 70's to DUMBO Let's Boogie Baby!

Crazy Sexy Disco( New York , NY ) Wednesday, January 14, 2009—A new type of dance show emerges at a time where we can fall back in love with sequins, afros and disco balls. Crazy Sexy Disco has announced their eclectic performance gig at The Underwater Lounge at Water Street Restaurant in DUMBO, Brooklyn . Every third Thursday of the month from January through March, a new generation of fun-loving party-goers can experience this disco-liscous production starting at 9pm. Tickets are $20 and there's a two drink minimum.
The show is an hour and fifteen minute trip into the disco nightlife including interactive stories of love triangles, 70's classics and fond memories of 'the good life, as it was thirty years ago. Nine dancers, one vocalist and the MC (Jimbo Smiley) entertain audiences with an unforgettable night. (Did we mention there are roller-skates?)
The show appeals to the generations that lived through the disco era and warmly welcomes new audiences to this full-scale production.
Charging up the East Coast, Crazy Sexy Disco was booked for New Year's Eve at Boogie Nights, one of Atlantic City 's hottest nightclubs. Jen James made the comment, "The energy level was through the roof. Many disco devotees are already coming to see our NYC show. They're even planning to dress up in bell bottoms and fringed vests to get into the mood. DISCO is officially back!"
The show is produced, directed and choreographed by leading artists Jen James, Liz Piccoli and Svea Schneider. Together, their experience spans from the NYC Metropolitan Opera, Knicks City Dancers, MTV, Decadancetheatre and Pink and now lends itself to future off-Broadway spots.
"Dance is so hot in pop culture right now. Spectators that love Dancing with the Stars will be hooked on with Crazy Sexy Disco. Match that with the tremendous impact that hip hop has made on Broadway with In the Heights and we're seeing a new phase of live dance entertainment on the rise," Svea Schneider.
Pay a visit to this show every third Thursday of the month at The Underwater Lounge at Water Street Restaurant in DUMBO. For more information, please visit www.myspace.com/crazysexydisco or call Liz Piccoli at 201.245.2015. Crazy Sexy Disco is available for private and corporate bookings.
"Crazy Sexy Disco fortunately ensures that a love of 70's music is a vibrant, fun time that we can revel in, not have to hide as a guilty pleasure," Charl Kroeger
To get a glimpse of this glittery scene, click HERE to see the promotional flyer.
For press inquiries, to book the show or buy tickets, please contact:
Liz Piccoli, 201.245.2015



A mother coming to terms with=2 0her daughter. A composer coming to terms with his genius. And, even though they're separated by 200 years, these two people share an obsession that might, even just for a moment, make time stand still.

Two-time Oscar winner JANE FONDA heads a cast of eight, including SAMANTHA MATHIS and COLIN HANKS, in the new play written and directed by MOISÉS KAUFMAN, author of The Laramie Project and director of I Am My Own Wife. Drama, memory and music combine to transport you from present-day New York to 19th-century Austria, in this extraordinary new American play about passion, parenthood and the moments of beauty that can transform a life.


Tues. at 8
Wed. at 2 & 8
Thurs. at 8
Tues. at 7 (beg. March 17)
Fri. at 8
Sat. at 2 & 8
Sun. at 3
Valid on Orchestra and Mezzanine A-H seats,
for performances February 9 - March 22 only.


On February 4th, GUYS AND DOLLS - Frank Loesser's hilarious musical tale of two New York couples betting on love despite the odds - is back home on20Broadway in a swingin' new production directed by two-time Tony® winner DES McANUFF (Jersey Boys).


(Orch/Front Mezz)
Reg. $126.50
Reg. $91.50
Use code TMANIA

Leading the dynamite cast are Emmy® and Tony nominee OLIVER PLATT (Shining City, "Huff") and Golden Globe nominee LAUREN GRAHAM ("Gilmore Girls," Evan Almighty) as good ol' Nathan Detroit and Miss Adelaide. Tony nominee CRAIG BIERKO (The Music Man) and KATE JENNINGS GRANT (Proof) are Sky Masterson and his unlikely love, Sarah Brown.

With its score of unforgettable songs including "Luck Be a Lady" and "Sit Down, You're Rockin the Boat," GUYS AND DOLLS is the quintessential Broadway experience. And this sexy new production promises to thrill fans and first-timers alike! So place your bets with this EXCLUSIVE OFFER, and GET IN THE GAME!

Performance Schedule:
Feb. 3 - 28:
Tues - Sat at 8pm,< br> Wed & Sat at 2pm,
Sun at 3pm
Beginning Mar. 2:
Tues at 7pm,
Wed - Sat at 8pm,
Wed & Sat at 2pm, Sun at 3pm

To learn more, visit


Primary Stages presents
A New York Premiere by Donald Margulies

The show that received raves across
the country arrives in one week!

"Winning, touching, unmissable!"

"Just what the title promises: a delightful, often playful piece of candy."
-The New York Times

"A deft literate narrative folded into a vaudevillian romp with radio theater overtones.
Rich with surprises!"
-LA Times

"A delicious ode to the power of storytelling."
-LA Daily News

Dare to be whisked away in a story of exotic islanders, rustic vessels and the high seas. Shipwrecked! An Entertainment -- the story of one man and his crews' incredible journey that truly sparks the imagination. Don't miss this opportunity to experience storytelling at its simple best, and live theater at its purest. Shipwrecked! An Entertainment lands in New York for 6 weeks only! Buy your tickets today and see what everyone has been talking about.

From the writer of Sight Unseen, Collected Stories and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Dinner with Friends, Donald Margulies returns to Primary Stages where his play The Model Apartment won him an Obie Award for Playwriting.

(reg $60)

January 27 - March 7

Tues at 7pm, Wed-Friday at 8pm, Sat at 2pm & 8pm, Sun at 3pm



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Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, directed by Harold Prince and choreo'd by Gillian Lynne, will return for the first time to the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood in over a decade. With worldwide grosses estimated at over $5 billion, it is the most successful entertainment venture of the twentieth century. The winner of seven Tony(r) Awards, including Best Mus ical, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has been seen by over 80 million people in 124 cities in 25 countries. In January 2006, it became the longest-running show in Broadway history and celebrated an unprecedented milestone in January 2008 when it reached its twentieth anniversary on Broadway.

Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra by Gaston Leroux, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.

Jan 21-Feb 21, The Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., 213.365.3500, www.thephantomoftheopera.com, www.BroadwayLA.org


The Original Is Back - The Ultimate Street Dance Competition! $5,000 in cash & prizes. Music by LA's Hottest DJs plus - Master street dance classes in Locking, Popping and Hip-Hop. All ages welcome 10am-5pm / Showtime 12pm. For Info: www.streetdance.net / For Tickets: www.thefitexpo.com. Sun, Jan 25, 2009 @ The Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015.



Cutting edge children's performing arts project is seeking to expand it's teaching staff. Part time opportunities now available in our dance department. Experience in Hip Hop and Tap classroom and private instruction required, degree considered a plus.
We are a fast paced company that operates year round with summer camp involving 6 full scale productions with 200+ children.
We offer a competitive pay scale and the opportunity to learn and grow.
Please submit Professional/ Educational resume and head shot.



Dear Dance Friends,

I have had a retail dancewear shop for 19 years and with advent of my present circumstances (living in two places 3 hours apart) and a dreadful economy, the store has become more of a burden than it is worth. I am not going to close completely but I am looking to significantly reduce on shelf merchandise and go to an order-only system until the economy recovers. I would very much like to move my stock of pointe shoes as I do not want them to sit on the shelves and age beyond good usage. They are BLOCH and a variety of styles mostly in sizes 3.5 to 6.5 in a variety of widths. I am looking to move them in bulk at $40 per pair plus tax and shipping (if necessary) or $35/pair if 10 pair or more.

I also have a wide array of leotards if you are in need of costume bases or classwear, slippers,jazz shoes, Soffee products, children's ballet books, accessories for pointe, hair, make up and so on.

Please let me know if you have

* an interest in any products

* a special request or need

* a vending opportunity.

* a contact for someone who might be in need of product supply
In this economy it is important that we all help each other and so I thank you for your assistance.


Kathryn Austin

Kathryn W. Austin, MA, RDE, CLM
Dance Educator, Writer and Advocate
PO BOX 771518
Winter Garden, FL 34777

Secretary of Arts
Quincy Jones has started a petition to ask President Obama to appoint a Secretary of the Arts. While many other countries have had Ministers of Art or Culture for centuries, The United States has never created such a position. We in the arts need this and the country needs the arts--now more than ever. Please take a moment to sign this important petition and then pass it on to your friends and colleagues.



All auditions will start at 8am in: Miami, FL Feb 3; Los Angeles, CA Feb 12; Denver, CO March 12; Memphis, TN March 16; Seattle, WA March 28. You MUST check www.fox.com/dance/casting.htm regularly for essential information regarding your audition, your music options and ALL audition updates. Audition details in these cities are presently available on A4D's Audition Pages.



Hello. I'm Jeanne Lehman (www.jeanne-lehman.com) and am the Dean of ICA in Seoul, Korea. Tina is one of the dance instructors I hired and we've all been here since the end of July. Contracts are up soon, and we are seeking replacements to teach dance, voice, and acting to students from Kindergarten to adult and professionals. The emphasis is on elementary students at this time, with a few classes for high school, adults, and professionals.
Needed, are candidates with the following skills:
• Graduate degree (recent grads are being considered along with experienced performers)
• Experience teaching children.
• ESL teaching experience
• Choreography/Directing experience
• Ability to play piano/read music
• Passions for introducing students to English through Musical Theatre.

ICA (www.icakorea.co.kr) is a privately owned Musical Theatre Academy located the Gangnam area of Seoul. Along with a competitive salary (depending on experience), ICA provides:
• Housing
• round trip airfare
• medical insurance
• severance pay at end of the contract
• national pension
• 2 weeks vacation along with Korean national holidays.

Please forward my email to anyone interested (put ICA in the subject or I won't open it) and have anyone interested email their picture and resume.

Thank you so much!
Jeanne Lehman