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Feb 12, 2009


*DRP ARTISTS* -Chloe Arnold Master Class in LA…TODAY!!! -ATDF Benefit – "Take it to the Stage" Featuring Jason
Samuels Smith & Chloe Arnold! -Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards hosts Shim Sham @ The Kitchen
-Int/Adv class with Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards
-Jason & India Jazz Suites in Hawaii
-Tap Alert! from your ITA - Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards on NBC's Superstars of Dance!
-The DC Tap Festival – April 17th, 18th, 19th 2009 -Don’t miss Jason Samuels Smith, Chloe Arnold, & Christiane Matallo at TAP RELOADED 2009 -Save the Date, LA Tap Festival, 2009!

*EAST COAST* -American Tap Dance Foundation presents "Sound Check: A Tap Dance Concert Series" - The Tap Legacy Foundation hosts the presentation of the Gregory Hines movie "Tap". -Don’t Miss BROADWAY UNDERGROUND, February 16th -All-Star line-up plays Jamaican Jazz Fusion, Feb 26
-Tap Alert! from your ITA - Jared Grimes Dances for Obama in DC! - Broadway Dance Center Insider! -Almost SOLD OUT: KALUP LINZY & RASHAAD NEWSOME @ The Kitchen! Feb 12 + 13 -Access Dance/USA Scholarships Applications Now Available! - Buglisi Dance Theatre at The Joyce Theater -Caroline Calouche & Co. Upcoming Performances and Events -American Tap Dance Foundation - February Tap Happenings

-Tap Alert! from your ITA – Lane Alexander "really performs in Chicago" -A Message from M.A.D.D. Rhythms: NO TAP JAM ON FRIDAY, FEB. 13 2009 -M.A.D.D. Rhythms performs as part of the Chicago International Salsa Congress - THE ONE features Chicago's hottest urban dance companies and- M.A.D.D. Rhythms! -Maddrhythms.com has been redesigned. Check it out! -Check out Jumaane Taylor's YouTube video - Lle Lfe -OPPORTUNITY: MADD Rhythms still needs 10 more 14-18 year old tap dancers with 1-3 years of tap classes under their belts.

*WEST COAST* -See “World-Wide News Updates & Events”

*WORLD-WIDE* -Arts Supporters - pass this on! -OPPORTUNITY: Workshop/Audition Opportunity with University of London's Central School of Speech and Drama! -Please help support National Dance Week: seeking recipes from dance luminaries


Chloe Arnold -
Master Class in LA
This Thursday, Feb. 12th
(limited engagement)

When: Thursday, February 12th
Int./Adv. - 7:30 - 9:00 - $20

What: Technique, Choreography, Improvisation

Who: All ages are welcome.

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

Space is limited!
Please RSVP to chloearnold@gmail.com
7-8:30 pm: Performance/Cocktail Reception

Join us for ATDF's 4th Annual Fundraiser with premiere
performances and new work created by Chloe Arnold, Barbara
Duffy & Company, Derick K. Grant, Kendrick Jones, Parallel
Exit, Melinda Sullivan, and Jason Samuels Smith. The program also includes performances by the dynamic Tap City Youth Ensemble directed by Susan
Hebach premiering new works created by Guillem Alonso from
Barcelona, the late Buster Brown, Michelle Dorrance, Josh
Hilberman and Tony Waag.

All proceeds support the Gregory Hines Youth Scholarship
Fund and ongoing education programs!

Performance only: $35
Performance & Meet the Artists Reception: $100

For tickets call (646) 230-9564 or


Shim Sham (formerly known as Hoofer's House)
Hosted by Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards
featuring the Theo Hill Trio

Join tap dance innovator Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards for a
free open jam session in which some of the finest of New
York City's rhythm tap community come together to share and
showcase their moves. The evening features live musical
accompaniment by pianist Theo Hill's trio and promises to
make for a unique and exciting gathering of rhythmic
exchange. The jam is open to tap dancers of all levels and
concludes with Leonard Reed's famous Shim Sham Shimmy, the
hoofers' international anthem. So come enjoy the show or
bring your shoes and join the jam!

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

This program is made possible by a generous donation of tap
floor instruments from The American Tap Dance Foundation,
and with generous support from Altria Group, Inc., The Bay
and Paul Foundations, The Harkness Foundation for Dance,
IAC/InterActiveCorp, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, the
Mertz Gilmore 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.


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



Feb. 28–March 1 Season Opener Features Chicago Premiere of
Winning Tap Documentary

CHICAGO—The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP), the
world's only
year-round presenter of American tap dance and contemporary

percussive arts, opens its 19th season with its annual
Winter Tap
JAMboree February 28–March 1, 2009 at the Beverly Arts
Center, 2407
W. 111th St. in Chicago. Directed by CHRP Associate
Director Martin
"Tre" Dumas, the weekend features a Winter Workshop of
classes, Leo Harris Tap Scholarship audition and the
Chicago premiere
of the award-winning documentary The Wonder Kids.

Written, produced and directed by Jim Petersen and
Pamela J. Richardson, The Wonder Kids is the inspiring
story of a
tiny dance studio that set out to save the art form of tap
which not only produced many of the world's greatest
dancers, but
transformed the lives of thousands of inner-city kids in
the process.
Narrated by legendary hoofer Dick Van Dyke and featuring
Glover, Debbie Allen, Jason Samuels Smith and other tap
greats, the
film earned the prestigious Grand Jury Pr
ize for Best Documentary at
the New York International Film and Video Festival in 2008.
Chicago premiere of this inspiring film takes place
February 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12; proceeds benefit
CHRP's Leo
Harris Tap Scholarship program.

On both Saturday and Sunday, February 28 and March 1,
CHRP will host its Winter Workshop, a series of 21 classes
at the
intermediate, advanced and professional levels. Instructors
Tony nominee and Chicago native Ted Levy, who is CHRP's
2009 Artist
in Residence; CHRP Associate Director, Mayfair Academy
alumnus and
Jus'LisTeN Director Martin "Tre" Dumas; Dianne "Lady Di"
Walker, who was recently named a U.S. Artists Fellow;
Idella Reed of
the Sammy Dyer School of Theater and Dance; independent New
York City
artist Lisa La Touche; and Ashley DeForest, formerly of
Glover's company and director of DeForest Dance Academy. In
honor of
African-American History Month, the instructors will focus
on the
music of Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Oscar
and Miles Davis. Classes are $25 each plus a $15
registration fee. A
detailed schedule and registration form are available at

The 14th annual Leo Harris Rhythm World Scholarship
audition, which recognizes Leo's Dancewear founder Leo
contribution to the dance community and Leo's Dancewear's
support of tap and all forms of dance, takes place Sunday,
March 1
from 3 to 5 p.m. JAMboree faculty will serve as judges,
$15,000 in scholarships to aspiring, amateur tap artists
between the
ages of 12 and 18, which they will use for classes during
Rhythm World festival in July-August 2009. CHRP invites
members of
the public to participate in a free "You Be the Judge"
during the auditions, choosing their favorite of the
competitors. The
winner will receive a $1,000 Rhythm World scholarship and a
free pair
of Leo's Crescendo Pro tap shoes. The audition entry fee is
Complete rules and an entry form are available at

CHRP's 2009 season also will include its three annual
programs: Windy City Rhythms, performances celebrating
National Tap
Dance Day featuring the postponed Chicago debut of the
Brazilian body
band Barbatuques, May 29–31 at the Museum of Contemporary
Rhythm World, the 19th summer festival of classes, master
workshops and performances, July 27–August 9 at various
Chicago venues; and Global Rhythms, contemporary percussive
performances featuring the Chicago debut of Washington
D.C.'s Step
Afrika!, November 27–29 at the Harris Theater for Music and
Dance in
Millennium Park.

CHRP's 2009 season is supported by The MacArthur Fund for
the Arts
and Culture at the Prince, The Chicago Community Trust,
Charitable Trusts, the National Endowment for the Arts,
American Airlines, Leo's Dancewear, The Illinois Arts
Council, The
Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg Family Foundation, The
Gaylord and
Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Jerome and Jeanette Cohen
Foundation, The Oppenheimer Family Foundation, L!VE
Marketing (sic),
Charter One Bank, the Illinois Arts Council, the City of
Department of Cultural Affairs, the Farny R. Wurlitzer
Arts Midwest, The The Dr. Scholl Foundation, American
Transport, L and L Hardwood Flooring and generous
individual donors.
All programming is subject to change. For information,
Founded in 1990, the Chicago Human Rhythm Project is
oldest institution dedicated to preserving, presenting and
tap and percussive dance by bringing together generations
of tap
dance legends, professionals, students and enthusiasts for
performances and workshops. CHRP has four artistic focuses:

presenting world-class dance concerts, building a permanent

educational forum for tap and percussive dance, sustaining
the art
form through preservation and documentation and promoting
respect and
appreciation between various communities by presenting
ethnically and
aesthetically diverse artists.

For information about Chicago Human Rhythm Project's Winter
JAMboree or tickets to the Chicago premiere of The Wonder
Kids, call
773-281-1825. All programming is subject to change. For
visit chicagotap.org.




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The India Jazz Suites Tour in Hawaii

Chitresh Das and Jason Samuels Smith

Saturday, March 14 Leeward Community College, O'ahu
Thursday, March 19 Castle Theater, Maui Arts & Cultural
Center, Maui
Saturday, March 21 Kahilu Theatre, Hawai'i Island


Jason Samuels Smith Classes on Maui

Sunday, March 15 at the MACC
Omori Studio A

BEG/INT 3:00 P.M. INT+ 4:30 P.M.

$20 per class

Reservations & Information: 878-1482

Presented by Maui Arts & Cultural Center

Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards on NBC's Superstars of Dance!
Our true diamond in the field of tap dance represented the United States on the second night (January 5th) debut of Superstars of Dance on NBC. We can't imagine anyone else who can so elegantly grace the floor with such beautiful rhythm. An honor ... a true honor for all of us in tap shoes.
We thank you Dormeshia for all you do; all you stand for and all you will continue to do to "pass the torch" and share the rhythm that is so important to our legacy.

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!!!
Don’t miss Jason Samuels Smith, Chloe Arnold, & Christiane Matallo at TAP RELOADED 2009!
When: April 24, 2009 @ 8 PM
Where: Liederhalle Stuggart - Germany
Jason Samuel Smith, Chloe Arnold (USA)
Dorel & Costel Surbeck
Fabrice Martin , Lukas Weiss (Switzerland)
Noelia Vincente, Carlos Ramos (Spain)
Christiane Matallo & Gilberto de Syllos (Brazil)
Konstantin Nevretdinov (Russia)
Fredy Corado (Costa Rica)
The Penguin Tappers (Germany)
Phone +49-(0)711 / 25 55 555
For more information: www.myspace.com/tapreloaded2009
Save the Date – LA Tap Festival 2009!

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


American Tap Dance Foundation presents "Sound Check: A Tap Dance Concert Series"
Thursday, February 12: "W-L-U-V" & "Stop Look Listen"
Friday, Feb 13 "Heeling Powers" & "Primordial Memories"
Wednesday Feb.18: "Take it to the Stage" (benefit night for Gregory Hines Scholarship fund)
Thursday Feb. 19: "Stages" and "Time Step"
Friday, Feb. 20: "Tapsploitation" and "Rumba Tap"
Full descriptions of each "one night only" performance are avail able on our website, including video clips. Prices are $25.00 for general admission, and $12.50 for children, students and seniors. For Wednesday, Feb. 18th, benefit tickets for $100.00 are still available. Please visit http://www.atdf.org/news.html for more detailed information.
The Tap Legacy Foundation hosts the presentation of the Gregory Hines movie "Tap".
"Tap" the feature film starring Gregory Hines
Saturday, Feb. 14th, 2009
8:00pm @ The Director's Guild Theater, 110 West 57th St.
For tickets call 212.279.4200 or online at ticketcentral.com.
Price: $20.00
The New York Times calls Broadway Underground.....
"one sweet show: very funny, very happy and underpinned by
superb live music."
Jared Grimes taps solo during the open session
Monday Night
February 16, 2009
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
237 West 42 Street
(Between Broadway and 8th Avenue)
Tickets only $12.50 at:
Learn more at
All-Star line-up plays Jamaican Jazz Fusion, Feb 26
Co-presented with the
Columbia/Harlem Jazz Project
Several generations of internationally renowned Jamaican musicians come together for this landmark event that celebrates the many influences of world music on jazz. The spectacular evening features guitarist Ernest Ranglin, acclaimed for helping to give birth to ska and for his magnificent ability to blend jazz and reggae. Joining Ranglin are Douglas Ewart, the multi-instrumentalist and visual artist, whose superb playing weaves together jazz with contemporary classical music and Caribbean folkloric music; and saxophonist Cedric "Im" Brooks, whose artful jazz combines such musical forms as calypso, funk, rhumba, junkunoo, ska, and disco. Also featuring
Orville Hammond (piano), Wayne Batchelor (string bass), Desmond Jones (drums), Larry McDonald (conga). The passionate and accomplished playing of these jazz greats shines through in this remarkable concert, curated by distinguished cultural historian Herbie Miller, the director/curator designate of Jamaica's National Music Museum.

Thursday, February 26, 2009
Pre-concert discussion with Herbie Miller:
6:00 pm
Performance: 7:30 pm
Harlem Stage at Aaron Davis Hall*
Lead sponsor for Harlem Stride:
Harlem Stage Partners Program receives lead sponsorship from Deutsche Bank and public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency.
Tickets: $15
A Harlem Stage Partners presentation

Jared Grimes Dances for Obama in DC!
On Monday, January 19th, Jared Grimes performed alongside Wynton Marsalis at the Eisenhower Theater at the Kennedy Center! This was an incredible opportunity for tap to showcased and for the world to be introduced to the incredible talent of Jared Grimes. Thanks to our friend Terrence (www.tapdance.com), there is a video on our website!
Broadway Dance Center Insider!
Join us February 21 and 22 for a weekend packed with exciting classes! We've created this extraordinary weekend of guest and additional classes so you can spend your entire weekend at BDC - over 20 classes added to our regular weekend schedule.
Groups welcome!
Featured faculty: Randy Skinner, Luis Salgado, Darell Grand Moultrie
BDC's Summer Intern Program offers a unique opportunity for intensive dance training and the remarkable chance to learn about the dance industry by working behind the scenes at our Summer PULSE event. Join us for eight concentrated weeks to get the tools, training, and connections to embark on a professional career in dance.
June 14 - August 9, 2009; application deadline May 1.

We're proud to announce the first in a series of classes where proceeds are donated to designated charities.
This month we are supporting
Broadway Cares / Equity Fights Aids.

David Marquez will be teaching Intermediate Theater on February 27, 2009, at 10:30 am- Noon.
Regular class rates apply, additional donations welcomed. Support this great cause!!!
Derek Mitchell: Street Jazz
July 16- 19, ages 12-24
Rhapsody: Street Jazz/Hip-Hop
July 23-26, ages 15-27
Sheila Barker: Lyrical
August 6-9, ages 12-20

** Just Added** Sheila Barker: junior Jazz, July 23-26, ages 10-12

For more information and more events visit….

512 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011 212-255-5793

Kalup Linzy: Comedy, Tragedy, Sketches of Me
Rashaad Newsome: Shade Compositions

Thursday and Friday, February 12 and 13, 8pm
Tickets: $10
Curated by Rashida Bumbray
Kalup Linzy is known for his absurdly humorous drag-performance-based videos in which he repurposes the narrative style of daytime television soaps in order to explore complicated relationships between race, class, gender, sexuality, and popular culture. For these evenings, he debuts a new, solo theatrical work exploring related themes, in which he plays piano, sings, and is accompanied by video projections that feature his ever-expanding cast of riotous chara
Visual and performance artist Rashaad Newsome presents the premiere of Shade Compositions, a live performance featuring a a chorus of more than twenty black women. Influenced by improvisatory orchestral music and live video-mixing, Newsome divides his performers into groups akin to instrumental sections as they enact his choreographed sound score made up of repeated sequences of culturally specific or stereotypical gestures, movements, and vocalizations. Newsome simultaneously records, loops, edits, and remixes in real-time the audio and video documentation of the performers using a hacked Nintendo® Wii™ game controller. The resulting layers of real and projected imagery investigate assumptions and constructions of identity in mainstream media and popular culture.
To purchase tickets 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.
Access Dance/USA Scholarships Applications Now Available!
Dance/USA is pleased to announce the fourth round of Access Dance/USA, a scholarship program designed to subsidize attendance to the Dance/USA Annual Conference for dance administrators, dance artists, and independent choreographers. This year, Access Dance/USA scholarships will be awarded to fourteen members from the New York City community to attend the Dance/USA Annual Conference, June 3-6, 2009 in Houston, Texas. Scholarships are available for both member and non-member first-time attendees and are intended to help defray the costs of conference registration, transportation to Houston, and hotel and dining expenses during the conference.
For more information and to download the scholarship application, please visit http://danceusa.org/accessdanceusa. Applications must be received by March 20, 2009. Funding for these scholarships was made poss ible by Dance/NYC through a grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Buglisi Dance Theatre at The Joyce Theater
Witness two virtuosic premieres with live music.
The multi-cultural Buglisi Dance Theatre is hailed for its magnificent dancers and visually stunning theatricality, inspired by art literature and heroic archetypes. A powerful observer of humanity, Buglisi captivates us with the romance and comedic absurdities of life in Wild Mannequins & Wing Walkers with a cutting edge set comprised of 18 mannequins and featuring Guest Artist Martine van Hamel; the surreal Frida with Terese Capucilli, Helen Hansen and Jeanene Winston; and Suspended Women, Buglisi's signature masterpiece with musical interpolations by Daniel Bernard Roumain; also on the season is the NYC Premiere of Interplay No. 9-1 and the erotically charged Threshold performed by Virginie Mecene and Kevin Predmore.
Performance Dates:
2/5 at 8pm; 2/6 at 8pm; 2/7 at 2pm; 2/8 at 2pm; 2/8 at 7:30pm
Tickets start at $19! DancePass Accepted. Or, mention DanceNYC for 2 for 1 tickets (restrictions apply). Call Joyce Charge at 212-242-0800 or visit www.joyce.org

The American Tap Dance Foundation
Presents Max
Pollak's Rumbatap!
New Latin Dance "Orquesta"

Max Pollak, named one of "25 to Watch in 2007" by Dance Magazine, is one of the most prestigious names on the international tap scene today and recognized worldwide for his high ly individual style as the first person to merge authentic Afro-Cuban music and dance with American rhythm tap to create RumbaTap.

Max is joined by a multi-talented international cast of musicians and dancers who capture the rhythmically charged electricity of a powerful Latin Jazz "Orquesta".

Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South
Friday, February 20th 8:00pm
$25 General Admission

For tickets, visit:


Caroline Calouche & Co.
Upcoming Performances and Events

February 13th
NC Dance Festival at UNCC
Caroline Calouche and Amanda Rentschler will perform At Odds along with many other NC choreographers and companies.

February 22nd
NC School of the Arts Dance Festival at Winston-Salem
CC&Co.'s Youth Dance Ensemble has been selected to perform Echo at this year's festival!
Congrats to the young dancers!!

March 5th and 6th
Washington and Lee University
Caroline Calouche & Amanda Rentschler will perform selected aerial fabric works for the university's dance performance.

Help support future projects of CC&Co. in Gaston County through Run for the Money 6! Donations from private donors will be matched by funds raised by The Community Foundation of Gaston County. The fund drive begins on February 12th and ends April 18th.

No donation is too small since it is matched. Thank you in advance for supporting CC&Co.!

Hope to see you at an event!
American Tap Dance Foundation - February Tap Happenings
Year Round Adult Tap Classes
* Advanced Tap Technique for Adults and Teens *
Sundays 3:30 - 5:00 pm

Advanced Technique is taught by a rotating ros ter of guest master teachers with a focus on technique, rudiments, repertory and honing advanced rhythm tap skills. Drop-ins welcome or register for the year. Visit Adult Programs for full schedule of teachers and tuition.

December Faculty & Schedule:
Feb. 8 - Max Pollak
Feb. 15 - NO CLASS
Feb. 22 - Heather Cornell
*Schedule subject to change

Classes held at Chelsea Studios: 151 W 26th St

* Beginning Tap for Adults and Teens *

Sundays 3:15 - 4:15 pm, Claudia Rahardjanoto
Thursdays 6:15 - 7:30 pm, Susan Hebach

If you can walk you can tap dance! Develop your rhythm skills and have fun dancing in an encouraging and supportive environment.

Visit Adult Programs for more information and tuition.
Classes held at Chelsea Studios: 151 W 26th St

* Absolute Beginner - Tap Basics Workshop*

Created especially to give new students a chance to learn the basic steps and vocabulary of tap dance, this class is a great way to "brush up the basics" or learn the fundamental skills needed to join our BASIC BEGINNER tap class. Open to ages 13 & up.

One 4-week workshop:
Sunday, March 1st (free trial class)
Workshop on Sunday March 8, 15, 22
5:45pm - 6:30pm (45 min)

How Much:
$45 for workshop (4 classes)
Students must be paid for the complete 4 weeks to participate

Chelsea Studios
151 W. 26th St. 5th/6th Floor
between 6th & 7th Ave.

For more information or to sign up for this workshop: email: shebach@atdf.org
call the ATDF office: 646.230.9564
Lane Alexander performs in Chicago!

Lane Alexander "really performs in Chicago" and tap dance hits top 50!
Newcity Stage covering theatre, dance, comedy and performance has named 50 individuals who are truly making a difference in the Windy City.20Listed among major players including Robert Falls of the Goodman Theatre, Lane's accomplishments over the last two decades are showing their bright colors! Congratulations Lane!
M.A.D.D. Rhythms Presents:
The Basement Jam
Friday Nights 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

We will resume the weekly tap jams on
Friday, Feb. 20
and we look forward to seeing everyone then.
In the meantime, stay on the wood and
keep working on your shuffles!

For further questions please call: (773) 604-1899, email info@maddrhythms.com

M.A.D.D. Rhythms, Inc.
7059 S. Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60649
M.A.D.D. Rhythms performs as part
of the Chicago International Salsa Congress
Check out the website for more information!
Don't miss it! THE ONE features Chicago's hottest urban dance companies and- M.A.D.D. Rhythms!
Go to:
Check it out!
Check out Jumaane Taylor's YouTube video - Lle Lfe

MADD Rhythms still needs 10 more 14-18 year old tap dancers with 1-3 years of tap classes under their belts.
The Better Boys Foundation (BBF) has 10 spots available in MADD Rhythms @ BBF, an after-school tap dancing troupe that meets from 4:30-7:30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at the BBF Center (1512 South Pulaski Road). You must be between the ages of 14 and 18 years old, be able to attend every scheduled class, and be ready and motivated to participate fully in all program activities. This program is funded through the City of Chicago's After School Matters (ASM) program. It is an apprenticeship program, and you be paid a stipend for your participation as long as you meet all attendance and discipline requirements. The spring program begins on Monday, 2/2 and runs through mid April.
If you are interested, you must act quickly and follow these instructions:
1. Log on to the ASM website at www.afterschoolmatters.org.
2. Click the "apply for a program in your community" link.
3. On the Option 2 page, use the "search by keyword" option and enter MADD.
4. Select MADD Rhythms at BBF.
5. On the Step 3 page, click to continue.
6. On the Step 4 page, answer all questions and submit.
7. On the Step 5 page, complete all info (you will need you student ID# and SS#).
8. On the Step 6 page, complete the survey.
9. Final step: Print your confirmation page (if you can/have a printer)
10. IMPORTANT: Call Ms. Enna Jennings at BBF at 773-542-7340 to schedule an interview ASAP (before the end of the is week)

A breakdown of how the Senate voted on the Coburn Amendment/including the arts in the economic stimulus bill (at the end of the email) and an Update from the Americans for the Arts

From the Americans for the Arts:
Breaking News
On the afternoon of Feb 6th, the U.S. Senate, during their consideration of the economic recovery bill, approved an egregious amendment offered by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) that stated "None of the amounts appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used for any casino or other gambling establishment, aquarium, zoo, golf course, swimming pool, stadium, community park, museum, theater, art center, and highway beautification project." Unfortunately, the amendment passed by a wide vote margin of 73-24, and surprisingly included support from many high profile Senators including Chuck Schumer of New York, Dianne Feinstein of California, Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, and several other Democratic and Republican Senators.
If the Coburn amendment language is included in the final conference version of this legislation, many arts groups will be prevented from receiving economic recovery funds from any portion of this specific stimulus bill. It is clear that there is still much work to be done in the Senate and in the media about the role that nonprofit arts organizations and artists play in the nation's economy and workforce.
Plan of Action
1. Arts advocates need to quickly contact Senators who voted for the Coburn Amendment and express your extreme disappointment with their vote. We need these Senators to know that their vote would detrimentally impact nonprofit arts organizations and the jobs they support in their state. We have crafted a customized message for you to send to your Senators based on their vote on the Coburn Amendment.
The correct letter, customized to each of your Senators will appear when you enter your zip code. If your Senator voted for this funding prohibition, you can send them a message expressing your disappointment and ask them to work to delete this language in the final conference bill with the House. If your Senator voted against the Coburn Amendment, you can thank them for their support of the arts.
2. We need as many news articles as possible this coming week to publish stories about the economic impact of the nonprofit arts industry and how the recession is negatively affecting arts groups across the country. Please click here to customize an opinion editorial to your local media. We have provided you with easy-to-use talking points.

3. Next week, Americans for the Arts will be sending you another action alert that targets the White House and the soon-to-be-named Senators and Representatives who will serve as conferees to the final economic recovery bill. Please be prepared to take action on this alert as well.

4. Americans for the Arts itself is submitting op-eds to several national newspapers and online blogs. We are enlisting high profile leaders to co-sign these letters as well.

5. Americans for the Arts is purchasing full-page ads titled "The Arts = Jobs" in Washington's top political newspapers in Roll Call, Politico and The Hill on Monday and Tuesday of next week. We encourage you to post the ad on your social network sites.


Please help us continue this important work by becoming an official member of the Arts Action Fund. Play your part by joining the Arts Action Fund today -- it's free and simple.

How the Senate voted on (Yea means they voted NOT to include the arts in the economic recovery bill)
Here's the tally (from the Thomas website):
Akaka (D-HI), Nay
Alexander (R-TN), Yea
Barrasso (R-WY), Yea
Baucus (D-MT), Yea
Bayh (D-IN), Yea
Begich (D-AK), Yea
Bennet (D-CO), Yea
Bennett (R-UT), Yea
Bingaman (D-NM), Yea
Bond (R-MO), Yea
Boxer (D-CA), Nay
Brown (D-OH), Yea
Brownback (R-KS), Yea
Bunning (R-KY), Yea
Burr (R-NC), Yea
Burris (D-IL), Nay
Byrd (D-WV), Yea
Cantwell (D-WA), Yea
Cardin (D-MD), Yea
Carper (D-DE), Yea
Casey (D-PA), Yea
Chambliss (R-GA), Yea
Coburn (R-OK), Yea
Cochran (R-MS), Yea
Collins (R-ME), Yea
Conrad (D-ND), Yea
Corker (R-TN), Yea
Cornyn (R-TX), Yea
Crapo (R-ID), Yea
DeMint (R-SC), Yea
Dodd (D-CT), Nay
Dorgan (D-ND), Yea
Durbin (D-IL), Nay
Ensign (R-NV), Yea
Enzi (R-WY), Yea
Feingold (D-WI), Yea
Feinstein (D-CA), Yea
Gillibrand (D-NY), Nay
Graham (R-SC), Yea
Grassley (R-IA), Yea
Gregg (R-NH), Not Voting
Hagan (D-NC), Nay
Harkin (D-IA), Nay
Hatch (R-UT), Yea
Hutchison (R-TX), Yea
Inhofe (R-OK), Yea
Inouye (D-HI), Nay
Isakson (R-GA), Yea
Johanns (R-NE), Yea
Johnson (D-SD), Yea
Kaufman (D-DE), Nay
Kennedy (D-MA), Not Voting
Kerry (D-MA), Nay
Klobuchar (D-MN), Yea
Kohl (D-WI), Yea
Kyl (R-AZ), Yea
Landrieu (D-LA), Nay
Lautenberg (D-NJ), Nay
Leahy (D-VT), Nay
Levin (D-MI), Nay
Lieberman (ID-CT), Nay
Lincoln (D-AR), Yea
Lugar (R-IN), Yea
Martinez (R-FL), Yea
McCain (R-AZ), Yea
McCaskill (D-MO), Yea
McConnell (R-KY), Yea
Menendez (D-NJ), Nay
Merkley (D-OR), Yea
Mikulski (D-MD), Yea
Murkowski (R-AK), Yea
Murray (D-WA), Yea
Nelson (D-FL), Yea
Nelson (D-NE), Yea
Pryor (D-AR), Yea
Reed (D-RI), Nay
Reid (D-NV), Nay
Risch (R-ID), Yea
Roberts (R-KS), Yea
Rockefeller (D-WV), Nay
Sanders (I-VT), Nay
Schumer (D-NY), Yea
Sessions (R-AL), Yea
Shaheen (D-NH), Nay
Shelby (R-AL), Yea
Snowe (R-ME), Yea
Specter (R-PA), Yea
Stabenow (D-MI), Yea
Tester (D-MT), Yea
Thune (R-SD), Yea
Udall (D-CO), Yea
Udall (D-NM), Yea
Vitter (R-LA), Yea
Voinovich (R-OH), Yea
Warner (D-VA), Yea
Webb (D-VA), Nay
Whitehouse (D-RI), Nay
Wicker (R-MS), Yea
Wyden (D-OR), Yea
Workshop/Audition Opportunity with University of London's Central School of Speech and Drama!
University of London's Central School of Speech and Drama is running a FREE Introduction to Movement Direction Workshop Feb. 23rd, 11am-2pm for New York-based budding movement directors and teachers, and auditions for Masters-level Movement Studies course on Feb. 21st. Events at Ripley-Grier Studios (Manhattan).
Book for both/either by emailing your name to dominic.tulett@cssd.ac.uk
To find out more visit: http://www.cssd.ac.uk/us_auditions.php or call 011 44 20 7722 8183.
I hope you will take a moment to consider helping out a great cause. National Dance Week is compiling a cookbook with recipes supplied by prominent dance world luminaries. I am writing you as someone the staff here at Dancer magazine has identified as appropriate or as someone who represents/manages/works with persons that may be appropriate. The recipes are due by 2/20/09 and all participants are encouraged to have fun with this (ie: bacon fat is a permitted ingredient and I do believe that "drink" recipies are also permitted) :-). Please feel free to forward this message along to any appropriate persons you may have in your network that we might have missed, your help and contribution is greatly appreciated.

All the Best,
Katie Farhat
Associate Publisher
Dancer Publishing
Below is a note from National Dance Week spokesperson, Nancy Stone who is the point person for this project. Please contact her directly for more details or to submit your recipes. Make sure to include your full name and Who you are/What you do/Who you work for or with (if applicable) when you submit your recipe :-)..........

As you may know, I am the Honorary Spokesperson for NATIONAL DANCE WEEK. Our organization brings focus to dance and all the benefits that dance offers. Through the years our National Spokespersons have included: Chita Rivera, Paula Abdul, Gus Giordano, Anne Reinking, Shirley McLaine, Debbie Allen, Gregory Hines, Luigi, Ben Vereen and Debbie Allen.
A new project that is being undertaken on the national level is both a fundraiser and marketing endeavor for NDW. It is the NATIONAL DANCE WEEK COOK BOOK. This book will be sold on the NDW website and will be available through United Dance Merchants of America.
As a dance luminary you represent all the best dance has to offer, and your participation in this project would help bring attention to the importance of dance. With that in mind, I am asking you for up to 3 recipes that we would feature in the cookbook, along with any fun stories about the food and the memories.
We have approached all of our past National Spokespersons as well as many dancers, dance companies, choreographers and suppliers to submit recipes for this project.
All you have to do is send us your recipes and your comments, we will do the rest. You can either e-mail them to me at: execnancy@aol.com, or send them to me at the address below.
I am excited about this project and I hope you will show your support by submitting at least 1 recipe to help our cause.
Thanking you in advance for making this project a success. If you have any questions please call me.
613-582-9500 ext 125
Please send digital material and recipes to:
Nancy Stone
1795 Express Drive N
Smithtown, NY 11788
Best regards,

Nancy R. Stone
Honorary Spokesperson