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Apr 16, 2009

-The first DC Tap Festival begins TOMORROW! Check out the feature in the Washington Post & on FOX 5 morning news!
-Camaradas Open Floor Open Mic Night
-Evening Classes with Sue Samuels
- Sue Samuels- New Class *New Price*Let's Dance!
-Chloe Arnold Tap Workshops in Hawaii ~ May 13-19
- JASON SAMUELS SMITH and A.C.G.I. At Jacob's Pillow Dance  
- MoveFreeDancers.com featuring Sue Samuels! 
-Tap City 2009
-LA Tap Festival 2009
-Tap Jam every Wednesday in March and April 9-10p.m.
-Ted Louis Levy's Monday Night Tap Class - 2 weeks left!
-New latin Dance Class by Sekou in NYC
-TNC invites you to a Green Roof Soireé!
-Evening classes with Sue Samuels
-Hahahaes @ Zebulon this Friday!
-Tickets selling fast! Sanford Biggers @ The Kitchen: April 16 + 17
-Audition for Tap Dancers

-M.A.D.D. Rhythms, Inc. Press Announcement
 -Arts Leaders on the Cutting Edge
-Creative Soul Entertainment features M.A.D.D. Rhythms


Tap for a New Generation
D.C. Festival Aims to Teach the Moves to Young Dancers
By Timothy Wilson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, April 16, 2009
When Chloe Arnold first met acclaimed tap dancer Dianne Walker, she came away with a lesson that has lasted a lifetime.
"The dance she taught us I remember to this day," Arnold said. "All I had was one class from her."
Almost 20 years later and now a notable tap dancer, Arnold, along with her sister, Maud, hopes to inspire the next generation of tap dancers.
The sisters have organized the first D.C. Tap Fest, a three-day event featuring classes, jam sessions and a concert, which begins at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the D.C. Dance Collective, 4908 Wisconsin Ave. NW.
"My sister and I, we grew up dancing," said Chloe Arnold, 28, a graduate of Wheaton High School in Montgomery County. "It's our responsibility to make sure the young people here get the same opportunity that we had."
More than 30 classes taught by 17 instructors will be offered to students with beginning, intermediate or advanced skill levels. Two introductory classes will be available each day for first-time dancers.
Classes last about an hour and 15 minutes and begin at 4:15 p.m. tomorrow and 9:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Registration is $25 for individual classes. Scholarship support is available.
Tickets for Saturday's 8 p.m. concert at Duke Ellington School of the Arts, 3500 R St. NW, are $30. Area tap dance companies will pay tribute to Walker and Harold "Stumpy" Cromer, who partnered with James Cross to form the comedic dance duo Stump and Stumpy.
Cross and Cromer recorded songs and appeared in several movies, radio and TV shows from the 1930s to 1950s. The duo influenced comedians such as Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis and Mel Brooks and performed with Frank Sinatra in Las Vegas.
Chloe Arnold, who choreographed last year's opening number for Jerry Lewis's annual Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon, called Cromer "a walking history book" and said tap dancing is "an art form that lives in the tradition of being passed on" to others.
Cromer will lead a class about the history of tap dancing Saturday; Walker will teach a class Sunday.
Nancy Newell, 59, owner of D.C. Dance Collective, said that, with the deaths in recent years of tap legends Gregory Hines, Fayard Nicholas and LaVaughn Robinson, young dancers must retain the history of the art form to continue its development.
"It's important that we listen to the history. It's very rapidly dying with the people that are older," said Newell, a tap dancer for more than 40 years who moved to the Washington area in 1982. "You can never lose your foundation."
Arnold said the foundation in the Washington area is well established with tap dancers such as Jason Holley, Emmy Award winner Jason Samuels Smith, Baakari Wilder and R&B singer Mya leading the charge.
"The timing is right. I feel like D.C. is bubbling with energy," she said. "Anybody who aspires to be a tap dancer can do it. Once you're drawn in and captivated by it . . . you're in!"
For information or to register for D.C. Tap Fest, go to http://www.dctapfestival.com.

Check out sneak peak of DC Tap Festival on FOX 5!!!

FOX 5 Holly Morris strapped on her dancing shoes to learn more about the event and get a lesson in tapping

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(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


The AILEY Extension presents

April 26, 2009

Learn what you need to know to get it right the first time.

If you missed the first one, this is your chance to come and get some tools for "picking-up" the20steps and "waking-up" the brain.

If you came to the first workshop you can get the rest of the dance.
GET IN STEP!  With the Mind-Body Connection!  Let's dance and have FUN! 

Evening classes with Sue Samuels

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but
while we are here we might
as well dance !!
Evening classes with Sue Samuels
Monday 7-8:30 Basic/Beginner @ Ailey  55th & 9th Ave
Tuesday 6-7:30 Beginner @ Ailey
Friday 7:45-9:15 Beginner @ Broadway Dance Center
Let's Dance!!


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


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   

Chloe Arnold Tap Workshops in Hawaii ~ May 13-19

Uh Manoa

Wednesday, May 13th – Oahu

5:30 pm beg/int

7:30 pm int/adv

reservations: 808-254-3271

Saturday, May 16th - Maui

Kula Underground

12:30 pm - beg

2:00 pm – low int

3:30 pm – int +

Sunday, May 17th – Maui

Maui Arts & Cultural Center

11:00 am – beg +

3:00 pm – low int

4:30 pm – int/adv

reservations: 808-878-1482

Tuesday, May 19th – Big Island

Island Dance Academy Hilo

3:00 pm – beg/Int

4:15 pm – int/adv

5:45 pm – beg

reservations: 808-934-9024

*All classes are 75 minutes each

kula underground classes: $25


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  

Ted Louis Levy's Monday Night Tap Class - 2 weeks left!

 Ted Levy was one of my first tap teachers and has continued to be an inspiration to to the world for many, many years.
Simply put" This man is a GENIUS"
If you have the opportunity to take from him, you had better do it!
M.A.D.D. Rhythms is happy to pass it on..............................

Hello Friends,
I am setting up a brief series of classes  on Monday nights.  IF you know anyone that would be interested, I would appreciate it if you would pass the word along.
My Sincerest Gratitude.  Ted Louis Levy

MONDAY  APRIL 20, 2009 @  5:00 – 7:00
STUDIO 353 353  W.  48th Street

MONDAY  APRIL 27, 2009 @   5:00 – 7:00
STUDIO 353 353  W.  48th Street

Sincerely,  Ted Louis Levy


Tap Jam every Wednesday in March and April 9-10p.m.
Chelsea Studios
151 W. 26th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.


TNC invites you to a Green Roof Soireé!

The Green Roof Committee of Theater for the New City invites you to a Soireé at the home of one of our Committee Members, Connie Greenleaf.
This magnificent evening will take place on Monday, April 20th. Her home is in the heart of Greenwich Village. The Menu sampling will include Maryland Crab Cakes, Buttermilk Biscuits stuffed with Virginia ham and Apricot Mustard, Tomato and fresh Mozzarella Crustini and Red and White wine. The Famed Colombian Singer and Guitarist, Gregorio Urive, will perform. Crystal Field, Chairman of the Green Roof Committee and Executive Director of Theater for the New City will regale us with The Adventures of Hilarious Moments and Emotional Forays in the History of TNC. This is as close as it gets! The Members of the Green Roof committee will be present. We have invited Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer to attend.
Seating is VERY LIMITED. We can only take 30 people. Tickets are $100. We will greet you at 6:30pm, and say Au Revoir at 9:30pm.
All the proceeds from this event will go towards the Green Roof (Revegetative roof) that TNC has proposed to the City to put on top of our wonderfully flat roof. Solar Panels included. This is a very unusual event for TNC. You will be able to be the first to really understand, through TNC’s eyes, the importance of Greening our City. And have a Real Good Time while doing it!
If you are interested in attending, please e-mail jon@theaterforthenewcity.net and you will be contacted with the location of Connie Greenleaf's apartment.
Tally Ho,?TNC Green Roof Committee?Crystal Field?Paulina Brahm?Karin DiGia?Philip Hackett?Joel Kupferman?Lissa Moira?Edward Shea?Jimmy Walker?Travis Stewart?Mary Tierney?Paul Bartlett?Toby Armour?Anubhav Jain?German Jaramillo?Alberto Minero?Deena Harburg?Constance Greenleaf?Angela Stach


New latin Dance Class by Sekou in NYC

Latin Street Jazz

Announcing Brand New Latin Dance Classes by Sekou McMiller in New York

Starting April 13th

Latin Street Jazz
Introduces Latin dance and technique with afro-Caribbean roots (Salsa/Mambo, Cha-cha-cha, rumba, etc...) while blending with urban dance and modern day street jazz style. A marriage of technique and rhythm.

Dont miss these very unique classes that are designed to build the latin dancer!

Mondays (starting April 13th)

9:00pm - 10:30pm

Roy Arias Theaters and Studios
300 w 43rd st (btwn 8th and 9th)
Manhattan, NY


Hahahaes @ Zebulon this Friday!

Dendê & Hãhãhães
Afro-Brazilian Funk
Friday, April 17th ?10:00pm?Zebulon?258 Wyeth Avenue?Brooklyn, NY (Williamsburg)?718-218-6934?www.zebuloncafeconcert.com

Formed in 2002, Hãhãhães is named after the Indian tribe Pataxó-Hãhãhães that once inhabited the city of Salvador in Bahia, Brazil. Hãhãhães is lead by master percussionist Dende, a former member of the world famous Brazilian band Timbalada. Based in NYC the group performs a mixture of Brazilian and Cuban music as well as other influences in the African diaspora.
About Dendê?A former member of Timbalada, Dendê has been performing professionally since the age of 14. With Timbalada, Dendê toured all over Brazil, Europe and Asia, appeared on various television shows and has performed and recorded with such artists as Marisa Monte, Gilberto Gil, Carlinhos Brown, Yvette Sangalo and Sepultura. Having left Brazil in 2001, Dendê now lives in New York, performing and recording with his groups Hãhãhães, an Afro-Brazilian/Afro-Cuban band, Arrastão an Afro-Brazilian percussion band and Ologundê, an Afro-Brazilian folkloric music and dance group. With these groups he has toured all over the US and Europe. In addition to his own work, he has his performed and recorded with artists such as Mongo Santamaría, Jerry Gonzales, Daniel Moreno, Tico da Costa, Vinicius Cantuária and Alessandra Belloni. Dendê also teaches Afro-Brazilian percussion in the New York City area.??The Band?Dende: percussion and vocals?Leslie: percussion and vocals?Gil Oliveira: drums?Gustavo Dantas: guitar?Ze Grey: bass?Mamiko Watanabe: keyboard?Jean Marie Collatin: percussion


Tickets selling fast! Sanford Biggers @ The Kitchen: April 16 + 17
Sanford Biggers
featuring Terry Adkins, Imani Uzuri, Martin Luther,
Mark Hines, dre.dance and other special guests

Thursday and Friday, April 16 and 17, 8pm
Tickets: $10

Visual artist and musician Sanford Biggers’ work examines the complex collisions between culture and commodity in contemporary society. For these evenings, Biggers presents a unique mash-up of improvised music, live video mixing, and text, with a small ensemble of dancers whose choreographed movements cast geometric light patterns throughout the space. Drawing from ancient African and Buddhist spiritual traditions, Dadaist theory, YouTube music culture, and John Biggers' afro-futurist paintings, Biggers uses songs, symbols, and geometries to transform the mundane into the remarkable. These performances feature Biggers (keyboards, laptop), Mark Hines (video), Imani Uzuri (vocals), Martin Luther (guitar and vocals) and Andrew Palermo and Taye Diggs' dre.dance (dance) alongside several other guest performers.

To purchase tickets please 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.

This program is made possible with generous support from The Amphion Foundation, the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Greenwall Foundation, The Jerome Foundation, The New York State Music Fund, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, 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.



Audition for Tap Dancers

AUDITION: THE NEW TAP ORCHESTRA??American Tap Dance Foundation is seeking tap dancers for the reconstruction of two master tap dance works choreographed by the legendary Brenda Bufalino to be recreated in June and performed in July at Tap City, the annual New York City Tap Festival. Rehearsal process and performances will be video taped and archived.??Seeking: Strong Rhythm Tap Dancers: 16+, any ethnicity??Be prepared to dance and bring pix & résumés in person.??When: Wednesday, April 22nd, 3-5pm - Chelsea Studios, 151 West 26th Street, NYC? ?Rehearsals: June 22-26, 29 & 30, July 6-8, 09 Chelsea Studios
Performances: July 8 & 10, 09 Bruno Walter Auditorium & Symphony Space
Young Adult (ages 18-29), Thirties (ages 30-39), Forties (ages 40-49)



M.A.D.D. Rhythms, Inc. Press Announcement

The Open letter to Andrea Adams
The Chicago Park District

M.A.D.D. Rhythms
would like to thank all of you who came out in support of our situation at The South Shore Cultural Center. I know that many of you called, emailed, forwarded the open letter, made wonderful suggestions and most importantly prayed and believed that justice would prevail and karma would serve its purpose.

The battle is far from over but the first steps towards redemption have been taken. On Saturday, April 11, I had a very productive meeting with Cordell Hopkins, The South Region Area Manager of The Chicago Park District. He was very professional, courteous and appeared unbiased. He listened to all of my grievances and took extremely detailed notes. He wanted the facts and I was obliged to give them to him. He, also, had a list of situations that he was instructed to ask me about. I am assuming that these situations were used by Andrea Adams as justification for her petty and extremely biased behavior. In defense of this perceived tactic, I had prepared various documents and copies of those documents including receipts, letters, emails and anything else I could think of. One of things that surprised me the most was that Andrea Adams reported that our company was almost $2,000 in arrears. After Mr. Hopkins collected my copy of the receipts and did the math himself the amount was reduced to just over $400. The clincher to this victory is that the receipts for the payments that I presented were all from Andrea Adams' office. So, she knew we were almost caught up but in her attempts to get back at me, neglected to include all of the details. This is just one more example of her vindictive nature.

After almost 2 hours, Mr. Hopkins and I ended our meeting on a very hopeful note. He has promised to get back with me in a few days and I believe he will do just that. I will keep everyone posted on the future developments of this situation and I ask that everyone keep us in their thoughts, wishes and prayers! We are getting through this situation because of the strength that you gave us!

Lastly, even though it seems that there is a light at the end of this dark tunnel, I am still fearful of the catastrophic blow to the arts and organizations that present them at The South Shore Cultural Center. I fear that if Andrea Adams stays in charge, while building rentals will continue to surge, the arts and the community will suffer and eventually lose out on the ability to experience the cultural arts mecca that The South Shore Cultural Center is supposed to be! I know my last letter was written out of anger, frustration and disgust and while the language may have been a bit harsh, the sentiments have not changed. The person who runs The South Shore Cultural Center has to understand the business side and the artistic side of The Cultural Center.If artistic representation is dwindling and the the artist that are housed there feel constantly under attack, then how is it a cultural center? The Director of this wonderful facility must be able communicate and express honest reactions. Ms. Adams seems to lack that ability and as a matter of fact disappears at the sign of real conflict. That is her right as a human being but not as the center director. Andrea Adams must step down for real progress to be reached.

Until the next update,

Bril Barrett
Director of M.A.D.D. Rhythms

Show your support for M.A.D.D. Rhythms and voice your opinion to the South Region of the Chicago Park District
please call:

Chicago Park District
South Region
3344 W. 71st St.

Arts Leaders on the Cutting Edge

Attention Emerging Arts Leaders of Chicago! ?Please join us for...

Art Leaders on the Cutting Edge
April 23rd at 5:30pm?Chicago Cultural Center, 5th Floor?78 E. Washington

Do you have what it takes to be at the top of Chicago's vast nonprofit arts world? Be among the first of your generation to step up to the challenge and take the reins of culture in Chicago. The Emerging Leader Network is a newly formed resource for up-and-coming leaders in the Chicago arts scene.
Whether you specialize in fundraising, marketing, management, finance, programming or advocacy, join us to share resources, incite dialogue and connect with other professionals in your field.

The official re-launch of the Emerging Leaders Network is on Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 5:30 PM at the Chicago Cultural Center.
Watch A screening of the inspiring and hilarious remarks by Ben Cameron of the Dorris Duke Charitable Foundation from the Illinois Arts Alliance 2009 Members' Meeting and Reception.
Share Resources, anecdotes, and opportunities. Connect with other professionals working in nonprofit arts management. In other words, the coolest people you'll meet all week (depending on the week).
Light snacks and beverages will be provided.
RSVP by April 20 by clicking http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=AgdOeaVPdUg_2bo3bUZU4ZEQ_3d_3d
Any questions, call Leigh Fagin at leigh.fagin@cityofchicago.org


Creative Soul Entertainment features M.A.D.D. Rhythms


CONTACT:           Erika Jarvis
Phone:                 773-807-3810
E-mail:                  creativesoul_ent@yahoo.com
Website:              www.soleandbeatsmag.com
Chicago, IL.  April 9, 2009.  Erika Jarvis will present "OVERCOMING ADVERSITY, CELEBRATING DIVERSITY" fundraiser on Saturday, May 30, 2009 at The Galaxie, 2603 West Barry, Chicago, IL.  "OVERCOMING ADVERSITY, CELEBRATING DIVERSITY"is one of the group's community efforts to raise money for Breast and Ovarian Cancer Research.    The show's theme celebrates the diverse and distinguished artists, friends, and family members while supporting each other through the challenging times in our lives.  The concert features many talented dancers, models, and musicians of all ages and styles. 
This year, over a dozen celebrated artists will showcase a variety of poetry and poetry in motion.  Performers include Creative Soul Entertainment, Boogie McClarin, Annette Hawkins Dance Ensemble, Aqua Moon, M.A.D.D. Rhythms, Unidos do Quilombo Percussion Ensemble, The Chicago Scooter Club, DiscoPoet Khari B., Terrence McClure and the F.W.A. Glorified Praise Dancers, Ms. Sandra Woods, SheBoom, and Motep.  Our professional models will be presenting an exciting twist to urban style and fashion from teen to adult designs by three Chicago designers, Clark and Howard, Zion Ama Dio-Design, and CemPar Clothing, Co.  There will be a special announcement by democratic candidate, Sylvester Baker, Jr. for Sheriff of Cook County.
Vendors will be available for merchandise purchase.  Donation to the event includes refreshments and appetizers.

DATE: Saturday, May 30, 2009
TIME: 7:30 P.M.
PLACE: The Galaxie, 2603 West Barry, Chicago, IL. 773-267-6010
DONATION:$25.00, children 13 and under $10.00?