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Apr 2, 2009

-India Jazz Suites featuring Chitresh Das and Jason Samuels
Smith in Kirkland, WA
-Pandit and Jason on radio in live interview
-Camaradas Open Floor Open Mic Night
- Sue Samuels- New Class *New Price*Let's Dance!
-Register Now for the 2009 DC Tap Festival
- JASON SAMUELS SMITH and A.C.G.I. At Jacob's Pillow Dance  
- MoveFreeDancers.com featuring Sue Samuels! 
-Don't miss Tap City 2009
-Save the Date – LA Tap Festival 2009 

-The Skip Cunningham Tap Experience - New York City, May 23-25, 2009.
-April Tap Happenings from American Tap Dance Foundation 
-30th Anniversary Gala: Flushing Town Hall, Tuesday, April 7, 2009,from 6 p.m.
-Master Class with Brenda Bufalino:  Sunday April 4" on Sunday, April 5 at 3:30pm.
-Upcoming Tap Events!
-"A Copacetic Time" on Saturday, April 11 at 7:30pm.
-OPPORTUNITY – Audition Notice

-5/29-31 Windy City Rhythms Goes Global
-Adult TAP Boot Camp

-Upcoming CA Dance Events

-Two New Tap Dance DVDs for the Total Beginner, by Rusty Frank
-Tap Alert! from your ITA


India Jazz Suites featuring Chitresh Das and Jason Samuels Smith
Kirkland Performance Center Presents…
India Jazz Suites featuring Chitresh Das and Jason Samuels 
April 3, 8:00 PM   
Adults $18.00 • Sr $16.00 • Youth $10.00   
Kirkland Performance Center   
350 Kirkland Ave.   
Kirkland, WA 98033   
INDIA JAZZ SUITES is an explosive collaboration between 
of India's foremost Kathak masters and one of the world's   
fastest, Emmy-award winning tap dancers. The result is 
entertainment which crosses all boundaries of age, race 
culture — a blast of incredible speed and power, grace and 
beauty, epic storytelling and the pure joy of dance. The   
first event in our Namaste Kirkland Series brings two   
different cultures together for an explosive show.   
For more information:   


Pandit and Jason on radio in live interview

Pandit Chitresh Das & Jason Samuels Smith on KBCS radio 91.3 fm in Seattle on April 3rd at 11am--check it out!



(from the Movie "TAP", Bring in Da'Noise, Bring in Da'Funk, Black and Blue, Star of The Rise and Fall of Miss Thang, Superstars of Dance)


401 West 149th street (take A train and walk 4 blocks north)

THURSDAYS (Intermediate Advanced Level)


ONLY $15 per class!




World-renowned Tap Dancer & Actress 

LIVE BAND, DRINKS & FOOD for purchase 

Please join us for the next Open Floor Open Mic Night on MONDAY, APRIL 27TH! 

Doors open at 8pm

Cover $7

Kitchen open late!

CAMARADAS el barrio
2241 First Avenue (115th st)
El Barrio, New York City 10029


Sue Samuels- New Class *New Price*Let's Dance!

Hi Everyone!
I'm excited to announce 2 new classes.
Broadway Jazz - Beginner level
Tuesday and Thursday mornings 10-11:30

***Convenient location***
939 8th Avenue (between 55th and 56th Streets)
3rd floor  New York City

***Dance More Pay Less***
single class $14.00  10-class card $120.00

Now you can dance every morning!  What a way to start the day!
We had our first 2 classes and they were GREAT!
I'm looking forward to seeing you!
For more information, please call me:
or e-mail.

I look forward to seeing you there!
Live, Love, DANCE!!
Sue Samuels


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 
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. 
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   

JASON SAMUELS SMITH and A.C.G.I. (Anybody Can Get it) 
July 22 – August 2 
Doris Duke Theatre 
Two-Week Engagement 
Live Music 
Be uplifted and astounded by tap sensation Jason Samuels 
Smith and his super-troupe A.C.G.I. (Anybody Can Get It) 
featuring some of the best feet in the business. A prodigy 
when cast in Savion Glover's Broadway hit Bring in ‘da 
Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk at age 15, Smith went on to become 
an Emmy Award-winner, television and feature film star, 
director, and choreographer carrying on the great tradition 
of tap. Audiences may recognize Smith as a featured guest 
performer on the hit television show So You Think You Can 
Dance. Expected to be in hot demand, this show is a 
two-week engagement and features live music! 
NEW! Doris Duke Theatre now opening on Wednesday evenings 
Wednesday – Saturday, 8:15pm 
Saturday, 2:15pm 
Sunday 5pm 
Tickets: $33 adults, $30 seniors, students, child, $29 
Full, and Flex 5 subscribers. Members enjoy early ordering 

CHECK IT OUT!! Dancers over 50!  It is fun to see us moving 
around and having fun as an "older" dancer. 
Featuring Sue Samuels! 

July 6 - 11
Register NOW for HUGE savings! All packages include a ticket to the Premier Performance at Symphony Space!  
Festival classes include:
Half Day & Full Day Festival for Youth
Pre-Professional Program for Teens
Residencies, 2-day Courses & Master Classes for Adults
Performances opportunities for all festival participants
An AMAZING premier performance at Symphony Space
Tap Talks / Tap Films
More events TBA
Scholarships available for children ages 6 - 19
Faculty includes: Michelle Dorrance, DeWitt Fleming, Derick K. Grant, Susan Hebach, Max Pollak, Barbara Duffy, Jason Samuels Smith, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Randy Skinner, Harold Cromer, Brenda Bufalino, Mercedes Ellington, Germaine Salsberg, Thelma Goldberg, Lisa LaTouche, Lynn Schwab, Carson Murphy, Chloe Arnold, Acia Gray, Geo Hubela, David Rider, Ray Hesselink, Jimmy Tate, Michele Ribble, Alicia Smith, & Kelly Kaleta

Check it out!


Save the Date – LA Tap Festival 2009!  
2009 LA Tap Fest 
Presented by The Debbie Allen Dance Academy 
August 10-15th 2009  



The Skip Cunningham Tap Experience - New York City, May 23-25, 2009.

The upcoming workshop in the ‘Tradition In Tap - Series’ will be dedicated to the work of The Song & Dance Tap Master, Skip Cunningham.

The workshop is scheduled to take place in New York City on Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-25, 2009 (National Tap Dance Day weekend).

This workshop will feature traditional choreography taught by the master himself, a special honorary tap classes by Dr. Prince Spencer of the legendary ‘Four Step Brothers’, and Honorary Master Classes by leading tap artists.

Faculty includes:
Skip Cunningham, Dr. Prince Spencer, Chloe Arnold, Ofer Ben, Ayodele Casel, Melba Huber, Ted Levy, Avi Miller, Logan Miller, Yukiko ‘Smilie’ Misumi, Lainie Munro, Prof. Robert L. Reed, Germaine Salsberg, Prof. Hank Smith and Shea Sullivan.

The workshop will take place at Nola Studios in midtown Manhattan.

The Participants Showcase will take place on Saturday May 23, at Manhattan Movement and Arts Center. See the website for guidelines and application form.

The workshop includes:
- Three days of intensive tap experience.
- Traditional Choreography taught by the 'Master' himself.
- Honorary Master Classes by leading tap artists.
- Participants Showcase.
- Tradition In Tap - Award Presentation.
- Tap History Talks.
- Video Presentation.
- Tap Technique.
- Related Events
- 'Dance Teacher Recognizes' certificate (For Teachers Only).

The workshop consists of 3 different programs:
- Two separate adult programs for intermediate, advanced and professional levels (Adults, Teens 14+).
- Youth program for tappers age 10-13, exposing them to the genius of the masters.

Tradition In Tap is proud to announce an expanded scholarship program, so that more aspiring tap dancers may attend The Skip Cunningham Tap Experience.
Scholarships are made possible by funds granted by Private Donors through the ‘Sponsor A Tap Dancer’ program & The Tradition In Tap - Advisory Committee. Please refer to the web site for more information and an application form.
If you are interested in becoming a personal sponsor to a tap dancer in need, join our 'Sponsor A Tap Dancer' program and provide additional dancers with the partial or full tuition for the workshop.

Great rates are now available on some of the nearby hotels. Refer to the website for updates and links.

Extensive information is now available on the web site: www.TraditionInTap.org
The workshop’s poster will be sent out in few days - please be sure to update us with your current mailing address.

Space is limited - register early!
Special group rates available – call for details.


Skip Cunningham is a tap dancer and master entertainer who has worked in virtually every venue of the show business industry for his entire life. He has been featured on dozens of television shows including the Steve Harvey Show, the Smothers Brothers, Sanford and Son, the Richard Pryor Show, and the Merv Griffin Show where he appeared as a guest artist 32 times.

On Broadway he was featured performer in Eubie, Golden Boy, George M! and Evolution of the Blues. Working with directors Francis Ford Cuppola, Nick Castle and Richard Brooks he was featured in the movies The Cotton Club, Tap, and I'll Do Anything. He has worked as an actor/singer/dancer in theatre such as the Drury Lane in Chicago and the Sacramento Civic Light Opera. He has worked in nightclubs on every continent from Australia and the Philippines to Europe, England, Japan, South America, and of course the U.S. As a tap dancer and teacher he has been featured at many jazz and tap festivals all over the U.S and Israel.

Born in Chicago on April 24, 1936 Skip's first dance teacher/mentor was the venerable Sadie Bruce. By the age of ten, he had already interacted on stage in some of Chicago's top theatres with the great band leaders Noble Sissle and Walter Dyett. As a child, he won almost every contest he was involved in and this encouraged him to choose show business as a career.

After serving in the United States army, he joined the Billy Williams revue which took him to Las Vegas and the Riviera Hotel and many other famous nightclubs in the U.S. When night clubs were king, Skip honed his craft in the best of them around the world.

He has shared the stage with the likes of Lionel Hampton, Pearl Bailey, Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Merv Griffin, Johnny Carson, Donald O'Connor, Joan Crawford, Regis Philbin, Nat King Cole, Steve Harvey, Gregory Hines, Sammy Davis Jr., Cab Calloway, Bill Cosby, Redd FoxX, Flip Wilson, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Ed Sullivan, Francis Ford Coppola, and many more. He has worked with many famous musicians: Clark Terry, Doc Severensen, Milt Hinton, Ray Brown, James Moody, and many more. Interacting with these famous personalities shaped Skip's career, making him the consummate entertainer that he is.

As a tap master Skip has been awarded the Chicago Human Rhythm Project Juba award, Rhythm Tap Hall of Fame Master Tapper Award, and the LA Tap Festival Leonard Reed Longevity Award, to name a few.

Skip's long and varied career has made him one of our last great song and dance men.


Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions or comments you might have.

My e-mail address is: Workshops@TraditionInTap.org
or call me directly at: 646-383-4949

Thanks and Shalom,

Ofer Ben - Executive Director
Tradition In Tap, Inc.

Tradition In Tap, Inc.

Postal Address: P.O.Box 1050
New York City, NY 10276, USA
Phone: (646) 383-4949


April Tap Happenings

Take it to the Stage

Brenda Bufalino
April 25 & 26, 2009
Sat 3 - 6 pm / Sun 5 - 8 pm with audition 8 - 9 pm
Advanced Professional or Pre-Professional Dancers Only!
Tony Waag and Chloe Arnold bring you the Ultimate Tap Choreography experience!
Work intensively with today's top Teachers/Choreographers as they create new works to be premiered in New York City. Experience first hand the process of creating choreography and what it takes to become a professional tap dancer. It's time to Take it to the Stage!
Each weekend experience consists of two intensive choreography sessions on Saturday and Sunday and ends with an audition for a possible appearance during Tap City, the New York City Tap Festival in July. 
Fee: $200 (plus a one time $25 registration fee)
Limited enrollment of 25 students
Scholarships available to teens (ages 14 - 19)
All classes take place at:
Chelsea Studios
151 W. 26th St., 5th or 6th Fl.
(between 6th & 7th Ave.) 

Click here to register


ATDF Advanced Tap Classes      April Schedule 
Sundays, 3:30 - 5:00 
April 5: Brenda Bufalino (Focusing on the philosophy, complex phrasing, and technique of Honi Coles explored through his choreography created for "Coles and Bufalino".)
*No class on April 12th
April 19: Jimmy Tate
April 26
: Jimmy Tate
Taught by a rotating roster of guest master teachers with a focus on technique, rudiments, repertory and honing advanced rhythm tap skills.


Sunset Boat Ride & Tap Jam
Get on board for  a lively and spirited cruise around Manhattan.

Thursday May, 21st (7:00 - 10:30pm)
7:00pm Boarding
7:30pm Boat sails
10:30pm Boat docks
Circle Line Marina, pier 83
West 42nd Street at the Hudson River
While you soak in the city's skyline, enjoy New York's Floating Tap Show!
There's something aboard for everyone ...live entertainment, great raffle prizes and dancing, dancing, dancing, so come join us and catch the rhythm.
Bring your own picnic.
Cash bar offers drinks and snacks.

Tickets: $35 (entire ticket price is tax deductible)
To purchase contact us at: (646) 230-9564
Or visit: Sunset Boat Ride Tickets
For detailed information on the Boat Ride Schedule of activities. raffle prizes and more, visit: atdf.org/BoatRideTix.html 


1st Place: Nancy Kremsdorf
2nd Place  Anabel Adams
3rd Place Pamela Koslow Hines
Thank you Nancy, Annie and Pam for your tremendous effort and great work selling tickets to TAKE IT TO THE STAGE at the Judson Memorial Church.  We treasure you....
And again, thank you, thank you, thank you to Brenda Braxton and BBRAXTON's. www.bbraxton.com
Last but not least, ATDF gratefully acknowledges the support and generosity of all of our friends, volunteers, students, parents, donors and supporters.


30th Anniversary Gala: Flushing Town Hall, Tuesday, April 7, 2009,from 6 p.m.

Cobi Narita will be among those being honored at Flushing Council on
Culture and the Arts (FCCA)'s 30th Anniversary Gala which takes place
Tuesday, April 7, from 6 p.m.

Here's a letter from Ellen Kodadek of Flushing Council on Culture and
the Arts:

Ellen Kodadek, Executive and Artistic Director, writes:

Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts (FCCA) marks an important
milestone in 2009. It's our 30th Anniversary as a multi-disciplinary
arts organization and the 10th anniversary of the renovation of the
theater in the beautiful building we call home-Flushing Town Hall. I
would like to invite you to celebrate with us at our 30th Anniversary
Gala. Tickets are $200 ($175 for FCCA members) and include a cocktail
reception, International Food Tasting, award ceremony and concert. As
you know, cultural institutions including FCCA have faced huge budget
cuts this year that have required drastic measures of staff pay cuts,
layoffs, and reducing or eliminating programs. Gala revenue will go
directly to offset those cuts.

The Gala will honor John Liu, President of Firstrade Securities, based
in Flushing; Peter Sarantos, Retail Market Manager, TD Bank; and Nobuko
Cobi Narita, Founder and President, Jazz Center of New York.

FCCA's Galas are always a wonderful mix of networking opportunities,
fine food and terrific music. The event will kick off with cocktails
and an International Food Tasting in Town Hall's galleries. Featured
restaurants and celebrity participants include Mulan and Ah Rhee Soo
(stunning Chinese and Korean/Japanese restaurants at Flushing's Queens
Crossing); Four Star Chef and international TV personality Chef Ashbell
McElveen with southern delicacies; Bourbon Street; Kane's Diner; Cascon
Baking Company, and Long Island City High School's Culinary Arts
students. The Award Ceremony will take place in the Theater followed by
a concert featuring legendary jazz pianist Frank Owens.*

This is a time of great economic upheaval, and FCCA has had to make
many difficult decisions. But one thing that's crystal clear to us is
that the arts have traditionally been the place where people of all
ages and walks of life come to renew themselves, come to laugh, to cry,
to heal and to discover. As we celebrate our 30th Anniversary, we
especially thank you, our members and friends, for making our work
possible and hope you will join our celebration.

Please come. Mail your tax deductible check or your donation, with your
pertinent information, to: Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.,
Flushing, NY 11354 (Attention: Betsy Enright). To pay by credit card,
or if you have any questions, please contact Betsy Enright at (718)
463-7700 x 229 or benright@flushingtownhall.org.

 Very truly yours,

Ellen Kodadek
Executive and Artistic Director

*The following are scheduled to be on the concert: Yvette Glover, Mable
Lee, Chad Carter, Willie Mae Perry, Baano Nasser (song); Mickey D
(dance); Traci Mann (song & tap); Masato Nishitani, Yuka Kameda,
Keitaro Hosokawa (tappers). The other members of Frank's Trio are Lisle
Atkinson (bass) and Greg Bufford (drums).

Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, NY 11354
Directions: Subway: 7 to Main Street, Flushing; Bus: Q12, Q17, Q26,
Q44, to 41st Avenue
Parking: If gate to lot behind Flushing Town Hall is open and an
attendant is present, you may be able to park there; or look for
parking on public streets


Master Class with Brenda Bufalino
What: Rehearsal
Host: ATDF
Start Time: Sunday, April 5 at 3:30pm
End Time: Sunday, April 5 at 5:00pm
Where: Chelsea Studios


Upcoming Tap Events!

Hosted by Yvette Glover
When: Thursday, April 2nd from 8:00PM-midnight
Where: Skipper's (304 University Ave - Newark NJ)
Cost: No cover charge!
Hosted by Calvin Booker
When: Saturday, April 4th from 4:00-7:00PM
Where: Sputnik (262 Dekalb Ave - Brooklyn NY)
Cost: $5 cover

When: Monday, April 13th @ 8:00PM
Where: B.B. King Blues Club & Grill ( 237 W 42nd Street)
Tickets: Only $12.50 at http://www.goldstar.com/?p=f359798ff27
More Info: www.broadwayunderground.org
For Advanced and Professional Tap Dancers
Cost: $20
Monday, April 6th from 5:00-7:00PM (Chelsea Studios)
Monday, April 13th from 5:00-7:00PM (Studio 353 - 353 W 48th Street)
Monday, April 20th from 5:00-7:00PM (Studio 353)
Monday, April 27th from 5:00-7:00PM (Studio 353)


Hosted by Arleigh and Brandy
WHEN: Every Wednesday in March/April from 9:00-10:00PM
WHERE: Chelsea Studios, NYC
COST: $2

With Dolores Sanchez
WHEN: Sundays @ 1:00 PM
WHERE: Chelsea Studios, NYC
COST: $12/class
MORE INFO: For info and to confirm your attendance please contact lolataps@gmail.com


"A Copacetic Time" on Saturday, April 11 at 7:30pm.

A Copacetic Time
      "Vol 2 Of the Series"
What: Performance
Host: Corey Hutchins
Start Time: Saturday, April 11 at 7:30pm
End Time: Saturday, April 11 at 10:00pm
Where: Arch Street Tavern

More details:



Thank You, Gregory!
a tribute to the legends of tap
Audition (non-union) New tap dance production produced by Dance Affiliates, written and staged by Tony Waag, directed by Ann Marie DeAngelo, is seeking talent for ongoing work for 2009-2010 (minimum 8-10 weeks touring). Rehearsals start end of September, tour performances begin early October, plus future national touring.
Seeking Tap Dancers: any ethnicity, dynamic and fantastic tappers with strong RHYTHM TAP experience, PLUS a specialty of Circus, Gymnastic, New Vaudeville and/or Athletic skills. Bring a prepared one minute a cappella tap routine, plus demonstrate extra skills. 18+only. 
When: Monday, April 13th 1-5pm - Chelsea Studios, 5th floor (Between 6th and 7th Ave.)151 West 26th Street   New York, NY 10001



5/29-31 Windy City Rhythms Goes Global

Good morning. Chicago Human Rhythm Project will present the delayed
but much-anticipated Chicago debut of Brazil's Barbatuques during its
annual concerts celebrating National Tap Dance Day, Windy City
Rhythms Goes Global, May 29-31 at the MCA Stage (Museum of
Contemporary Art).

CHRP is thrilled to be able to bring this one-of-a-kind "body band"
to Chicago after the disappointing cancellation last November (due to
visa issues). Also on the program is Tony-nominated Ted Levy, CHRP's
2009 Artist in Residence, and CHRP's ensemble BAM!, which is
performing several premieres.

I am pasting below and attaching the release w/ full details,
including links to longer bios of the participating artists. I have
high-res images for your consideration as well, please contact me if
you would like them or if you would like to speak to CHRP Director
Lane Alexander or one of the participating artists.



Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s National Tap Dance Day Concerts

Feature Brazil’s Barbatuques, Ted Levy, BAM! at Museum of
Contemporary Art

CHICAGO—Bringing a new spin to its annual celebration of National
Tap Dance Day, the Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP), the world’s
only year-round presenter of American tap dance and contemporary
percussive arts, presents Windy City Rhythms Goes Global, featuring
the postponed Chicago debut of the Brazilian body band Barbatuques,
joined by 2009 Artist in Residence Ted Levy and CHRP’s performing
ensemble BAM!. Windy City Rhythms Goes Global, presented in
association with the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), takes place
May 29–31 at the MCA Stage, 220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago.

            Barbatuques defies boundaries by combining Afro-
Brazilian chants, body drumming, stomping feet, video montage and
pulsating rhythms to create a visual and auditory feast. Founded in
1996 by Fernando Barba, this 14-member “body-band” has performed
on television and at special events in its native country as well as
in France, Portugal and Spain. “Barbatuques was originally scheduled
to appear at our annual Global Rhythms performances at the Harris in
November 2008,” explained CHRP Founder and Director Lane
Alexander. “Due to visa delays, however, we had to postpone these
concerts. We are thrilled that we can fulfill our commitment to
present Barbatuques’ utterly original work to Chicago.”

            Ted Levy, CHRP’s 2009 Artistic in Residence and heir
apparent to Gregory Hines’ mantel as the quintessential song and
dance man, is a Chicago native who won an Emmy for his television
debut in the PBS special Precious Memories. He received Tony and
Drama Desk nominations, as well as an Outer Critics Circle Award, for
collaborating with Gregory Hines and George C. Wolfe on Jelly’s Last
Jam. Levy also appeared on Broadway and internationally in Black and
Blue and assisted Savion Glover during the creation of Bring in ‘Da
Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk.

            BAM!, CHRP’s resident ensemble, literally shakes the
stage with one of the most diverse repertories of American tap dances
in the world. Directed by Alexander and Kristi Burris, BAM!, will
premiere new works by Spanish tap and sand dance master Guillem
Alonso, Ted Levy and a collaborative work created by Barbatuques’
lead percussionist, Bruno Buarque. All these new works are sponsored
by the Sara Lee Foundation and will culminate in 20th anniversary
concerts at the Harris Theater in 2010.

            In addition to the performances, Windy City Rhythms Goes
Global features a First Night post-show talk with Alexander and the
artists on Friday, May 29. Members of Barbatuques lead two body
percussion workshops: Thursday, May 28 at 6 p.m. at the Old Town
School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave., and Sunday, May 31 at 4
p.m. at the MCA.

            CHRP’s 2009 season continues with Rhythm World, the
oldest and most comprehensive festival of American tap in the world,
now in its 19th year of performance and education programs, July 27–
August 9 at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, the Fine
Arts Building, Chicago Cultural Center’s Claudia Cassidy Theater,
Roosevelt University’s Ganz Hall, Loyola University and the MCA. The
season concludes with Global Rhythms, contemporary percussive arts
performances featuring the Chicago debut of Washington D.C.’s Step
Afrika!, November 19, 20, 21 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, Prince
Charitable Trusts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Target,
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 Family
Foundation, The Oppenheimer Family Foundation, L!VE Marketing (sic),
Charter One Bank, the Illinois Arts Council, the City of Chicago
Department of Cultural Affairs, the Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation,
Arts Midwest, The The Dr. Scholl Foundation, American Overseas
Transport, L and L Hardwood Flooring and generous individual donors.
All programming is subject to change. For information, visit

Founded in 1990, the Chicago Human Rhythm Project is America’s
oldest institution dedicated to preserving, presenting and teaching
tap and percussive dance by bringing together generations of tap
dance legends, professionals, students and enthusiasts for classes,
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.

As the Museum of Contemporary Art’s program of performing arts, MCA
Stage is a nationally recognized presenter of contemporary theatre,
dance, music and multimedia performances. Featuring leading
performers from around the globe, including Chicago’s most
innovative artists, MCA Stage is the most active interdisciplinary
performing arts presenter in Chicago. MCA Stage enjoys working year-
round with numerous arts and community organizations for co-
presentations of the performing arts, making the MCA a shared
resource for the cultural life of our city. MCA Stage celebrates
artists and their creative process, connecting audiences with artists
in meaningful discourse with its Artists Up Close series of post-show
talks, panels, roundtable discussions, workshops and residencies.
Audiences at MCA Stage performances receive one free museum admission
with each ticket stub on the performance date or during the following
week. For information and tickets, call the MCA Box Office at
312-397-4010 or visit mcachicago.org.

Windy City Rhythms Goes Global takes place May 29–31, Friday–
Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at the MCA Stage, 220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago.
Tickets are $35, $28 for MCA members, and are available at
312-397-4010 or mcachicago.org. The Barbatuques workshop on Thursday,
May 28 at 6 p.m. at the Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N.
Lincoln Ave., is $20; there is a 20-student limit, call 773-728-6000
to register. The Barbatuques workshop on Sunday, May 31 at 4 p.m. at
the MCA is $25, $15 with a ticket purchase to Windy City Rhythms Goes
Global; registration is available at chicagotap.org. All programming
is subject to change. For information visit

Good morning. Chicago Human Rhythm Project will present the delayed but much-anticipated Chicago debut of Brazil's Barbatuques during its annual concerts celebrating National Tap Dance Day, Windy City Rhythms Goes Global, May 29-31 at the MCA Stage (Museum of Contemporary Art).

CHRP is thrilled to be able to bring this one-of-a-kind "body band" to Chicago after the disappointing cancellation last November (due to visa issues). Also on the program is Tony-nominated Ted Levy, CHRP's 2009 Artist in Residence, and CHRP's ensemble BAM!, which is performing several premieres.

I am pasting below and attaching the release w/ full details, including links to longer bios of the participating artists. I have high-res images for your consideration as well, please contact me if you would like them or if you would like to speak to CHRP Director Lane Alexander or one of the participating artists.


Adult TAP Boot Camp

"Because now is the time to kick it up a notch!"
What: Workshop
Host: M.A.D.D. Rhythms
Start Time: Monday, March 30 at 7:30pm
End Time: Friday, April 3 at 9:30pm
Where: South Shore Cultural Center



On Saturday April 4 is a program "Honoring the Tap Masters" 2009 Honoree is Master Tap Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher, Inventor, Broadway Veteran the late Alfred Desio. Go the the site at https://secure.elcamino.edu/peo/default.asp for tickets and more information.


Dont forget to visit http://www.usc.edu/dept/dance/p10_dir.html that Reichlin began in 1995 with over 500 listings of professional dance companies and related organizations. This free service is accessed by thousands of people each month. If you are not there and would like to be, please email the information in the format that is there. This is a special project that is a labor of love - no grants funds involved - so if you want to use it, please help keep it up to date.


Free Performance at the Orange County Museum of Art

The Orange County Museum of Art is presenting us as part of their Target Free Second Sundays on Sunday April 12, 2009, at 2:00 pm. We will be doing  "Lets All Dance to a Bluegrass Beat", "Grounding" (a work about animals), and selections from "The Tennis Dances". The theme at the museum is Art in Motion, and activities range from 11-4 pm. Their description of what is going on is: Experience art through motion! Activities include kinetic sculptures, action art, and a live performance of DANCE with Louise Reichlin & Dancers. Stay for free tours of our new exhibition, The Moving Image: Scan to Screen, Pixel to Projection, on it's opening day.



Here are two new wonderful tap DVDs just for beginners! These are great for the total beginner (seriously, you could have never even laced up a pair of tap shoes!).
I came up with these two routines while teaching at tap and lindy hop festivals around the globe. Each routine was so easy that I could teach it to the complete novice in an hour class.
They are each loads of fun, energetic, and full of 1930's styling. Plus, they get the students using their whole body (not just the feet!).
"Swing Fever" uses Bill Elliott's terrific swing song of the same name, and "Zig Zag" is a crazy fun tune sung by Benny Waters.
For the teacher looking for tap material to inspire the total beginner, these DVDs are perfect.
Take a look at our "movie trailers" an the website http://rustyfrank.com/shop/ontap.asp
And, remember, we have discounts at the store when you buy a bunch of DVDs


Columbus, OH / Apr 19, 4pm ?Premiere event of Thinking On Their Feet: Women of the Tap Renaissance, a feature-length documentary by Jenai Cutcher.?Tickets: www.ticketmaster.com ?Box Office Info: 614-292-3535?General Information: 614-292-7977
Tokyo / May 2-7 ?Tokyo International Tap Festival with Dianne Walker, Sam Weber, Jason Samuels-Smith and Japanese artists.?EM: info@artntap.com?PH: 81.3.6424.5566
Paris / Apr 3 ?Leela Petronio and the Hip Tap Project present the Paris Tap Session; Le Comedy Club, 42 bd Bonne Nouvelle, Paris 10e; Metro Bonne Nouvelle; free admission.?WB: www.lecomedyclub.com ?www.myspace.com/hiptapproject
Stuttgart / Apr 25 ?Pascal Hulin's Tap Reloaded - The International Tap Dance Festival?Audition and cast for 2010.?EM: pascalhulin@aol.de?WB: www.myspace.com/tapreloaded2009
Long Beach, CA / Apr 26 ?Rhapsody In Taps honors tap master Fred Strickler and celebrates National Tap Dance Day. Master classes by RIT company members and guests; Center Stage Dance Academy?WB: www.rhapsodyintaps.com?PH: 310.858.1676
Silver Spring, MD / May 3 ?Knock on Wood Studio presents a special tap event for "Boyz" ages 8-14; Knock on Wood Studio, 8700 Georgia Ave, Suite B?WB: www.tapperswithattitude.org?PH: 301.495.0395
New York City / Apr 25-26 ?Take it to the Stage with Brenda Bufalino; Chelsea Studios, 151 West 26th Street, 5th or 6th Floor (between 6th – 7th Avenues)?WB: www.atdf.org?Registration Website
Washington D.C. / Apr 17th-19th ?2009 DC Tap Festival presented by Chloe and Maud Productions?WB: www.dctapfest.com